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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 is rather modest — so far at least. We plan to check in on the Pharmalot ancestors, hang with our short person, and promenade with the official mascots. And what about you? Now that spring is really here, this may be a good time to tidy up around the castle or manicure the grounds. If you feel adventurous, you can take a long drive and enjoy the great outdoors. Or maybe you want to place a bet on whether another Saturday Night Massacre occurs in Washington. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …

Four of the 20 biggest health-care companies in the S&P 500 Index saw a benefit from the tax overhaul in the fourth quarter, Bloomberg News says. The biggest gain was registered by Pfizer (PFE) with a $11.5 billion benefit. The difference lies in how companies decided to deal with overseas cash. Most companies that saw a tax charge in the quarter did not consider overseas earnings permanently reinvested and paid a repatriation transition tax. These companies elected to pay off their tax charges over the next eight years.

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