Salient to Investors:

Barry Knapp at Barclays says no election has mattered more.

Jeff Kleintop at LPL Financial says many industries are heavily influenced by legislation and regulation, so a change in policymakers can have a big impact.

S&P Capital IQ says that since 1900, the stock market, economic growth and corporate earnings in the USA fared better under Democratic leadership.

A Romney win helps financial stocks, especially big banks, defense contractors, oil-exploration companies, coal stocks, luxury retailers.

An Obama win helps hospital stocks, home builders, infrastructure, alternative-energy, municipal bonds.

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