NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Today's trading will be influenced quite a bit by the monthly retail sales data coming out for several companies today. This news is usually out the first Thursday of each month. Keep an eye today on those names reporting sales numbers, as well as the other names in the news featured below.

Story Stocks

Hovnanian Enterprises ( HOV): Shares are lower after homebuilder reports another quarterly loss.

Ciena ( CIEN): Stock is higher on company's positive guidance.

SAIC ( SAI): Shares are slightly higher following company's second-quarter results.

Del Monte Foods ( DLM): Stock is rising after company raises guidance.

Sepracor ( SEPR): Shares are flat as news is official that company is being acquired for $23 a share. The stock spiked up yesterday afternoon before it was halted for news pending.

Upgrades to Watch

International Rectifier ( IRF): Merriman Curhan Ford initiates coverage with a buy rating.

Carnival Corporation ( CCL): Credit Suisse raises price target to $34.

Apple ( AAPL): William Blair initiates coverage with an outperform.

Cubic Corp ( CUB): JPMorgan raises stock to an outperform.

Cisco Systems ( CSCO): RBC Capital Markets raises price target to $27.

Danaher Corporation ( DHR): FBR Capital Markets raises stock to an outperform. $71 price target.

Silicon Labs ( SLAB): Kaufman Bros. raises estimates. $52 price target.

Accenture ( ACN): Baird initiates coverage with an outperform.

Freeport McMoran ( FCX): FBR Capital Markets raises estimates. $87 price target.

Franklin Resources ( BEN): Keefe, Bruyette & Woods raises stock to an outperform. $110 price target.

Brown-Forman ( BF-B): Goldman Sachs raises estimates.

Zumiez ( ZUMZ): William Blair raises stock to an outperform.

Baker Hughes ( BHI): Morgan Stanley raises stock to an equalweight. $75 price target.

Anadarko Petroleum ( APC): FBR Capital Markets raises stock to an outperform. $60 price target.

Joy Global ( JOYG): Barclays Capital raises estimates. $43 price target.

Urban Outfitters ( URBN): Suntrust Robinson Humphrey raises stock to a buy. $33 price target.

Downgrades to Watch

Repsol ( REP): Credit Suisse cuts stock to an underperform.

eHealth ( EHTH): Argus Research cuts stock to a hold.

Harmony Gold ( HMY): JPMorgan cuts stock to an underperform.

Deere & Co. ( DE): JPMorgan cuts stock to an underweight. $39 price target.

Other Key Indices to Watch

Gold ( GLD): Yesterday's big spike appears to want to stretch into another day.

Oil ( USO): Oil prices are moving higher so far today.

Treasuries ( TLT): Bonds are lower as equities look better early on.

What's the Trade?

As you can see by the numerous analyst upgrades, Wall Street is hoping to drive some buying in shares today to make up for the last three poor trading sessions. Volume should continue to lighten up as we get into this afternoon and tomorrow, heading into the three-day weekend, with the markets closed on Monday for Labor Day.

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At the time of publication, the author had no positions in stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

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