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

Friday's jobs report painted a rosy picture for housing and manufacturing, but the consumer still seems to be suffering -- and many stocks right along with it. In the lead story from today's Investor Beat, Charly and Ron discuss investing opportunities while the economy continues its slow recovery.

Then, the guys take a look at four stocks making moves on the market today. American Eagle and Ulta take a hit after reporting earnings, but only one is poised for growth. Intel gets a well-deserved upgrade. And J.C. Penney has the worst week ever, which for J.C. Penney is really saying something.

And finally, Charly and Ron explain why they're keeping a close watch on shares of MFC Industrial and Costco.

Alison Southwick owns shares of Costco Wholesale and MFC Industrial. Charly Travers owns shares of International Business Machines, Intel, and MFC Industrial. Ron Gross owns shares of Costco Wholesale. The Motley Fool recommends Costco Wholesale, Intel, MFC Industrial, Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, and Urban Outfitters. It owns shares of Costco Wholesale, Intel, International Business Machines, and Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.