New York – Venture capitalists invested $5.5 billion in U.S.
companies during the third quarter, down 5% from a year ago, according to new
figures from Dow Jones VentureSource.

Despite the fall-off, investments are
still up 10% for the first three quarters of 2010.

"The uptick in venture
investment through the first three quarters reflects the fact that the
fund-raising and liquidity markets are also improving," said Jessica
Canning, global research director for Dow Jones VentureSource.

"With more
cash on hand and with exits freeing up capital slated for their portfolio
companies, deal making is picking up."

The median deal size for the third
quarter was $5 million, on par with the same period last year.


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