Darrin Eakins is a successful futures trader. His interest in the stock market extends beyond medical stocks, and he has become a very active futures trader. Successful futures trading requires keen market knowledge and the ability to identify opportunities for profitability. Traders may purchase futures to hedge against market fluctuations or to speculate. An essential talent required is the ability to speculate on the future price of a stock index or commodity — versus owning an individual stock — when the futures contract expires.