Slideshow: U.S. M&A Remains Slow But Steady

The donkey is a slow and steady animal.

In a surprise, the U.S. M&A market seems quite steady.

There were 101 U.S. announced deals this week (Nov. 25 to Nov. 30), valued at $32.9 billion, according to data from Thomson Reuters. This compares to last year, when there were 82 U.S. announced mergers from Nov. 20 to Nov. 26 (the last full week of November), totaling about $24.5 billion.

The biggest deal was a real estate transaction. Equity Residential and AvalonBay Communities agreed to buy Archstone for $6.5 billion in cash and stock.

In the private equity world, M&A remained consistent. There were 23 U.S. announced mergers this week, totaling $6.1 billion. This compares to last year when there were 13 deals valued at $7.2 billion.

Here’s the top five PE deals, according to Thomson Reuters.

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