Wednesday's Headlines: Bankers Foresee Sweet Future for M&As, More Cash Deals

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The M&A market is headed for even better times, according to a new study examined by the New York Times [NYT]

Of the 40 top M&A bankers and lawyers surveyed by the PR firm Brunswick Group, 92 percent said they expect the rest of this year to bring continued strong growth in mergers and acquisitions. Much of that confidence can be attributed to the proposed mega merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. About half of those surveyed said the upswing of M&A is tied to greater confidence by management teams and company boards.

Another forecast: all-cash deals, thanks in part to the cash-rich corporate balance sheets.

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