On Friday, General Electric (NYSE:GE) announced it would be increasing its quarterly dividend by 12%, from $0.17 to $0.19 per share. Its BoD also authorized a major increase in share repurchases, an additional $10B through 2015. Even though the stock was down over the past couple of days despite the news, in this video Motley Fool industrial analyst Isaac Pino tells us that this shows GE is right on track with its slow and steady plan of increasing dividends for shareholders, rather than going the route that many companies such as Costco (NASDAQ:COST) or Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) have recently, giving out major special dividends. He analyzes GE's strategy here, and tells investors whether or not this means it's time to buy.
For GE, the recent financial crisis struck a blow, but management took advantage of the market's dip to make strategic bets in energy. If you're a GE investor, you need to understand how these bets could drive this company to become the world's infrastructure leader. At the same time, you need to be aware of the threats to GE's portfolio. To help, we're offering comprehensive coverage for investors in a premium report on General Electric, in which our industrials analyst breaks down GE's multiple businesses. You'll find reasons to buy or sell GE, and you'll receive continuing updates as major events unfold during the year. To get started, click here now.