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Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
UPS slashed its earnings forecast for the year as it spends to boost capacity ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Pfizer reported higher-than-expected second-quarter earnings, helped by growing sales of its cancer medicines.
Merck reported better-than-expected quarterly results, with sales of newer drugs mostly offsetting declining sales of drugs facing generic competition.
The secret buyer of crude oil sitting off the coast of Texas in a Kurdish tanker is a company located in the British Virgin Islands.
BP, the U.K. oil giant, announced a 34 percent rise in profits Tuesday – but its results bore out the importance of its Russian investments.
UBS posted a second-quarter net profit of 792 million Swiss francs, as it booked a $280 million charge to help settle litigation in Germany.
Asian stocks rose for a second session on Tuesday on hopes that growth in the world's second-largest economy has finally stabilized.
A flurry of economic data out of Japan on Tuesday showed an improving labor market and an encouraging household spending picture.
A judge has ruled against L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling and cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer.
Herbalife slumped after posting quarterly results that fell short of estimates. Revised revenue guidance was also below projections.
Stocks were little changed on Monday amid activity on the corporate-deal front.
Activist investor Carl Icahn said he is hopeful more potential buyers will surface for Family Dollar.
The Treasury Department auctioned $29 billion of 2-year notes at a high yield of 0.54 percent, the highest yield since May 2011.
Slower growth in healthcare spending is shoring up the funding outlook for the federal Medicare program that covers hospital bills for the elderly.
The U.S. will join the European Union this week in slapping new economic sanctions on Russia for its continued support of separatists in Ukraine.
Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes confounded expectations in June casting a cloud over the housing market recovery.
Activity in the U.S. services sector held at its highest level in 4-1/2 years in July, though new business and employment growth weakened.
Companies making headlines before the bell:
Lloyds Banking Group agreed to pay fines totaling $370 million to the U.S. and British as part of an interest rate rigging scandal.