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Waking the bull

Moving a market in the right direction takes a multitude of favourable developments, and acquisitions are certainly playing their part

10 September 2015

If you needed confirmation of the merger and acquisition boom that is taking place in the US, Warren Buffet may well have just provided it after announcing the largest takeover deal of his investment career, with the $37bn purchase of Precision Castparts Corp (PCC).

The question now is, can surging merger and acquisition activity help drive US equity markets higher?

The renowned investor has made clear his intention to 'bag an elephant'
in a large deal to help to drive growth at his company, Berkshire Hathaway.

The acquisition of PCC dwarfs his 2009 purchase of Burlington Northern Santa Fe for $26.5bn, and is a move that is as much a bet on the recovery of the struggling oil and gas industry and the US economic recovery, as it is on the aerospace industry.

One for the record books

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