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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

CiveoJana Partners sold its 11.5 percent stake in the provider of housing for oil service workers. The stock had been in the news earlier this week, plunging after announcing a cut in spending and a weaker than expected profit forecast.

YahooYahoo is considering purchasing a cable channel or a network, according to a report in Business Insider.

NovartisThe drug maker completed the $5.4 billion sale of its animal health division to Eli Lilly.

Dish NetworkDish is the latest pay-TV provider to make Sony's "The Interview" available to its viewers.

Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts, and MGM ResortsThese casino stocks will be on watch Friday, following news that gaming revenue in Macau was down 30 percent in December compared to a year earlier. The three companies all operate casinos in the Chinese enclave.

General MotorsGM redeemed 156.1 million preferred shares at a cost of $3.9 billion in a move to trim expenses.

Bed Bath & BeyondThe retailer's stock was upgraded to "buy" from "hold" at Canaccord Genuity, which points to its view that the company had a strong holiday shopping season.

Cliffs Natural ResourcesCliffs has completed the sale of its Logan County coal assets in West Virginia To Coronado Coal for $174 million.

Linn Energy—Linn is the latest energy-related company to announce a cut in capital spending plans, due to the drop in oil prices. The company also cut its annual dividend to $1.25 per share from $2.90.