IPOs and reduction in public companies

Just read today that with over 150+ acquisitions of public companies by private equity, there is no longer a “theoretical” Wilshire 5000 stock index (despite the name)……as it was just reduced below that level. 

With the IPO market still hostile and more private funds looking for public-to-private scenarios, do public company valuations continue to increase due to simple supply/demand, or do investors continually look globally for non-US equities?  The exchanges may be reading into this crystal ball as do pan-atlantic consolidation. 

This not only creates the ability for 24/7 exchanges..but I wonder if the real motivation is (a) reactive to the reduction in IPO and public companies domestically as well as (b) learn their hand in Europe, with the goal of going emerging market (middle east) then

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