It has been a wheeling-and-dealing year on Wall Street.
A whopping $1.52 trillion in buyouts have taken place so far in 2014 — a substantial 56% greater than in the first five months of 2013. All told, 234 transactions each valued at $1 billion or more have taken place, well ahead of last year.
Moreover, mergers and acquisitions are expected to continue at a torrid pace.
I tend to agree with those expectations, as does Barron’s, which recently published a list of 10 potential buyouts that could make their way to reality. I don’t necessarily agree with the lot of them, but three of these buyout ideas look plenty feasible, and plenty attractive.
Here’s a look at the top potential buyouts out there: