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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Home Depot—Home Depot earned an adjusted $1 per share for the fourth quarter, beating estimates by 11 cents, with revenue also above forecasts. The company also raised its quarterly dividend 26 percent to 59 cents per share, and announced a new $18 billion share repurchase program. Home Depot did say that the stronger US dollar would shave approximately 6 cents per share off 2015 full-year earnings.

Comcast—The NBCUniversal parent earned an adjusted 77 cents per share for the fourth quarter, 1 cent below estimates, though revenue was above Street forecasts. Comcast raised its annual dividend by 11 percent to $1 per share and increased its share repurchase authorization to $10 billion.

Toll Brothers—The home builder easily beating estimates on both the top and bottom lines, as it sold more homes at higher prices. Toll earned 44 cents per share for its first quarter, well above estimates of 30 cents.

Office Depot—The office supplies retailer reported adjusted quarterly profit of 7 cents per share, 3 cents above estimates. Revenue fell below analyst forecasts, although sales were up about 10 percent from a year earlier.

Pall Corp—The maker of filtration systems is the latest company to cut its earnings forecast due to the impact of the stronger dollar, saying it sees a negative currency impact of 40 cents per share for 2015. Pall beat estimates by a penny for its most recent quarter with profit of 88 cents per share, though revenue was below estimates.

Steve Madden—The shoe retailer fell a penny shy of estimates with quarterly profit of 34 cents per share, though revenue was above Street forecasts. The company is forecasting a 2015 sales increase of 7 to 9 percent.

Alkermes—Alkermes earned an adjusted 11 cents per share for its latest quarter, 7 cents above estimates, while revenue and its 2015 outlook are also above consensus. Alkermes saw results helped by a significant revenue increase for its Vivitrol addiction treatment.

Express Scripts—Express Scripts earned an adjusted $1.39 per share for its latest quarter, 1 cent above estimates, with revenue essentially in line. But the pharmacy benefits manager did give current quarter and full-year guidance that was shy of Street estimates, as Express Scripts deals with a drop in filled prescriptions.

Stifel Financial—Stifel is buying privately held Sterne Agee for $150 million, continuing a series of acquisitions in recent years to expand its brokerage business.

Dillard's—Dillard's missed estimates by a penny with adjusted quarterly profit of $3.17 per share, though the retailer's revenue was above estimates. Dillard's did see higher profit margins because of lower promotional activity.

Health Care REIT—The real estate investment trust will offer 17 million shares of its common stock in a secondary offering, using the proceeds to pay down debt and for general corporate purposes.

First Solar and SunPower—The two are in talks to form a joint venture to hold some of their solar power-generating assets. The joint venture would then potentially be floated as an initial public offering.

Tenet Healthcare—The hospital operator missed estimates by 15 cents with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.03 per share, though revenue beat estimates. Tenet did see more patients at its hospitals, and projected full-year results that are above Street estimates.

Computer Sciences—Jana Partners raised its stake in the company to 5.9 percent, according to an SEC filing, saying CSC shares are undervalued and represent "an attractive investment opportunity".

BHP Billiton—BHP beat estimates with its latest earnings report, and the mining company promised to maintain or increase its dividend even as it deals with falling commodity prices and delays or cancellations of expansion projects.

JPMorgan Chase—The bank plans to charge large institutional clients fees for some deposits, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Health Care REIT will offer 17 million shares of its common stock in a secondary offering.

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