- Associated Press - Friday, July 20, 2012

FEWER DEALS, LESS MONEY: Startup investments slipped to $7 billion in the second quarter, down 12 percent from $8 billion in the same period a year earlier according to a report Friday. There were 898 deals completed during the quarter, down from 1,057 a year earlier.

EARLY-STAGE DEALS UP: The number of companies getting funded in the earliest stages of development reached the highest level in more than a decade. That’s a hopeful sign for the broader economy and an indication that investors are willing to wait for returns.

NUMBER ONE: The top deal was electric car maker Fisker Automotive, which received $147.6 million.