M&A practitioners predict significant expansion in health care deals, according to the sixth installment of Mergers & Acquisitions' Mid-Market Pulse (MMP), a forward-looking sentiment indicator, published in partnership with McGladrey LLP. In our second look at health care, it remains the strongest sector measured by the MMP, beating the industry scores for manufacturing, TMT, financial services and energy. (See related graphic.)

The 3-month outlook for health care delivered a composite score of 84.1, the highest score yielded by the MMP so far. Earlier in 2014, the sector earned a score of 82 for the 3-month outlook. In the current survey, the sector outperformed the 75.1 score given to overall M&A in the same timeframe by a wide margin.

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