Headlines about General Electric (NYSE:GE) have been trending somewhat negative recently, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. General Electric earned a media sentiment score of -1.33 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media headlines about the conglomerate an news buzz score of 2 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is very unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected General Electric’s score:

General Electric stock opened at $8.98 on Tuesday. General Electric has a 12 month low of $6.66 and a 12 month high of $15.59. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.85, a quick ratio of 1.52 and a current ratio of 1.81. The company has a market capitalization of $79.19 billion, a PE ratio of 13.82, a PEG ratio of 4.04 and a beta of 0.99.

General Electric (NYSE:GE) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, January 31st. The conglomerate reported $0.17 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate 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 firm had revenue of $33.28 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $32.01 billion. On average, analysts anticipate that General Electric will post 0.53 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 25th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 11th will be given a $0.01 dividend. This represents a $0.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.45%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 8th. General Electric’s payout ratio is 6.15%.

Several analysts recently issued reports on GE shares. Credit Suisse Group set a $10.00 target price on General Electric and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, January 3rd. Vertical Research upgraded General Electric from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 19th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $10.16 price target (up previously from $1.06) on shares of General Electric in a research report on Friday, February 1st. Barclays lowered their price target on 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 raised General Electric from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 31st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $12.39.

In other news, insider Russell Stokes sold 49,904 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.93, for a total value of $495,546.72. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 265,986 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,641,240.98. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 1.13% of the stock is currently owned by corporate 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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