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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

Instagram app on three different smartphones.

Why Meta Platforms Stock Popped Today

The company, that used to be Facebook, wants to make more money from Instagram.

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Why Rivian Stock Dropped Again Today

Ford made a lot of money off of Rivian. But what if Ford decides to cash in those chips?

Silver and gold coins.

Why First Majestic Silver, Hecla Mining, and Harmony Gold Stocks Are Rocking Today

Silver and gold prices are on a tear -- and silver and gold stocks are following them higher.

Semiconductor computer chip.

Why Nvidia Stock Dropped Today

What happens if Europe doesn't need Nvidia's chips anymore?

Lucid Air sedan. IS Lucid Group.

Why Lucid Stock Got a Lift Today

Investors spotted a Lucid outside Jay Leno's garage.

Tanker truck labeled Hydrogen drives along a road under a blue sky with clouds.

Why Plug Stock Dropped Today

Plug's making big promises -- but also the same promises as last year.

Yellow electric air taxis over a cityscape.

Why Joby Aviation Stock Crashed Today

Barclays sees a long-term future for Joby -- but the wait might be longer than you think.

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Why JPMorgan Chase Stock Dropped Today

Wall Street cuts price targets on JPMorgan -- but the shares still look cheap.

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Why Alibaba Stock Dropped Today

The U.S. government wonders: Is Alibaba's cloud business a threat to U.S. national security?

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Why Blink Charging Stock Lit Up Today

General Motors just inked a big deal with Blink -- or did it really?

Burning red marijuana joint.

Why Sundial, Canopy Growth, and Aurora Cannabis Stocks Just Tanked

Did one rogue Senate candidate just blow up prospects for marijuana legalization in 2022?

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Why Lucid Stock Dropped 5.5% Today

Turns out, the Apple and Lucid electric car rumor was just speculation.

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Why Tesla Stock Dropped, Then Popped Today

It's a mixed bag of news for Tesla today -- with a bias toward bad news.

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Amazon Challenges SpaceX in Space

Two internet satellites versus 1,800: This isn't even a contest.

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Why Lucid Stock Suddenly Popped Today

Are Apple and Lucid teaming up to build an electric car? Probably not.

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Why ATI Physical Therapy Stock Rocketed 23% Today

Jefferies points out: Relative to the competition, ATI stock looks awfully cheap.

Dove Satellites Ring the Earth IS Planet Labs (2018_05_10 12_39_51 UTC)

Why Planet Labs Stock Soared Again Today

Planet's biggest-in-the-world constellation of photography satellites just got 20% bigger.

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Why Walt Disney Stock Crashed Today

Guggenheim worries: Disney's parks business is still sick from the pandemic.

Glowing red arrow trending down on a stock chart.

Why Plug Power Stock Crashed Today

For that matter, why has Plug Power stock been crashing all week long?

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Why Nvidia Stock Blipped Higher Today

Gaming investors find another (small) reason to be optimistic about Nvidia.