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Brendan McDermid | Reuters
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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Bed Bath & Beyond — The housewares retailer reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.85 per share, 4 cents a share above estimates. Revenue was also slightly above Wall Street forecasts, and the company also announced a new quarterly dividend of 12 1/2 cents per share.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals — Valeant struck in agreement with loan holders to amend the terms of its debt, according to Dow Jones. The drugmaker's shares are coming off their best two-day percentage gain in 20 years, although they are still down more than 80 percent over the past 12 months.

Costco — The warehouse retailer reported a 1 percent increase in March comparable-store sales, below the consensus Thomson Reuters estimate of a 1.9 percent increase.

Apple — BTIG cut earnings estimates and its price target for Apple, although it is keeping a "buy" rating. BTIG is basing its call on a more conservative outlook for Apple's iPhone upgrade cycle.

L Brands — The company announced a split of its Victoria's Secret business into three separate units, and also announced a 3 percent increase in March same-store sales. That was above consensus estimates for a 2 percent rise.

ConAgra — The foodmaker reported adjusted quarterly profit of 68 cents per share, 10 cents a share above estimates, while revenue was also above analysts' forecast. A significant increase in profit margins for ConAgra's consumer foods business was among the positive factors for the quarter.

Wynn Resorts — Telsey Advisory Group upgraded the casino operator to "outperform" from "market perform," based on an upbeat outlook from the company and confidence that Wynn will achieve at least the bottom end of its forecast.

Mattel – The toymaker's shares were rated "overweight" in new coverage at JPMorgan Chase. JPMorgan is positive on toy industry fundamentals overall and also is positive on Mattel's cost-cutting initiatives as well as solid momentum from its core brands.

Verizon Communications — Verizon was downgraded to "hold" from "buy" at Jefferies, which said near-term catalysts don't exist to provide any upside to its earnings estimates or valuation. Jefferies did say that it does believe Verizon is positioned well long term.

Intel — The chipmaker's shares are rated "buy" in new coverage at Brean, which said overall industry challenges may help Intel improve its position against its competition.

McDonald's — Chairman Andrew McKenna will not run for re-election to the board when the restaurant chain holds its annual meeting May 26. McKenna has been chairman for 12 years and a board member for 25 years.

Sprint — Sprint will sell $3 billion in equipment to newly created entities, which will then lease the equipment back to Sprint. The arrangement will allow the mobile services company to obtain a cash infusion with better terms than it might get in the debt market.

JPMorgan Chase — Chief Executive Jamie Dimon issued his annual letter to shareholders, saying the bank is becoming stronger and safer. However, he also said that increased market volatility is most likely here to stay and that he's not proud of the company's stock performance over the past decade.

Yahoo — Yahoo sees a 15 percent decline in earnings and a 20 percent drop in revenue this year compared to 2015, according to Re/code citing an internal document.

Medtronic — The medical device maker received Food and Drug Administration approval for a new wireless heart pacemaker called Micra, which attaches directly to the heart.

Lexmark — Lexus is in talks to be bought by China-based ink cartridge chip maker Apex Technology, according to Reuters. The printer and imaging systems maker had sought bids in the past, but did not receive offers to its liking.

PulteGroup — Company founder William Pulte said further changes at the home builder — beyond this week's announced departure of the company's CEO — may be required. Pulte's views were contained in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.


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