Nordstrom Takes a Hit

In Friday's edition of Investor Beat, host Alison Southwick, and Motley Fool analysts Charly Travers and Ron Gross, dissect the hardest-hitting investing stories of the day.

Nordstrom disappointed analysts with their Q2 earnings report. Even though same-store sales rose 4.4 percent, the company lowered their outlook for the year. In our lead story on Investor Beat, Charly and Ron examine why luxury is suffering alongside the likes of Wal-Mart, and whether now is the time to pick up some great companies on sale.

Also, our analysts take a look at four stocks that made big moves today. Pulte Group gets a bump from promising housing numbers. Applied Materials is up, despite a less-than-stellar earnings report. Joseph A. Bank literally can't give it away. Pandora continues to impress, but competition is coming.

Finally, Charly and Ron tell investors why they'll be keeping a close eye on shares of Home Depot and Target this week.

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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