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GE's stock price is positioned to benefit from three powerful catalysts – any one of which should be enough to jump-start the stock.
One of the three catalysts is a late-2013 dividend increase, which telegraphs the company's confidence that the worst of its problems have been fixed. In December, GE boosted its quarterly dividend to $0.22 a share – a 15.8% increase from the quarter before. Companies that have gone through the pain of a dividend cut don't usually reverse course and lift the payout anew unless the top execs are confident they can maintain it – kind of like keeping a promise to a friend.