Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:
Apple–The iPhone maker's board recommended shareholders vote against investor Carl Icahn's proposal that Apple buy back $50 billion in shares in fiscal 2014. The company said it had already returned $43 billion to shareholders during the first six months of a $100 billion capital return program.
Crocs–The company is receiving a $200 million investment from Blackstone Group, giving the private equity firm a 13 percent stake. Separately, the shoe company said CEO John McCarvel will retire in April.
Cooper Tire–The company has terminated its takeover agreement with India's Apollo Tyres, following a long legal battle in which Apollo sought to cut the $35/share price it agreed to pay for Cooper back in June.