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Stocks to Watch: October 24, 2016

Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

Time WarnerAT&T will buy the media giant for $85.4 billion in cash and stock, worth $107.50 per share compared to a Friday close of $89.48. Lawmakers are already promising heavy scrutiny of the deal because of competitive concerns. Separately, AT&T reported adjusted quarterly profit of 74 cents per share, matching estimates, and raised its dividend by a penny to 49 cents per share.

3M — 3M was upgraded to "overweight" from "equal weight" at Barclays, based on a recent pullback and a recovery in emerging markets, where 3M has significant exposure.

Comcast — Macquarie upgraded the NBCUniversal and CNBC parent to "outperform" from "neutral," mentioning Comcast's DreamWorks acquisition, digital initiatives, and the focus on distribution and content highlighted by the AT&T/Time Warner deal and other transactions.

Dick's Sporting Goods — Cowen upgraded the sporting goods retailer to "outperform" from "neutral," citing increased customer traffic and a rise in consumer satisfaction.

Williams-Sonoma — Citi tapped the household goods retailer as a top holiday stock pick, mentioning easy comps and upbeat spending projections from industry sources.

VF Corp. — The apparel retailer earned $1.19 per share for its latest quarter, four cents a share above estimates. Revenue fell below forecasts, however, and the company also cut its outlook for the full year. Jeans brands Wrangler and Lee are seeing declining sales, although outdoor brands like Vans and Timberland are growing, the company said. VF also raised its quarterly dividend by 14 percent to 42 cents a share.

Kimberly-Clark — The consumer products company missed estimates by two cents a share, with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.52 per share. Revenue also fell short of estimates amid what the company calls a "challenging" economic and competitive environment.

MetLife — MetLife is back in court today, trying to get the Financial Stability Oversight Council to remove its designation of the insurer as a "systemically important financial institution." Such a designation subjects companies to increased federal scrutiny, and MetLife feels that the designation is unjustified.

GlaxoSmithKline —The drugmaker has filed for U.S. approval of its shingles vaccine Shingrix, which analysts feel has the potential for $1 billion in annual sales.

Genworth Financial — Genworth struck a deal to be bought by China Oceanwide Holdings for $2.7 billion in cash. The $5.43 per share deal represents a 4.2 percent premium for the insurer's closing price on Friday.

B/E Aerospace — The company will be bought by aircraft component maker Rockwell Collins for $62 per share in cash and stock. The value of the deal to buy the maker of aircraft interiors is worth $6.4 billion, not including assumption of debt.

Boeing — Boeing is stepping up its participation in the market for aircraft replacement parts, according to a Reuters report which notes that the move puts Boeing in competition with some of its major suppliers. The replacement and repair market is worth an estimated $62 billion per year and growing.

TD Ameritrade — The online brokerage and Toronto-Dominion Bank are buying brokerage Scottrade Financial for $4 billion.

LinkedInMicrosoft's deal to buy LinkedIn for $26 billion is getting more intense review from European Union regulators, according to The Wall Street Journal, which said officials have sent questionnaires to competitors about the possible deal. — Amazon saw its price target raised to $1,050 from $920 at Goldman Sachs, which maintains a "conviction buy" rating on the stock. Goldman cites both outperformance in Amazon's retailing operation, as well as growth in the Amazon Web Services business.