Early movers: MCD, AAPL, GMCR, AOL, TM, S & more
Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:
McDonald's–The restaurant chain reported a 1.2 percent global same-store sales increase for January, beating estimates of a 0.2 percent increase. Sales beat estimates in the European and APMEA regions, but fell well short of estimates in the U.S., where same-store sales fell 3.3 percent compared to estimates of a 1.7 percent drop.
Hasbro–The toy maker earned $1.12 per share, excluding certain items, for the fourth quarter, ten cents below estimates. Revenue also missed estimates, weighed down by weakness in toys designed for boys.
Apple–Proxy advisory firm ISS is recommending a "no" vote by shareholders on investor Carl Icahn's share buyback proposal. Icahn had no immediate comment, but his office tells CNBC that Icahn will have a statement before the markets open this morning.
Kite Realty Group Trust–The real estate investment trust will merge with Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust in a stock transaction valued at $2.1 billion.
Bebe Stores–The women's apparel retailer is exploring a potential sale, according to Reuters. The company has reportedly reached out to private equity firms and has hired Guggenheim Securities to assist with the effort.
AOL–The media company has reversed a controversial change to its retirement plan, which would have replaced regular matching contributions with a once-a-year lump sum payment. CEO Tim Armstrong apologized for singling out two unnamed female employees during a worker town hall, as examples of why the current plan was too costly. Those women had recently had babies with health problems.
Barclays–The bank is investigating newspaper reports that personal data from 27,000 customers had been breached.
Toyota–Toyota is reportedly close to a $1 billion settlement that would end a criminal investigation involving unintended acceleration complaints and how they were handled. A Wall Street Journal report said a final deal would come within weeks.
American Express–Morgan Stanley upgraded American Express to "overweight" from "equal weight", citing stronger spending volumes by card holders.
—By CNBC's Peter Schacknow
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