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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Just in Time for Christmas, Roblox Files to IPO

For every dollar you spend on its in-game currency, Roblox creates $0.50 in free cash flow.

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Why CBAK Energy, Plug Power, and Enphase Energy Stocks Popped Friday

The trading week is winding down -- but the renewable energy deals may be just beginning.

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Why Virgin Galactic Stock Jumped Before Next Week

Monday could bring good news for the space tourism company.

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Why Carnival Stock Just Popped

At least one of its brands will resume cruising before Christmas.

SpaceX Crew 1 space capsule approaching ISS on Nov. 17, 2020 IS NASA

SpaceX Rockets Ahead of Boeing With Crew-1 Launch

Can Boeing ever catch up?

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SpaceX Starlink Just Won a Huge Customer

SpaceX's satellite internet broadband service is expanding by leaps and bounds -- and leaping across borders.

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Why American Eagle Outfitters Stock Popped After Earnings

AE beat earnings estimates and matched sales estimates. At nine times earnings, is this stock a buy?

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Why Square Stock Just Jumped 5%

Square can buy Credit Karma Tax, and Intuit can buy the rest. Hooray?

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Why Frontline Stock Just Sank 10%

Every number Frontline reported this morning was great -- except for the debt.

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Why Virgin Galactic Stock Just Jumped 9%

Test-flight preparations could resume in less than a week. (Emphasis on "could.")

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Why Aurora Cannabis Stock Is Giving Back Some Gains Today

Yes, Joe Biden will be president. Now what?

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Why Alternative Energy Stocks Gave Up Their Gains Today

Fuel cell stocks and electric car makers both sold off in morning trading.

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Why Tuniu Corporation Stock Is Surging for a Second Day

Earnings are coming, and we have no idea how good (or bad) they will be.

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Why Mosaic Company Stock Just Jumped 11%

The Department of Commerce seems prepared to act to defend Mosaic against unfair competition from abroad.

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Why U.S. Steel, Cleveland-Cliffs, and Aluminum Corporation of China Stocks Are Surging Today

A bullish note from Wall Street sends steel stocks flying.

Cruise ship faces a partially submerged coronavirus

Why Cruise Line Stocks Jumped Again on Tuesday

Cruise lines continue to raise cash successfully, staving off bankruptcy fears.

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Why Danaos Stock Just Sank 20%

Cerberus' abrupt exit from Danaos haunts other shareholders.

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Why Hydrogen Fuel Cell Stocks Are Soaring Today

Plug Power grows its cash hoard to $1.7 billion. And this is good news for everybody else ... why?

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Why Blink Charging Stock Just Crashed 12%

Citron Research predicts the stock will go "back to $10" -- or even lower.

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Why General Electric Stock Ripped Higher This Morning

Oppenheimer says the turnaround is "gaining traction."