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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Why Pitney Bowes Stock Just Rocketed 52%

Seriously, folks, that's not a rhetorical question: Why?

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Why The GEO Group Stock Crashed Today

President Biden plans to curtail the U.S. government's use of private prisons.

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Why Bed Bath & Beyond Stock Popped Again Today

Reddit's WallStreetBets strikes again.

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Why FuelCell Energy Stock Popped Today

Positive news out of Plug Power...powers FuelCell stock, too.

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Why Canopy Growth, Tilray, and Aphria Stocks All Popped Today

It's good news all around for the marijuana marketers.

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Why Velodyne Lidar Stock Just Soared 10%

An Australian drone-maker agreement sends Velodyne stock flying.

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Why Piedmont Lithium Stock Exploded 15% Higher Today

One analyst has great expectations for Piedmont Lithium.

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Why Marijuana Stocks Wilted Today

Analysts point out: Oversupply and falling prices aren't good for profits.

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Why CBAK Energy Stock Just Popped

And why it may not have deserved to.

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Why Plug Power, DocuSign, and CrowdStrike Stocks All Crashed Today

Goldman Sachs calls out froth in the tech sector.

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Why 3D Systems Stock Rose Today

Berenberg downgraded the stock but upgraded the price target big time.

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Why Norwegian Cruise, Carnival Corporation, and Royal Caribbean Stocks All Sank Monday

Carnival suspends some cruising well into the fourth quarter of 2021.


Why Virgin Galactic Stock Popped -- Then Dropped Today

Virgin Galactic completes back-to-back test flights ... of the mothership.

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Why iRobot Stock Just Rocketed 51.5%

IBD says "buy."

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SpaceX Just Broke a World Record

143 satellites launch on a single rocket -- and at rock bottom prices.

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The Roblox IPO Is Coming -- Here's What You Need to Know

Direct-listing IPOs can be confusing. Here's a roadmap to what to expect.

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Will SpaceX's Starlink Kill the Cable Industry?

Starlink isn't always price-competitive with cable (yet). Some consumers may want it anyway.

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Why Plug Power Stock Popped After FuelCell's Earnings

FuelCell's earnings weren't all bad -- and that could be good news for Plug Power.

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Why BlackBerry Stock Has Almost Doubled in a Week

The company has settled its dispute with Facebook, which apparently is still good news.

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Why Palantir Stock Just Popped 16%

Palantir's inaugural Demo Day announcement contained a gold nugget of data.