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Personal Investing

Buying Stock

GE Stock Direct offers you the opportunity to buy shares of General Electric Company common stock conveniently and economically, even if you are not already a GE shareowner.

Download the GE Stock Direct Prospectus
To purchase online, visit the Investment Plan Enrollment Web Site.

Computershare is GE's transfer agent and administers all matters related to stock that is directly registered with GE.

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Annual Reports

Shareholders

If you own your stock directly with GE and are a registered shareowner, you may receive future Annual Reports and Proxy Statements via the web site when they become available, rather than receiving hard copies in the mail.

Now you can view GE’s annual reports and proxy statements on the internet and even vote your GE shares online. Registering for online delivery enables you to receive the GE annual report and proxy statement more quickly and access them at your convenience. Online reports also save paper and the costs of printing and mailing.

You will receive a proxy form in mid-March listing the web site locations. Currently the Annual Reports from 2004-2013 are available on our web site and can be viewed by accessing the annual reports index.

Broker Accounts

If you own GE stock directly with a broker and would like electronic delivery of the annual report, Broadridge Investor Communications Services will handle your request.

Broadridge Investor Communication Services

SEC Filings

As a public company, GE submits a comprehensive financial statement to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This statement discloses information about the Company’s financial position.

As required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, GE issues proxy statements that alert our shareholders of issues that require their votes. A library of past GE proxy statements is available for download.

See the statements at the SEC Filings page.

Useful Stock Information

GE common stock trades on the NYSE, under the symbol: GE.

The CUSIP Number for GE common stock is 3 6 9 6 0 4 1 0 3.

As of December 31, 2013, there were 10,061 million shares of GE common stock outstanding.

GE is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (its principal market) and the Boston Stock Exchange. It also is listed on certain non-U.S. exchanges, including the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris.

Investor Updates

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Investor Newsletters

August 22, 2014 Investor Newsletter

A wrap-up of key business events and news from across the company by Matt Cribbins, VP of Investor Communications.

Previous Investor Newsletters

July 3, 2014 Investor Newsletter
June 21, 2014 Investor Newsletter
June 5, 2014 Investor Newsletter
May 22, 2014 Investor Newsletter
May 9, 2014 Investor Newsletter
December 2013 (PDF)
November 2013 (PDF)
September/October 2013 (PDF)
July/August 2013 (PDF)
May/June 2013 (PDF)
April 2013 (PDF)
March 2013 (PDF)
January/February 2013 (PDF)
November/December 2012 (PDF)
October 2012 (PDF)
September 2012 (PDF)
July/August 2012 (PDF)
June 2012 (PDF)
May 2012 (PDF)
April 2012 (PDF)
March 2012 (PDF)
February 2012 (PDF)
January 2012 (PDF)
December 2011 (PDF)
October / November 2011 (PDF)
September 2011 (PDF)
August 2011 (PDF)

Common Stock History

GE was first incorporated in the state of New York on April 15, 1892.

1,000 shares of $100 par value were sold for $100 per share.

GE was traded on the NYSE for the first time on June 23, 1892. There was one trade of 50 shares at $108 per share. Currently millions of shares are bought and sold every day.

Stock Split History

Since incorporation, there have been nine stock splits of GE's common stock:

Year Ratio Certificate Date/Pay Date
2000 3-for-1 5-May-00
1997 2-for-1 9-May-97
1994 2-for-1 13-May-94
1987 2-for-1 22-May-87
1983 2-for-1 1-Jun-83
1971 2-for-1 7-Jun-71
1954 3-for-1 11-Jun-54
1930 4-for-1 Contact Us
1926 4-for-1 Contact Us

One share purchased pre-1926 has become 4,608 shares today. There is no hard-and-fast rule governing when we might split our stock. However, the last few times we've split, the stock price was trading over $100 per share when the board made its recommendation to Shareowners that they vote to split the stock.

Dividends

The Board of Directors of General Electric Company declared a $0.22 a share dividend on the outstanding common stock of the Company payable on October 27, 2014. GE has paid a dividend every quarter since 1899.


See our Dividend History on the Stock Information page.

Share Repurchase Program

 Under the 2007 GE Share Repurchase Program and subsequent Program authorizations (December 14, 2012 and February 12, 2013), we are authorized to repurchase up to $35 billion of our common stock through 2015. The Program is flexible and shares are acquired with a combination of borrowings and free cash flow from the public markets and other sources, including GE Stock Direct, a stock purchase plan that is available to the public. At January 1, 2014, the plan had approximately $12.3 billion in remaining authorization.

 

Earnings Release Dates

GE does not have official dates as to when exactly earnings are released. Typically, we release earnings quarterly, in April, July, October and January. As a guideline, the following are the dates when we've released earnings in the last few years.

First Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter Fourth Quarter
4/11/03 7/11/03 10/10/03 1/16/04
4/8/04 7/9/04 10/8/04 1/21/05
4/15/05 7/15/05 10/14/05 1/20/06
4/13/06 7/14/06 10/13/06 1/19/07
4/13/07 7/13/07 10/12/07 1/18/08
4/11/08 7/11/08 10/10/08 1/23/09
4/17/09 7/17/09 10/16/09 1/22/10
4/16/10 7/16/10 10/15/10 1/21/11
4/21/11 7/22/11 10/21/11 1/20/12
4/20/12 7/20/12 10/19/12 1/18/13
4/19/13 7/19/13 10/18/13 1/17/14
4/17/14 7/18/14    

 

Preferred Stock

GE does not have any preferred stock outstanding that is available to the public.

GE Capital Corporation Baby Bonds

Other symbols you may have seen on the exchange include GEA, GED, GEC, GER, GEG, GEJ, GEP, and GEPRA. These symbols belong to what we refer to as Baby Bonds (a fixed income debt product) -- senior unsecured obligations of General Electric Capital Corporation. They are called Baby Bonds because of the small par amount of $25.

The symbol "GEP" is for GECC's Step-Up bond. Step-Up Bonds are multi-coupon notes, bearing a coupon that resets to a level higher than the previous coupon if the bond is not called. The bonds are callable and the initial coupon is fixed until the first call date.

These bonds are offered directly to investors through 325 non-affiliated broker dealers. For more information on any of the GE Capital Bonds products, contact your financial advisor.