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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 MagnaChip Semiconductor Stock Just Popped 25%

MagnaChip will sell businesses contributing 40% of its revenues -- for a price 85% of its market cap.

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Why Clear Channel Outdoor Stock Just Popped 24%

The company has a big pile of cash coming to it. Will it be enough?

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Mall Owner Simon Property Group Furloughs 30% of Workers

1,350 jobs could be at risk.

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Urban Outfitters Says It Won't Pay Rent During COVID-19 Pandemic

Will other retailers follow suit?

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Kohl's Calls a Halt to Stock Buybacks, Could Cut Dividend

The company is borrowing $1 billion to pay a 16% dividend. Does that make sense?

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Ex-Boeing Exec to Lead Amazon Drone Delivery Biz

David Carbon will spearhead the effort to turn drone delivery from concept into reality.

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Why Campbell Soup, Hershey, and Coca-Cola Stocks Popped 5% Today

These three look shelf-stable for a long quarantine, but what happens after it ends?

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Why Facebook Stock Just Popped 6%

Business is bad and will remain bad for another quarter -- then it will bounce back.

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Why Intel Stock Popped 7% This Morning

An analyst predicts the recession could be just six months long.

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Raytheon, United Technologies Merger Gets Green Light to Proceed

Look for new stock ticker symbol "RTX" Friday morning.

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Russia's Rosneft Sells All Its Venezuelan Oil Assets ... to Russia

The deal appears to be calculated to move Rosneft off a U.S. economic blacklist.

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Why Boeing Stock Just Dropped 9%

Investors appear to be taking profits.

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Shopping From Home Gets Harder as Instacart Workers Strike

Instacart had 200,000 workers and is adding 300,000 more. That may not add up to 500,000, though.

The SpaceX X IS SpaceX

Is SpaceX Really Worth 10x Boeing and Lockheed Martin's Space Business?

Yes. In fact, when you do the math, SpaceX could be worth even more.

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L Brands Extends Its Store Closures, Suspends Dividend

Employees of its Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret and PINK chains will be furloughed next month, but will keep their health benefits.

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Why Chart Industries Stock Fell 6% Today

An analyst cut its price target, which was both bad news and good.

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American Airlines Sees Situation Getting Worse, Not Better

Flight cancellations in May will be steeper than in April.

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OneWeb Could File for Bankruptcy As Early As Today

OneWeb has only managed to orbit about 12% of the satellites it initially planned on.

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Why Cracker Barrel and Shake Shack Shares Are Down Today, but Zoom Video Stock Is Up

The surgeon general warns that COVID-19 infections could last through Labor Day.

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Why Solar Stocks Are Down 10% or More Today

The Senate gave solar stocks no love.