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Forget GE Earnings - This Dividend Juggernaut Is a Better Buy

After months of neglect from Wall Street, investors have once again warmed to the General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) on its run-up to earnings.

Since hitting a low of $6.71 on Dec. 12, 2018, the 126-year-old conglomerate has rallied, driving its share price to a 2019 high of $9.14 just last week.

The sudden jump has many investors wondering if one of Wall Street's favorite dividend stocks is finally back.

However, the picture isn't as straightforward when you take a closer look...

General Electric's New CEO Is a Canary in a Coal Mine for GE Stock

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On Monday (Oct. 1), General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) announced that company CEO John Flannery would be stepping down, ending his brief, yearlong tenure at the helm of one of America's most recognizable brands.

Excitement over Flannery's replacement, former Danaher Corp. (NYSE: DHR) CEO Larry Culp, pushed GE's ailing stock up as much as 15%, indicating that investors have confidence in Culp's ability to stem the company's historic decline...

How to Play General Electric (NYSE: GE) Stock in 2016

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Once it invented the lightbulb, GE spent the better part of the next 105 years expanding everywhere into consumer and industrial electronics. If it had an 'ON' switch, chances are GE made it. 

That's how the company became a solid investment. In fact, on Wall Street, GE was known as a "widows and orphans" stock - completely safe for regular investors to buy and hold. It was the bluest of the blue chips - a decent dividend-payer and a stock to pass on to your grandchildren.

The company continued to diversify into content creation and distribution, software, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and even capital.

And then, in 2008, the company imploded - spectacularly. It was that capital division that did it in the end.

GE Capital was very nearly fatal to the company. The king of American industry had to go begging for emergency funding of $74 billion to cover its financing needs. Millions of hitherto confident shareholders got slaughtered and watched the stock drop from a high of $42 down to $5.73.

What's happened since is something every investor needs to know, whether you're considering picking up GE shares, selling them, or hanging onto them...

What the General Electric-Capital One Deal Means for Investors (NYSE: GE)

Shortly after Tuesday's closing bell, General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) announced it will sell its healthcare financing business to Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF) for roughly $9 billion.

Here's what the General Electric-Capital One Deal means for investors: a slimmed down, more nimble, and less financially regulated GE.

Here's what investors need to know now...

Will General Electric Stock Price (NYSE: GE) Get a Boost from Asset Sale?

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The General Electric stock price (NYSE: GE) is up a solid 8% in 2015 - compared to the Dow's 0.32% year-to-date dip.

The industrial giant announced Tuesday it agreed to sell its U.S. private-equity lending business to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $12 billion.

So what's GE going to do with an extra $12 billion? Will it help the General Electric stock price?

Let's take a look...

General Electric (NYSE: GE) Stock Looks Good After GE Capital Deal

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General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) stock is up 9% today (Friday), after the company announced it will be selling most of its GE Capital assets, which total $500 billion.

The news sent GE shares to a new 52-week high of $28.

We alerted investors to the profit potential of GE stock last month, and the stock remains one of our favorite blue-chip stocks to buy and hold in 2015...

In fact, there are three major reasons why GE stock is more attractive following today's move...

GE Deal Leads DJIA Futures Up 30 Points Friday Morning

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DJIA futures were up 30 points, S&P futures rose 2.75 points, and Nasdaq futures were flat this morning. Markets are reacting to General Electric Co.'s (NYSE: GE) announcement of a major real estate deal. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 56 points on Thursday as oil prices rebounded and lifted energy stocks. But the dollar's strength limited the market's upside and fueled uncertainty over corporate profits as earnings season gets underway.

For April 10, 2015, here's your top market news, pre-market movers, and stocks to watch in the market today...

Dividend-Paying Stocks: BMY, GE, and 23 New Payout Hikes

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Amid six years of near-zero interest rates, income-hungry investors have increasingly turned to dividend-paying stocks.

Companies have taken note by sweetening distributions. This year is on track to set a milestone for total dividend payouts.

Forty dividend stocks boosted payouts last week, including Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) and General Electric (NYSE: GE).

Following are 25 notable hikes from the week ending Dec. 12.

Friday’s Hot Stocks to Watch: GE, MS, HON, and More

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The Q3 earnings parade on Wall Street continues Friday. This week brought a barrage of earnings. The financial industry was heavily represented, along with a number of key bellwethers in several sectors.

Today's hot stocks to watch include a couple of major global infrastructure companies, a key investment bank, a freight rail transporter, and more.

Get the full list of all 7 stocks to watch here…

Stock Market Close: Dow Jones Plunges 317 Points in Biggest Drop in 6 Months

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Stock market close, July 31, 2014: U.S. markets plummeted Thursday in a broad decline, with the Dow Jones shedding 317 points in a broad sell-off.

Meanwhile, the S&P 500 fell below its 50-day moving average, erasing all of July's gains as concerns in global markets hammered stocks. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) jumped more than 26% to an intraday high of 16.98, the highest level since April.

Now, here are the top stories from today...

S&P 500 Dings New Record High; Fast Food Stocks, GM, and PBYI in Focus

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Stock market close, July 23, 2014: The S&P 500 today (Thursday) gained 0.18% to set a new record high. The Nasdaq also gained, but the Dow Jones Industrial Index slipped. The International Monetary Fund slashed the 2014 growth forecast for the U.S. economy, cutting the expected growth rate from 2.0% to 1.7% for the year. It cited a slowdown in the first half of the year due to winter weather and decreased spending. The agency predicts the U.S. economy will grow by more than 3% for the balance of 2014.

Here’s the scorecard from today’s trading session, and the top stories that affected the stock market today...