Don’s Notebook February 23, 2018


Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said in a Thursday interview with Bloomberg. The Secretary is not concerned about foreign investment in U.S. debt, with analysts projecting government borrowing will exceed $1 trillion this year.

“There are a lot of ways to have the economy grow, you can have wage inflation and not necessarily have inflation concerns in general.”

No important government data releases are on the calendar.

At 1pm ET look for the Baker Hughes North American rig count release. This report tracks weekly changes in the number of active operating oil & gas rigs.

The week’s corporate earnings announcements close out today with reports highlighted by Potbelly, Royal Bank of Canada, Cinemark Holdings, Cabot Oil & Gas and Geox.

Important market direction might be Fed leaders have speaking engagements today including:

  • NY Fed President William Dudley,
  • Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren,
  • Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester
  • San Francisco Fed President John Williams
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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.