After three months of declines, deal flow rose in October, according to the Mid-Market M&A Conditions Index (MACI), a barometer created by Mergers & Acquisitions. (See related graphic.)

The first month of the fourth quarter provided a wealth of opportunities for dealmakers to network, including a trio of ACG conferences in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago. The networking paid off in early-stage deal flow and was reflected in the high Leads score, which jumped more than 10 points on the MACI.

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