Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers
Corporate deals appetite hits 5-year high

The current wave of corporate takeovers and mergers is set to grow, with the appetite for deals among executives hitting a five-year high thanks to a strong dollar and low oil prices, a global survey found Monday. A striking 56% of companies assessed say they intend to make acquisitions in the coming year, up from 40% in October, consulting firm EY said in its half-yearly report on corporate deal-making. That's the first time since 2010 that more than half of executives say they plan to make an acquisition in the next 12 months. And the number of deals in the pipeline, EY noted, is up 19% from a year ago. "2015 will see a surge of new entrants and companies returning to the...