Market Wrap-Up for Oct.17 (MTB, SWK, ABT, INTC, IBM, more)

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Today was by far one of the biggest earning release days we have seen already this quarter. With that, the market meandered for much of the session before closing slightly higher across most of the indices.

As far as the earnings highlights go, financial plays M&T Bank ( MTB ) and Bank of New York Mellon ( BK ) gained ground on the back of solid numbers. On the flip side, investors were not as pleased with the earnings results from companies such as IBM Corp ( IBM ), Intel Corp ( INTC ), Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK ), and Abbott Labs ( ABT ). We had a split analyst call move shares in the REIT (real estate investment trust) space, with a Wall Street firm preferring shares of Vornado Realty Trust ( VNO ) over Simon Property Group ( SPG ).

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Wrong Person for the Job

Yesterday was a big day for fans of the Philadelphia Eagles football team, which decided to shake things up mid-season, firing their defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. On the surface, it sounds like just any ordinary firing. If you dig deeper and follow sports like I do, you will soon see the team made a tremendous blunder in putting Castillo in the position he was in to begin with.

You see, Castillo was asked to become the team's defensive coordinator in 2011 when the Eagles' first choice for the job turned them down. With little options remaining, the team decided to put Castillo in charge of its defense instead. That move turned a lot of heads at the time, since Castillo had little experience coaching on the defensive side of the ball. He'd been the team's offensive line coach for over a decade, and last coached on defense more than 20 years ago for a college team. Indeed, he'd never done any defensive coaching at the pro level at all. So what exactly was the organization expecting?

You'd be surprised how often individuals make similar decisions when it comes to money-related matters, whether it is bad investment ideas, mediocre career choices leading to unambitious work, listening to unreliable information on buying a business they have little to no experience being in, and so on. It doesn't matter your social or financial status, a bad decision will ultimately lead to poor results.

Failure can be a good thing, of course, as long as we learn from it. Plus, there's a big difference at trying and failing at something you have a legitimate shot at succeeding in, versus putting yourself (or in the Eagles' case, someone else) in a position they're totally unqualified for. These sorts of errors, which should be obviously wrong from the beginning, are simply unacceptable.

Positioning for the Election Outcome

We have lots of investors currently trying to jockey their portfolios for who they believe could win this year's November presidential election. Some may guess right while others some may guess wrong when it comes to their trades, and how the markets will react. For short-term traders, this is what they live and eventually die for. For longer-term investors, making short-sighted moves just because of which candidate did better in a debate is not the way you ever want to approach your money decisions. The race is too tight for anyone to feel they can make a big score. All we know is there will be some sort of fallout, and with that, opportunities could arise. As always, we'll do our best to interpret the events as they unfold.

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Thanks for reading everybody. I'll see you tomorrow!

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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Referenced Stocks: ABT , BK , IBM , INTC , MTB

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