Jim Cramer said late Monday morning that investors should "
buy GE's stock
"right here," and that GE "will be, if I am right, the premier energy service company, after
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, in the world, after a few more acquisitions."
"There are all sorts of companies that GE could buy, to make a statement in this sector," Cramer said.
Credit Suisse analyst Julian Mitchell rates GE a "outperform," with a price target of $25, and in a note to clients on Monday called the Lufkin acquisition a "smart strategic fit."
"This deal more than doubles GE's current 5% share in Artificial Lift, giving it ~15% market share once the deal is completed," Mitchell wrote, adding that "the 13.5x EBITDA multiple paid... on 2013 estimates is slightly aggressive relative to other industrial transactions... [but] LUFK's attractive market share in artificial lift and competitive positioning suggests it should command some premium over an average deal."
GE is scheduled to announce its first-quarter results on April 19, with the consensus among analysts polled by
being earnings of 35 cents a share, compared to
44 cents a share during the fourth quarter
and 34 cents a share in the first quarter of 2012.
Shares of General Electric have returned 11% this year, following a return of 21% during 2012. The shares trade for 12.5 times the consensus 2014 EPS estimate of $1.85. The consensus 2013 EPS estimate is $1.67.
Based on a quarterly dividend of 19 cents, GE's shares have a yield of 3.29%.
At the end of 2012, General Electric was authorized by its board of directors to repurchase roughly $14.9 billion worth of common shares. The company's share buybacks during 2012 came to $5.2 billion.
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-- Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter, Fla.