The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down eight points at 12,957 as of Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 175.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 818.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,177 issues advancing vs. 1,632 declining with 141 unchanged. Thursday, February 23, 2012 is the ex-dividend date for Dow component General Electric (NYSE: GE). Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 17 cents per share. At a price of $19.33 as of 10:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.5% compared to the average Dow component yield of 2.7%. industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of Tuesday's close. General Electric Company (GE) operates as a technology, service, and finance company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 15.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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