Early movers: LOW, DHR, HTZ, CHK, HPQ, SAM & more

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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Lowe's—The home improvement retailer beat estimates by 3 cents with quarterly profit of 46 cents per share, with revenue also above estimates. Lowe's also saw comparable store sales rise 7.3 percent, above estimates of 5.2 percent.

DanaherThe industrial and consumer products maker raised its quarterly dividend to 13.5 cents per share from 10 cents, an increase of 35 percent.

Starwood HotelsThe hotel operator has partnered with ride service Uber, giving members of its Preferred Guest program points for taking Uber rides.

Simon Property GroupThe commercial real estate company has entered into a joint venture agreement with Canada's Hudson's Bay that focuses on real estate growth opportunities in the U.S. Hudson's has also struck a similar joint venture agreement with RioCan Real Estate.

Hertz GlobalThe car rental company reported preliminary fourth quarter revenue of $2.55 billion, below analyst estimates. Hertz is in the process of restating past financial statements, due to various accounting errors.

Chesapeake EnergyThe energy producer earned an adjusted 11 cents per share for its latest quarter, 13 cents below estimates, although revenue was above forecasts. It also plans to cut 2015 spending by 26 percent in response to lower oil prices.

Campbell SoupThe food producer matched estimates with adjusted quarterly profit of 66 cents per share, while revenue was above analyst forecasts. The company did say its gross margins were disappointing and below its expectations.

Dollar TreeThe discount retailer earned an adjusted $1.16 per share for its latest quarter, beating estimates by 1 cent, with revenue also above consensus. Comparable store sales were up 5.6 percent during the quarter.

Hewlett-PackardHP reported adjusted earnings of 92 cents per share, a penny above estimates. However, revenue was below forecasts, and HP gave lighter than expected guidance due to significant negative impact from a stronger dollar.

Boston BeerThe maker of Sam Adams beer earned $1.40 per share for its latest quarter, 3 cents above estimates, but revenue and 2015 guidance are well below analyst forecasts. The beer brewer said it would need to increase spending on advertising, promotion, and sales this year, to support existing brands and roll out new ones.

First SolarThe solar equipment maker trounced estimates of 76 cents per share by reporting profit of $1.89 per share for its latest quarter. But revenue was below estimates, and its current quarter revenue outlook is weak as well. First Solar said results this year would be impacted by the retention of some solar projects on its balance sheet, among other factors.

Lending Club—The online lender earned an adjusted 1 cent per share in its first quarter as a public company, matching estimates, while revenue was above forecasts. However, Lending Club's sales and marketing costs more than doubled, and its product development expenses increased nearly threefold.

DreamWorks Animation—The movie studio lost $3.08 per share for its latest quarter, wider than the $3.01 per share loss that analysts were expecting. Revenue was also below estimates, and DreamWorks said revenue would decline this year because it has only one theatrical release planned for 2015.

Bank of New York Mellon—The bank is in settlement talks with the Justice Department and with New York State over its foreign exchange transactions, according to Reuters. BNY Mellon has been accused of defrauding clients in those transactions.

Toyota MotorThe automaker is calling union demands for a $112 per month pay raise "impossible," following the first day of labor talks with its workers.

Wal-Mart—The retailer is under fire from Connecticut Treasurer Denise Nappier, whose office owns $40 million of the Wal-Mart's shares. She wants executive compensation to be linked with employee satisfaction.

Apple—The company was ordered by a Texas jury to pay $533 million, following a ruling that its iTunes software infringed patents held by patent firm Smartflash LLC. Apple said it would appeal.

Southwest AirlinesThe airline pulled 128 jets out of service, after it found that required hydraulic system maintenance checks were overdue.

Chico's FASThe retailer is no longer the target of investment firm Sycamore Partners, according to the Wall Street Journal, which said the firm was unable to line up financing on acceptable terms.

HanesBrandsThe apparel maker bought Knights Apparel from private equity firm Merit Capital Partners for about $200 million. Knights is a maker of college-branded apparel.