Unless her emails suddenly reveal that she was a shooter on the grassy knoll at JFK's assassination, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is on track to become the next president of the U.S.
If she does indeed win on Tuesday, as the latest polls suggest, expect a huge relief rally this week in global equities.
But don't get complacent. Wall Street hates uncertainty, and there is still plenty to go around.
Terrorist threats abound, and a bloody attack would send markets reeling. Regional hot spots also flare up with regularity, from the oilfields of Iraq to the killing fields of Syria to the strategic shipping lanes of the South China Sea.
Exacerbating the perilous global picture is an international banking system that is teetering under enormous, unsustainable debt. And no matter who wins on Tuesday, American politics will remain riven by bitter partisan divisions for years.
Chemicals are the fundamental building blocks of life and crucial to a huge variety of manufacturing processes and products. As the provider of raw materials for the modern economy, the chemical industry is cyclical and moves in tandem with overall economic growth.
Houston-based Westlake Chemical is an international manufacturer and marketer of fabricated building products, petrochemicals, polymers and vinyls. The company's products are used for consumer and industrial applications, including automotive parts, coatings, packaging, and commercial and residential construction.
With a market valuation of $6.47 billion, Westlake Chemical's mid-cap size affords greater room for capital appreciation than mega-cap peers Dow Chemical and DuPont, which are merging to become DowDuPont with an estimated market capitalization of $130 billion.
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Westlake Chemical boasts a solid track record in customer service and timely product delivery in the automotive and housing industries, earning it loyalty among clients that are experiencing boom times.
The company is scheduled to report third-quarter earnings before the market opens on Tuesday. The average analyst estimate is for earnings of 89 cents a share, compared with $1.39 a share a year earlier.
Unexpectedly strong U.S. economic growth during the quarter has lifted chemical demand and with it the chances of Westlake Chemical delivering an earnings surprise. In the second quarter, Westlake Chemical reported earnings of $1.21 a share, beating the consensus estimate of 95 cents a share for a positive surprise of 27.37%.
Another tailwind for Westlake Chemical's earnings is management's expectation that capital expenditures this year will be lower than the previous guidance of $500 million to $550 million.