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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell on Friday:

Apple-The new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S will go on sale in Apple stores today. The 5C had been available for sale via online pre-order, but today is the first chance for consumers to buy the 5S.

Darden Restaurants - Darden earned 53 cents per share for its first quarter, well short of estimates of 70 cents. Revenue was also shy of consensus, and the restaurant operator said it's identified areas where it can make "thoughtful but significant" spending cuts.

Goodyear Tire - The tire maker has announced a $100 million stock buyback program, and has reinstated a dividend of 5 cents per share.

Facebook - Cowen & Co. upgraded Facebook shares to "outperform" from "neutral", citing higher mobile revenues and strong and sustainable returns on investment.

Prudential Financial - The insurer lost its appeal to shed its tag as "systemically important", which subjects it to additional government oversight. The Financial Stability Oversight Council had originally assigned that label to the company in July.

AK Steel - AK Steel is predicting a wider than expected third quarter loss, with both shipment volumes and prices falling from a year earlier.

Dun & Bradstreet - Goldman Sachs began coverage on the financial information provider with a "sell" rating, because of concerns about pricing and the cost of investing in new product development.

Texas Instruments-TI raised its quarterly dividend by 7 percent to 30 cents per share. It's the second time this year the chipmaker has raised its quarterly payout.

New York Times - The Gray Lady declared a quarterly dividend of four cents per share, the first time in four that the newspaper publisher has paid a dividend.

Vornado- The real estate company will sell 13.4 million shares of J.C. Penney through Citigroup. Vornado had recently said it was planning to shed its investment in the retailer.

Rocket Fuel (FUEL) - The company priced its IPO at 29 dollars per share, at the top of its expected range. The advertising technology firm's shares will begin trading today on the Nasdaq.

Bind Therapeutics (BIND) - Bind priced its IPO at 15 dollars per share, in the middle of its expected range. The drug maker's shares will begin trading today on Nasdaq's Global Select Market.

ClubCorp (MYCC) - ClubCorp priced its IPO at 14 dollars per share, below the expected range of 16 to 18 dollars per share. ClubCorp owns private golf and country clubs, and its shares will begin trading today on the New York Stock Exchange.

Tibco Software-The business software company reported fourth quarter profit of 28 cents per share, excluding certain items, beating estimates by six cents. Revenue was also well above estimates, with the company noting particular sales strength in the Americas region.

Cintas - The uniform and restroom supplier reported fiscal first quarter profit of 63 cents per share, matching estimates, but also raised its earnings guidance for the full year.

Chevron -Chevron got a favorable ruling from an Ecuadoran court, as it tries to avoid paying a $19 billion judgment stemming from contamination in the Amazon. A panel ruled that a cleanup agreement signed by Texaco in 1995 absolved it from further financial responsibility. Texaco was later purchased by Chevron.

Walt Disney - Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer will end their film deal next year. That deal had given Disney a first option on Bruckheimer's films, although the two will continue to work together on various projects.

Home Depot - Home Depot will move part-time workers to the new public insurance exchanges, a move that affects about 20 thousand workers.

Clorox- Credit Suisse downgraded the household product maker's shares to "underperform" from "neutral".

—By CNBC's Peter Schacknow

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