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 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.

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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.