The Case for and Against General Electric Company (GE)

General Electric Company (GE) is an interesting player in the Industrial Goods space, with a focus on Diversified Machinery. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $13.89, down from yesterday’s close by -0.64%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

General Electric Company (GE) currently trades with a market capitalization of $120.61 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 6.62 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $3.79 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.17 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.16% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

As most professionals know, technical analysis can offer critical insights into what smart money and insiders think about a stock’s prospects going forward. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, General Electric Company recorded a 52-week high of $29.16. It is now trading 15.27% off that level. The stock is trading $14.10 its 50-day moving average by 0.21%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $12.73.

In recent action, General Electric Company (GE) has made a move of -5.57% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 14.57, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 1.60% with $8.67 Billion sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of GE.

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