Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:
Manitowoc—Carl Icahn has taken a 7.7-percent stake in the crane maker, according to an SEC filing, saying they are undervalued. Icahn plans to talk to company management about separating its crane and food service businesses into two companies.
Gilead Sciences—Gilead shares are rising this morning after it was named a top 2015 stock pick in Barron's. Others include General Motors, Bank of America, Boeing, American Airlines Group, Google, Micron Technology, Macy's, Royal Caribbean, and Fluor.
Sony—Sony's movie "The Interview" brought in $15 million over the weekend in theaters and online following its delayed release. Separately, Sony's PlayStation Network continues to suffer intermittent connection problems, although the company said full service is gradually being restored.
Apple—The tech giant is in talks with U.K. banks about bringing its Apple Pay service to Britain, according to the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.
Intercontinental Exchange—ICE may sell the New York Stock Exchange as soon as next year, according to a report in the New York Post.
BHP Billiton—BHP and other mining stocks are rising this morning in a bargain-hunting rally, after those stocks fell in recent weeks on declining metals prices.