Will Microsoft buy Barnes & Noble (BKS +5.8%)? The bookstore chain shoots higher in early...

|About: Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS)|By:, SA News Editor

Will Microsoft buy Barnes & Noble (BKS +5.8%)? The bookstore chain shoots higher in early trading after a Barron's article pitches the case that the retail business is worth $19 a share alone. The crux of the argument is that Microsoft (MSFT -0.2%) would be smart to buy the company to jumpstart its retail business and set up a store-within-a-store concept to boost sales of its tablets.