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3M – The diversified manufacturer reported third quarter profit of $1.78 per share, beating estimates by three cents, with its revenue beating Street forecasts as well.

Ford – The U.S. automaker earned 45 cents per share for the third quarter, seven cents above estimates, and also raised its profit and auto operating margin forecast for the full year.

Generac Holdings — The maker of home generators reported third quarter profit of $1.06 per share, excluding certain items, 23 cents above estimates. Sales beat guidance as well, and the company raised its sales forecast for the full year.


PulteGroup – The home builder reported third quarter profit of 45 cents per share, excluding certain items, nine cents above estimates. Revenue also exceeded analyst forecasts, although the company did report a 17 percent drop in new orders compared to a year earlier.

Southwest Airlines – The discount airline matched estimates with earnings of 34 cents per share for the third quarter, but said fuel costs are falling, airfares are rising, and that it sees a strong holiday season.

Xerox – Xerox earned 26 cents per share for the third quarter, one cent above estimates. However, its current quarter forecast is well below Street estimates.

Dow Chemical – Dow missed estimates on both the top and bottom lines, which it attributes largely to unrest in the Middle East region. However, CEO Andrew Liveris told CNBC that the company is seeing improved pricing and cash flow this quarter.

Boston Scientific – The medical products maker reported third quarter profit of 17 cents per share, excluding certain items, eight cents above estimates. The company will begin a restructuring program during the current quarter that will involve up to 1,500 job cuts.

Under Armour – The athletic apparel maker beat estimates by two cents with third quarter profit of 68 cents per share, and also raised its outlook for the full year.

Raytheon – The defense contractor beat estimates by 27 cents with third quarter profit of $1.60, excluding certain items. Sales also beat forecasts, and the company said it is not feeling the effects of sequestration as quickly as it had originally thought.

United Continental– The airline earned $1.51 per share, excluding certain items, for the third quarter, three cents short of estimates, with revenue short of consensus as well.

Visa - The credit card network operator raises its quarterly dividend by 21 percent to $0.40 per share.

AT&T (T) – The mobile giant reported quarterly profit of 66 cents per share, excluding certain items, a penny above estimates, with revenues in line. Wireless revenue grew by 3.7 percent, compared to 4.4 percent in the same quarter a year ago.

Akamai Technologies – Akamai earned 50 cents per share, excluding certain items, for the third quarter, beating estimates by four cents, with revenue also above consensus. The internet technology provider also saw an increase in operating margins, on increasing market demand for online content. But Akamai also gave current quarter guidance below consensus, as it renegotiates an expiring contract with one of its biggest customers, which it declined to name.

F5 Networks – F5 reported fiscal fourth quarter profit of $1.26 per share, excluding certain items, seven cents above estimates, with revenue also beating forecasts. However, the maker of network gear also gave a current quarter earnings forecast largely below estimates, and said its margins will be impacted on increasing investments in its consulting business.

Symantec– Symantec reported fiscal second quarter profit of 50 cents per share, excluding certain items, six cents above estimates. The provider of anti-virus software gave a current quarter forecast below Street consensus, however, as the PC market weakens.

Citrix Systems – The cloud computing provider earned 70 cents per share, excluding certain items, for the third quarter, one cent above estimates. However, the company gave a current quarter forecast below estimates, pointing to "cautious" customer spending.

Cheesecake Factory – Cheesecake Factory earned 52 cents per share for the third quarter, excluding certain items, matching estimates, though revenue was slightly above consensus. Same store sales were up 0.8 percent, but CEO David Overton said the restaurant chain is still increasing its market share.

Angie's List – Angie's List lost 23 cents per share for the third quarter, a loss that was three cents wider than anticipated. The online review company's current quarter revenue guidance is below analyst forecasts, as membership renewal rates fall.

Varian Medical – Varian fell short of estimates by four cents with fourth quarter profit of $1.08 per share. Revenue and the medical device maker's current quarter forecast are below consensus as well, with the company citing the possible impact of health care reform and reimbursement rate changes.

McKesson – McKesson agreed to buy German drug distributor Celesio for $8.3 billion. McKesson is the largest U.S. drug wholesaler.

Consolidated Graphics– Consolidated Graphics is being bought by RR Donnelley for $620 million in cash and stock. Consolidated Graphics, based in Houston, is a provider of printing services.

BlackBerry – BlackBerry has a possible new suitor, as the Toronto Globe and Mail reports former Apple CEO John Sculley is exploring the idea of a joint bid for the company.

—By CNBC's Peter Schacknow

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