The social media data space is likely to see more M&A following Twitter's acquisition of tweet analyzer Gnip Inc. on Tuesday and Apple's purchase of Topsy Labs Inc. back in December.
With a presence in 21 states already, LifePoint Hospitals Inc. is likely to move beyond its typical rural realm and penetrate suburban markets in the future.
Financial buyers, perhaps from overseas, are most likely to go after Dean Metropoulos' Pabst Brewing Co.
The computer-related peripheral space could be poised for consolidation, with other players including Belkin International likely to be targeting acquisitions.
Shake Shack has no current plans to go public, but industry watchers think the timing is right, as the burger joint's high EBITDA margins indicate the company has substantial room for growth.
Few potential suitors are likely to make a play for Easton Bell Sports' hockey division, meaning the sporting goods company may fetch a lower-than-desired price.
Hudson's Bay's pursuit of either creating a real estate investment trust for its properties or considering other options such as additional sale-leaseback agreements still appear to be in the works even though the Canadian retailer completed the sale of some of its Toronto properties on Wednesday.
Elliott Management on Tuesday boosted its takeover bid for Riverbed Technology, adding $2 per share to its previously rejected offer and bringing the price tag to roughly $3.4 billion.
Safeway could be the latest player to join the wave of consolidating grocery chains after confirming it is considering possible transactions, and sources said they believe it could draw interest from rival Kroger in addition to various private equity firms.
Chinese conglomerate Fosun is the front-runner in the race for Forbes, but it is likely to pay less than $250 million for the money and wealth media business.