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Why GE Will Increase Its Dividend

By Brendan Byrnes – Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 4:35PM

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes discusses topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Brendan discusses the news that many GE investors have been waiting for: GE Capital will again distribute a dividend to parent General Electric. There will be both a regular quarterly dividend of roughly 30% of GE Capital's earnings and a one-time $4.5 billion dividend to the parent company this year. This will improve GE's already strong cash position, and it's likely to lead to further dividend increases from GE as well as share repurchases, depending on market conditions. Overall, it was very good news for GE investors, and the stock rose nearly 4% on the day.

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