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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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Raytheon Partners With Israel's Rafael to Build Iron Dome Missile Defense for U.S.

Iron Dome has been protecting Israel from rocket attacks for a decade. Now it's coming to America.


Why Hydrogen Fuel Cell Stocks Popped Today

Plug soars on a deal in the U.K., and other fuel cell stocks come along for the ride.

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Why Maxar Technologies Stock Just Popped 10%

Maxar reports second-quarter earnings after close of trading Wednesday.

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Why Upwork Stock Just Popped 10% Ahead of Earnings

Upwork reports Q2 earnings tomorrow after close of trading.

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SpaceX Safely Completes Its First Crewed Mission

Regularly scheduled flights by the company to the International Space Station could begin in six weeks.

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Why Apple Stock Coasted 5% Higher This Morning

A Chinese artificial intelligence company wants to take a bite out of Apple.

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Why Roku Stock Popped 5% This Morning

Analyst raises its price target -- but did it raise it high enough?

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Challenging Leidos, L3Harris Wins Robotic Warship Contract

L3Harris could soon displace Leidos as the Navy's favorite droneship builder.

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Why U.S. Steel Stock Dropped 9.5% After Earnings

The loss was less than forecast -- but a loss is still a loss.

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Why Norwegian Cruise Line, Expedia, and Avis Budget Stocks All Dropped Today

The travel industry may never again be as profitable as it once was.

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FCC Authorizes Amazon to Deploy Internet Satellites

Minor quibble: Amazon doesn't yet have any satellites -- nor even a final design.

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Why Alphabet Stock Dropped 5% After Earnings

Reports of a revenue drop shocked the market.

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Why Resolute Forest Products Stock Just Dropped 12.5%

Resolute earned a small quarterly profit but will probably still lose money this year.

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Why Mogu Stock Rocketed 35% Higher -- Then Plunged by Even More!

Volatility is the latest fashion for this Chinese e-commerce apparel company.

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AeroVironment Is on Its Way to Mars

NASA launches the first ever aircraft to fly (hopefully) on another world.

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Why Wex Stock Is Slumping Today

Wex whiffed on both sales and earnings.

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Why Blink Stock Flashed 23.5% Higher Just Now

Blink inks a deal with Nissan -- in Greece.

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PG&E Teams Up With Tesla to Build a Giant Battery Storage System for California

America's newest mega-battery warehouse will be 22% bigger than Australia's.

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Why General Electric Stock Dropped After Earnings Report

The earnings miss was bad enough. But now orders are down, too.

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Why IAA and Carpenter Technology Stocks Just Popped 10%, but Sunrun Dropped

These stocks all have one thing in common.