Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell on Thursday:
Generac (GNRC) – The generator maker earned an adjusted 83 cents per share for its third quarter, missing estimates by 20 cents, with revenue also well below forecasts. Generac said power outage incidents were well below normal during the quarter, and it is also projecting net sales for the full year to decline in the mid-single digit range.
Perrigo (PRGO) – The maker of store-branded generic drugs will buy Belgium-based Omega Pharma for $3.1 billion in cash and stock. Separately, Perrigo reported adjusted fiscal first quarter profit of $1.40 per share, four cents below estimates, with revenue also below Street forecasts.
Qualcomm (QCOM) - The chip maker missing estimates by fivecents with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.26 per share. Revenue alsomissed, and Qualcomm also gave a weaker than expected earnings outlook. The company also disclosed the Federal Trade Commission was investigating itsbusiness practices.
L Brands (LB) – The retailer and Victoria's Secret parent reported a three percent rise in October sales at stores open at least a year, above estimates of 2.4 percent.
Wendy's (WEN) – The restaurant chain fell three cents below estimates with quarterly profit of six cents per share, and revenue also fell below analyst forecasts. Wendy's was hurt in part by a bigger than expected increase in beef costs. Separately, the company also announced a ten percent dividend increase.
Sierra Wireless (SWIR) – The provider of wireless communications solutions is seeing its stock soar after reporting earnings and revenue that beat Street forecasts by a substantial margin. Sierra is also projecting better than expected results for the current quarter.
Molson Coors (TAP) – The beer brewer missed estimates by two cents with adjusted third quarter profit of $1.46 per share. Molson said it was impacted by unfavorable currency swings and increased marketing expenses.
DirecTV (DTV) – The satellite TV provider reported adjusted third quarter profit of $1.33 per share, three cents above estimates, with revenue also beating consensus. DirecTV said it was able to post solid revenue growth despite intense competition for subscribers.
Citigroup (C) – Citi has four Japanese banks among the bidders for its consumer banking business in that country, according to Reuters. The unit was put up for sale in September.
AstraZeneca (AZN) – AstraZeneca lifted its 2014 sales forecast, based on continuing strong sales for its heartburn treatment Nexium.
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) – ADM named President and Chief Operating Officer Juan Luciano as its chief executive, effective January 1. Current CEO Patricia Woertz will remain as the grain processor's chairman.
Whole Foods (WFM) – Whole Foods scored a three cent beat for its latest quarter with profit of 35 cents per share. The organic grocer reported a 3.1 percent increase in same-store sales while increasing its market share.
CBS (CBS) – CBS reported adjusted quarterly profit of , one cent above estimates, with revenue slightly above forecasts.CBS saw increased licensing revenue for its shows, and hit shows as well as Thursday night NFL games helped grow its ad revenue.
Tesla (TSLA) – Tesla surprised Wall Street by posting an adjusted quarterly profit of two cents per share, compared to forecasts of a one cent per share loss. Revenue was well above estimates, but the automaker did cut its 2014 delivery guidance. Its earnings forecast for the current quarter is also well below Street estimates.
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News Corp. (NWSA) – The company with adjusted quarterly profit of nine cents per share, with revenue also above analyst forecasts. The company's results were helped by higher book publishing revenue, and a double-digit increase in revenue from its digital real estate unit.
Zillow (Z) – Zillow reported adjusted quarterly profit of 13 cents per share, five cents above estimates, with revenue beating forecasts as well. The real estate website operator saw its average monthly user numbers soar 41 percent from a year earlier, with an even bigger jump in mobile device visits.
WebMD (WBMD) - WebMD fell one cent short of estimates with quarterly profit of , though revenue was above forecasts. The health information provider also projected current quarter earnings that fall largely below estimates.
Noodles & Co. (NDLS) – Noodles matched estimates with quarterly profit of 10 cents per share, with revenue beating forecasts. The restaurant chain did give better than expected forward guidance for comparable store sales.
—By CNBC's Peter Schacknow
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