The private-equity investment well may be drying up, making financing for large purchases, such as Cerberus Capital Management LP’s $20 billion deal for Chrysler Group more difficult to swing, industry analysts say. If the trend continues, it could prove harmful to the U.S. Big Three, as well as their debt-ridden suppliers, which are relying on private equity low-interest loans to bankroll their restructuring efforts. But it also could open the door for a wider spectrum of players. ...

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