Mike Pienciak

Mike Pienciak

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Recent articles

Gold Is Good for You

Data show that the gold bugs are right -- to an extent.


Following a 1,000,000% Gain, a Slow-Motion Crash

Meet the world's most volatile, and potentially promising, currency.


Why I Was Completely Wrong About Gold

How I learned to start worrying and love the yellow metal.


This "Investment" Gained 300,000%!

A fledgling currency is doing a number on the dollar.


How to Beat the Market Without Lifting a Finger

Use this simple options strategy to beat a major index.

Will Refiners' Profits Flow Freely in 2011?

Near-term success is likely, but the long term's still a crapshoot.


The Must-Have Commodity for 2011

It's probably not what you think.


This Single Strategy Delivers Superior Long-Term Returns

Going long and short is the key to a fatter payoff.


This Single Strategy Delivers Superior Long-Term Returns

Going long and short is the key to a fatter payoff.


4 Picks From the Market's Hottest Sector

Retailer shares: Sorting the candy canes from the lumps of coal.

This Single Strategy Delivers Superior Long-Term Returns

Going long and short is the key to a fatter payoff.


Has the Safety Been Squeezed Out of These Stocks?

Rising commodity prices could put the kabosh on consumer-staples' profitability.


Are Consumer Companies Doomed?

Kellogg's results signal deflation.


Sunoco Puts the Pedal to the Metal

Refining operations are back in the black and a business spinoff awaits.


Did Colgate-Palmolive Just Crater?

Combine a premium valuation with only decent results, and gravity takes charge.

Has Tesoro Already Topped Out?

Second-quarter results could be as good as it gets for 2010 and beyond.


Valero Kicks It Old School

The U.S. refiner is back to pumping out profits.


How to Hedge for Uncertain Times

The bear put spread offers the potential for an excellent return with a small capital outlay.


Drink In Coca-Cola's Renewed Growth

With North American beverage volumes in the black, the company's finally firing on all cylinders.


PepsiCo Posts Some Refreshing Results

Business segments that are still declining are at least, and at last, finally improving.