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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Goldman Sachs — The firm reported adjusted quarterly profit of $4.68 per share, beating estimates of $3.53, while revenue was also above forecasts.

TD Ameritrade — The brokerage firm beat estimates by 3 cents a share, with quarterly profit of 39 cents per share, while revenue matched Street predictions. TD Ameritrade CEO Fred Tomczyk said the firm is well-positioned to thrive in the current market environment.

General Electric — Private-equity firm Cerberus is in exclusive talks to buy the French unit of GE Money, according to the newspaper Les Echos.

Anthem — Goldman Sachs upgraded the health insurer's stock to "buy" from "neutral," pointing to the benefits of a potential re-pricing of its pharmacy benefits management contract with Express Scripts. Goldman said the re-pricing could boost earnings for multiple years.

TE Connectivity — The technology solutions company reported adjusted quarterly profit of 84 cents per share, beating estimates by 8 cents a share, with revenue slightly above forecasts. The beat came despite the negative effects of a strong dollar and industrial market weakness.

Netflix — The video streaming service reported adjusted quarterly profit of 7 cents per share, beating estimates by 5 cents a share. Revenue was in line with Street forecasts, while Netflix's net subscriber additions was above expectations thanks to a global push into new markets.

International Business Machines — IBM beat estimates by 3 cents a share, with adjusted quarterly profit of $4.84 per share, with revenue also beating forecasts. However, the technology giant forecast weaker-than-expected earnings for this year, owing to a strong dollar and lackluster IT spending by businesses.

Atmel — Atmel will be bought by rival chipmaker Microchip Technology following a back and forth bidding contest with Dialog Semiconductor. Microchip will pay $8.15 per share in cash and stock, or about $3.6 billion.

Apple — A UBS survey indicates iPhone shipments are worse than the firm had initially expected, although UBS is maintaining its "buy" recommendation on the stock with a price target of $130. Separately, Apple has filed with the Indian government for permission to set up its Apple stores in that country.

MetLife — The insurance formed a real estate joint venture with the New York State Common Retirement Fund. The venture will initially hold seven properties worth a total of more than $1.4 billion.

Advanced Micro Devices — AMD forecast an approximately 14 percent decline in current-quarter revenue from the prior quarter, as the China economy slows and demand for its graphics chips wanes.

GNC Holdings — GNC reported a 0.8 percent increase in same-store sales for the fourth quarter. The nutritional products retailer now expects full-year 2015 earnings to come in on the high end of its previously forecast range of $2.87 to $2.92 a share. GNC will report its fourth-quarter results on February 11.

Nielsen — Nielsen is expanding its "Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings" to include conversation on Facebook, and is rebranding the service as "Nielsen Social Content Ratings."

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