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nd so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda includes escorting Mrs. Pharmalot to another installment in our “Let’s-see-them-before-they-die” concert series. Otherwise, we plan to catch up on our reading and a few sundry chores. And what about you? This could be a good time to start organizing your taxes. Maybe you want to catch up on some of the moving pictures that are generating notice. Or you could simply plan the rest of your life. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) has pulled out of the race to buy the Pfizer (PFE) consumer health business, leaving GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Reckitt Benckiser (RBGPF) among those preparing bids, according to Reuters. Bidders have until Feb. 1 to submit their non-binding offers for the unit, which had sales of about $3.4 billion in 2016 and makes the Advil painkiller, Centrum multivitamins, and Chapstick lip balm.

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