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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell Thursday:

Target - Shares of the discount-retail chain fell after it said about 40 million credit and debit cards might have been stolen from shoppers at its stores, during the first three weeks of the holiday season.

Facebook - The social-networking site fell in early New York trading after the company said CEO Mark Zuckerberg would sell 41.4 million shares, worth about $2.3 billion as part of an offering of 70 million shares.

Darden Restaurants - The company said it will sell or spin off its Red Lobster business, caving to pressure from Barington Capital. The company, which also operates the Olive-Garden chain, also reported a 41 percent decline in quarterly profit. Its shares fell nearly 2 percent.

Oracle - The business-software provider beat Wall Street estimates late Wednesday with its earnings report. Excluding one-time items, the company posted 69 cents a share on revenue of $9.28 billion. Analysts had expected the company to report earnings excluding items of 67 cents a share on $9.20 billion in revenue.

Bristol-Myers Squibb - Shares of the pharmaceutical company climbed after AstraZeneca said it would purchase the company's stake in their joint venture produces diabetes drugs in a deal worth more than $4 billion.

Boeing - Shares of the plane manufacturer fell nearly 1 percent in pre-market trading after Brazil awarded a $4.5 billion contract to Saabto replace its fleet of fighter jets, with Boeing one of the contenders for the contract.

Tesla Motors - Shares of the electric-car maker fell after a fire department in Southern California saida garage fire may have been caused by an overheated charging system in a Tesla Model S sedan.

—By CNBC's Kate Gibson.

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