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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell on Monday:
Kohl's – UBS upgraded the retailer's stock to "buy" from "neutral", based on the success of multiple turnaround initiatives.
Gap – Goldman Sachs downgraded the retailer's shares to "neutral" from "buy", saying recent data points have cast doubts on third quarter performance as well as the holiday season.
CME Group – The exchange operator earned 75 cents per share for the third quarter, two cents above estimates, with revenue also above consensus. CME benefited from an increase in trading volume during the quarter.
BlackBerry —Dow Jones reports that Qualcomm will join private equity firm Cerberus and BlackBerry's co-founders for a possible bid for the smartphone maker. Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting that Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry's largest shareholder, is having trouble raising financing for its own $4.7 billion bid.
Berkshire Hathaway – Berkshire reported third quarter profit of $2228 per share, below estimates of $2402, although revenue came in above consensus. Weakness in the company's insurance unit held back gains, though profits were up 29 percent from a year earlier.
HSBC – The bank posted a 23 percent increase in profit for the first nine months of this year, compared to a year earlier. HSBC is Europe's biggest bank by market value.
Lululemon Athletica – The athletic apparel maker is being hit with a new round of customer complaints over the quality of some of its pants, according to Reuters. Lululemon was forced to recall overly-sheer yoga pants last spring in a widely publicized incident.
U.S. Airways Group – The carrier and American Airlines parent AMR need to agree to a wide ranging package of divestitures to win approval of their proposed merger, according to Reuters. The airlines and the government have been talking about ways to settle their dispute, with a trial set to begin in a few weeks.
AK Steel, U.S. Steel – Goldman Sachs upgraded the steel sector to "neutral" from "cautious", saying risks associated with oversupply had been priced in. Goldman raised its rating on AK Steel and U.S. Steel to "buy" from "neutral" as part of that overall move.
NetApp – Piper Jaffray downgraded the storage equipment maker to "neutral" from "overweight".
Alcatel-Lucent – The telecom equipment maker plans to raise $1.3 billion in a secondary offering, and $750 million dollars from high yield bonds, as Alcatel struggles to revamp its finances.
—By CNBC's Peter Schacknow
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