Harley launches growth plan, MGM bets on online joint venture, YouTube embraces vertical videos

Here’s a look at some of the companies the Yahoo Finance team will be watching for you today.

Harley-Davidson (HOG) is out with a new growth plan focusing on smaller urban stores, lighter bikes, and a new digital strategy. It’s all designed to boost sales, which have been sliding in recent years. They’re also designing a smaller bike for sale in Asia. Harley plans to launch its first electric motorcycle next year.

Casino giant MGM Resorts (MGM) is taking its chances with online sports betting. The company is partnering with GVC Holdings to create an online gaming joint venture. Each side plans to invest about $100M. GVC says the joint venture will quote “revolutionize the world of sports betting and online gaming.”

Google’s (GOOGL) YouTube is embracing vertical video. The site has updated its web player to support different aspect ratios when you watch on your desktop. That means enlarging the video, and scrapping those black bars, so it fits in your screen. While it won’t be perfect, our sister site Engadget says it should make the viewing experience a little less jarring.

Tesla (TSLA) is making a move into surfboards. Their webstore has sold out of this $1,500 surfboard. The official listing says it quote “features a mix of the same high-quality matte and gloss finishes” used on the cars. Only 200 are being made  and don’t worry Tesla owners. The company says they will fit in all model S, 3 and X cars.