BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- 2014 is providing a perfect storm for M&A deals -- and as markets start to become choppy, these big buyouts could get you paid in the final months of the year.
Record low interest rates and record high corporate cash have been a big driver of merger and acquisition volume, better known as M&A. With many firms struggling to find growth internally, acquisition targets are providing growth opportunities right now, and they're pricing in relatively stable returns for the rest of 2014.
That means that there are some hefty merger premiums left in some of the market's biggest deals today, particularly those with completion dates further out. So, for investors who aren't afraid of some added event risk, merger arbitrage is a viable strategy for regular investors in 2014.
And there's no shortage of individual deals to spread the risk across. So far in 2014, we've seen $3.2 trillion in global M&A deal volume, a 62% increase versus this time last year.
Too often, investors think that there’s no money to be made once a deal has been announced, but that’s just plain wrong; between merger arbitrage opportunities and value creation for acquiring firms, it’s worth paying attention to Wall Street’s deal book. So that's exactly what we're doing this week.
With that, let’s take a look at four M&A deal stocks worth watching right now.
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