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4 Stocks That Made Their Politics Public

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Dabbling in politics is risky business on Wall Street. With U.S. political parties more divided than ever, companies need to be careful what messages they send because no matter which side they take, they risk alienating half of the population.

In some cases, taking a stand can be beneficial — take Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) decision to stand up to the FBI and refuse to crack open one of its iPhones. The issue was divisive, but demonstrated the firm’s commitment to customers’ privacy — something those on both sides of the aisle value.

However, in other situations, like Target Corporation’s (TGT) decision to make its bathroom policies a public debate, it can result in a loss of customers. While most big-name companies tend to keep their names well away from any kind of political debate, some firms find themselves caught up in politics whether they mean to or not.

Here is a look at four stocks that have waded into some murky political waters.

Prices and data are from the original InvestorPlace story published on April 5, 2017. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current prices and more.

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