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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell on Monday:
McDonald's — The restaurant chain earned $1.52 per share for the third quarter, a penny above estimates. Revenue was essentially in line, and the company said it expected October global comp sales to be relatively flat.
Hasbro– The toy maker reported third quarter profit of $1.31 per share, excluding certain items, two cents above estimates, with revenue also above consensus. Hasbro's results were aided by strong overseas performance, helping to make up for weakness in the U.S. market.
Apple – The stock was upgraded to "buy" from "hold" at Societe Generale, which points to evidence of continued momentum for sales of the new iPhone 5s and 5c models.
General Electric – GE was added to Citi's U.S. Focus List, following a third quarter earnings performance that Citi calls "impressive".
Halliburton – The oilfield services provider earned 83 cents per share for the third quarter, beating estimates by a penny. Like its rivals, it was helped by strong international markets.
Tellabs – The telecommunications equipment maker is being bought by private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners for $891 million, or $2.45 per share in cash.
VF Corp. – The maker of North Face, Wrangler and other clothing brands reported third quarter profit of $3.91 per share, beating estimates by 13 cents. VF also declared a four-for-one stock split and raised its quarterly dividend by 21 percent.
Check Point Software – The provider of network security software earned 85 cents per share for the third quarter, one cent above estimates.
Norwegian Cruise Lines – Credit Suisse initiated coverage on the cruise line with an "outperform" rating, pointing to a strong growth platform in an otherwise maturing industry.
JPMorgan Chase — CNBC's Kate Kelly and John Harwood report that the bank has reached a tentative $13 billion settlement with the Justice Department and other government agencies over financial crisis-era mortgage loans.
Dell – Dell will pay a special cash dividend of 13 cents per share as part of the planned buyout of the company by CEO Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners. The buyout group had previously indicated that such a payout would be forthcoming.
Prudential Financial – Prudential will no longer challenge its designation as a systemically important financial institution by federal regulators. Prudential had lost an appeal earlier this y ear, and was facing a deadline to either accept the decision or challenge it in court.
Celanese – Celanese earned $1.20 per share, excluding certain items, for the third quarter, beating estimates by five cents. The specialty materials company also reported revenue that was in line with Street estimates.
Microsoft – Microsoft pulled an update from the tablet version of Windows from its web site. The update was causing some devices to crash, and Microsoft said it was trying to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
SAP – SAP reported a 23 percent increase in third quarter profit versus a year earlier, driven by rapid growth in its cloud computing business as well as cost controls.
—By CNBC's Peter Schacknow
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