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Futures are usually associated with trend following for a couple of reasons; trendiness and leverage.

It's pretty clear that stock market indexes are not as trendy as they used to be and there is debate as to whether or not commodities will continue to be. As long as there are humans and the basic laws of supply and demand are not revoked there will always be trends. However, given the sophistication of markets and trading programs now days it is also pretty clear that the signal to noise ratio has increased in just about everything.

Then there is leverage. If you read up on the "great trend followers" you will learn that several employ a basket of leveraged futures to make their money. With a lot of study you can pretty much figure out how much money you need to survive the inevitable drawdowns...and when you are "on" with that much leverage...you are going to make a lot of money. If you've read Covell or Schwagger you will detect that the issue for these guys is often finding the line between making money and scaring away investors due to volatility.

Having said all the above, a single stock is likely to be much more volatile than several commodities and most certainly any stock mkt index.
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