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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Target–The retail giant has tapped PepsiCo Executive Brian Cornell as its next chief executive. Ex-CEO Gregg Steinhafel departed in May in the wake of Target's failed Canada expansion and the massive customer data breach late last year.

Time Warner Cable–The cable operator missed estimates by two cents with second quarter profit of $1.89. The cable operator did see a jump in internet subscribers, but lost 34,000 overall residential customers during the quarter.

Cigna– The insurer reported second quarter profit of $1.96 per share, excluding certain items, 12 cents above estimates, with revenue beating forecasts as well. Cigna said it benefitted from higher health care premiums and fees in its commercial business.

Newell Rubbermaid–The household products maker earned 59 cents per share for the second quarter, four cents above estimates. Revenue also beat estimates, with sales showing particular strength in tools and commercial products.

Discovery Communications (DISCA) – The cable network operator earned $1.09 per share for the second quarter, 14 cents above estimates, with revenue beating forecasts as well. Increased contributions from recent acquisitions were cited by the company as a key driver for the quarter.

DirecTV–The satellite TV operator reported second quarter profit of $1.59 per share, excluding certain items, six cents above estimates. Revenue also came in above Street forecasts.

Alcatel-Lucent–The telecom equipment maker reported a second quarter loss, thanks to restructuring charges linked to layoffs. However, it did manage to improve its operating margins as cost cuts take hold.

Whole Foods–The organic grocer reported fiscal third quarter profit of 41 cents per share, two cents above estimates, but also cutting its 2014 forecast for the fourth time. The company took that action as it continues to face growing competition.

Yelp –Yelp earned four cents per share for the second quarter, surprising analysts who had expected a three cent loss. Revenue was also above estimate, but the consumer review website operator also reported growth in business accounts that fell short of some analyst forecasts.

AstraZeneca–The drug maker raised its yearly sales and earnings forecast, after second quarter sales rose despite increasing generic competition.

Johnson & Johnson–J&J will ask doctors to return surgical devices known as power morcellators, because of the potential risk of spreading cancer in women treated with the device.

Nokia–The telecom company is buying part of Panasonic's network business to expand its operations in Japan. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tesla–The automaker and Panasonic has confirmed Panasonic's investment in Tesla's planned $5 billion U.S. lithium-ion battery plant. Panasonic has not yet decided how much it will contribute.

Sony–Sony said weakness in its smartphone segment will slow down profit growth in the near term, although it also said its consumer electronics division will make a profit this fiscal year for the first time in four years.

Sanofi–The drug maker raised its full year profit forecast, on the strength of improved emerging market sales and growth in its rare disease and diabetes segments.

Journal Communications, E.W. Scripps–The two companies will merge their broadcast operations and spin off their newspaper businesses into a new publicly traded company. The complicated deal involves a stock swap, and a $60 million special dividend for Scripps shareholders.

Weight Watchers–Weight Watchers beat estimates by 21 cents with second quarter profit of 98 cents per share, excluding certain items, and saw revenue above consensus as well. The company did say marketing costs will cut into 2015 profit as it implements technology upgrades to compete with various diet apps and other popular weight management methods.

Kraft Foods– The food producer missed estimates by two cents with second quarter profit of 80 cents per share, and saw revenue below consensus as well. Kraft saw sales up just 0.7 percent from a year earlier, and posted a decline in its beverage segment.

Yum Brands – Yum said reports about improper food handling at one of its China suppliers is causing "significant, negative damage" to sales at its KFC and Pizza Hut chains in that country.

Family Dollar–The discount chain saw investor Carl Icahn cut his stake a second time in two days, following the company's agreement to be bought out for $8.5 billion from rival Dollar Tree.

Synchrony Financial–Synchrony priced its initial public offering at $23 per share, at the low end of the expected range. Synchrony is General Electric's spun-off credit card unit.

By CNBC's Peter Schacknow

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