In line with forecats for a robust year, closed deals have been on the rise since hitting their 2014 low of 143 in February.

The number of deals increased by 185 in April from 168 in March, but still did not meet January's level of 216 closed transactions. Deal value increased to $25.7 billion in April, the highest point since January, which produced $30.2 billion in closed deals.

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