The U.S. technology sector is ripe for a surge in merger-and-acquisition activity this spring, according to observers, who say the effects of economic recovery will help blow away the clouds that hung over last year's and the first quarter's dismal deal environment. Multiple high-profile deals are reportedly in the works, and analysts believe increased market confidence and a rising tide on Wall Street will propel more industry consolidation. "Ultimately, higher market values should result in higher valuations for sellers and thus result in more deals," said PricewaterhouseCoopers' Rob Fisher.

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