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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Carnival Corporation Updates Investors on Cash Reserves...and Cash Burn Rate, Too

The big reveal: Carnival's still burning $650 million every month.

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Why Chinese Stocks Popped Today

A strong currency and government support have boosted them all week long.

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Sony Invests In Epic Games, Creators of Fortnite

$250 million will buy Sony a 1.5% stake in Epic.

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Why Beyond Meat Stock Dropped 6% This Morning

Wall Street delivers two backhanded compliments to the plant-based food company.

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Why Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Stocks All Dropped Today

Bad macroeconomic news trumps positive news from two big cruise lines.

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Why Virgin Galactic Stock Popped 15% This Morning

Move along, folks. There's nothing to see here.

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Why SunPower Stock Popped Today -- But Bloom Energy and Plug Power Dropped

Second verse, similar to the first.

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Why Clean Energy Fuels Stock Popped (Another) 20% This Morning

Clean Energy may have just solved its revenue growth problem.

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Bloom Energy, SunPower Corporation, and Plug Power Stocks Popped Wednesday

An article in America's leading business newspaper may have played a role.

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Why Gilat Satellite Networks Stock Dropped 14% Today

Gilat's one-time merger suitor may be getting cold feet.

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

Two of America's biggest cruisers are figuring out how to resume cruising safely.

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Why Sea Limited Stock Just Popped 10%

Wall Street just gave Sea stock two big thumbs up.

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Why National General Holdings Stock Just Popped 65%

Allstate will pay a princely price to expand its market share by 1%.

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United Airlines Warns of 75% Fewer Flights in July, 65% in August

Although air travel demand is improving, the ascent is anything but V-shaped.

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Why Clean Energy Fuels Stock Just Popped 38%

Clean Energy just found a cheap way to create more customers for its product.

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Why American Eagle Outfitters, Avis Budget Group, and Groupon Stocks All Dropped 5% Today

High unemployment and lowered chances for a big federal stimulus weigh on consumer-facing stocks.


Zoom Video Launches 'Hardware as a Service'

It's like SaaS, but with an H.

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3 Stocks That Could Set You Up for Life

These promising stocks sell 30%, 40% -- even 50% below what they cost at the start of the year.

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3 Stocks That Could Help You Send Your Kids to College

Coronavirus or not, most colleges plan to reopen this fall. It's time to get back to thinking about how to pay for it.

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Investing in These Stocks Now Could Make You a Millionaire Retiree

You don't need to be an investing genius. Slow and steady wins the race to a secure retirement.