Year one of Donald Trump's presidency is just about in the books, and what a year it has been. The first 365 days have been marred by accusations of scandal, yet they've also been cheered for his successful bid to overhaul the nation's tax rates. North Korea has never been more of a threat, yet the economy is humming along at an annualized growth pace of more than 3%.
You can't say it hasn't been interesting.
It's also been particularly rewarding for investors, with the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index gaining 31% since his election in late 2016, and 23% since his Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration.
That was but a drop in the bucket for some of the stocks that were perfectly positioned to benefit from a Trump presidency. Here's a rundown of the 10 most notable large- and mid-cap winners over the past year.
Excluded from the list are the stocks that jumped thanks only to binary events, like a biotech company securing a green light from the FDA, or a company just adding "Bitcoin" to its moniker. Also skipped are low-volume and low-priced penny stocks that the average investor is better off avoiding. Left behind is a curious mix of familiar and unfamiliar winners under President Trump's first year, each with its own interesting success story.SEE ALSO: The 10 Worst Stocks of President Trump's First Year
Super Bowl 52 will be played on February 4, and if you're hosting a party for the big game (and all the commercials), you're running out of time to make sure your TV is up to the task. Not just any TV will do. The TV that friends and family want to gather around must be big, with wide viewing angles, packed with features that enhance on-field action... and did we say big?
Fortunately, the weeks prior to the Super Bowl happen to be the second-best time of the year to buy a big-screen TV. Expect to save about 20% off the manufacturer's suggested retail price. (The very best time of year to buy a new big-screen TV? That's Black Friday, according to Consumer Reports.)
When comparing models, make sure you're getting 4K (for the sharpest possible picture) and HDR (for more realistic colors) functionality. (Fortunately, most current big-screen TVs include these capabilities.) Another key feature that sports fans must be aware of is refresh rate - look for at least 120Hz. Because sports action is so fast (much more rapid motion than your typical sitcom), you want a TV with a fast refresh rate to avoid blurring.
My picks are the result of hands-on testing as a product reviewer, consultation with other reviewers and analysis of user feedback across the internet. Take a look.SEE ALSO: 12 Smart Ways to Spend $1,000
Investors can rummage through the cheapie bin, looking for stocks with ultralow price-earnings ratios. But buying so-called deep value stocks isn't for the faint of heart: Their shares tend to be inexpensive because of a downturn in their business, and they may not rebound soon.
Yet bargain hunters aren't entirely out of luck. Banks and other financial firms, for instance, trade at an average 36% discount to Standard & Poor's 500-stock index, based on the stocks' book value (assets minus liabilities), according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Some media companies also look inexpensive, along with technology firms that aren't as pricey as the stars of the tech world but still have strong prospects.
The following seven stocks are bargains you can bet on for the long term. Our picks are profitable and leaders in their fields, but their shares trade at reasonable prices because of pressures in their industry or company-specific challenges. Eventually, we think those issues will subside. And for now, investors can buy these stocks at an attractive discount to the broad market or to industry averages. That should help set up strong returns, even if the stocks' prices rise only enough to get back to long-term average valuations.SEE ALSO: The 10 Best Stocks for GOP Tax Reform
If the federal government can pass something as rancorous and partisan as the Republicans' tax law, then a bill that can garner bipartisan support and is (almost) equally beneficial for every American citizen should be easy. That "something" is infrastructure, and the Trump administration has signaled an ambitious plan to rebuild America's aging bridges, roads and other parts of our decrepit infrastructure.
The thinking here follows the advice given by Deep Throat to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein: Follow the money. At present, expectations are the administration will try to pass a deal that includes $200 billion in new spending, as well as various incentives that could push total spending to about $1 trillion over the next 10 years.
Companies that benefit from infrastructure spending have had slim pickings over the past decade. For most of the past 10 years, Congress has spent only what was necessary, with states sometimes having to pitch in and raise gas taxes.
However, these five companies should look like attractive stocks to buy if the sluices open for infrastructure spending in 2018 - a likely outcome.SEE ALSO: The 50 Best Stocks of All Time