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 Groupon Stock Popped 5% This Morning

Groupon chairman buys some good news -- for $5.4 million.

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3 Dividend Stocks That Pay You Better Than Coca-Cola Does

HP, Western Union, and Exxon Mobil's dividends still put Coke's to shame.

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Why Amyris Stock Popped 12.5% on Monday

Sugary taste with zero calories sounds delicious to investors.

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Why DocuSign, MongoDB, and Upwork Stocks Surged Today

Will tech stocks offer a safe haven from a coronavirus second wave?

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Why Tortoise Acquisition Stock Just Popped Another 25% Today

Another shell company will try to buy a Class 8 hybrid electric truck maker to follow the path that Nikola blazed.

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Virgin Galactic to Train "Private Astronauts" for NASA

Virgin can't fly to ISS itself, but it can help other folks prepare to make the trip.

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Why Wrap Technologies Stock Unraveled 16% This Morning

First, Wrap shares doubled. Today, they're giving some of that back.

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Why Luckin Coffee Stock Just Dropped Another 16%

Forced selling could damage this stock's price.

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Why Livent Corporation Stock Just Dropped 16%

Is this lithium miner doubling its debt?

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Why Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Stocks Just Got Torpedoed and Are Going Down

The cruise line industry just extended its own suspension of services until September.

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Cruise Lines Announce They Will Suspend Sailing Through Sept. 15 -- Voluntarily

Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise are all affected.

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American Airlines Seeks $2 Billion from Junk Bond Sale

American could pay an 11% interest rate on its latest round of debt.

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Why Bloom Energy, Enphase Energy, and SunPower Stocks Are Rocking Today

Oil prices are going up. That should be good news for alternatives to oil.

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Why Tortoise Acquisition Stock Just Raced Ahead 48%

The shell company will merge with and bring public the Class 8 hybrid electric truck-maker Hyliion.

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Why ABM Industries Stock Popped 20% on Thursday

If not for a pretty huge charge to earnings, the janitorial services company would have been profitable.

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Why Globalstar Stock Just Jumped 27.5%

The C-band 5G revolution is underway.

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Why Enphase Energy Stock Just Popped 19%

Short-sellers attack -- and the company's Wall Street defenders respond.

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Why Royal Caribbean Stock Popped 6% This Morning

It's bad news all around in cruise land -- but Royal Caribbean may be the exception.

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Why Carnival Stock Plunged 7% This Morning

Finally! Actual news!

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Amazon Expands Food Stamp Program: 90% of SNAP Households Can Now Order Groceries Online

SNAP participants in more than two-thirds of U.S. states can now order food from Amazon.