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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Ford–The automaker reported first quarter profit of 25 cents per share, six cents below estimates, with revenue falling short as well. Excluding items, the company saw a profit of 24 cents per share. Along those lines, Ford highlighted a number of one-time factors such as weather and currency as impacting its results.

Whirlpool–The appliance maker reported first quarter profit of $2.20 per share, excluding certain items, 13 cents below estimates. Revenue, however, exceeded forecasts on a strong sales rebound around the world.

Colgate-Palmolive–The consumer products maker reported first quarter profit of 68 cents per share, matching estimates, with revenue also in line. Colgate did chalk up a 6.5 percent rise in organic sales over the year before.

Burger King Worldwide–The restaurant chain beat estimates by one cent with first quarter profit of 20 cents per share, excluding certain items. Burger King's revenue did decline, but company expenses dropped even faster.

Moody's–The rating agency earned $1.00 per share for the first quarter, nine cents above estimates, though revenue was slightly below forecasts. The company's results were helped by a strong increase in revenue for its analytics division.

Wal-Mart–The retail giant has appointed a new CEO for its China operations, with current China chief operating officer Sean Clarke taking over on June 1.

JetBlue–The discount airliner's flight attendants are taking steps toward a union vote, following a successful effort by JetBlue pilots to unionize earlier this week.

Netflix–The company's video streaming service will be included in TiVo's set-top boxes for three smaller cable companies, the first time a U.S. cable operator has incorporated Netflix into its cable boxes.

Microsoft–The company reported fiscal third quarter profit of 68 cents per share, five cents above estimates, with revenue in line with forecasts. Investors are encouraged by Microsoft's upbeat performance even as it accelerates its shift toward mobile computing.

Nokia–Nokia has completed the sale of its handset unit to Microsoft. Separately, a newspaper report said the company will name Rajeev Suri as its new CEO next week.–The online retail giant reported first quarter profit of 23 cents per share, in line with estimates, while revenue was above analyst forecasts. The online retail giant is forecasting a current quarter loss as it spends more on new projects to fend off growing competition.

Pandora– Pandora lost 13 cents per share for the first quarter, one cent smaller than Wall Street had expected. Revenue was above estimates, thanks to a jump in advertising and subscription revenue.

Starbucks–The coffee chain matched estimates with fiscal second quarter profit of 56 cents a share, while revenue was slightly short of forecasts. The company did raise its forecast for the year, as customer traffic increases and those customers spend more per visit.

Visa–The credit card big topped estimates by two cents with second quarter profit of $2.20 per share, excluding certain items. The company said revenue growth would be slower this quarter, due to the negative impact of a strong U.S. dollar.

Bank of America–The bank may pay more than $10 billion to settle its case with the Justice Department involving mortgage-backed securities. CNBC's Kate Kelly reports that talks are at an early stage, but BofA would like to have a settlement in place sometime this summer.

Baidu–China's Internet behemoth is forecasting better than expected revenue for the current quarter, as the China internet company's core online search business strengthens.

By CNBC's Peter Schacknow

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