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 Beyond Meat's 7% Drop in Share Price Today Is Even Scarier Than It Looks

It's been nothing but good news for the fake meat producer this week, but the stock keeps going down regardless.

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Why Avis and Hertz Stock Just Popped, but Latam Airlines Dropped

A bullish pronouncement from JPMorgan's CEO just helped double the share price of bankrupt Hertz.

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Why Fly Leasing Stock Popped 24.5% This Morning

J.P. Morgan's upgrade is giving this stock wings.

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Why Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Stocks Jumped -- Then Slumped -- Wednesday

Shares of cruise industry stocks jumped out of the gate Wednesday -- then dropped anchor.

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3 Top Stocks to Invest in Space

Cheap with slow growth, pricier but faster growing, or a no-profits hypergrowth company: Which one is your favorite?

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Amazon's COVID-19 Spending Could Dwarf Walmart's $900 Million Outlay

Extra employees, disinfection, safety equipment, and social distancing don't come cheap.

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Where Will Best Buy Be in 1 Year?

The new business model seems to be working for Best Buy -- and a year from today could look a lot like today.

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Why, Liberty Tripadvisor, and Melco Resorts Stocks All Popped 10% (or More) on Tuesday

A vaccine will end the pandemic, encouraging travel, and boosting attendance at resorts -- or so the theory goes.

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Virgin Orbit Fails in First Rocket Launch Attempt

At first, Virgin Orbit didn't succeed, but it's probably going to try, try, again.

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Why Maxar Technologies Stock Popped 17% Today

Could a U.S.-Russia spat over surveillance rights be good news for the satellite photography company?

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Why Brazilian Stocks Jumped Today Before Giving Back Some Gains

Sometimes, stocks go up for no reason (or even for a bad one).

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Why General Electric Stock Just Popped 7%

A vaccine will eliminate the coronavirus, permitting travel, encouraging airplane sales and airplane engine sales, too -- or so the theory goes.

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Why Embraer Stock Popped 13% This Morning

When things are this bad, even a little good news goes a long way.

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Why Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Stocks Surged 10% (and More) Tuesday

Memorial Day festivities prove Americans are ready to go out again.


Why Brazilian Steel and Utilities Stocks Surged Today

Sometimes, stocks go up for no reason -- or even for a bad reason.

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Will Sir Richard Branson Have to Sacrifice Virgin Galactic to Save Virgin Atlantic?

He's already selling 25 million shares. Will he need to sell more?

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Where Will Coca-Cola Be in 1 Year?

A restaurant apocalypse could devastate one of Coca-Cola's biggest markets.

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If You Own Wayfair Stock, It's Time To Sell

Home office furniture sales boomed, but selling furniture in a recession is going to be a lot harder.

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Why 51job Stock Dropped 12% Today

China stocks could be banned from U.S. stock markets -- and 51job is a Chinese stock.


Would President Biden Raise Taxes on

Joe Biden says it's time for Amazon to "start paying their taxes."