Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell on Friday:
Newell Rubbermaid — The household products maker reported second quarter profit of 50 cents per share, one cent above estimates, and also raised the low end of its earnings forecast for the year. Newell is in the process of a corporate makeover which has seen it sell brands and revamp its business structure.
Stanley Black & Decker — The tool maker reported second quarter profit of $1.21 per share, excluding certain items, two cents above estimates. Revenue also beat consensus, on stronger sales in its industrial, construction, and do-it-yourself segments.
Tyco International — The maker of fire suppression systems earned 50 cents per share, excluding certain items, beating estimates by two cents. Tyco logged an improvement in both revenue and margins.
Amazon.com — The internet retail giant reported an unexpected second quarter loss of two cents per share, compared to forecasts of a five cent profit. Amazon also issued a cautious current quarter forecast, as it continues to invest in new areas like cloud computing services.
Starbucks — Starbucks earned 55 cents per share for its third quarter, two cents above estimates, and also forecast current quarter profit above current Street consensus. The coffee chain also raised its full year forecast, as new menu offerings help drive customer traffic.
Activision Blizzard — The company and a management group are buying back 84 percent of Vivendi's stake in the video game maker for $8.2 billion. The company will buy back 429 million shares for $5.83 billion, while an investor group led by CEO Bobby Kotick will buy 172 million shares for $2.34 billion.
Zynga — Zynga lost one cent per share for the second quarter, smaller than the four cent loss forecast by analysts. Revenue was above consensus, but its current quarter forecast calls for a wider loss than the Street is expecting. The online gaming company has also abandoned efforts to building a real money gambling business within the U.S.
Expedia — Expedia reported a second quarter profit of 64 cents per share, excluding certain items, 15 cents below estimates. The online travel service was hurt by a weak performance at its Hotwire unit, as well as increasing expenses.
CBS — CBS increased its stock buyback program by $5.1 billion to a total of $6 billion.
Tempur Sealy —The company reported second quarter profit of 36 cents per share, four cents below estimates, with revenues also short of consensus. The mattress maker also cut its full year forecast, putting both revenue and EPS projections below estimates. The company's Tempur brand is seeing weak sales in the North American market.
Gilead Sciences — Gilead matched estimates with second quarter profit of 50 cents per share, with revenues above estimates. The biotech company's stock is getting a boost on news that rival Vertex experienced a setback in development of a Hepatitis C treatment, an area that Gilead is also pursuing.
HealthSouth — HealthSouth earned 51 cents per share, excluding certain items, for the second quarter. That was ten cents above estimates, with revenue checking in above forecasts as well. The hospital operator also raised its full year forecast and initiated a quarterly dividend of 18 cents per share.
Cliff's Natural Resources — Cliffs reported second quarter profit of 82 cents per share, well above estimates of 58 cents per share. Analysts had expected Cliffs to be hit harder by weaker iron ore prices, which nonetheless helped push profits down 43 percent from a year earlier.
Celanese —Celanese doubled its quarterly dividend to 18 cents per share, with CEO Mark Rohr saying the move reflects confidence in the specialty materials maker's ability to generate cash.
KLA-Tencor —The company is forecasting current quarter earnings and revenues well below Street estimates, even as the manufacturer of chipmaking equipment posted top and bottom lines in its fiscal fourth quarter that beat expectations. Like others in its field, the company is being hurt by the slump in personal computer demand.
Newmont Mining —The gold miner cut its quarterly dividend to 25 cents per share from 35 cents, reflecting the decline in gold prices.
Google — The search giant ended a just-announced promotion that gave away three free months of Netflix service when they bought the new Chromecast video device. Google said the offer was ended due to overwhelming demand.
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—By CNBC's Peter Schacknow
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