Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:
Apple–The iPhone maker's board recommended shareholders vote againstinvestor 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 along legal battle in which Apollo sought to cut the $35/share price it agreed to pay for Cooper back in June.