Dow Today: General Electric (GE) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 61.0 points (-0.5%) at 12,509 as of Thursday, Nov 15, 2012, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 258.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 599.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 887 issues advancing vs. 2,072 declining with 104 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be General Electric (NYSE: GE), which is sporting a four-cent gain (+0.2%) bringing the stock to $20.05. Volume for General Electric currently sits at 22.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 43.2 million shares.

General Electric has a market cap of $216.86 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 15.5% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

General Electric Company operates as a technology and financial services company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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