U.S. dominates second-quarter global M&A as mega deals roll on

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NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Mega deals set the pace for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) globally in the second quarter of 2019, as large U.S. companies defied trade row jitters and seized on strong equity and debt capital markets to agree on transformative combinations.

Global M&A volume reached $842 billion in the second quarter, down 13% and 27% from the first quarter of 2019 and second quarter of 2018 respectively, according to preliminary data from financial data provider Refinitiv.

Among the top deals this quarter were the $121 billion agreed merger of United Technologies Corp’s airspace division with U.S. contractor Raytheon Co <RTN.N>, U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc’s <ABBV.N> $63 billion agreement to acquire peer Allergan Plc <AGN.N>, and Occidental Petroleum Corp’s <OXY.N> $38 billion deal to buy Anadarko Petroleum Corp <APC.N>.


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