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stock index futures Syllabification: stock in·dex fu·tures

Definition of stock index futures in English:

plural noun

Contracts to buy a range of shares at an agreed price but delivered and paid for later.
Example sentences
  • Traders and fund managers report mysterious buyers in stock index futures contracts over the past three months, on days and at times when cash prices for stocks were weak and under sustained selling pressure.
  • He believed that in an emergency, the Fed should start buying stock index futures contracts until it managed to pull stocks out of their nosedive.
  • The SEC has already moved, in conjunction with the New York Stock Exchange, to close down computer program trading on the market, a trade related to stock index futures.

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