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Traders signal offers in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Chicago.
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Traders signal offers in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Chicago.

Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

JCPenney — JCPenney kicked off in-store Black Friday on Thanksgiving Day, opening its doors at 3 p.m. to long lines of shoppers. This year, the retailer offered to match customer purchases of over $10 and up to $500.

Wal-Mart — The retailer's shares edged higher in pre-market trading as Wal-Mart began offering Cyber Monday deals on Friday, coming off the announcement that it would significantly increase its online inventory.

Amazon.com — Amazon's shares rose slightly in thin pre-market trading as the online retailer offered a range of discounted electronics and other amenities to Black Friday shoppers.

Macy's — The department store welcomed some 16,000 shoppers to its Herald Square flagship location when it opened at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 1,000 more than last year.

Target — Target saw its biggest day ever, experiencing double-digit growth as millions of shoppers visited its stores in-person and online to take advantage of some of the best deals the retailer has ever offered on select items. Shares inched higher in pre-market trading.

Nordstrom — The fashion retailer opens at 8 a.m. on Black Friday, offering discounts of over 50 percent on select items like shoes and dresses.

L Brands — Sales momentum for the retail company was on the rise leading up to the Black Friday weekend. Same store sales are expected to see a 1.4 percent year over year increase for the month of November.

Wells Fargo — Wells Fargo asked a U.S. court to ask dozens of customers suing the bank for sales malpractices to resolve their disputes in private settlements outside of court.

Lufthansa — The German airline cancelled 830 flights in the third day of a pilots' strike, bringing the total cancelled flights to over 2,600. Approximately 315,000 passengers have been affected.

Deutsche Bank AG — House Democrats warned federal watchdog agencies that President-elect Donald Trump might give special treatment to Deutsche Bank, the only major Wall Street institution that lends to him. The bank is in the midst of seeking a $14 billion settlement with the Justice Department.

Johnson & Johnson — The health care giant approached a Swiss biotechnology company, Actelion Limited, about a possible acquisition, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

Yum China — The newly spun off China unit of Yum Brands is in talks to purchase Daojia.com, a China-based food delivery company, for $200 million, according to Reuters.