In the latest trading session, General Electric (GE - Free Report) closed at $5.95, marking a -0.92% move from the previous day. This change lagged the S&P 500's 0.05% gain on the day. At the same time, the Dow added 0.48%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.61%.
Coming into today, shares of the industrial conglomerate had lost 9.09% in the past month. In that same time, the Conglomerates sector lost 0.44%, while the S&P 500 lost 0.52%.
GE will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. In that report, analysts expect GE to post earnings of -$0.08 per share. This would mark a year-over-year decline of 153.33%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $19.05 billion, down 18.46% from the year-ago period.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of -$0.08 per share and revenue of $79.36 billion. These totals would mark changes of -112.31% and -24.93%, respectively, from last year.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for GE. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.
The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 47.73% lower. GE is currently a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
The Diversified Operations industry is part of the Conglomerates sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 95, which puts it in the top 38% of all 250+ industries.
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