Triple Witching

(redirected from Witching Hours)

Triple Witching

The last hour of trade on an exchange on the third Friday of March, June, September, and December. It is the time of expiration for three types of standardized contracts: stock options, stock index options, and stock index futures. Investors often unwind their positions on these contracts during or immediately before triple witching hour, which leads to increased trading volume on those hours. See also: Quadruple witching day.
Farlex Financial Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All Rights Reserved
References in classic literature ?
I turned in the direction of the Earl's house, as it was now 'the witching hour' of five, and I knew I should find them ready for a cup of tea and a quiet chat.
Then, as he wended his way by swamp and stream and awful woodland, to the farmhouse where he happened to be quartered, every sound of nature, at that witching hour, fluttered his excited imagination, --the moan of the whip-poor-will from the hillside, the boding cry of the tree toad, that harbinger of storm, the dreary hooting of the screech owl, to the sudden rustling in the thicket of birds frightened from their roost.
Cast members from the three-act drama, written by Arnold Ridley, aka Private Godfrey of Dad's Army fame, are pictured in the November 6, 1992, Set in the 1920s, the plot followed a group of travellers forced to spend the witching hours of one night in the waiting room of a rundown Cornish railway station, reputed to be haunted by a passing ghost train.
The witching hours of BBC4 scheduling is where many archaeologists and their output can now be found.
The event will run through the witching hours from 9pm-4am and costs PS45 a ticket.
The witching hours fall between 1am and 3am, when the occult power of the witch is at its height, and with the moon being full, this power was concentrated.