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Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
US consumer sentiment dropped in October to its lowest level since the end of last year as consumers worried Congressional dysfunction would hurt growth.
U.S. industrial production recorded its largest increase in seven months in September as utilities output surged after several months of declines, but manufacturing showed signs of cooling.
New orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods outside of transportation equipment fell in September in a possible sign companies were holding back on investments.
Sen. Rand Paul is threatening to put a hold on the nomination of Janet Yellen to chair the Fed, a source close to the Kentucky Republican said.
Procter & Gamble reported quarterly earnings that matched analysts' expectations on Friday.
Lockheed Martin reported higher third-quarter earnings on Tuesday despite a 4 percent drop in sales, and lifted its forecast for full-year earnings.
Zynga reported its loss narrowed from a year ago, though revenue fell sharply. The company also announced a new hire to oversee mobile-game distribution.
Twitter's IPO is expected to price on Nov. 6. The company announced Thursday it expects the shares to price between $17 to $20 a share.
Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Wednesday:
Federal regulators will allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to continue funding higher-priced mortgages, at least through the middle of next year.
Britain's economic growth picked up pace in the third quarter of 2013, boosting hopes that the country's nascent recovery is becoming more entrenched.
Asian stocks were dealt a blow on Friday as concerns over a repeat of June's credit crunch in China overshadowed gains on Wall Street.
Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Thursday:
Apple showed off its new iPad Air and its iPad Mini on Tuesday.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday, hit by plans for new, tougher stress tests for euro zone banks from the European Central Bank.
Caterpillar posted a lower-than-expected profit and cut its full-year forecast again amid weak demand from mining customers.
Microsoft said earnings rose 17 percent, which was better than expected. Shares rose more than 5 percent after the announcement.
Amazon.com reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations and a quarterly loss that met forecasts. Shares jumped after-hours.
Stocks recovered the previous day's losses to close higher Thursday, with the S&P 500 regaining its footing above 1,750, as Wall Street cheered a handful of upbeat earnings and encouraging economic data from China.