Don’s Notebook February 13, 2018


So far this morning, U.S. stocks are holding onto yesterday’s momentum, where the S&P 500 Index spent the entire session positive for the first time since its last all-time closing high on Jan. 26.

Small business owners regained their high optimism in January following December’s retreat from November’s 13-year highs, with the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Optimism Index rising 2.0 points 106.9.

Significant 4th QT earnings reports due today:

  • Blue Apron Holdings
  • Da Vita
  • Diamondback Energy
  • Diebold Nixdorf
  • Occidental Petroleum
  • PepsiCo
  • TransUnion
  • Under Armour
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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.