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GE in February increased its common share buyback authorization to $35 billion from $25 billion. The company repurchased $1.9 worth of shares during the first quarter. Immelt has previously said the company's 2013 share repurchases would total about $10 billion.

General Electric's shares have returned 4% year-to-date, following a 21% return during 2012.

Based on a quarterly payout of 19 cents, the shares have a dividend yield of 3.49%.

The shares trade for 13.0 times the consensus 2014 EPS estimate of $1.67. The consensus 2013 EPS estimate is $1.67.

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-- Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter, Fla.

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Philip W. van Doorn is a member of TheStreet's banking and finance team, commenting on industry and regulatory trends. He previously served as the senior analyst for TheStreet.com Ratings, responsible for assigning financial strength ratings to banks and savings and loan institutions. Mr. van Doorn previously served as a loan operations officer at Riverside National Bank in Fort Pierce, Fla., and as a credit analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, where he monitored banks in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Mr. van Doorn has additional experience in the mutual fund and computer software industries. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Long Island University.

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