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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


Why Zynga Stock Popped 8% Today

Apple's loss is Zynga's gain. Literally.

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Why Energy Fuels, Ur-Energy, Uranium Energy, and Denison Mines Stocks All Surged Today

Uranium is getting more expensive. So are uranium stocks.

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Why Cryptocurrencies Dropped Today

The movement to regulate crypto has reached Europe.

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Why Rocket Lab Stock Crashed by More Than 12% Today

What goes up must come down.

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Why Rockley Photonics Stock Is Rocking Today

Cowen thinks the stock could double -- but history suggests otherwise.

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Why Rocket Lab Stock Blasted 20% Higher Today

Rocket Lab's first earnings report showed no actual earnings -- but plenty of growth.

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Why Carnival Stock Popped Today

One of Carnival's fleets will be fully back in service before next summer.

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Why Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, and XRP Bounced Back Today

Cryptocurrency has a friend in Eastern Europe.

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Why Nvidia Stock Slipped Wednesday

Europe is next in line to take a look at the Nvidia-Arm deal.

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Why Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth, Hexo, and Sundial Growers Stocks All Tumbled Today

CNN sounds the alarm on marijuana's risks to heart health.

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Why Smartsheet Stock Just Dropped 10%

Smartsheet beat earnings in Q2 but still lost quite a bit of money.

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Why Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Other Cryptocurrencies Are Still Falling

El Salvador, exchange glitches, and a steep run-up in prices -- oh my! Cryptocurrency investors still have a lot of reasons to sell.

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Why Diana Shipping Stock Popped 10% Today

Dry bulk rates have risen dramatically this year, but that trend will eventually end.


Why Astra Stock Dropped Hard Today

"Space is hard," as the old saying goes.

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Why Nikola Stock Popped Today

Hyundai agrees with Nikola that hydrogen fuel cells are the future.

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Why Tesla Stock Stomped on the Gas Today

Er, "stomped on the electricity?"

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Why Rocket Lab Stock Roared Higher Today

Earnings are coming. Here's what to look for.

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What Blue Origin's Failure to Launch Means for Boeing and Lockheed

Blue Origin promised United Launch Alliance new engines in time for 2019. It's already missed that deadline, and 2022 is coming up fast.

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Why Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corporation Stocks Slumped Today

A weak jobs report is not good news for the cruise industry.

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Why DocuSign Stock Popped Today

DocuSign beat earnings in the second quarter, and promised to keep on beating 'em all year long.