M&A pros polled in January reported the lowest deal flow in six months, according to the Mid-Market M&A Conditions Index (MACI), a barometer created by Mergers & Acquisitions and sponsored by PwC. (See related graphic.)

The MACI is a diffusion index, derived from monthly surveys of approximately 250 executives. Readings above 50 indicate an expansion in M&A activity, and readings below 50 indicate a contraction. The MACI Composite score dipped slightly to 52.0, down from 54.5 in December 2014.

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