Before ballots were cast, financial experts and investment gurus alike had plenty of advice on which stocks would profit off a Trump victory. The common refrain was that the market would tank on a Trump win. After all, the market hates unpredictability, right? With an unconventional candidate who spent the campaign reneging on previous statements and making unlikely promises like building a wall along our southern border, investors didn't know what to think.
Many observers said the market would likely crash on a Trump win, and they advised investors to protect themselves through investments in things like gold and consumer staple companies. In fact, however, over the last month the consumer staple sector has fallen 3 percent, while the market as a whole is up near 5 percent. Gold is down about 8 percent over the same period. Buying anything other than those "stable" parts of the market would have earned profits.
Even investors who were sure the market would rise didn't realize it would rise as much as it did. "I did buy a fair amount, I guess in perspective, but not nearly what I should have," activist investor Carl Icahn told CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Thursday.
Here's a selection of how professional pickers did in forecasting what turned out to be the post-election "Trump bump."