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Rich Smith

Rich Smith


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 3 Major Cruise Stocks Dropped Today

Today's (not) shocking news: Just like Carnival and Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings will lose money in Q3.

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Why 3D Systems Stock Crashed 14% Today

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here?

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Why Electric Car Stocks Are Buzzing Today

These EV stocks are rising on news of potential government support -- but could some other EV stocks do even better?

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Why Tilray, Canopy, and Aurora Cannabis Just Jumped

Is today's jump in share price a signal to buy -- or sell?

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Will Boeing and Northrop Win $82 Billion From NASA?

In an effort to save money, NASA plans to hand tens of billions of dollars to a new joint venture dubbed "Deep Space Transport LLC."

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Can Europe's New Space Star Beat SpaceX's Starlink?

Eutelsat is buying OneWeb -- and getting no discernible, immediate growth bump for its trouble.

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Why Clearwater Paper Stock Skyrocketed 22% Today

Despite a surge in inflation, Clearwater managed to grow its sales nearly twice as fast as its input costs grew.

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Why Stratasys Stock Dropped Today

After 10 years of losses, is there still any reason to own its shares?

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Why Avis Budget Stock Crashed Today

At 4.5 times current-year earnings, Avis Budget stock looks like a bargain.

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Why Tilray, Canopy, and Aurora Cannabis Just Popped

Does a small turnaround in marijuana sales justify a big jump in marijuana stock prices?

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Shocker: Northrop Grumman Beats SpaceX in Space

SpaceX had a shot at becoming a satellite builder for the Pentagon -- but then Northrop showed up.

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Can Raytheon Hit $6 Billion in Free Cash Flow This Year?

After a very slow start in the first half, the defense contractor needs to hustle to meet its goal in the second.

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Why Roku Stock Just Popped

This gain might not mean it's a buying opportunity.

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Why Royal Caribbean Stock Crashed 10% Today

The news is sinking Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, too.

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Rocket Lab Is Red-Hot -- So Why Is Its Stock Ice-Cold?

Rocket Lab produced a lot of PR this past month -- but profits remain years away.

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3 Companies That Could Replace Russia on the International Space Station

If Russia departs ISS "after 2024" -- as it's threatening to do -- NASA will need to act quickly to find a replacement.

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4 Stocks That Could Put Nuclear Power on the Moon

The opening bid for this project starts at $5 million, and could go to the moon from there.

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Why Avantor Stock Crashed 10% Today

The chemicals company missed analysts' expectations for earnings last night.

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Why ExxonMobil Stock Hit the Gas Today

Investors applaud Exxon's most profitable quarter ever.

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Why Royal Caribbean Stock Rocketed Today

Royal Caribbean is also pulling up Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

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