Over the past several years, GE has worked hard to recover from the damage its ill-fated GE Capital division caused during the financial crisis. Prior to the crisis, GE Capital was a gold mine for the company, but ever since, GE has shifted exposure away from the financial arm and toward other parts of its business.
In particular, GE is playing a role in energy production of just about every type. From nuclear reactors to wind turbines and solar-panel manufacturing, GE has greatly bolstered its energy infrastructure segment. Moreover, some argue GE could expand its energy role further. A possible buyout of First Solar , for example, could help increase its presence in the solar industry.