Strong Hands

Strong Hands

1. In futures, an informal term for a person or firm that is a well-financed speculator. This enables the person or firm to engage in perhaps riskier, or at least larger, trades on the futures market than most other investors.

2. In delivery of commodities and futures, the intent of the investor to receive the underlying asset of the contract. Most commodity and futures traders are speculative investors and have no desire to receive the bushels of corn or pounds of coffee or whatever underlies the contract. Those who do wish to receive the underlying are referred to as trading with strong hands; they make up only about 2% of the futures and commodity markets.
References in classic literature ?
These, then, stood against the Titans in grim strife, holding huge rocks in their strong hands.
Already strong hands had been plucking me back from the ship's side; and now a thunderbolt seemed to strike me; I saw a great flash of fire, and fell senseless.
When you reach out your vaunted strong hands for our palaces and purpled ease, we will show you what strength is.
Then Sarpedon seized the battlement in his strong hands, and tugged at it till it all gave way together, and a breach was made through which many might pass.
He caught hold of the rock with both hands and clung to it groaning with pain till the wave retired, so he was saved that time; but presently the wave came on again and carried him back with it far into the sea--tearing his hands as the suckers of a polypus are torn when some one plucks it from its bed, and the stones come up along with it--even so did the rocks tear the skin from his strong hands, and then the wave drew him deep down under the water.
This was all I heard that night before my sister clutched me, as a slumberous offence to the company's eyesight, and assisted me up to bed with such a strong hand that I seemed to have fifty boots on, and to be dangling them all against the edges of the stairs.
But the French officer was evidently more inclined to think he had been taken prisoner because Pierre's strong hand, impelled by instinctive fear, squeezed his throat ever tighter and tighter.
But for the strong hand of Colonel Blomsberry, the worthy secretary, like a modern Erostratus, would have found his death in the depths of the Columbiad.
He stooped and kissed the women of his family, and laid his strong hand upon the shoulders of the men.
She reached out for the check-cord, but a strong hand held hers.
While they philosophized about it he was living it, placing the strong hand of his race firmly on the shoulders of the lesser breeds that laboured on Berande or menaced it from afar.
Suddenly my clothes were seized by a strong hand, and I felt myself quickly drawn up to the surface of the sea; and I heard, yes, I heard these words pronounced in my ear: