How to buy General Electric Company (GE) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in General Electric Company shares.

General Electric Company (GE) is a leading specialty industrial machinery business based in the US. It opened the day at $101.15 after a previous close of $101.34. During the day the price has varied from a low of $100.13 to a high of $101.8636. The latest price was $100.47 (25 minute delay). General Electric Company is listed on the NYSE and employs 174,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in General Electric Company

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: GE in this case.
  5. Research General Electric Company shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your General Electric Company shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted General Electric Company's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, General Electric Company's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $100.47, which is 2.46% up on its pre-crash value of $98 (accounting for the 2 August 2021 split) and 112.86% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $47.2 (accounting for the 2 August 2021 split).

If you had bought $1,000 worth of General Electric Company shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $498.58 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 $1,024.79.

General Electric Company share price (NYSE:GE)

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

General Electric Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-17.
Previous close$101.34
Change %-0.8585%
Information last updated 2021-09-17.
52-week range$47.805 - $115.2323
50-day moving average$103.438
200-day moving average$105.3801
Wall St. target price$121.78
Dividend yield$0.32 (0.32%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$-2.59
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Freetrade logo £0 No minimum £1.65
£368.21 total
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£368.40 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £0.81
£367.37 total
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Stake logo £0 £50 £1.85
£368.41 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £15.63
£382.20 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £13.50
£380.07 total
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£370.23 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £14.10
£380.66 total
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Is it a good time to buy General Electric Company stock?

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General Electric Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $100.47

1 week (2021-09-13) -3.82%
1 month (2021-08-20) 0.42%
3 months (2021-06-18) -1.73%
6 months (2021-03-19) -5.00%
1 year (2020-09-18) 82.54%
2 years (2019-09-20) 34.03%
3 years (2018-09-20) 0.79%
5 years (2016-09-20) -57.67%

Is General Electric Company under- or over-valued?

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

PEG ratio

General Electric Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.2543. A PEG ratio below 1 can be interpreted as meaning the shares are not overvalued given the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into General Electric Company'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 Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $6.8 billion (£4.9 billion).

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


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 $30.502
Market capitalisation $110.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell General Electric Company shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "GE.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 10.9 million General Electric Company shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 6.6% up from 10.3 million last month.

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

Short interest ratio (SIR)

General Electric Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of General Electric Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of General Electric Company shares traded daily (recently around 9.2 million). General Electric Company's SIR currently stands at 1.19. In other words for every 100,000 General Electric Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1190 shares are currently held short.

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

Find out more about how you can short General Electric Company stock.

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 Company.

Total ESG risk score

General Electric Company's total ESG risk: 48.86

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and General Electric Company's overall score of 48.86 (as at 01/01/2019) 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 Company 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.).

Environmental score

General Electric Company's environmental score: 16.69/100

General Electric Company'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 Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

General Electric Company's social score: 22.75/100

General Electric Company'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 Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

General Electric Company's governance score: 16.42/100

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

Controversy score

General Electric Company's controversy score: 3/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

General Electric Company was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 48.86
Total ESG percentile 96.96
Environmental score 16.69
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 22.75
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 16.42
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 3

General Electric Company share dividends


Dividend yield: 0.32% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 0.32% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 1.45% of net profits

General Electric Company has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 0.32% of its share value annually.

General Electric Company has paid out, on average, around 1.45% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.32% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 0.32% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In General Electric Company's case, that would currently equate to about $0.32 per share.

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

General Electric Company's most recent dividend payout was on 25 October 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have General Electric Company's shares ever split?

General Electric Company's shares were split on a 1:8 basis on 2 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 Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 700% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for General Electric Company shares which in turn could have impacted General Electric Company's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, General Electric Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $47.805 up to $115.2323. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GE.US volatility(beta: 1.08)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 Company's is 1.0781. This would suggest that General Electric Company'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).

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