General Electric Co. (GE - Get Report) has followed up its dismal 2017 performance with an even bleaker start to the new year.

The stock closed trading Friday down 3.04% and has declined nearly 11% over the past five sessions. 

A string of bad news concerning costs from legacy businesses and rumblings that the company will be broken up have weighed on shares. 

Here are some of the lowlights from a week GE investors would love to forget. 

Activist Interest in GE Breakup

News that GE was considering a breakup of its business sent the stock tumbling earlier in the week. But regular investors aren't the only ones paying attention to GE's troubles, activists are too

No News Is Good News

RealMoney chartist Bruce Kamich has some advice for GE: Stay out of the news

CEO John Flannery Seeks a Floor

GE CEO John Flannery was doing his best to put a floor under the company's stock, says TheStreet's Executive Editor Brian Sozzi. It hasn't worked yet. 

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