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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Deere, Northrop Grumman, iShares Aerospace & Defense ETF, PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF and Smith & Wesson

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Chicago, IL – October 12, 2016 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Deere (NYSE:(DE - Free Report) -Free Report), Northrop Grumman (NYSE:(NOC - Free Report) -Free Report), iShares Aerospace & Defense ETF (NYSEARCA: (ITA - Free Report) -Free Report ) , PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (NYSEARCA:(HACK - Free Report) - Free Report ) and Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:-Free Report ).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Prepare for President Hillary with These Stocks and ETFs

After her solid performance in the second presidential debate and the damage inflicted on Trump’s campaign by his 2005 comments, Hillary Clinton’s chances of becoming the next president have gone up substantially.

According to CNN, a majority of voters watching the debate thought Hillary won the debate by 57% to 34%. A new WSJ/NBC poll says Clinton gained an 11-point lead over Trump, 46% to 35%, among likely voters. This poll was taken before Sunday’s debate but after release of the tape. And NYT’s election model suggests Clinton now has an 87% chance of winning the presidency.

Things could still change in the coming weeks and investors should be prepared to position their portfolio for either outcome. Some time back we discussed stocks and ETFs that could benefit in a Trump presidency ( Prepare for a Trump Presidency with These Stocks & ETFs ). So let’s now discuss what could likely happen if Hillary wins the White House.

The market has been closely watching the race and already priced in a Clinton victory as of now so I don’t expect a huge rally but a moderate relief rally is likely as the election uncertainty has been clouding the outlook for stocks. Markets hate uncertainty and Trump’s election would no doubt increase volatility.

Buy Infrastructure, Defense, Alternative Energy, Gun & Mexico Stocks

Hillary has announced a $275 billion plan to improve US infrastructure over the next five years. She says: “the heart of my plan will be the biggest investment in American infrastructure in decades, including establishing an infrastructure bank that will bring private sector dollars off the sidelines and put them to work there.”
Deere ( NYSE:(DE - Free Report) -Free Report ) —a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock could be a major beneficiary of higher infrastructure spending. Railroad stocks are also worth a look. (See: ETF Strategies for Q4)

Clinton has talked about lifting defense spending and ending defense sequester cuts. Take a look at defense stocks like Northrop Grumman ( NYSE:(NOC - Free Report) -Free Report) or top ranked ETF iShares Aerospace & Defense ETF (NYSEARCA: (ITA - Free Report) -Free Report ) .

She has also promised investing in innovations to counter cyber security threats. During the first presidential debate, she said: “cyber warfare will be one of the biggest challenges facing the next president.” PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (NYSEARCA: (HACK - Free Report) - Free Report ) is a great way of gaining diversified exposure to this industry.

Smith & Wesson ( NASDAQ:-Free Report ) —a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock—could see a bounce as gun sales could soar in the wake of the threat of stricter gun laws, which Hillary would likely push for. She has emphasized that gun control is one of her top priorities.

Her win could also pressure oil stocks which have been rallying of late on hopes on an OPEC deal. (Read: If Oil Continues to Soar, These 7 ETFs May Fall )

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