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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell on Friday:

Merck (MRK) - The drugmaker earned $0.83 per share for the fourth quarter, two cents above estimates, with revenue also beating consensus. Merck said it's rapidly advancing products it labels "first in class" through its pipeline.

Mattel - The toymaker earned $1.12 per share for the fourth quarter, three cents below estimates, with revenue slightly short, as well. That follows a failure by rival Hasbro to meet estimates as well in its quarterly report last week.

Newell Rubbermaid - The consumer products maker reported fourth-quarter profit of $0.43 per share, excluding certain items, one cent above estimates. Newell said it did well in 2012, despite a challenging economic environment.

Beam - The nation's largest spirits maker reported fourth quarter profit of $0.67 per share, excluding certain items, one cent above estimates, while also reporting consensus-beating revenues. CEO Matt Shattock said Beam outperformed the overall market and was able to command higher prices in certain categories.

Tyson Foods - Tyson earned $0.48 per share for its fiscal first quarter, six cents above estimates, though revenue came in short of consensus. CEO Donnie Smith said the meat producer is doing well dealing with economic headwinds.

Wynn Resorts - The casino operator reported profit of $1.17 per share, excluding certain items, eight cents below estimates. Wynn cited a market share decline in the fast-growing Macau market.

NetSuite - The company reported a fourth quarter profit of $0.06 per share, two cents above estimates, and raised its full year revenue forecast. The business software maker also said it would add jobs in both sales and product development as demand rises.

Fortune Brands Home & Security - Fortune beat estimates by a penny a share, with fourth-quarter profit of $0.23 per share, excluding certain items. The maker of home fixtures and hardware saw sales growth in most of its units. The company was spun off in late 2011 from Fortune Brands, which became Beam.

Eastman Chemical - Eastman earned $1.19 per share for the fourth quarter, excluding certain items, one cent above estimates. The chemical maker also raised its earnings guidance for the year.

Google - Google has presented its proposals to the European Union to resolve an ongoing antitrust probe. EU officials acknowledged receiving those proposals, but declined to comment further other than to say they're analyzing whether they're sufficient to resolve concerns about Google's business practices.

Dell - Dell could see a buyout in place as soon as Monday, according to Reuters. A buyout consortium would be led by founder and CEO Michael Dell and private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners, as CNBC's David Faber has been reporting.

Toyota Motor - The automaker has topped the annual Consumer Reportssurvey on brand perception. Ford Motor was second, followed by Honda Motor, Chevrolet, Mercedes Benz, and Volvo.

Sony - Sony has scheduled a PlayStation-related event for Feb. 20 in New York, leading to speculation that it's about to release a PlayStation 4. Sony declined to say whether that will be the case.

Boeing - The company's engineers will vote on a strike authorization next week, after union leaders voted to put that question on a ballot that will go to members next week.

United Continental - The airline was rebuffed by a judge in its effort to have a frequent flier lawsuit thrown out. The suit accuses the carrier of taking frequent flier benefits away from some of its most loyal customers.

Kraft Foods Group - Kraft is suing Cracker Barrel Old Country over the restaurant chain's move to sell certain Cracker Barrel-branded products outside its restaurants and stores. Kraft said the move violates its rights to market the brand.

MetLife - The insurer is buying Chile's largest private pension fund administrator, AFP Provida, for $2 billion in cash. AFP is currently owned by Spanish bank BBVA.

Apple - Apple has blocked Oracle's Java on its Mac computers for the second time in a month, citing security problems.

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—By CNBC's Peter Schacknow

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