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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

FordThe automaker beat estimates by 3 cents with adjusted quarterly profit of 26 cents per share, though revenue was slightly below estimates as Ford was impacted by a changeover in F-Series truck production. Ford also said it would not lose as much money in Europe this year as it did last year.

Dow Chemical—The company earned 85 cents per share for its latest quarter, 16 cents above estimates, though revenue was very slightly below expectations. Dow noted that it had volume expansion in most segments, even in the face of volatile commodity prices.

AlibabaThe e-commerce company beat estimates by 6 cents with adjusted quarterly profit of 81 cents per share, but revenue was below estimates, disappointing investors.

BlackstoneThe alternative asset manager saw results beat Street estimates on both the top and bottom line, despite declines in returns from its real estate business.

Stanley Black & DeckerThe tool manufacturer earned an adjusted $1.56 per share for its latest quarter, 4 cents above estimates, with revenue also registering a beat. It was helped by cost-cutting and sales growth in emerging markets.

Time Warner CableThe cable company did gain subscribers during its latest quarter, but its adjusted earnings of $2.03 per share came in 5 cents short of consensus, and revenue was also slightly below estimates.

PulteGroupThe home builder beat estimates by 18 cents with quarterly profit of 40 cents per share, while revenue came in above expectations. Pulte is seeing more customer traffic, with new orders, closings, and average selling prices increasing slightly.

Coach—The luxury fashion company reported adjusted quarterly profit of 72 cents per share, 6 cents above estimates, though revenue was very slightly below consensus. Of particular note was a jump in demand in the key China market.

Colgate-PalmoliveThe consumer products maker beat estimates by 2 cents with adjusted quarterly profit of 75 cents per share, with revenue in line. Colgate's results were impacted by a strong dollar, among other factors.

ConocoPhillipsThe oil giant earned an adjusted 60 cents per share for its latest quarter, 1 cent above estimates, and also announced a $2 billion cut in planned capital spending for 2015 because of lower oil prices.

Harley-DavidsonThe motorcycle maker beat estimates by a penny with quarterly profit of 35 cents per share, but revenue fell below estimates. Harley is among the many companies that have been negatively impacted by the strong U.S. dollar.

HersheyThe chocolate maker fell 2 cents below estimates with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.04 per share, and revenue also fell below consensus.

Northrop GrummanThe defense contractor topped estimates on the top and bottom line, and also gave a full-year profit forecast that exceeds Street forecasts.

JetBlueThe airline beat estimates by 2 cents with quarterly profit of 26 cents per share, though revenue was slightly below estimates. JetBlue's bottom line, like those of its competitors, benefited from lower jet fuel prices.

FacebookThe social network reported adjusted quarterly profit of 54 cents per share, 5 cents above estimates. Revenue was also above consensus, helped by a jump in mobile advertising growth, but the pace of growth was the slowest in nearly two years.

McDonald'sThe restaurant chain announced chief executive officer Don Thompson will retire on March 1, to be replaced by chief brand officer Steve Easterbrook.

Qualcomm—The chip maker beat estimates by 9 cents with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.34 per share, with revenue also above forecasts. However, Qualcomm cut its fiscal 2015 outlook after a major customer passed on using its new "Snapdragon" mobile chip.

Citrix SystemsThe maker of cloud computing software earned an adjusted $1.10 per share for its latest quarter, 8 cents above estimates, and also beat on the top line. However, Citrix also gave current quarter guidance that falls below street estimates, and announced it would cut 700 full-time jobs to improve efficiency.

Las Vegas SandsThe company reported quarterly profit of 92 cents per share, beating estimates by 12 cents, with revenue also topping consensus. The casino operator was able to cut its expenses during the quarter, helping offset a business slowdown in the Chinese enclave of Macau.

PotashThe fertilizer producer raised its quarterly dividend by 9 percent, a 3-cent increase to 38 cents per share. Potash will pay the dividend on May 4 to shareholders of record as of April 13.

DiageoThe spirits maker reported an 18 percent drop in quarterly profit, largely on weak sales in North America for Diageo. North America is the company's biggest and most profitable market.

Microsoft—The company is making Word, Excel, and other Microsoft Office applications free for Android tablets as of today.

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