Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 8.
In the wake of Donald Trump's election as the 45th president of the United States, major companies have weighed in on the prospect of working alongside the new commander-in-chief, as well as about how the election could impact their bottom lines.
Several major industry leaders congratulated the president-elect and remained optimistic about the future of the global economy -- a favorable outlook that came as stocks trader higher on Thursday, positioning the market for a fourth straight day of gains.
Others, such as Starbucks (SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz, said Wednesday he was "stunned" by the election upset and called upon his staff to "find the best version" of themselves to move the country forward.
"Whether you are pleased or disappointed by the outcome, we each still have a choice," Schultz said in a memo. Just prior to the election, Schultz, who had endorsed Hillary Clinton, wrote to employees that he was anxious about the election and how divided the country had become.
Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg late Wednesday night voiced his thoughts on the election on the social media site, tagging his post as "feeling hopeful." Zuckerberg implored Americans to view the election as a call to create the "world we want for our children."
"This work is bigger than any presidency and progress does not move in a straight line," Zuckerberg said. "We are all blessed to have the ability to make the world better, and we have the responsibility to do it. Let's go work even harder."
Microsoft's (MSFT) Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith urged the nation to come together, adding that ensuring a peaceful transition of power "has been an enduring and vital part of our democracy for over two centuries."
Smith also laid out four areas that the company feels are most important when looking at the relationship between the U.S. and technology moving forward. He mentioned the role of technology in furthering education and job opportunities, infrastructure investment, diverse recruitment and preserving privacy and safety in technology.
Aerospace and defense giant Boeing (BA) on Wednesday congratulated Trump and members of Congress on their success, adding that the company is looking forward to working with them on advancing global economic growth and protecting workers, according to Reuters.
Trump has said he wants to beef up the U.S. military, which could serve as a boon for Boeing's defense and space business, as well as for its rivals. Defense stocks rallied on Wednesday following the announcement of Trump's victory.
General Motors (GM) noted in a statement that it looks forward to working with Trump and Congress on developing policies that "support a strong and competitive U.S. manufacturing base."
Meanwhile, competitor Ford (F) also congratulated Trump on his dramatic win.
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"We agree with Mr. Trump that it is really important to unite the country, and we look forward to working together to support economic growth and jobs," said Christin Baker, a spokeswoman for Ford, Reuters reported.
The statement came after Trump publicly criticized the Detroit-based automaker for announcing it would invest $2.5 billion to build two new plants in Mexico. Trump said throughout his campaign that the decision would cost Americans jobs and that he wouldn't allow Ford to open a new plant if elected.
In addition, AT&T (T) CFO John Stevens reiterated the company's optimism toward its proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner (TWX) , noting that the telecommunications company is looking forward to working with Trump.
"From a company perspective, we really look forward to working with president-elect Trump and his transition team," Stephens said at a Wells Fargo investor conference on Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Stephens added that Trump's views on infrastructure investment, innovation and economic development "all fit right in with AT&T's goals."
Last month, Trump said he would block the planned mega-merger if elected, believing it would result in "too much concentration of power in the hands of too few."
JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon sent a memo to his staff on Wednesday urging them to listen to the voices that elected Trump and voted for Brexit.
"We are going through a period of profound political and economic change around the world, and American citizens showed that deep desire for change in voting to elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States," Dimon wrote in the memo, obtained by TheStreet. "Leaders from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors need to collaborate to find meaningful solutions that create economic growth and greater opportunity for all."
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J.P. Morgan and other banking and financial services companies stand to benefit if Trump decides to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act upon entering the White House.
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said in a Wednesday analyst note that the financial sector could be helped by volatility, less regulatory risk, the potential for lower investment taxes and higher interest rates over time.
Dish Networks (DISH) also commented on the election results in its third quarter earnings earlier on Wednesday in which it fell short of analysts' earnings expectations.
During Dish's earnings call, CEO Charlie Ergen discussed the implications that a Trump presidency could have on zero-rating, the practice of carriers not charging customers for data used by certain apps or services that has come under fire from net neutrality advocates.
"...It is certainly possible that, with the election and with the leadership in Congress, that all of net neutrality might blow up," Ergen said. "That's certainly possible."
Ergen added that the next administration is likely to have a "lighter hand to regulation," so net neutrality may end up being challenged or weakened moving forward.
eBay (EBAY) CEO Devin Wenig sent a company-wide note on Wednesday to all eBay employees, acknowledging that the country is wracked with "a sense of fear and disruption caused by the impact that changing economic trends, including technology innovation, are having on people's lives."
Although Wenig has largely avoided commenting on the election in public, he said that the e-marketplace company "will continue to advocate for principles and policies that support the needs of the global eBay community, and I will continue to speak publicly about inclusion, trade, and the positive role that technology can play in peoples' lives around the world."
eBay was founded by an immigrant to the U.S., Pierre Omidyar, Wenig noted. He added that global diversity is one of the key assets of the company.
"While political seasons come and go, we will remember who we are, why we exist, and who we serve," Wenig said.