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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

United Continental — United missed estimates by 2 cents with adjusted quarterly profit of $4.53 per share, with revenue in line. The airline's revenue per available passenger seat mile — a key industry metric — fell 5.8 percent.

3M — 3M beat estimates by 5 cents, earning $2.05 per share for the third quarter, though revenue came in below forecasts. The company also lowered the top end of its yearly earnings forecast, and said it would cut 1,500 jobs in a restructuring.

Caterpillar — The heavy equipment maker fell 3 cents shy of estimates with adjusted quarterly profit of 75 cents per share, with revenue also missing the mark. The company also lowered its full year earnings forecast due to a challenging environment in most of its markets.

Dunkin' Brands — The doughnut chain beat estimates by 1 cent with adjusted quarterly profit of 52 cents per share. Revenue also beat forecasts, although the company is calling its 1.1 percent increase in same-store sales "disappointing."

Stanley Black & Decker — The tool maker reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.55 per share, 11 cents above estimates. Revenue also beat forecasts, and the company raised its 2015 earnings outlook despite what it calls a "challenging" near-term outlook caused by currency pressures and volatile economic conditions in a number of its markets.

Perrigo — The maker of private label drugs beat estimates by 3 cents with adjusted profit of $1.76 per share. Revenue missed forecasts, but Perrigo announced a series of actions — including new stock buybacks — which it said was designed to drive shareholder value superior to what would be gained in Mylan's bid to buy Perrigo.

Southwest Airlines — The airline reported adjusted quarterly profit of 94 cents per share, beating estimates by 2 cents, with revenue also above forecasts. Southwest's results were helped by an increase in profit margins spurred by lower fuel prices.

Eli Lilly — The drug maker came in 13 cents above estimates with adjusted third quarter profit of 89 cents per share, while revenue was essentially in line. Lilly also raised its full-year forecast.

American Express — Amex reported adjusted earnings of $1.24 per share, 7 cents below estimates. Cautious spending by customers was a key factor, as average transaction levels fell by 3 percent.

PulteGroup — The home builder's quarterly results came in 10 cents below estimates with adjusted quarterly profit of 33 cents per share, while revenue also missed forecasts. The company sold fewer homes and also set aside money to cover legal costs.

Under Armour — The athletic apparel maker beat estimates by 1 cent with quarterly profit of 45 cents per share. Revenue beat forecasts, and the company also raised its full-year outlook after registering its first ever billion dollar quarter.

Dow Chemical — Dow earned an adjusted 82 cents per share for the third quarter, 13 cents above estimates, though revenue fell short of analyst forecasts. Overall revenue continues to grow despite softness in Dow's agricultural segment.

AT&T — The company issued a warning that its third quarter revenue will likely fall below Street forecasts. The company said analysts have inflated their revenue projections because of discrepancies involving the accounting for AT&T's recent acquisition of DirecTV. AT&T is scheduled to report quarterly results this afternoon.

Visa — The credit card issuer raised its dividend by 17 percent, increasing it to 14 cents per share from 12 cents. Visa had boosted the payout by 20 percent last year, and by 21 percent the year before.

Las Vegas Sands — Las Vegas Sands beat estimates by 2 cents with quarterly profit of 66 cents per share, but the casino operator's revenue was below forecasts on weakness in its Macau operations.

EBay — EBay earned an adjusted 43 cents per share for its latest quarter, 3 cents above estimates, with revenue essentially in line. The company also boosted its profit forecast and gave an upbeat holiday season outlook.

Citrix Systems — Citrix saw quarterly profit come in 20 cents above estimates at an adjusted $1.04 per share, and the software maker also scored a significant beat on the revenue side. Citrix also said Chief Executive Officer Mark Templeton would retire, and named executive chairman Robert Calderoni as interim CEO.

CIT Group — CIT said Chief Executive Officer John Thain will retire in March, to be replaced by long-time banking executive Ellen Alemany. Thain took over at CIT in 2010 following the commercial lender's bankruptcy.

Fiat Chrysler — The automaker's labor agreement with the United Auto Workers union is receiving significant support in early voting, with the final results due later today.

Yahoo — Yahoo has cut the price of advertising for the first-ever web-streamed NFL game this coming Sunday, according to Reuters. The price is now said to be less than $100,000 from the initial $200,000.

Texas Instruments — Texas Instruments earned 76 cents per share for its latest quarter, 9 cents above estimates, with the chipmaker's revenue also beating forecasts. The company was helped by better sales for its analog and embedded chip offerings.

Comcast — Comcast will resell Verizon's wireless service, according to Re/code, in what is seen as a move for the NBCUniversal parent to offer its own wireless service.

Lululemon — Lululemon's chief product officer Tara Poseley will leave the company after just two years. Lee Holman was appointed to the new post of executive vice president and creative director at the yogawear maker.

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