Don’s Notebook July 11, 2018


The June Producer Price Index (PPI) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was announced at 8:30am ET.

  • Services and metals are factors in June’s producer price report where all three headline indexes — overall, less food & energy, less food & energy & trade services — rose 0.3 percent.

In addition, U.S. Department of Commerce releases the May Wholesale Trade report at 10:00am ET.

  • A 0.5 percent increase is the expectation based on the advance report posted late last month.

Stock futures were sharply lower this morning on the news that the U.S. is preparing a new round of China trade sanctions worth $200 billion.

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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.