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Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:

United Technologies — The industrial conglomerate earned an adjusted $1.61 per share for the third quarter, six cents above estimates. Revenue was short of forecasts, impacted by the strong dollar. The company did, however, reaffirm its full-year forecast, and also announced it was adding $12 billion to its stock repurchase program, bringing the total to $16 billion.

Travelers — The insurance company reported adjusted quarterly profit of $2.93 per share, well above estimates of $2.27, with revenue also above forecasts. Travelers was helped by improved underwriting results, although that was partially offset by lower investment gains.

Verizon — The telecom giant earned an adjusted $1.04 per share for the third quarter, 2 cents above estimates, with revenue also beating the Street's consensus estimates. However, customer additions for its FiOS TV and internet service were lower than expected.

Lockheed Martin — The defense contractor beat estimates by 5 cents with quarterly profit of $2.77 per share, with revenue also above forecasts. It also raised its full year revenue and earnings guidance, and announced a ten percent dividend increase.

Yum Brands — The parent of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell announced it would spin out its China unit into a separate, publicly traded company.

Harley-Davidson — The iconic motorcycle maker missed estimates by 9 cents with quarterly profit of 69 cents per share, with revenue also below analyst forecasts. The company pointed to a "highly...


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