Microsoft's New Look

The following video is from Thursday's Investor Beat,  in which host Chris Hill, and analysts Jason Moser and Isaac Pino dissect the hardest-hitting investing stories of the day.

Shares of Microsoft rose nearly 3% on news that the tech giant is planning a major reorganization. Microsoft will be organized around key functions rather than specific products, and the goal is a better sharing of information, better devices, and better services. In our lead story on Investor Beat, Motley Fool analysts Jason Moser and Isaac Pino discuss how Microsoft seems to be modeling its changes on Ford Motor's most recent reorganization, and whether investors will benefit.

Also, our analysts discuss Yum! Brands' deepening troubles, Amazon's uptick riding a trend of rising e-commerce, Costco's 6% increase in same-store sales, and Wal-Mart abandoning its plans for three new stores in Washington, D.C. Those stories, plus two stocks our analysts are going to be keeping a close eye on in the week ahead.

The retail space is in the midst of the biggest paradigm shift since mail order took off at the turn of last century. Only those most forward-looking and capable companies will survive, and they'll handsomely reward those investors who understand the landscape. You can read about the 3 Companies Ready to Rule Retail in The Motley Fool's special report. Uncovering these top picks is free today; just click here to read more.


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