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Rich Smith

Rich Smith

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I like things that go "boom." Sonic or otherwise, that means I tend to gravitate towards defense and aerospace stocks. But to tell the truth, over the course of a dozen years writing for The Motley Fool, I have covered -- and continue to cover -- everything from retailers to consumer goods stocks, and from tech to banks to insurers as well. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook for the most important developments in defense & aerospace news, and other great stories besides.

Recent articles

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Why GSX Techedu Stock Crashed Today

Citi spins on a dime and downgrades to sell.


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Why Snowflake Stock Dropped on Friday

"Unprecedented" growth may come at a cost.


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Why AMC Stock Bounced Back on Friday

S&P relents (just a bit) on the theater chain's debt rating.


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Why AMC, Clover Health, and Sundial Growers Stocks Tumbled Today

Is this a risk-off day for Reddit stocks?


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Why Materialise Stock Crashed 17% Today

Dilution at a heavy discount is not good news for its shareholders.

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Why Virgin Galactic Stock Popped Again on Thursday

Blue Origin's space auction reaches new heights.


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Why Embraer Stock Popped on Today's SPAC News

Its Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions subsidiary could go public with a $2 billion valuation, says Bloomberg.


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Huntington Ingalls Is Hiring 3,000 More Full-Time Workers

Growing the Navy to 355 ships will require some more helping hands.


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Why BlackBerry Stock Dropped Today

And was the decline justified?


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Why New Oriental Education , TAL Education, and GSX Techedu Stocks Bounced Back Today

Did investors overestimate the risks for these Chinese education companies?

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Why Covanta Holding Corporation Stock Popped Today

Rumors suggest Covanta could be worth $25 a share to a buyer.


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Huntington Ingalls Is Building a Robot Navy

The U.S. Navy needs cheap ships. Huntington Ingalls wonders if robots might do the trick.


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Why MP Materials, Canoo, and Nikola Stocks All Just Popped

Higher tariffs on Chinese rare earths could be coming down the pike.


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Why AST SpaceMobile Stock Just Rocketed 18.5%

AST could soon join the Russell 2000 index.


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Why Virgin Galactic Stock Popped on Tuesday

Jeff Bezos is going into space -- but Sir Richard Branson might beat him there.

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Why Desktop Metal Stock Dropped This Morning

Don't say you weren't warned.


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Why 22nd Century Group, HEXO, and Canopy Growth Stocks All Popped Today

Two cannabis companies team up to explore new forms of cannabis consumption.


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Why Virgin Galactic Stock Popped Again on Monday

Jeff Bezos is going to space. How cool is that?


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Why Plug Power, Bloom Energy, and FuelCell Energy Stocks Popped Monday

FuelCell's Q2 earnings should arrive Thursday morning.


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Why BlackBerry, Express, Genius Brands, and GameStop Stocks Are All Rocking Today

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