Thomson Financial expects another big year of mergers and acquisitions, and the prospect of mergers has captured investors' attention, as they are now trying to spot potential mergers in an effort to boost their returns, according to the International Herald Tribune.

Many companies have had sufficient funds to make acquisitions, since profits reached a record high last year, according the Alec Young, an equity market strategist at Standard & Poor's. He also added that the economy was leveling and that business were looking to mergers and acquisitions in an effort to avoid having the same fate.

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