Target Industry Number of
Deals
   
Real Estate-Non Residential 235
Oil & Gas 152
Software 123
Banks 122
Professional Services 92
Healthcare Equipment & Supplies 78
Hotels and Lodging 77
Real Estate-Residential 73
Metals & Mining 62
Other Industrials 61
Internet Software & Services 60
Pharmaceuticals 59
Healthcare Providers & Services (HMOs) 54
IT Consulting & Services 53
Chemicals 48
Food and Beverage 48
Machinery 42
Other Financials 42
Building/Construction & Engineering 40
Transportation & Infrastructure 35
Other Consumer Products 35
Biotechnology 34
Electronics 34
Food & Beverage Retailing 33
Insurance 32
Automobiles & Components 31
Water and Waste Management 30
Semiconductors 26
E-commerce / B2B 26
Advertising & Marketing 25
Computers & Peripherals 24
Credit Institutions 23
Publishing 22
Power 20
Broadcasting 19
Other Retailing 17
Textiles & Apparel 16
Paper & Forest Products 16
Hospitals 15
Agriculture & Livestock 15
Real Estate Management & Development 14
Other Materials 14
Containers & Packaging 14
Alternative Energy Sources 14
Employment Services 12
Telecommunications Equipment 11
Brokerage 11
Educational Services 11
Home Furnishings 10
Telecommunications Services 10
Recreation & Leisure 10
Aerospace & Defense 9
REITs 9
Asset Management 9
Other Real Estate 8
Casinos & Gaming 7
Petrochemicals 7
Motion Pictures/Audio Visual 7
Automotive Retailing 7
Pipelines 6
Construction Materials 6
Wireless 6
Cable 5
Home Improvement Retailing 5
Internet and Catalog Retailing 5
Other Energy & Power 4
Other High Technology 3
Alternative Financial Investment 3
Household & Personal Products 3
Tobacco 3
Diversified Financials 2
Space and Satellites 2
Apparel Retailing 2
Public Administration 1
Discount and Department Store Retailing 1
Legal Services 1
Computers & Electronics Retailing 1
Travel Services 1
   
Source: Thomson Reuters  

Editor's Note: To measure activity in the middle market, Mergers & Acquisitions looks at transactions that fulfill several requirements: Deals must have a value of roughly $1 billion or less; they must be completed (not just announced) within the timeframe designated; and they must include at least one U.S. company in the role of buyer and/or seller. Excluded from our charts are: recapitalizations; self-tenders; exchange offers; repurchases; stake purchases; and transactions with undisclosed values, buyers or sellers. Our data provider is Thomson Reuters, which updates its databases continuously. We use the data available at press time. For this article, data was collected on Dec. 31, 2014.

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