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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

McDonald's—The fast food giant reported third quarter profit of $1.09 per share, shy of estimates of $1.37, although the company points out there were many one-time items in that calculation. Revenue was shy of estimates, and the fast-food chain said by all measures, its performance during the quarter fell short.

Travelers—The insurer reported profit of $2.61 per share for the third quarter, beating estimates of $2.27, with revenue also above forecasts. The company's results were helped by higher investment income and lower catastrophe losses.

United Technologies—The company earned $1.82 per share for the third quarter, excluding certain items, above the $1.81 consensus estimate. United technologies said profit margins continue to expand and that it is seeing particular strength in its building and industrial systems businesses.

Coca-Cola—The beverage company earned 53 cents per share, excluding certain items, for the third quarter, matching estimates, but revenue was shy of consensus. Additionally, Coke's case volume came in shy of some estimates and the company also warned of currency headwinds impacting its profits. Coke also announced a "streamlining" program which it said will save the company $3 billion per year by 2019.

Verizon—The telecommunications company earned for the third quarter, one cent short of estimates, with revenue essentially in line. Verizon reported a net 1.5 million new retail connections for its wireless business.

Lexmark—The printing services company earned $1.05 per share for the third quarter, 13 cents above estimates, while revenue strongly exceeded street forecasts. Lexmark also raised its full-year forecast, as its managed print services business sees healthy revenue growth.

Reynolds American—The tobacco producer beat estimates by four cents with per-share profit of 95 cents per share, excluding certain items, with revenue also above estimates. Reynolds also made positive comments about its vapor cigarette business as well as its national rollout of its nicotine replacement gum.

Harley-Davidson—The motorcycle maker beat estimates by ten cents with third quarter earnings of , although revenue was slightly below estimates. Harley said its sales figures reflect lower motorcycle shipments to dealers during the quarter.

Chipotle Mexican Grill—The restaurant chain earned $4.15 per share for the third quarter, above estimates of $3.84. Revenue also scored a slight beat, with same-restaurant sales jumping a better-than-expected 19.8 percent. However, the stock came under pressure after Chipotle gave a conservative 2015 forecast.

Illumina—The maker of gene-sequencing technology reported third quarter profit of 77 cents per share, excluding certain items, 21 cents above estimates, with revenue strongly above analyst forecasts. Illumina also raised its full-year revenue forecast on strong demand for its products.

UPS—The parcel service will raise prices an average 4.9 percent following this year's holiday season.

Texas Instruments—The company reported third quarter profit of 76 cents per share, five cents above estimates, with revenue beating consensus forecasts as well. Additionally, the chip maker issued an upbeat outlook and said its business was healthy.

AbbVie—The drug maker has officially killed its deal to acquire Britain's Shire, after U.S. tax law changes made the deal unattractive. Separately, AbbVie increased its quarterly dividend by about 17 percent and also announced a new $5 billion share buyback program.

Staples—The office supplies retailer is investigating a possible payment card data breach, making Staples the latest U.S. retailer to become a possible victim of a cyber attack.

Yahoo—The tech company is reportedly in talks to buy ad platform BrightRoll for up to $725 million, according to TechCrunch.

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Delta Air Lines, United Continental, American Airlines Group, Southwest Airlines—These and other airlines may benefit after an average fare increase of $4 per roundtrip was successfully implemented by major carriers.

By CNBC's Peter Schacknow

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