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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 Dogecoin, Ethereum, and XRP Dropped Today

First it was the SEC. Now, the U.S. Treasury puts a bullseye on cryptocurrency.

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Why Astra Stock Rocketed a Lucky 7.77% Today

Spaceflight Inc. depends on an Apollo Fusion engine for interplanetary missions. As luck would have it, Astra owns Apollo.

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Why Airbnb Stock Soared 10% Today

The vacation rental specialist is offering free, temporary housing to Afghan refugees.

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Why Medtronic Stock Popped Today

Medtronic "beat earnings" in Q1 -- and plans to keep on doing that all year long.

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Why Chinese Education Stocks Bounced Back Today

Investors begin searching for bargains in the rubble of the Chinese stock market.

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Why Peloton Stock Powered 5% Higher Today

Two analysts find reasons to like the company ahead of earnings on Thursday.

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Why Carnival Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Line -- and AMC Stock, Too -- Popped Today

The FDA has given its full stamp of approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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Why Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line -- and Spirit Airlines, Too -- Popped Today

FDA gives its full stamp of approval to the Pfizer vaccine.

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Why Virgin Galactic Stock Popped Today

The company's satellite-launching twin, Virgin Orbit, is finally going public.

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Why Astra Space Stock Just Jumped

The company's next rocket is go for launch on Friday.

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Why Bitcoin, Ethereum, and XRP Investors Are Cheering Today

Bitcoin surges, and pulls the rest of the crypto market higher along with it.

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Factories in Space? Yeah, That's a Thing Now

In 2023, Varda Space and Rocket Lab will put the first space manufacturing plant in orbit.

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Why Aurora Cannabis, Charlotte's Web, and Green Thumb Industries Stocks Got All Shook Up Today

"Psychedelic wellness?" Is that a thing now?

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Why Sabre Stock Snapped Today

The software provider to the travel industry is selling shares: potentially, a lot of them.

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Why Snowflake Stock Is Melting

One analyst warns of slowing -- but still speedy -- growth for Snowflake.

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Why Tesla Stock Is Up After AI Day

Tesla is building an android.

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Why Nvidia Stock Is Hopping Today

Nvidia's earnings were on fire this week, and Wall Street noticed.

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Why Stratasys, Proto Labs, and Desktop Metal Stocks Dropped 10% This Week

It's the economy, smartypants.

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Why Aurora Cannabis, Tilray, and Sundial Growers Stocks Tumbled Today

What happens if marijuana isn't the only drug that gets legalized?

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Why Illumina Stock Just Dropped 10%

The genetic-testing company just blatantly defied its regulators.