NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- M&A is all the buzz with companies, like investors, looking to score a deal on depressed valuations. Buyouts have come with rich premiums, benefiting smart investors who can identify takeover targets now.About $66 billion in transactions have been announced in the U.S. this year, a decline of 63% from the same period last year. But this year's deals carry a much higher premium. Acquirers, on average, are offering to pay 48% more than companies' stock-market values this year versus 21% at the start of 2011.
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