Media headlines about General Electric (NYSE:GE) have trended somewhat negative on Sunday, InfoTrie reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. General Electric earned a news impact score of -1.40 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news articles about the conglomerate an news buzz score of 6 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted General Electric’s analysis:

GE has been the topic of several research analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of General Electric from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $6.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Thursday, December 13th. Credit Suisse Group set a $10.00 price objective on shares of General Electric and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 3rd. Vertical Research upgraded shares of General Electric from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 19th. Barclays decreased their price objective on shares of General Electric from $13.00 to $12.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, December 17th. Finally, Argus upgraded shares of General Electric from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 31st. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $12.44.

Shares of NYSE GE opened at $9.96 on Friday. General Electric has a one year low of $6.66 and a one year high of $15.59. The company has a current ratio of 1.81, a quick ratio of 1.43 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.85. The company has a market cap of $86.48 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.32, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.33 and a beta of 0.99.

General Electric (NYSE:GE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 31st. The conglomerate reported $0.17 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.18 by ($0.01). General Electric had a negative net margin of 18.38% and a positive return on equity of 9.85%. The business had revenue of $33.28 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $32.01 billion. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that General Electric will post 0.65 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 25th. Shareholders of record on Monday, March 11th will be given a dividend of $0.01 per share. This represents a $0.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.40%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 8th. General Electric’s payout ratio is currently 6.15%.

In other General Electric news, insider Russell Stokes sold 49,904 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.93, for a total transaction of $495,546.72. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 265,986 shares in the company, valued at $2,641,240.98. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 1.12% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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General Electric Company Profile

General Electric Company operates as a high-tech industrial company worldwide. It operates through Power, Renewable Energy, Aviation, Oil & Gas, Healthcare, Transportation, Lighting, and Capital segments. The Power segment offers technologies, solutions, and services related to energy production, including gas and steam turbines, generators, and high voltage equipment; and power generation services.

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