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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 Plug Power Stock Perked Back Up Today

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to subsidize Plug's expansion.

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Why Norwegian Cruise Line Stock Slumped Today

It's been a good news, bad news kind of a week for the cruise industry.


Why Canopy Growth Stock Dropped Today

The Canadian marijuana company will pay a 66% premium to acquire a rival.


Why Blink Charging Stock Popped 10% Today

Blink inks another contract.

Why Upstart Stock Crashed Today

Upstart is cashing in on its big stock rally with 3% stock dilution.

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Why Ammo Stock Popped Today

Surprise, surprise! It's another earnings preannouncement!

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Why Virgin Galactic Stock Continues to Slump

Virgin has a shiny spaceship -- but SpaceX's is bigger.

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Why Plug Power Stock Dropped Today

Investors continue to weigh the prospects for hydrogen infrastructure spending.

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Why Square Stock Just Jumped Today

Barclays sees wide horizons for Square internationally.

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Why Himax Techologies Stock Is White-Hot Today

The first quarter was great. The second quarter will be, too.

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Why Plug Power Stock Popped Today

Analyst cuts price target, Plug's price rises. Go figure.

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Why Illumina Stock Just Jumped 10%

The DNA sequencing company is gearing up to report a big beat later this month.

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Why Norwegian Cruise Line Stock Popped Again Today

Norwegian isn't backing down from its demand that CDC lift the conditional sail order.

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Why Stitch Fix Stock Popped This Morning

Stitch Fix flubbed the pandemic. Will it do any better during the recovery?

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Why Uranium Energy Just Crashed 10%

Uranium Energy buys -- not mines -- uranium.

Why Uranium Stocks Popped Monday

All of a sudden, nuclear power is glowing green.

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Why Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Norwegian Cruise Line Stocks Rocketed This Morning

The CDC says vaccinated travelers are at low risk when traveling -- and Norwegian Cruise will demand vaccinations.

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Why Virgin Galactic Stock Is Giving Back Its Gains Today

Investors cheered the arrival of VSS Imagine. So why are they such glum chums today?

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Why Southwest, JetBlue, and United Airlines Stocks Are Soaring This Morning

CDC gives a near-green light to fully vaccinated domestic travelers.

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Why Plug Power Stock Dropped Today

Plug is putting $200 million to work subsidizing its customers.