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How to buy General Electric (GE) shares

Learn how to easily invest in General Electric shares.

General Electric Company is a specialty industrial machinery business based in the US. General Electric shares (GE) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. General Electric employs 174,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$78.7 billion.

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How has Coronavirus impacted General Electric's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, General Electric's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $103.15, which is 88.12% up on its pre-crash value of $12.25 and 1,648.31% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $5.9.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of General Electric stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $498.39 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $8,413.95.

Is it a good time to buy General Electric stock?

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General Electric shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-16.
Latest market close$103.15
52-week range$56.54 - $115.14
50-day moving average $103.40
200-day moving average $105.07
Wall St. target price$118.64
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield $0.32 (0.31%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $-2.59

General Electric stock price (NYSE: GE)

Use our graph to track the performance of GE stocks over time.

General Electric price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $103.15 from 2021-10-21

1 week (2021-10-15) -1.21%
1 month (2021-09-23) 0.18%
3 months (2021-07-23) 711.57%
6 months (2021-04-23) 661.25%
1 year (2020-10-22) 1,236.14%
2 years (2019-10-22) 1,038.52%
3 years (2018-10-22) 733.20%
5 years (2016-10-21) 255.94%

Is General Electric under- or over-valued?

Valuing General Electric stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of General Electric's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

General Electric's PEG ratio

General Electric's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.2615. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into General Electric's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

General Electric's EBITDA

General Electric's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $6.8 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a General Electric's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

General Electric financials

Revenue TTM $78.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 1.13%
Gross profit TTM $13.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.23%
Return on equity TTM 0.23%
Profit margin -3.1%
Book value $30.50
Market capitalisation $114.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting General Electric shares

There are currently 13.0 million General Electric shares held short by investors – that's known as General Electric's "short interest". This figure is 19% up from 10.9 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting General Electric shares can be evaluated.

General Electric's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

General Electric's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of General Electric shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of General Electric shares traded daily (recently around 10.0 million). General Electric's SIR currently stands at 1.3. In other words for every 100,000 General Electric shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1300 shares are currently held short.

However General Electric's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of General Electric shares, or, against the total number of tradable General Electric shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case General Electric's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 General Electric shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0119% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable General Electric shares, roughly 12 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against General Electric.

General Electric's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like General Electric.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

General Electric's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 48.86

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and General Electric's overall score of 48.86 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 97th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like General Electric is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

General Electric's environmental score

Environmental score: 16.69/100

General Electric's environmental score of 16.69 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Electric is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

General Electric's social score

Social score: 22.75/100

General Electric's social score of 22.75 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Electric is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

General Electric's governance score

Governance score: 16.42/100

General Electric's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that General Electric is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

General Electric's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. General Electric scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that General Electric hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

General Electric share dividends

18%

Dividend payout ratio: 18.18% of net profits

Recently General Electric has paid out, on average, around 18.18% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.31% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), General Electric shareholders could enjoy a 0.31% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In General Electric's case, that would currently equate to about $0.32 per share.

While General Electric's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that General Electric is investing more in its future growth.

General Electric's most recent dividend payout was on 24 October 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 23 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have General Electric's shares ever split?

General Electric's shares were split on a 1:8 basis on 1 August 2021. So if you had owned 8 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your General Electric shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 700% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for General Electric shares which in turn could have impacted General Electric's share price.

General Electric share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, General Electric's shares have ranged in value from as little as $56.5391 up to $115.1428. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GE.US volatility(beta: 1.05)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while General Electric's is 1.0471. This would suggest that General Electric's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

General Electric overview

General Electric Company operates as a high-tech industrial company worldwide. The company's Power segment offers heavy-duty and aeroderivative gas turbines for utilities, independent power producers, and industrial applications; maintenance, service, and upgrade solutions to plant assets and their operational lifecycle; steam power technology for fossil and nuclear applications, including boilers, generators, steam turbines, and air quality control systems; and advanced reactor technologies solutions comprising reactors, fuels, and support services for boiling water reactors. This segment also applies the science and systems of power conversion to provide motors, generators, automation, and control equipment; and drives for energy intensive industries, such as marine, oil and gas, mining, rail, metals, test systems, and water. Its Renewable Energy segment provides various solutions for its customers through combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, solar, and grid solutions, as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings. The company's Aviation segment designs and produces commercial and military aircraft engines, integrated engine components, electric power, and mechanical aircraft systems; and provides aftermarket services. Its Healthcare segment develops, manufactures, markets, and services magnetic resonance, computed tomography, molecular imaging, x-ray and high-frequency soundwave systems, clinical monitoring and acute care systems, enterprise digital, artificial intelligence applications, consulting and command center, and complementary software and services; and researches, manufactures, and markets imaging agents. The company's Capital segment offers aviation leasing and financing, and working capital services; financial solutions and underwriting capabilities; and insurance and reinsurance for life and health risks, as well as annuity products.

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