Deal makers are trying to scope out the future to keep ahead of the competition, but it's not only the cutting edge technology sectors that will see more deals.
With Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of virtual reality goggles maker Oculus, we have entered into a time when it might be possible to do everything in another dimension.
With more deals on the way after the big Times Warner Cable-Comcast merger, two media mavericks are the ones to watch as the sector reshapes itself.
RadioShack CEO Joe Magnacca is still determined to effect a turnaround even as he closes 1,100 stores, but liquidity problems loom.
Tyco International sold its Korean business to Carlyle Group for more than $1.9 billion and Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank are finally talking deal terms.
Companies also went shopping on the Presidents Day holiday weekend as Actavis bought Forest Laboratories for $25 billion and Ashland sold its water treatment unit for $1.8 billion. Carl Icahn must be especially happy with the Forest Labs sale as he tried not, once, but twice to get the company to sell itself and still owns a stake in the biotech. It also augurs well for Wall Street advisers who have been waiting for a recovering economy to support an uptick in mergers and acquisitions.
Passing regulatory muster may be the biggest challenge for Comcast as it tries to buy Time Warner Cable.
Private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners readies Party City for its market debut, but with a heavy debt load, what kind of party will it be?
Dinakar Singh, CEO of TPG-Axon, wasn't about to sit by while SandRidge Energy spent money on M&A without a strategy.
Proxy adviser Damien Park of Hedge Fund solutions explains why activism is alive and well.