According to a recent report from IBISWorld Inc., M&A activity in the U.S. is shaping up to have a very strong year in 2015. A number of factors, including an expanding U.S. economy, healthy stock market performance and favorable interest rates are all creating an environment primed for M&A deals.

Current 2014 deal counts show a significant improvement over 2013, and a near return to pre-recession levels. In its study of over 1,000 U.S. industries, IBISWorld has identified six sectors of the economy that seem particularly poised for M&A activity this year. Those sectors include biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, U.S. wireless telecommunication carriers, U.S. media buying agencies, oil and gas extraction and oil and gas field services.

In the first half of 2014, the healthcare sector recorded the second highest level of M&A activity among all sectors, and that trend looks to continue well into 2015 with biotech companies and pharmaceuticals leading the way. The technology, media and telecommunications sector also experienced a high level of deal activity last year, and appears primed to continue in 2015. And the recent drop in oil prices should have an impact on the energy sector, as oil and gas producers look to streamline operations.

To read the full report, please visit