M&A practitioners predict growth in manufacturing deals, but their expectations aren't as high as they were earlier in 2014, according to the Mergers & Acquisitions' Mid-Market Pulse (MMP), a forward-looking sentiment indicator derived from monthly surveys published in partnership with McGladrey LLP. (See related graphic.)

The latest MMP results suggest that transactions in the sector may have peaked. Among the high-growth industries measured, manufacturing dropped from second to third place, behind health care and TMT but ahead of financial services and energy.

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