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M&A decline from 2015 records may indicate stock vulnerability

Activity bursts which peaked in 2000 and 2007 preceded big stock sell-offs as investors recoil from risk taking

New York

WORLDWIDE merger deals have declined sharply from the frenetic pace that pushed them to record levels in 2015, a sign that could reflect broader weakness in the US economy and vulnerability for US stocks.

Previous merger and acquisition activity bursts peaked in 2000 and