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

House with a Tesla in the driveway and a Solar Roof IS Tesla

Tesla Begins Canceling Solar Roof Orders

Deposits made as much as three years ago are being refunded.

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Eldorado Resorts to Reopen 5 More Casinos This Month

A majority of Eldorado locations will soon be back in business.

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Why General Electric Stock Just Popped 5%

There's reason to be optimistic about the industrial conglomerate's outlook. There's reason to be pessimistic, too.

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Why Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems, and Triumph Group Stocks All Popped This Morning

After the crash comes the (dead cat?) bounce.


Why Luckin Coffee Stock Just Bounced 10%

After falling 82.5% in 12 months, it'll be a long way back to breakeven.

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Why BrightView Holdings Stock Tumbled 19% Today

Insiders are cashing out. Today, outsiders cashed out, too.

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Why Berkshire Hathaway, Mastercard, and UPS Stocks Plunged Today

Three more economic bellwethers just got their collective bells rung.

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Why Axon Enterprise Stock Dropped 13% Today

No, the protests haven't gone away. But they've been replaced by a new story.

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Boeing Orders Spirit AeroSystems to Halt Work on Parts for 20 737 MAX Airplanes

The revenue impact on Spirit AeroSystems could exceed 16%.

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Why Shares of IBM, General Electric, and FedEx Are All Down Today

These economic bellwethers just got their bells rung.

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Why American Eagle Outfitters, Foot Locker, and Under Armour Stocks All Crashed Today

Retail investors rebel at the risk of a second Great Lockdown.

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Why Metals Stocks Alcoa, U.S. Steel, and Freeport-McMoRan All Crashed Today

Ominous rumbles shake the economy.

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Why Plug Power, Ballard Power, and Bloom Energy Stocks Crashed Today

Yesterday was a risk-on day. Today, it's all about risk-off.

Collage of an airplane, coronaviruses, and a world map

Why Boeing, Triumph Group, and Spirit AeroSystems Stocks All Dropped Sharply on Wednesday

Fear of a coronavirus second wave trumps hope for a return of the 737 MAX to service.

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Why Groupon Stock Just Tumbled 12.5%

Investors flee the prospect of a reverse share split.

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Why General Electric Stock Dropped 6% This Morning

Fear of a coronavirus second wave trumped a positive forecast today.

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Why Marriott International, Eldorado Resorts, and Carnival Stocks All Fell Today

Fear of a coronavirus second wave rocked the market.

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Why Plug Power, Ballard Power, and Bloom Energy Stocks All Popped 10% (and More) Today

Sometimes, stocks do the craziest things.

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MGM to Reopen 5 More Resorts This Summer

Excalibur opens tomorrow, Luxor two weeks from now, and Mandalay Bay, Aria, and Four Seasons in three weeks.

Best Buy store IS Best Buy

Best Buy Will Reopen 800 Stores Next Week

No more than 60 shoppers at a time, please.