Will General Electric Move Higher?

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With shares of General Electric (NYSE:GE) trading around $27, is GE an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

General Electric is a diversified industrial, technology, and financial services company that operates worldwide. The products and services of the company range from aircraft engines, power generation, water processing, and household appliances to medical imaging, business and consumer financing, and industrial products. General Electric’s segments are Energy Infrastructure, Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation, Home & Business Solutions, and GE Capital. General Electric is a leading provider of a wide range of products and many are essential in daily lives of consumers and companies around the world.

General Electric on Monday continued its push to expand its healthcare operation, agreeing to acquire certain life science assets of Thermo Fisher Scientific for $1.06 billion in cash. The deal includes Waltham, Mass.-based Thermo Fisher’s cell culture, gene modulation, and magnetic bead businesses. The units, part of Thermo Fisher’s analytical technologies segment, generated combined revenue of about $250 million in 2013. Fairfield, Conn.-based GE has been seeking to refocus its sprawling collection of businesses since the economic downturn, and looking to divest its consumer finance operations and to grow in healthcare and energy. The company said the Thermo Fisher units would be folded into its $4 billion-sales GE Healthcare life sciences business, giving it a more complete portfolio of tools used for cell biology research, cell therapy and for the manufacture of new biological medicines and vaccines.

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