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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 Apple Stock Bounced Higher Today

Two Wall Street analysts offer two reasons to buy Apple stock.

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Why Amazon Stock Bounced Higher Today

Two Wall Street analysts offer two reasons to buy the stock.

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Why Facebook Stock Bounced Back Today

Instagram is still popular, says Piper -- but for how much longer?

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Why Carnival Corporation Stock Popped Today

Credit Suisse points to Carnival earning 50% more than anyone else thinks possible in 2023.

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Why Green Thumb Industries, Canopy Growth, and OrganiGram Holdings Stocks All Popped Today

Pennsylvania plans to become the 19th state to legalize marijuana.

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Why Astra Stock Crashed 8% Today

Bank of America blasts Astra as "several paces" behind the competition.

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Why Apple Stock Got Bit Today

WSJ highlights the good and bad of Apple's gargantuan gaming business.

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Why China Evergrande Group Stock Just Jumped 13%

Evergrande could pay a lot of interest with $7 billion.

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Why Rocket Lab Stock Crashed Today

Rocket Lab just reminded investors just how many shares of Rocket Lab there are out there.

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Why Facebook Stock Crashed This Morning

The "Wall Street Journal" just revealed the Facebook whistleblower's identity.

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Why Nvidia Stock Keeps Dropping

It seems like everybody has an opinion about how long the chip shortage will last.

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144 Satellites, 4 Space Rivals, 1 Big Opportunity

The Pentagon will soon award contracts for a dozen-dozen new satellites.

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Why Virgin Galactic Stock Dropped Today

What went up just came back down.

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Why Sundial, Canopy Growth, and Green Thumb Stocks Dropped Today

Bank of America thinks Canopy Growth is the best marijuana stock -- but it downgraded it anyway.

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Why Nvidia Investors Feel Nervous Today

A supplier of chipmaking equipment predicts a decade-long period of growing semiconductor production.

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Why Spire Global Stock Just Crashed 45.5%

The SPAC stock just filed a prospectus to sell 80 million shares.

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Why Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Stocks All Just Jumped

Merck's news is great news for the cruise industry today.

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Why China Evergrande Stock Soared 19% This Week

As Evergrande misses deadlines, investors keep bidding the stock up.

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Why Dole Stock Became a Meme Stock and Jumped 6%

Reddit goes bananas for Dole.

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Why Macy's, Nordstrom, and Party City Just Crashed

A downgrade for Kohl's could signal problems for retailers in general.