Morning Notes Jan. 22, 2018


Depending on what happens over the weekend, the potential government shutdown could affect the market on Monday morning. This will be only the second week in the last several weeks where the market has five full sessions. Holidays have shortened most of the trading weeks. Otherwise, stocks continue to gain ground higher for the most part with the Dow topping 26,000 just last week.

Quarterly earnings are starting to accelerate as several big names are set to announce this week including Netflix on Monday after the close. Monday and Tuesday are quiet as far as economic reports go but starting Wednesday there are several worth paying attention to that are listed below.

  • Jan 24: Existing Home Sales
  • Jan 25: Jobless Claims
  • Jan 25: International Trade
  • Jan 25: New Home Sales
  • Jan 26: GDP
  • Jan 26: Durable Goods
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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.