Daily Report : Energy company mergers hit a 17-year low; Despite losses, investors borrow more against stocks

Over the past 6 months, mergers and acquisitions among oil & gas companies have tailed off enough to reach a 17-year low. Relative to all M&A activity, it's declined to a 20-year low.; In September, investors borrowed more against their stock holdings, despite those holdings losing value. As a result, total margin debt increased to a near-record level, jumping more than 35% from the spring lows.

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