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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Abercrombie & Fitch–The apparel retailer beat estimates by eight cents with earnings of 19 cents per share, excluding certain items. Revenue came up short, but same store sales fell less than analysts had been forecasting. The company said it is making progress in "evolving the fashion component" of its offerings.

GlaxoSmithKline–The drug maker and the U.S. government will announce the beginning of human trials on an Ebola vaccine later today. The vaccine is one of several under development.

Dollar General–The discount retailermatched estimates with second quarter profit of 83 cents per share, excluding certain items. But its revenue and same-store sales both missed estimates amid what the company calls a competitive environment and a cautious consumer.

Coty–The beauty products maker reported fiscal fourth quarter profit of three cents per share, excluding certain items, two cents short of estimates, with revenue shy of forecasts as well. Coty points to several factors, including increased promotional activity.

Pall Corp.–The maker of filtration systems beat estimates by five cents with fourth quarter profit of $1.11 per share, excluding certain items, with revenue also well above forecasts. Pall said it is pleased with its performance, including strong profit margins, in a "challenging economic backdrop."

Williams-Sonoma–The home goods retailer matched estimates with second quarter profit of 53 cents per share. However, the company gave a current quarter forecast that falls short of analyst estimates, in spite of improving sales.

Workday–Workday lost 11 cents per share for the second quarter, excluding certain items, three cents less than analysts had forecast. Revenue was better than expected, as the company saw growth in demand for subscriptions to its human resources and financial management software. Workday also raised its full-year revenue forecast.

JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup —These and other banks will be on watch after the FBI said it was investigating reports of cyber attacks against U.S. banks. Reports say JPMorgan Chase was among the recent victims.

Guess —The apparel maker fell three cents short of estimates with second quarter earnings of 26 cents per share, with revenue below estimates as well. Guess also lowered its full-year forecast, as store traffic drops and promotions continue to cut into profit margins.

Goldman Sachs —The investment bank is part of an eight-member consortium buying a nearly 21 percent stake in China Huarong Asset Management, the country's biggest bad debt manager, for $2.4 billion. U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus is also part of the group.

Microsoft — CEO Satya Nadella will visit China next month, according to Reuters. It's unclear whether Nadella will try to meet with government officials regarding an antitrust probe of the company.

By CNBC's Peter Schacknow

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