The medieval-era roundup of the seven deadly sins compiled by the Catholic church listed greed, gluttony, lust, envy, sloth, wrath and pride as our downfalls. Fast-forward to today, and many of the same vices prevail.
Companies in the businesses of alcohol, smoking, gambling and the like are practically bear-market-proof.
For example, consider mutual fund Vice Investor (VICEX), with top holdings in sin stocks related tobacco, gaming and alcohol. It has outperformed the S&P 500 over the past three years.
Here are seven sizzling stocks that add a whole new twist to behaving badly: