It is highly possible that the BOD will announce a dividend increase this qtr. Listen to the Dec 15 Investor meeting and we will be given some strong indication when this will happen. IMO,if not this qtr next for sure. Politics will not let it increase back to the 31 cent range for at least another year.
I don't think they are ready for that much yet, but I do agree we will see something. Another poster said 12 cents, that is probably closer to the mark and would represent a 20% increase in div. I will take either gladly.
No a chance! GE Capital needs the dough to shore up its base. That is the main reason for the NBC sale to Comcast - the $8 billion dollars most of it will be used to reinforce GE Capital for up and coming commercial real estate write downs.
I think in time; maybe in 2012 GE may up the dividend but not going back to the regular dividends until GE is "very" profitable again. I write a write up on an analyst's paid research report that gave a date of between 2014-2016 as full dividend reinstatement.