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BRIEFLY

November 21, 1987

Singer Co. now wants to meet with financier Paul Bilzerian, but analysts are skeptical that any talks will lead to a takeover by the investor. Instead, they predicted that Montvale, N.J.-based Singer would agree to a friendly deal with a different party; the firm has said it has discussed with U.S. and foreign companies a possible merger as an alternative to a takeover by Bilzerian. "They have no intention of dealing with Bilzerian," said Phil Brennan of Merrill Lynch. "When they meet with him, they'll tell him (that)."

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