This article is only my opinion and should not be seen as trading advice.
One story plastered over financial news boards across the world lately has been the fact that General Electric (GE) has been vastly underperforming its own expectations, as well as its peers in the Dow. From leadership changes, to a dividend cut, GE has dropped around 20% in the past 2-3 months. Some are calling for GE to be removed from the DJI on the grounds that it is sandbagging the rest of the widely successful companies. However, I have a different view on GE, and I believe that we should not only keep GE in the Dow, but I believe now may be the time to buy GE.
First of all, GE is a huge conglomerate, with a mass of diversified industries which allow them to shift capital from less successful investments to more successful ones. I believe this is the stage that the company is in now. They were caught with too much money in industries with lower profitability, but they will now be able to increase profitability through sectors like renewable energy, digital technology, healthcare, etc.
Also, once oil prices continue to increase, this will increase GE’s margins, leading to more short time return on their huge investment in their oilfields, which will allow for better cash flows and a return to the normal dividend level.
Lastly, GE has many of its operations in international locations, and with the strength of the U.S. dollar, the returns on these investments should also look promising in the short to medium term.
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