Dealmakers polled in April reported the highest rate of deal flow expansion in six months, based on the composite score of 61.3 in the Mid-Market M&A Conditions Index (MACI), a barometer created by Mergers & Acquisitions and published in partnership with PwC.

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Factors that had the largest impact included survey respondents’ assessment of Completed Deals, which rose to 59.2, the greatest month-over-month score in six months.

Other contributors were early-stage indicators, such as Leads, with a reading of 79.2, and Signed Letters (of Engagement and Intent), with a reading of 72.8.

All these scores dovetail with the optimism dealmakers have expressed about 2014 in the last several months of surveys and interviews.

For more data on deal flow, see Q1 Deal Value Reached Highest Level Since 2008.

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