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General Electric Company Beats Q4 EPS Estimates (GE)

Before the opening bell on Friday morning, General Electric (GE ) reported its fourth quarter results, posting higher earnings and revenues compared to last year’s Q4 figures.

GE's Earnings in Brief

  • GE reported fourth quarter revenues of $42 billion, up from last year’s Q4 revenues of $40.38 billion.
  • Operating earnings for the quarter came in at $5.63 billion, or 56 cents per share, which is up slightly compared to last year’s Q4 figures of $5.42 billion, or 53 cents per share.
  • GE’s Q4 results beat analysts’ EPS estimates of 55 cents, while revenues came in slightly below the expectation of $42.2 billion.

CEO Commentary

GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt commented on the company’s year-end results: “GE ended the year with strong fourth-quarter industrial earnings and margin growth. The environment remains volatile, but we continue to see infrastructure growth opportunities. We are pleased with our execution in 2014: meeting our commitment to grow industrial segment profits 10%, industrial segment organic revenue growth of 7%, increasing operating margins 50 basis points, decreasing costs by $1.2 billion, reducing the size of GE Capital and returning $11 billion to shareowners.”

GE's Dividend

General Electric will pay its next quarterly dividend on January 26. The stock went ex-dividend on December 18.

Stock Performance

GE Stock was up 10 cents, or 0.41%, in pre-market trading.

GE Dividend Snapshot

As of market close on January 22, 2015

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The Bottom Line

General Electric (GE ) is not recommended at this time, holding a DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.

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