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Early movers: LLY, TSN, AMZN, JWN, YHOO, MET, F & more

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Lucas Jackson | Reuters
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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Eli Lilly — The drugmaker cut its 2015 full-year guidance and forecast 2016 earnings below current Street consensus. The 2015 guidance cut is due to charges related to a previously announced drug acquisition, with non-GAAP earnings forecasts unchanged.

First Solar — Goldman Sachs upgraded the solar equipment maker's stock to "buy" from "neutral" and increased its target price to $100 per share from $60. Goldman considers First Solar one of its top ideas for 2016 and offers the most substantial upside in the sector over the next 12 months, citing a "best-in-class balance sheet" and added production capacity.

Willis Towers Watson — Towers Watson and Willis Group Holdings have successfully completed their merger, with the consulting firm beginning combined operations and trading under its new name and ticker symbol ("WLTW").

Tyson Foods — RBC downgraded Tyson to "sector perform" from "outperform," based in part on a decline in the performance of the company's prepared foods segment.

Amazon.com — Amazon said more than 23 million items were ordered from sellers on Cyber Monday, a more than 40 percent year-over-year increase.

Capital One — The credit card issuer was downgraded to "perform" from "outperform" at Oppenheimer. The firm said Street earnings expectations for the company are on the optimistic side, especially for 2017.

Nordstrom, J.C. Penney — Citi downgraded Nordstrom to "neutral" from "buy," while upgrading Penney to "neutral" from "sell." Citi said Nordstrom sales have slowed more than it expected, while rival retailer Penney is now fairly priced after sliding about 30 percent over the past three months.

Yahoo — Yahoo has shut down its online video portal Screen. The portal failed to gain traction after it was started in 2013, while rivals posted double-digit increases in viewership.

Smith & Wesson — Smith & Wesson raised quarterly revenue and earnings guidance for its third quarter and its 2016 fiscal year ending April 30. The gun maker said sales have been stronger than expected and that various indicators point to a continuation of that trend.

MetLife — Citi downgraded the insurance company's shares to "neutral" from "buy," citing "significant earnings headwinds" while lacking any near-term catalysts.

Ford Motor — Ford plans to triple the size of its fleet of self-driving test cars to 30. The automaker made the announcement to coincide with the kickoff of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Toyota Motor — Toyota set a 2.7 percent China sales growth target for 2016, less than analysts had anticipated. Toyota's China sales had increased by 8.7 percent in 2015.

Nvidia — Nvidia unveiled a new computer designed for use in self-driving cars, and the maker of graphics chips also said Volvo will be the first customer for the device.

International Business Machines — IBM announced the retirement of executive vice president Steven Mills, who had been with IBM since 1973 and had reportedly rejected a 2010 offer from Hewlett-Packard to become that company's chief executive officer.

Activision Blizzard — Activision bought video game competition producer Major League Gaming for $46 million, as it develops a new "e-sports" unit.