Dealmakers expect overall transactions to increase significantly over the next quarter and over the next year, and M&A in the manufacturing sector to rise even more dramatically, according to the Mergers & Acquisitions Mid-Market Pulse (MMP), a predictive barometer that measures sentiment about future dealmaking activity in the whole market as well as in specific industries. (See related graphic.)

The composite score of 81.8 for manufacturing in the 12-month forecast shows expectations run particularly high for the sector in the long term, a trend fueled by the rise of medical devices and other innovative technologies currently thriving in the U.S. manufacturing industry.

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