Morning Notes Jan. 8, 2018


The DJIA surpassed 25,000 last Thursday, extending the bull market that began in 2009.

This is the first full week of 2018 and observers expect higher trading volume due to the holidays.

Next Monday is another trading holiday as the markets are closed for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which could also add to volume. Global equity markets continued their strong start to the year on Sunday night.

Quarterly earnings continue to be slow and almost nonexistent

Economic reports are fairly heavy this week, with a couple of bigger releases – including PPI and Consumer Confidence – worth noting listed below.

  • Jan 9: JOLTS
  • Jan 10: Import and Export Prices
  • Jan 11: Jobless Claims
  • Jan 11: PPI
  • Jan 11: Treasury Budget
  • Jan 12: Consumer Price Index
  • Jan 12: Retail Sales
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Dr. Don Pratl is Director of Trader Development and Education for TradeStation. He joined TradeStation in 2016 after holding similar roles with other online brokerages. Don’s long career in the financial services industry reflects expertise in administering trading and investment strategy programs for retail investors as well as financial services professionals. Since the 1980s, he has held various positions in areas including CBOE trading floor order execution, marketing, sales, personnel management, training and customer service. Don holds series 3, 4, 7 and 63 FINRA licenses, earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management, and his M.A. and B.A. in Political Science. He has been an occasional adjunct college instructor since 2004 at a range of institutions, teaching undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students using in-class and online formats.