President-elect Donald Trump's unexpected victory sent hundreds of thousands of protesters into the streets across the country on Wednesday, as stunned Americans opposed to his election roused from their fetal position.
But for investors, here is the most stunning development: Despite dire predictions of a market crash if he won, stocks actually rallied. Highlighted below are four of the best moneymaking opportunities in this highly uncertain if not frightening investment climate.
Among the biggest gainers on Wednesday were four stocks that are positioned to beat the broader market under a Trump presidency. The respective sectors of these companies convey profitable exposure to key industries in war and peace, encompassing aerospace/defense, banking and pharmaceuticals.
1. Lockheed Martin (LMT)
As the largest defense contractor in the world, Lockheed Martin is a superb play on persistent demand for military aircraft. Lockheed Martin shares jumped 5.97% on Wednesday, as investors realized that a Trump administration would pursue considerably more bellicose policies than his Democratic predecessor.
Regional hot spots should heat up next year and beyond, especially those involving Trump's ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Lockheed Martin's combat jets are greatly coveted by warring nations around the world. These sophisticated aircraft also generate high profit margins and undergo constant technological upgrades.
Analysts have a five-year earnings growth target for Lockheed Martin of 6.63%, compared with 0.08% for its industry.