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Early Movers: F, PG, UPS, AMZN, MSFT

Brendan McDermid | Reuters

Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Ford—The automaker earned $0.24 per share for the third quarter, excluding certain items, 5 cents above estimates. Automotive revenue did fall slightly below forecasts, and Ford's North American production was hurt during the quarter by parts shortages.

Procter & Gamble—The consumer products giant matched estimates with adjusted earnings of $1.07 per share, with revenue essentially in line. P&G also announced it was exiting its Duracell battery business.

UPS—The company earned $1.32 per share for the third quarter, four cents above estimates, with revenue also above Street forecasts. UPS sees an 11-percent increase in December shipments, pointing to a strong holiday season. Rival FedEx had said earlier this week that it expected record holiday season shipments.

Wyndham Worldwide—The hotel operator beat estimates by a penny with third quarter profit of $1.64 per share, and also raised its 2014 outlook. However, its 2015 outlook is somewhat shy of analyst forecasts.

Colgate-Palmolive—The consumer products maker matched estimates with adjusted profit of 76 cents per share, though revenue was slightly below estimates. The company said unfavorable exchange rates will hurt its profit margins for the full year.

Moody's—The financial rating agency reported third quarter profit of 97 cents per share, excluding certain items, topping estimates by 7 cents. Revenue was also above forecasts, with the debt rating and analytics businesses registering strong sales gains.

Bristol-Myers Squibb—The drug maker earned 45 cents per share for the third quarter, excluding certain items, 3 cents above estimates, and also reported revenue that exceeded analyst consensus. The company's results were aided by strong performances from its top-selling drugs.

State Street—The investment firm beat estimates by 14 cents with adjusted profit of $1.35 per share, with revenue exceeding Street forecasts as well. The quarter was driven by an increase in fee revenue.—The online retail giant reported a third quarter loss of 95 cents per share, wider than the 74 cent loss anticipated by analysts. Revenue also fell short of estimates, as does Amazon's forecast for the holiday shopping season. The most recent quarter's loss was fueled by spending on new product development, and Amazon also took a charge related to its Fire smartphone.

Microsoft—The company earned 54 cents per share for its fiscal first quarter, 5 cents above estimates, and its revenue also exceeded forecast. Microsoft's results were helped by a boost in sales for its tablet computers, cloud computing products, and smartphones.

Pandora Media—The streaming music service beat estimates by 1 cent with quarterly profit of 9 cents per share, and also posted better-than-expected revenue. However, the internet radio service operator also saw fewer listeners added to its ranks than analysts had been anticipating.

Pfizer—The pharmaceutical company announced a new $11 billion stock buyback program, citing strong operating cash flow. Pfizer's announcement is pressuring shares of rival drug maker AstraZeneca, on the idea that the buyback makes a Pfizer bid for AstraZeneca less likely.

Deckers Outdoor—The footwear designer reported quarterly profit of $1.17 per share, 14 cents above estimates, and revenue beat forecasts as well. However, the footwear and apparel maker also gave a forecast that was below Street expectations, although it said it is well-positioned for the upcoming holiday shopping season.

Edwards Lifesciences—The medical device maker beat estimates by 8 cents with quarterly profit of 80 cents per share, with revenue well above analyst forecasts. Edwards saw a 23-percent jump in sales of its heart valves during the quarter, and raised its full-year forecast.

Juniper Networks—The company reported quarterly earnings of 36 cents per share, 1 cent above estimates, with revenue in line. But it issued a weaker than expected fourth quarter outlook due to a slide on spending by U.S. telecom companies.

Riverbed Technology—The telecom equipment maker matched estimates for its latest quarter at 30 cents per share, with revenue slightly below estimates. Like rival Juniper, it issued a weaker than expected current quarter outlook.

KLA-Tencor—The chip equipment supplier will pay a special dividend of $16.50 per share, costing the chip maker a total of about $2.75 billion, and also announced it would buy back up to 3.6 million shares. The company also beat estimates by one cent with quarterly profit of 47 cents per share.

AMC Networks—The cable network is buying a 49.9-percent stake in BBC America, and will take operational control of the channel.

Johnson & Johnson—The company was found not liable in a Texas case involving allegedly defective hip implants.

By CNBC's Peter Schacknow

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