Don’s Notebook June 25, 2018


New home sales have been housing’s central strength and unexpected weakness in today’s report would raise new questions over the sector’s contribution to the 2018 economy.

  • There has been a solid upward trend for new home sales and analysts expect a slight increase in May to a 665,000 annualized rate vs 662,000 in April.

Overnight Markets:

  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.8 percent and Japan’s Topix index closed 1 percent lower as trade concerns and worries about auto-tariffs weighed on markets.
  • In Europe, the FTSE 100, DAX, CAC 40 and Stoxx 600 Indexes are all priced lower with trade again being the major drag on stocks following a report from Germany’s Ifo institute.
  • S&P 500 futures pointed to a loss at the open, the 10-year Treasury yield was at 2.882 percent and gold was lower.

There are a few economic reports that may be of interest and there are also several housing reports. Expected earnings continue to be slow.

  • Jun 25: New Home Sales
  • Jun 26: Consumer Confidence
  • Jun 27: Durable Goods
  • Jun 27: International Trade
  • Jun 28: Jobless Claims
  • Jun 28: GDP
  • Jun 29: Personal Income
  • Jun 29: Consumer Sentiment

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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.