NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With General Electric (GE) - Get General Electric Company (GE) Reportconsidering a relocation of its corporate headquarters due to a tax hike in Connecticut, we decided to see what TheStreet Quant Ratings has to say about its stock.
GE is threatening to leave Connecticut -- and it's turning into a bidding war. New York, Atlanta, and Dallas are all vying for General Electric to move its headquarters to their states. Connecticut's recent tax hike is the second largest in the state's history. It would raise taxes statewide by nearly $2 billion. So, is General Electric a company you want to invest in?
Here is the General Electric stock recommendation, according to TheStreet Ratings,TheStreet's proprietary ratings tool.
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General Electric Company (GE) operates as an infrastructure and financial services company worldwide.
TheStreet Ratings team rates GENERAL ELECTRIC CO as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate GENERAL ELECTRIC CO (GE) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- GE's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
- Net operating cash flow has increased to $6,299.00 million or 20.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 3.33%.
- 40.46% is the gross profit margin for GENERAL ELECTRIC CO which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -4.25% trails the industry average.
- GENERAL ELECTRIC CO's earnings per share declined by 14.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GENERAL ELECTRIC CO reported lower earnings of $1.37 versus $1.47 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 5.1% in earnings ($1.30 versus $1.37).
- The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Industrial Conglomerates industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 138.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3,544.00 million to -$1,360.00 million.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: GE Ratings Report