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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

UPS – UPS matched estimates with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.25 per share, while revenues were above forecasts. However, the company said its results were below its own expectations, and it also forecast full-year results below Street forecasts. It plans to address these issues with cost and revenue actions, although UPS adds that customers were "delighted" with its service during the holiday season.

Aetna – The insurance company matched estimates with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.22, with revenue also above forecasts. The insurance company raised its full-year outlook by 10 cents to $7.00 per share, although that's below the consensus estimate of $7.16. Aetna is seeing membership and revenue increase, but the company is also being impacted by rising medical costs.

AutoNation – The auto retailer earned an adjusted $1.02 per share, eleven cents above estimates, with revenue also beating consensus. The company was helped by stronger results in all its businesses, including new and used cars, parts and service, and finance and insurance.

Eaton Corporation – The maker of power management systems earned an adjusted $1.27 per share for its latest quarter, seven cents above estimates, although revenue was slightly below. Eaton said its businesses had a strong quarter, although it did suffer a negative impact from foreign exchange rates.

Archer Daniels Midland – The grain processor earned an adjusted $1.00 per share for its latest quarter, six cents above estimates, and also raised its quarterly dividend to 28 cents per share from 24 cents.

Wendy's – The restaurant chain matched estimates with adjusted profit of 10 cents per share, though revenue came in below consensus. Wendy's said it would take advantage of low interest rates to recapitalize its balance sheet, and also plans to sell 500 more restaurants to franchisees.

Staples, Office Depot – The office supplies retailers are in advanced merger talks, according to the Wall Street Journal.

United Technologies – The company increased its quarterly dividend by 8.5 percent to 64 cents per share.

BP – The oil giant reported fourth quarter earnings that exceeded analyst estimates, helped by a surprise profit in its Russian operations.

Sanofi – The drug maker launched its inhalable insulin product Afrezza in the United States.

Ally Financial – Ally named its financial services chief Jeffrey Brown as its new chief executive officer, replacing the retiring Michael Carpenter.

FMC Corp. – FMC is near a deal to sell its soda-ash unit to rival chemical maker Tronox (TROX) for more than $1.5 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Anadarko Petroleum – Anadarko reported an adjusted quarterly profit of 37 cents per share, well below estimates of 85 cents. Revenue also missed by a wide margin, as Anadarko was hit hard by the collapse of oil prices.

Advent Software – Advent is being bought by SS&C Technologies for $44.25 per share, or about $2.7 billion. The per-share price is 6.9 percent higher than Monday's close for Advent.

Hartford Financial – Hartford beat estimates by three cents with adjusted quarterly profit of 96 cents, with revenue essentially inline. The insurance company experienced lower catastrophe losses and better underwriting results.

RadioShack () – RadioShack will be delisted by the New York Stock Exchange, which has suspended trading in the company's shares. Separately, Bloomberg reports the electronics retailer may sell some of its stores to Amazon.com and Sprint.

Google – Google is preparing to launch a ride-service rival to Uber and Lyft, according to Bloomberg.

Dave & Buster's – The dining and entertainment chain operator announced a six million share secondary offering of common stock.

Booz Allen Hamilton – The consulting firm announced a secondary offering of 12 million shares.

Stratasys – Stratasys issued an earnings and revenue estimate for 2015 that fell below analyst estimates, with the 3D printer maker pointing to increased operating expenses.

Cliffs Natural Resources – Cliffs earned an adjusted $1.00 per share for its latest quarter, well above estimates of 14 cents. The mining company was helped by a 26 percent increase in iron ore sales volumes, as well as a drop in production costs.

Sunoco – Sunoco increased its quarterly dividend by 10 percent to 60 cents per share.

Wells Fargo – Wells Fargo received a favorable ruling from a New York judge, who rejected a claim by the state's attorney general that the bank was not complying with a $25 billion 2012 mortgage settlement.

Rent-A-Center – The company missed estimates by 13 cents with adjusted quarterly profit of 50 cents per share, and its revenue and 2015 guidance also fell below analyst forecasts. The equipment rental company is being hurt by lagging sales in the U.S.


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