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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Dollar General–The discount retailer matched estimates with fourth quarter profit of $1.01 per share, but revenue and its current quarter and full-year forecast are below estimates. Dollar General cites the impact of severe winter weather, both for the fourth quarter and the current first quarter.

General Electric–The company filed a registration statement for an initial public offering of its GE Capital Retail Finance. It's part of a previously announced plan to exit from that business, which GE aims to complete sometime in 2015.

Comcast–The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a hearing for April 2 on the NBCUniversal parent's deal to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion.


Electronic Arts, Activision BlizzardBank of America/Merrill Lynch issued a report on the two video game makers, upgrading Activision to "buy" from "neutral", and cutting EA to "neutral" from "buy".

JetBlue–The airline is selling its LiveTV unit to Thales Group for $400 million. LiveTV is a provider of in-flight entertainment and internet connectivity systems for commercial carriers.

American Realty Capital – The real estate investment trust is spinning off its multi-tenant shopping center business into a separate Real Estate Invetment Trust (REIT) to be called ARCenters.

NetApp–The data storage products provider is trimming its worldwide workforce by 600 jobs, in response to a cautious tech spending environment.

General Motors —The automaker now says it identified an issue with an ignition switch in 2001, three years earlier than it originally reported. It also said it waited more than two weeks to expand a recall to include the Saturn Ion and other models even though engineers were aware of fatalities involving those cars.

Williams-Sonoma–Williams-Sonoma reported fourth quarter profit of $1.38 per share, three cents above estimates, but gave a current quarter forecast below Wall Street forecasts. The home furnishings retailer also raised its quarterly dividend by six percent to 33 cents per share.

Krispy Kreme–The doughnut chain reported fourth quarter profit of 12 cents per share, one cent shy of estimates. However, it also raised its full year forecast for the current year and increased its share buyback program by $30 million.

Newell-Rubbermaid–The company is sticking by its full-year earnings forecast, although the maker of household goods did say winter weather and a recall of car seats will shave 3 to 4 cents off its first quarter earnings.

Herbalife–The nutritional products company was "surprised" by news of an FTC investigation, according to a source who spoke to CNBC's Scott Wapner. That source also said the company feels the probe is the best way to battle accusations from investor Bill Ackman, who has maintained that Herbalife is nothing more than a pyramid scheme.

Citigroup–Chief executive officer Michael Corbat earned $17.6 million last year, according to an SEC filing, up nearly 42 percent from the value of his compensation package in 2012.

J.C. Penney–The retailer is re-launching its home goods operation today, essentially undoing a strategy implemented by former CEO Ron Johnson.

Pfizer–The drug maker said its Prevnar 13 vaccine met a study goal of cutting the incidence of pneumonia in elderly patients. Prevnar is already the top selling vaccine in history.

By CNBC's Peter Schacknow

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