Howard Smith

Howard Smith


Howard grew up in Philadelphia watching the Philly sports teams struggle for championships. He has been investing since 1989 and been a Fool since 2001. Prior to joining The Fool as a contract writer in 2019, Howard worked in the steel business as an engineer for 28 years. When he isn’t writing, he is usually out for a run, or relaxing to the music of the Grateful Dead.

Recent articles


Virgin Galactic Partners With Rolls-Royce and Unveils Supersonic Aircraft Design

The high-speed aircraft would accommodate nine to 19 people and fly at an altitude above 60,000 feet.


Clorox Reports Sales Up 22%; Names New CEO

Sales in the health and wellness segment, which includes cleaning products, jumped 33%.


Fiat Chrysler Reports Loss of Over $1 Billion, but Says North America is Profitable

The carmaker said North American demand exceeded expectations for the quarter.


Coca-Cola Jumps Into the Popular Hard Seltzer Category

The beverage company will launch an alcoholic version of its Topo Chico sparkling mineral water in Latin America later this year.


Procter & Gamble Announces 6% Organic Sales Growth for the Quarter and Full Year

The annual gain is the company's largest yearly sales increase since 2006.


Kellogg Raises Full-Year Guidance as 2Q Earnings Rise Sharply

The company boosted profit margins with increased production to rebuild inventory and meet demand.


Yum! Brands Sees Improving Sales With Momentum From Digital and Delivery

The company says that its top three U.S. brands now show sales growth.


This 1 Stock Could Help Save Your Portfolio

This company has much to gain when pandemic effects are behind us, and its share price hasn't rebounded from March lows as much as the overall market.


AB InBev Says Sales Volumes Rose in June

The Budweiser brewer saw continued improvement throughout the quarter, but took a $2.5 billion impairment charge.


Bloom Energy CEO Calls NextEra Energy Resources a Financing Partner; NextEra Says Not True

A New York fuel cell project has the two renewable energy organizations in a public disagreement.

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Garmin Earnings Beat Estimates With Growth in Fitness and Marine Products

The company generated strong free cash flow as sales rebounded quickly off April lows.


DraftKings Becomes First Official Betting Operator for PGA Tour

The agreement is an expansion of an existing multi-year relationship.


McDonald's Global Sales Plunged in Q2, but the Rebound Is Underway

The fast-food company said its business improved steadily throughout the quarter.


Garmin's Online Services Crippled by Ransomware Attack

Company servers are beginning to come back online, after a Russian cyberattacker reportedly asked the company to pay $10 million to restart its operations.


Albertsons Says Comps Are Up 27% in First Report Since Its IPO

The newly public grocer reported that digital sales soared 276%.


Nucor Nearly Triples Its Second Quarter Earnings Guidance: What It Means for the Stock

The steelmaker reported earnings of $0.36 per share, after predicting a range of $0.10 to $0.15 per share just one month ago.


Worried About Another Crash? NextEra Energy is a Stock to Consider

This unique investment combines the security of a utility company with the potential gains from growth in renewable energy.


NRG Energy Acquires Direct Energy for $3.625 Billion in Cash

The deal expands NRG's footprint across the U.S. and Canada with over three million new customers.


Boston Beer Earnings Double; Shares Soar

The maker of Sam Adams beer reported net income up 116% compared to the year ago period.


Schlumberger Takes $3.7 Billion Charge As It Downsizes

The oilfield services company is cutting more than 21,000 jobs in the midst of the oil market downturn.