Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial behemoth General Electric (NYSE: GE ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at GE's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
||Fairfield, Conn. (1892)
||Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Immelt
Vice Chairman/CFO Keith Sherin
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)
||$74.3 billion / $428.8 billion
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 16,485 members who have rated GE believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
About a month ago, one of those Fools, valuemoneygreen, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:
GE has a ton of great businesses. It has pricing power and brand names. This company has done wonderful over its lifetime. Pretty simple here. Great business that will outperform the S&P over a 10 year time horizon. It earns money and will earn more in the future. It will run pretty close in relative price with the S&P but with the dividends and them being reinvested there is little doubt in my mind this will outperform the market. The price decline from the low to mid 30's to the high teens made this equity attractive for the 1st time since the 90's. ... The price dropped because of the recession but GE Capital causes the buying opportunity. This took all of the premium of the stock price out
Of course, that short pitch doesn't even come close to telling the entire story for GE. You're in luck, though. The Fool's brand-new premium report on GE looks at all sides of one of the most compelling and ubiquitous companies in the world. You can grab your copy, which comes with free updates for 12 months.
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