Can Investors in General Electric Company Prosper Even As Sales Slide?

GE's recent sales paint a dire picture at the company, but here's what investors should really be focusing on.

Jun 22, 2014 at 7:00PM

For investors in General Electric (NYSE:GE), the company's revenue trend in recent years tells a worrying story. As the following chart reveals, sales have been moving in the complete wrong direction since 2009:

Ge Revenue Trend

As of year-ending 2009 through 2013. Source: GE SEC 10-K filings.

Now, it's perfectly normal for established companies to experience a hiccup in sales every once in a while, but five consecutive years without growth can cause investors to start pulling their hair out. Should shareholders be sinking their hard-earned cash into a company that looks to be drifting astray?

To answer that question, Motley Fool senior manufacturing specialist Isaac Pino discusses GE's recent trajectory, digs deeper into this turnaround story, and reveals a trend that's actually moving in the right direction at GE. Despite its status as the sixth largest public company in the world, GE is facing some headwinds at the moment. Still, there's reason to believe that management can continue to create value for investors even in the face of nonexistent revenue growth. Click on the following video to find out exactly what's going at this American industrial icon.

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GE's unsettling revenue trend is not a fear of Warren Buffett's. In fact, the Oracle of Omaha's been a buyer of GE's stock in recent years. Instead, Buffett's biggest fear revolves another titan of industry. One of his cash cow companies is currently exposed to a real threat from an emerging technology. But while Buffett shakes in his billionaire boots, only a few investors are embracing this new market, which experts say will be worth over $2 trillion. It won't be long before everyone on Wall Street wises up, and that's why The Motley Fool is releasing this timely investor alert. Click here to learn more about what's keeping Buffett up at night and the one public company we're calling the brains behind the technology.

Isaac Pino, CPA, owns shares of General Electric. The Motley Fool recommends Apple and owns shares of Apple and General Electric Company. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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