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Early movers: NFLX, WMT, MSG, AIG, AAPL & more

Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell on Friday:

Netflix – Baird upgraded the stock to "outperform" from "neutral", focusing on the company's increase in original content.

General Growth PropertiesBrookfield Property Partners is investing $1.4 billion in the mall operator, increasing its stake to 32 percent.

Ruth's Hospitality Group – The restaurant operator earned five cents per share for its third quarter, two cents better than estimates, though revenue was light. Its flagship Ruth's Chris Steak House saw same-restaurant sales increase 4.1 percent during the quarter.

Church & Dwight – The maker of products such as Arm & Hammer Baking Soda earned 76 cents per share for the third quarter, three cents above estimates, though revenue was shy of consensus. It also said organic 2014 growth should be at the top end of its traditional 3-4 percent range.

Madison Square Garden – The operator of the New York sports arena earned 31 cents per share, nine cents above estimates, with revenues also beating consensus. MSG was boosted by improved results in its Media and Sports segments, although that was partially offset by weaker revenues in its Entertainment operation.

CBOE Holdings – The exchange operator beat estimates by two cents with third quarter profit of 47 cents per share. Helped by an increase in trading of certain exclusively listed contracts.

AIG – The insurance big reported third quarter profitof 96 cents per share, two cents above estimates. Revenue was light, however, and the insurer reported an underwriting loss in its property and casualty business.

Apple – Apple will begin selling its new iPad Air model in U.S. stores beginning today.

First Solar – First Solar earned $2.28 per share for the third quarter, excluding certain items, well above estimates of 99 cents. Revenue also beat estimates by a wide margin, but the maker of solar equipment cut its 2013 revenue guidance below analyst forecasts. However, the company has been cutting costs as well, and is raising its 2013 earnings forecast.

Fluor – Fluor reported third quarter profit of $1.05 per share, one cent above estimates, with revenue falling short of consensus. The engineering firm is, however, predicting 2014 earnings above Street consensus, boosted by a growing amount of oil and gas industry business.

Newmont Mining – The mining company beat estimates by 14 cents in the third quarter with earnings of 46 cents per share, excluding certain items. Newmont saw higher production levels and lower cost compared to a year earlier.

Barrick Gold – Barrick announced a $3 billion secondary stock offering, and plans to use the proceeds to reduce debt.

Wal-Mart – The world's largest retailer is putting holiday deals online a month early, with special deals available starting after midnight tonight.

The Container Store (TCS) – Container Store will begin trading today on the New York Stock Exchange today, after pricing 12.5 million shares at $18 each in its initial public offering. That was above the original expected range of $14 to $16 per share, which was subsequently raised earlier this week to $17 - $18.


—By CNBC's Peter Schacknow

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