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 Kansas City Southern Stock Popped 10% This Morning

Rumors continue to swirl about a possible takeover.

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Why Plug Power Stock Is Soaring 17% Today

Plug beats on sales and earnings -- and promises even more growth in Q3.

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Why Arlo Technologies Stock Is Soaring 25% Today

Arlo beat earnings in Q2 -- and will probably do it again in Q3, too.

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Why Maxar Technologies Stock Just Popped 15%

A fortuitously-timed business sale delivered a boatload of profit to Maxar just when it was most needed.

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Why 3D Systems Stock Just Crashed 10%

Crisis-crushed sales are plummeting, causing a big earnings miss.

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SpaceX's Starship Prototype "Hops" 150 Meters

The vehicle upon which the company has pinned its ambitious plan for a Mars mission just moved another step towards completion.

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Why Virgin Galactic Stock Is Continuing to Tumble Today

A big Q2 loss is just the beginning of this stock's problems.

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Why O-I Glass Stock Popped 11% After Missing on Earnings

O-I lost a lot of money in Q2 -- but business is already improving.

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Why Glu Mobile Stock Dropped 13% After Earnings

Glu misses on both sales and earnings in Q2.

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Why Upwork Stock Dropped 13% Today After Earnings

Easy come, easy go.

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Why Middleby Stock Just Popped 12%

Q2 was a hit to sales and earnings, but Middleby is growing again.

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Why Resideo Technologies Stock Just Popped 12.5%

Earnings -- at least one flavor of them -- come in quadruple what Wall Street predicted.


Why MicroVision Stock Just Popped 27%

One short may be worried the company could be worthless -- but the CEO begs to differ.

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Why Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Stocks Are Bouncing Back Today

Modestly good news follows a day after some pretty obviously bad news.

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Why SunPower Stock Is Rocking Today

Earnings are on the horizon, and things are looking up.

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FAA Tells How to Fix the Boeing 737 Max -- in 131 Pages

The public release of the regulator's complete list of required changes improves the odds that the jet will return to the skies in early 2021.

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Why SolarEdge Technologies, Enphase Energy, and Blink Charging Stocks All Popped Today

Earnings and a distribution agreement are behind today's stock price moves.

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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.