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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Big Lots—The discount retailer reported a third quarter loss of 6 cents per share, 1 cent wider than expected. Revenue also was below estimates, although Big Lots did chalk up a third straight quarter of same-store sales growth.

Dollar Tree—The dollar chain said it doesn't believe the U.S. Federal Trade Commission will require it to divest any more stores than it had originally planned in order to complete its deal to buy rival Family Dollar. It now expects to complete the deal as early as February 2015.

Honda—The expanded U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata air bags announced earlier this week will involve an additional three million cars, according to the automaker.

Tyson FoodsGoldman Sachs added Tyson to its "conviction buy" list, saying the poultry producer's value is underappreciated, especially in light of its recent acquisition of Hillshire Brands.

Northrop Grumman—The defense contractor was also added to Goldman's "conviction buy" list. Goldman noted that Northrop Grumman is the biggest subcontractor in the Pentagon's largest growth program, the Joint Strike Fighter.

Starz—Macquarie upgraded the cable channel operator's stock to "outperform" from "neutral," citing its potential to be acquired as well as growth possibilities.

Tim Hortons—The Canadian government has approved Burger King Worldwide's deal to buy the doughnut and coffee shop chain for $10.5 billion in cash and stock.

Gap—The retailer reported November comparable store sales rose a better than expected six percent. The increase was driven by an 18 percent surge in sales at Gap's Old Navy chain.

Apple—The tech giant is moving to dismiss the lawsuit involving claims of monopolistic behavior with its iPod software. The issue is whether a plaintiff in the case purchased her iPod during the period covered in the trial.

American Eagle—The company matched estimates with adjusted quarterly profit of 22 cents per share, with revenue above consensus. The teen apparel retailer also forecast current quarter earnings below Street estimates, as the company and its competitors suffer from a decline in mall traffic and reluctant shoppers.

Finisair—The maker of fiber optic products missed estimates by 2 cents with adjusted quarterly profit of 23 cents per share, with revenue also missing forecasts and the company issuing a weaker than expected outlook. Finisair has been seeing weaker demand from its telecom customers.

Ulta Salon—The beauty products and salon services provider reported quarterly profit of 91 cents per share, 7 cents above estimates, while revenue also came in above analyst forecasts. Ulta also issued an upbeat forecast for the full year.

Cooper Cos—The medical device maker missed estimates by 7 cents with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.95 per share, and revenue fell below estimates as well. Cooper has been seeing stronger sales growth in its vision business, but has lowered guidance for the full year due to the negative effects of currency changes.

Five Below—The retailer matched estimates with quarterly profit of 6 cents per share, while revenue was slightly above forecasts. Five Below also issued current quarter guidance below Street estimates, and named chief operating officer Joel Anderson as its new CEO.

Smith & Wesson—The company reported quarterly profit of 9 cents per share, 2 cents above estimates, with revenue also beating consensus. However, sales were down 22 percent from a year ago, with falling profit margins, and the gun maker issued a disappointing current quarter outlook.

L-3 Communications—The company announced a new $1.5 billion stock buyback program.

Keurig Green Mountain—The maker of Keurig beverage systems is buying the 85 percent of Bevyz Global that it didn't already own for about $220 million. Bevyz makes a single-portion multi-drink system that encompasses both hot and cold beverages.

RadioShack—The electronics retailer will stop matching employee contributions to its 401(K) plan, according to Bloomberg, and will also review its health benefits program.

CBS and Dish Network—The two sides continued talks on a new carriage contract beyond last night's deadline, after CBS had threatened to pull its signal from Dish if no new agreement was reached.

By CNBC's Peter Schacknow

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