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Apr 20, 2015

GE in talks to sell lending, leasing portfolio to Wells Fargo: source

By Mike Stone and Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – General Electric Co is in early-stage talks with Wells Fargo & Co about selling its entire $74 billion U.S. commercial lending and leasing (CLL) portfolio to the bank, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The discussions with Wells Fargo started just last week and other parties may also hold talks with GE about buying the entire U.S. CLL portfolio, the source said. GE is also exploring selling the U.S. CLL portfolio piecemeal and could decide to break the business up, the source added.

Apr 17, 2015

Strong dollar hit to GE, Honeywell may bode poorly for other industrials

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Honeywell International Inc (HON.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Friday they will take steps to cushion the impact of a stronger dollar, which hurt first-quarter results at both companies.

Indeed, the impact of currency shifts on U.S. companies will be highlighted further next week with quarterly reports from United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which already slashed its 2015 financial forecast in January over currency worries, as well as from 3M Co (MMM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Illinois Tool Works Inc (ITW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Apr 17, 2015

GE industrial first-quarter profit rises, revenue falls on stronger dollar

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – General Electric Co’s (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) quarterly industrial earnings rose 9 percent, helped by cost cuts that expanded profit margins, as the U.S. conglomerate banks on manufacturing of jet engines, turbines and other big-ticket products as it unloads most of its finance business.

Revenue fell 1 percent in its industrial segments, hurt by a $950 million hit from the stronger dollar, GE said on Friday. Stripping out the currency drag and the impact from deals, sales rose 3 percent.

Apr 17, 2015

GE industrial 1st-qtr profit rises, revenue falls on stronger dollar

April 17 (Reuters) – General Electric Co’s quarterly
industrial earnings rose 9 percent, helped by cost cuts that
expanded profit margins, as the U.S. conglomerate banks on
manufacturing of jet engines, turbines and other big-ticket
products as it unloads most of its finance business.

Revenue fell 1 percent in its industrial segments, hurt by a
$950 million hit from the stronger dollar, GE said on Friday.
Stripping out the currency drag and the impact from deals, sales
rose 3 percent.

Apr 15, 2015

GE CEO must convince skeptics his industrial strategy can win

April 15 (Reuters) – As General Electric Co stock
soared last Friday to its biggest one-day gain in six years,
investor Patrick Kaser’s fund made a choice: Sell it all.

Kaser, who manages Brandywine Global’s $7 billion large-cap
value equity portfolio, said his fund unloaded its entire 6
million-share position after the U.S. conglomerate announced it
would shed most of its GE Capital finance unit and focus on
manufacturing turbines, locomotives, jet engines and other
industrial goods. Other Brandywine funds still
hold GE shares.

Apr 10, 2015

GE’s CEO and his stock win a boost after a long dry spell

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – General Electric Co Chief Executive Jeff Immelt has had a bumpy ride for the past seven years, navigating economic turbulence, swapping in and out of businesses and struggling to energize his sluggish stock.

Against that backdrop, Friday was a very good day.

Immelt unveiled a surprise move to sell off most of GE’s finance operations over the next few years, thereby reducing a unit that comprised more than half of the U.S. conglomerate’s profits before the 2008 credit crisis down to 10 percent by 2018.

Apr 10, 2015

GE to sell bulk of finance unit, return up to $90 billion to investors

April 10 (Reuters) – General Electric Co said it
would shed the bulk of its finance unit and return as much as
$90 billion to shareholders as it becomes a “simpler” industrial
business instead of an unwieldy hybrid of banking and
manufacturing.

GE shares jumped 7.5 percent on Friday after the company
outlined plans for substantially shrinking its GE Capital unit.
The plan includes a buyback of up to $50 billion in GE shares,
the sale of about $30 billion in real estate assets over the
next two years and the disposal of more GE Capital operations.

Apr 2, 2015

Pratt chief says new engine could work on widebody plane

, April 2 (Reuters) – Pratt & Whitney’s
president said on Thursday the company’s new geared turbofan
commercial engine could be produced in a bigger version for
large widebody plane “with the right business case.”

“I would say the geared technology is very applicable to a
widebody product,” Pratt president Paul Adams told a media
briefing on Thursday, referring to its jet engine which is
designed to be 16 percent more fuel efficient than prior ones.

Apr 1, 2015

Pratt ramping up data analytics to prevent jet engine issues

, April 1 (Reuters) – Jet engine maker
Pratt & Whitney is doubling down on gathering and analyzing data
to predict and prevent problems from occurring as the company is
primed to become more broadly responsible for managing its
engine fleet.

Executives with the United Technologies Corp unit
said on Wednesday that a convergence of Pratt’s business
environment with technology advances is paving the way for the
expansion into so-called Big Data.

Mar 16, 2015

GE’s Immelt touts value of conglomerate’s scale to investors

March 16 (Reuters) – General Electric Co Chief
Executive Officer Jeff Immelt is sticking by his company’s model
for housing diverse businesses under one roof at a time when
other U.S. conglomerates are looking at hiving off units to
please investors.

In a wide-ranging annual letter to shareholders released on
Monday, Immelt details advantages from such scale through shared
technology and other areas through what he calls the “GE Store.”

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