Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:
Boeing–The aerospace giant said hairline cracks in wings had been discovered on about 40 787 Dreamliner jets that are still in production, which could delay delivery for those with 787s on order. Boeing added that the cracks had not been found on aircraft already in use by airlines.
Bed Bath & Beyond–The household goods retailer cut its earnings outlook for the fourth quarter, with the retailer citing the impact of winter weather. It now expects fourth quarter profit of $1.57 - $1.61 per share, compared to its prior outlook of $1.60 - $1.67, with analysts having pegged Q4 profits at $1.65.
Alexion Pharmaceuticals–The drug maker increased its earnings guidance for the year, after the French government agreed to raise reimbursement payments for Alexion's blood disorder drug Soliris.
FMC Corporation–The chemical maker is splitting into two separate publicly traded companies. The agricultural solutions and health and nutrition segments will be held by a company retaining the FMC name, while the minerals unit will be part of a company called FMC Minerals.
Plug Power, FuelCell Energy, Ballard Power Systems– The fuel cell providers are continuing a recent rally this morning, on growing demand for clean battery technology. Plug Power, which recently won a contract from Wal-Mart to provide batteries for is warehouses, has seen its stock increase nearly sixfold this year.
Charter Communications–Jefferies upgraded the cable operator's shares to "buy" from "hold", saying the market has not given the company credit for its operating momentum and free cash flow growth.
Verizon–Verizon announced a new stock repurchase program of up to 100 million shares, following the conclusion of a prior buyback program.
America Movil–The telecom company has been declared "dominant" by Mexican regulators, meaning that it will have to share its infrastructure with competitors in order to promote competition. Billionaire Carlos Slim controls both America Movil and Grupo Televisa, which was given a similar designation earlier on Friday by regulators.
JPMorgan Chase–The sale of the mega bank's private equity business has stalled, according to Reuters, which reports the bank has pulled One Equity Partners off the market.The auction of that business reportedly stalled after JPMorgan increased its asking price.
United Rentals–United Rentals is buying privately held National Pump, the second largest rental company for specialty pumps, for $780 million. United Rentals is the world's largest equipment rental company.
Chiquita Brands–The produce giant is buying Irish rival Fyffes for $526 million in stock. The combined company will be the world's biggest supplier of bananas.
Gannett, A.H. Belo, Graham Holdings, and McClatchy– Classified Ventures, a joint venture of the newspaper companies, is seeking to sell its cars.com online marketplace for up to $3 billion, according to Dow Jones.
—By CNBC's Peter Schacknow
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