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Last Call: Bausch & Lomb Sees IPO Ahead

Bausch & Lomb eye care products on a store shelf.
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Bausch & Lomb eye care products on a store shelf.

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright
Sun-Shiny day.

- “I Can See Clearly Now,” Johnny Nash

- Below Bausch & Lomb Sees an IPO ahead

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Bausch & Lomb Looks Ahead to IPO/ESJ – Jonathan Rockoff & Anupreeta Das & Telis Demos: "Bausch & Lomb Inc. could be ready to go public as early as the end of this year, people familiar with the company's thinking said, a move that would come amid renewed health for the eye-products maker. Going public has been part of Bausch's longer-term plan for at least a year, but Bausch executives first wanted to bulk up the company through acquisitions, these people said. The expectation was that doing so would help Bausch get a better valuation in the public markets, they said."

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HBO Abandons Plans for Film on Fox News Channel/AP: "HBO is dropping its plans to make a film on Roger Ailes and the rise of Fox News Channel. The network had optioned film rights to work by media writer Gabriel Sherman, who is writing a book on Fox News. But HBO said Thursday that it's not going forward with those plans, saying it wouldn't be appropriate considering the network's ties to Fox competitor CNN. Both HBO and CNN are owned by Time Warner ."

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