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Dow Jones Industrial Average



) is trading up 21 points (+0.2%) at 13,585 as of Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012, 10:40 a.m. ET. During this time, 145.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 578.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,586 issues advancing vs. 1,229 declining with 162 unchanged.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012 is the ex-dividend date for Dow component

General Electric



). Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 17 cents per share. At a price of $22.32 as of 10:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.1% compared to the average Dow component yield of 2.7%.

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The average volume for General Electric has been 43.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. General Electric has a market cap of $232.82 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector and


industry. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of Tuesday's close.

General Electric Company operates as a technology and financial services company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 18.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates General Electric as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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