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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Plum Creek Timber — The forest products company agreed to be bought by rival Weyerhaeuser in an $8.4 billion stock swap deal. The transaction still needs the approval of Plum Creek shareholders.

Dish Network — The satellite TV company beat estimates by 3 cents with quarterly profit of 42 cents per share, while revenue was essentially in line. Dish reported an increase in average revenue per user, although its so-called "churn" rate also rose.

Hertz Global — The car rental company reported adjusted quarterly profit of 49 cents per share, 3 cents below estimates, with revenue also slightly short of forecasts. Hertz said it did make progress in cost-cutting during the quarter, as well as completing the integration of Dollar Thrifty. Additionally, Hertz completed its restatement of second quarter results, saying it increased earnings for those three months, but decreased overall profit for the first six months of this year.

Priceline Group — The online travel site operator earned $25.35 per share for the quarter, above estimates of $24.23. Revenue was also above forecasts, helped by record hotel room bookings. However, the stock is under pressure due to a cautious forecast.

DuPont — The chemical giant named Edward Breen as its permanent chairman and chief executive officer. He'd been serving in those jobs on an interim basis for several weeks, following the retirement of CEO Ellen Kullman.

Perrigo — The drug maker sent a letter to its shareholders urging rejection of a takeover bid by Mylan.

Sotheby's — The auction house reported a quarterly loss of 26 cents per share, 1 cent smaller than expected, and revenue beat forecasts thanks to several successful auctions. That includes two sales from the collection of former Sotheby's chairman Alfred Taubman.

Apache — The oil and gas company rejected a takeover approach from an unidentified third party, according to a Bloomberg report, and is working with Goldman Sachs on a defense.

Restoration Hardware — UBS began coverage on the home furnishings company's stock with a "buy" rating, citing continued margin expansion and the ability to create a large-scale brand in a category that lacks one, among other factors.

Buffalo Wild Wings — KeyBanc upgraded the restaurant chain's shares to "overweight" from "sector weight," saying it doesn't believe that recent weaker sales trends in the industry will extend into 2016. KeyBanc adds that that weakness has created attractive valuations in high-quality growth brands like Buffalo Wild Wings.

Berkshire Hathaway – Berkshire reported better than expected earnings for the third quarter, with profit more than doubling. A drop in profit in Berkshire's core insurance business pressured results, but it was helped by gains stemming from the merger between H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods.

L Brands — JPMorgan Chase downgraded the Victoria's Secret parent to "neutral" from "overweight," based in part on unfavorable apparel industry trends.

Target — Citi began coverage on the retailer with a "buy" rating, saying Target is making the right moves in its effort to differentiate itself and compete with Wal-Mart Stores.

Weight Watchers International — Point72 Asset Management took a 5.7 percent passive stake in the company, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Weight Watchers has gotten a boost in recent weeks following a major investment by Oprah Winfrey.

Marriott International — The hotel chain struck a joint venture with Alitrip, the online travel booking platform owned by Alibaba. The deal will let China-based travelers book Marriott hotels directly.

General Electric — GE agreed to sell its Australian commercial-lending business to an affiliate of Bain Capital for a reported $1.34 billion.

General Motors — The automaker's stock has the potential to provide a return of as much as 40 percent including dividends over the next year, according to a Barron's article.

Textron — Textron unit Bell Helicopter said it did not expect a recovery in the commercial helicopter market until the first half of 2017.

Cisco Systems — Cisco announced a strategic partnership with Sweden's Ericsson that focuses on developing next-generation networks. The partnership could generate $1 billion for each partner by 2018.

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