NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The market is looking good at the start. A better-than-expected jobless claims report and strong monthly retail sales figures from various companies are helping lift sentiment. Here are some of the early highlights to check out.

Story Stocks

Alcoa ( AA): Stock is higher following company's Q3 results.

Aeropostale ( ARO): Shares are higher on strong September sales and raised guidance.

Barnes & Noble ( BKS): Stock is flat as company raises guidance.

J.C. Penney ( JCP): Shares ares slightly lower despite company raising guidance.

Marriott International ( MAR): Shares are lower following company's third-quarter results.

Pepsico ( PEP): Stock is slightly higher after company reports earnings.

Ross Stores ( ROST): Shares are higher after company raises third-quarter guidance.

Target ( TGT): Shares are slightly lower despite company seeing estimates above views.

TJX Companies ( TJX): Stock is higher after company raises guidance.

Upgrades to Watch

Arch Coal ( ACI): Goldman Sachs raises price target to $24.

Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR): Goldman Sachs raises price target to $50.

Ansys ( ANSS): Deutsche Bank raises stock to a buy. $45 price target.

Peabody Energy ( BTU): Goldman Sachs raises price target to $50.

Clorox ( CLX): Deutsche Bank raises stock to a buy. $66 price target.

Consol Energy ( CNX): Goldman Sachs raises price target to $54.

ConocoPhillips ( COP): Morgan Stanley raises estimates. $55 price target.

California Pizza Kitchen ( CPKI): KeyBanc raises stock to a buy. $18 price target.

Costco ( COST): Janney Montgomery Scott raises estimates. $65 price target.

eBay ( EBAY): Kaufman Bros. raise stock to a buy. $29 price target.

Equinix ( EQIX): Piper Jaffray raises estimates. $108 price target.

Gardner Denver ( GDI): KeyBanc raises stock to a buy. $42 price target.

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