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Stockwatch: When JnJ Speaks, Others Copy

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In David Thomas' 2011 novel Blood Relative, a husband tries to recreate his wife's life in the heart of the former German Democratic Republic as a time when the influence of the socialist state was absolute. In a similar way, but in the home of capitalism, the world's largest healthcare company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) reported its third-quarter earnings last week and its methods to massage the news quickly influenced announcements of much smaller companies.

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