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Kraft Heinz, Altria, Ford, Exxon and Hershey: Stocks to Watch

Here are some of the companies the Yahoo Finance team will be watching today.

Kraft Heinz (KHC) may be on the road to recovery. It announced stronger-than-expected earnings, with CEO Miguel Patricio saying that the company is making "good progress" on identifying the problems with its past performance. But he admitted they're still delivering results "below our potential."

Altria's (MO) third-quarter earnings beat Wall Street estimates but the company revealed it is writing down a third of its investment in Juul. The company wrote-down $4.5 billion of its $12.8 billion investment in the vaping company. Juul is facing lawsuits and potential new regulations after an outbreak of vaping related illnesses.

Ford (F) and the UAW have reached an agreement to hold-off a strike. The new contract includes $6 billion worth of investment in U.S. facilities and adding 8,500 jobs to Ford's workforce. This deal is expected to follow the same guidelines as the GM contract and include lump-sum payments and wage increases.

Former Secretary of State and Exxon Mobile (XOM) CEO Rex Tillerson is insisting that Exxon Mobile did not lie about the company's plan for the financial risks of climate change. Tillerson testified for three and a half hours in the securities fraud trial in New York, denying that the company's plans were meant to dupe investors. Exxon Mobile earnings are due out tomorrow before the opening bell.

It could be a very happy Halloween for Hershey (HSY). A recent survey found Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, made by Hershey, are the No. 1 favorite candy for Halloween. Snickers, made by privately-owned Mars, were a distant second. The National Retail Federation says Americans will spend $2.6 billion on Halloween candy this year.