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Recapping the big earnings: MMM, DNKN, SWK

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3M beat estimates by five cents and earned $2.05 per share in the third quarter.

The maker of Scotch Tape and Post-it notes also lowered the top end of its 2015 forecast and announced plans to cut 1,500 jobs.

Dunkin' Brands beat on the top and bottom line. However, the doughnut chain called its 1.1 percent same-store-sales increase "disappointing."

Stanley Black and Decker surged in afternoon trading Thursday, after the tool maker comfortably beat profit estimates.

The Fortune 500 manufacturer of industrial tools and household hardware also raised its 2015 earnings outlook despite currency pressures and economic volatility in a number of markets.