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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Goldman Sachs—The financial institution reported quarterly profit of $5.94 per share, well above estimates of $4.26, with revenue also well above estimates. Goldman also raised its quarterly dividend to 65 cents per share from 60 cents.

UnitedHealth Group—The health insurer earned $1.46 per share for its latest quarter, 11 cents above estimates, with revenue also beating Street expectations. The company also raised its 2015 earnings forecast, following stronger business growth during the first quarter.

BlackRock—The world's largest asset manager reported quarterly profit of an adjusted $4.89 per share, above estimates of $4.52, though revenue was slightly below forecasts. The investment firm said cash flows were strong across all asset classes during the quarter.

Blackstone—The private equity and investment firm had economic net income of $1.37 per unit, well above estimates of $1.04, with revenue also scoring a solid beat. Blackstone was helped by strong results from asset sales.

KeyCorp—The bank matched estimates with quarterly profit of 26 cents per share, though revenue was slightly below estimates. KeyCorp also said it expects to return a "significant" amount of its net income to shareholders over the next five quarters.

Philip Morris—The tobacco producer beat estimates by 15 cents with quarterly profit of $1.16 per share, and scored a beat on the top line as well. The company also raised its 2015 earnings guidance above consensus estimates, based on better-than-expected volume and market share.

Sherwin-Williams—The paint maker earned an adjusted $1.38 per share for its latest quarter, 6 cents below estimates, with revenue also below consensus. Sherwin-Williams' results were hurt in part by the strong dollar.

Starbucks—BMO began coverage of Starbucks with an "outperform" rating, pointing to a "litany" of growth opportunities.

Coach—Barclays upgraded the luxury goods retailer to "overweight" from "equal weight," pointing to confidence about the success of turnaround efforts.

Netflix—Netflix added a greater-than-expected 4.9 million new members in the first quarter. Netflix reported quarterly profit of 38 cents per share, compared with estimates of 69 cents, but without currency impact, earnings would have come in at 77 cents per share.

SanDisk—SanDisk reported an adjusted quarterly profit of 62 cents per share, missing estimates by four cents, while revenue was slightly above forecasts. The maker of memory chips did post its first quarterly revenue drop in two years, and also said it plans to cut jobs by about five percent.

Procter & Gamble—The consumer products giant is drawing interest for its beauty brands from Revlon, Coty, and others, according to the Reuters. The brands could fetch as much as $12 billion, according to some estimates.

General Motors—The automaker is entitled to be shielded from certain lawsuits over its defective ignition switches, according to a judge dealing with the bankruptcy of so-called Old GM.

Etsy—Etsy will make its Wall Street debut today, with the crafts marketplace pricing its initial public offering at $16 per share, at the high end of the expected range.

Panera Bread—The restaurant chain said it would increase its current share repurchase program by $750 million.

VIrtu Financial—Virtu priced its initial public offering at $19 per share, at the high end of the expected range.

Target—The retailer announced a $19 million settlement with MasterCard (MA) over its 2013 data breach. The pending agreement had been reported by the Wall Street Journal Wednesday morning.

Diageo—Diageo reported a fiscal third quarter sales decline of 0.7 percent, a worse-than-expected performance for the world's largest maker of spirits such as Johnnie Walker whisky and Guinness beer.

Unilever—Unilever reported a better-than-expected 2.8 percent rise in first quarter sales, excluding the impact of currency. Unilever, which makes Dove soap, Lipton tea, and other products, pointed to improving China results as a key factor in its better showing.


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