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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

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Why Standard Lithium Stock Glowed Green Today

Rising lithium prices and positive news flow combine to produce a banner week for Standard Lithium.

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Why Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição Stock Just Popped

The retailer is selling some hypermarkets -- and getting a lot of cash for them.

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Why Duck Creek Technologies Stock Just Crashed 22%

This isn't how earnings beats usually work.


Why 23andMe Stock Jumped 16% Today

An analyst calls 23andMe's 11 million sample database unique and unprecedented.

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Why Plug Power Stock Is Rocking Again Today

Rising from "negative" sales today, Plug predicts $3 billion in 2025 revenue.

Cosmic Girl mothership with LauncherOne rocket on the tarmac IS Virgin Orbit

Should You Invest in the Virgin Orbit SPAC?

At this point, it's still a bit of a guessing game.

Northrop Grumman MEV-1 spaceship against the black of space IS NOC

Northrop Grumman Goes All-In on Space Tow Trucks

Northrop rolled the dice, and won itself a monopoly market in space (for now).

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NASA Gives Blue Origin Another Shot at the Moon

SpaceX won the first HLS contract, but that's hardly the end of this story.

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Why General Motors Stock Jumped Again Today

GM promises growth, Wall Street applauds.

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Why Rocket Lab Stock Dropped Today

There's no Rocket Lab news today -- but that doesn't mean there's been no Rocket Lab news period.

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Why Hexo, Tilray, Canopy Growth, and Sundial Stocks Are Glowing Green Today

One high-ranking federal banking insider calls marijuana legalization "a foregone conclusion."

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Why General Motors Stock Stomped on the Gas Today

GM promises to double sales and boost profit margins in under 10 years.

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Why Levi Strauss Stock Just Popped 9%

Levi beat on earnings last night -- and expects to do it again for the full year.

NASA's Advanced Composite Solar Sail System IS NASA

Why Rocket Lab Stock Popped Today

Rocket Lab will help NASA send a solar sail to orbit.

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Why Plug Power Stock Popped Today

Good news for Ballard Power is good news for Plug Power, too.

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Why Square Stock Just Popped

Jefferies calls Square the "must own" stock in fintech.

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Why Enphase Stock Just Popped

Enphase is expanding Down Under.

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Why Energy Fuels Stock Plunged 12%

Uranium prices are in free fall, and they're taking Energy Fuels stock down with them.

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Why Affirm Stock Jumped 15% Today

Amazon, Walmart, and now Target have partnered with Affirm.

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Why Plug Power Stock Popped Today

Plug is building a gigafactory in South Korea -- but is this really news?