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United Technologies (UTX) is diversified manufacturer operating in the building and aerospace industries. UTX???s branches include the well-known Otis Elevators, Carrier HVAC, and aerospace engine builder Pratt-and-Whitney.
General Electric (GE) closed the most recent trading day at $10.29, moving -1.86% from the previous trading session.
JPMorgan analyst Stephen Tusa has been receiving "pushback" around his take on GE at the Paris Air Show, which most peers deem a "win." GE stock fell.
Lufthansa Systems and GE Aviation are the first providers in the airline market to offer a solution that allows for the inflight synchronization of the flight plan between the GE Aviation flight management system (FMS) and Lufthansa Systems pilot applications directly on-aircraft. The first demonstration of the connected FMS using operational use cases will be presented this week at the EFB Users Forum in Chicago (June 25 – 27).
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- FedEx Corp. may finally be waking up to the threat Amazon.com Inc. poses to its business model.The logistics company is offering big discounts to help fill the planes in its Express delivery network with more e-commerce shipments, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter. The deals are being used to woo customers away from rival United Parcel Service Inc., or to convince them to switch from FedEx’s cheaper ground offerings, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the matter. For some customers, shipping goods via FedEx’s two-day air service may now cost about the same as shipping them through the ground division.(1)A FedEx spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal that the company hasn't changed its pricing strategy, adding that the two-day Express service “has been very successful and continues to deliver tremendous value to small and medium businesses competing in the e-commerce market.” Reports of the discounts come just weeks after FedEx said its domestic Express air-delivery unit was dropping Amazon as a customer to focus on "serving the broader e-commerce market." FedEx dropped Amazon as a customer for its Express air-delivery unit to focus on “serving the broader e-commerce market.” The charitable interpretation of that move is that FedEx had found a bit of backbone and was holding a firmer line on pricing with Amazon in an effort to bolster its profit margins. The other possibility is that FedEx recognized that Amazon’s efforts to bring more of its logistics operations in house were real, and that it may want to start the process of breaking up with Amazon before Amazon decides to break up with it. While FedEx CEO Fred Smith has repeatedly painted any notion of Amazon disrupting the logistics industry as “fantastical,” his actions increasingly suggest otherwise. The share of capacity devoted to the time-sensitive legal documents and medical supplies that the FedEx Express network was originally built for will likely continue to shrink. But it’s uneconomical for the division’s fleet – which numbered 670 leased and owned planes at the end of 2018 – to fly partially full or not at all. Meanwhile, FedEx expects U.S. e-commerce demand to grow to 100 million packages per day by 2026. It’s been adamant that Amazon only directly accounts for a small percentage of its overall sales. But Amazon has forever changed the world’s expectations around shopping and delivery. So whether or not its own sales are in the mix, FedEx will be forced to drink more deeply from the firehose of e-commerce shipments to keep its network humming along. And that will come at a cost to margins.FedEx’s decision to prioritize shipments from the likes of Walmart Inc., Target Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. gave some analysts hope that it would deliver a greater share of packages to higher-paying business customers and add more density to its delivery routes. But there’s some debate as to whether the Express air-delivery unit as currently constituted still makes sense. Amazon relies on a network of fulfillment and sorting centers close to metropolitan areas to rapidly complete and ship orders, a model that many rival retailers are mimicking in some shape or form as they try to stay competitive. If you’re only going to deliver a package 25 or 50 miles, you’re not going to use a plane to do that. Indeed, when FedEx’s decision to drop Amazon as a U.S. Express customer was first announced, Seaport Global Holdings analyst Kevin Sterling wondered to Bloomberg News whether it was a precursor to the Express unit eventually fading out.Planes still have a role to play: Amazon last week announced an agreement to lease 15 additional Boeing Co. 737-800 converted freighters from General Electric Co.’s jet-lessor arm, adding to an existing agreement for five planes. But FedEx’s reported need to offer discounts to keep the planes it has full calls into question the company’s decision to devote a significant amount of its capital expenditure budget to refreshing its airplane fleet. Management has been clear it’s not expanding capacity at the Express unit, but rather replacing its planes with more efficient options to improve productivity and costs. Downsizing the fleet and reallocating those resources could be a smarter move. The reported pricing cuts – coupled with FedEx’s recently announced plan to offer delivery seven days a week by 2020 and add a fleet of flexible, part-time drivers – reinforce a point both I and my colleague Shira Ovide have long argued: Amazon doesn’t need to steal customers away from FedEx and UPS en masse to be a threat. It’s already forcing both companies to rethink the way they operate. The revenue lost from removing Amazon as an Express customer is relatively minor, but the world the e-commerce giant has created isn’t a hospitable one for the package-delivery incumbents’ profit margins and capital-spending budgets. (1) News of the discounts weighed on shares Monday, as did a separate shipping issue: FedExhad to issue a second apology to Huawei Technologies over the misrouting of packages, and some reports indicate China is contemplating black-listing it.To contact the author of this story: Brooke Sutherland at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Brooke Sutherland is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and industrial companies. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Follow Bloomberg on LINE messenger for all the business news and analysis you need.Singapore’s Trax is acquiring U.S. rewards app Shopkick, adding a customer-tracking service to its growing stable of retail technology.Redwood City, California-based Shopkick lets shoppers earn rewards and gift cards by browsing online offers, watching videos, walking into stores or scanning product barcodes on shelves. Trax didn’t disclose how much it’s paying but seller SK Telecom Co. acquired the Californian outfit for $200 million in 2014, the Wall Street Journal has reported.Shopkick’s programs help provide data and insights into customer behavior and loyalty for clients from EBay Inc. and General Electric Co. to Lego and Unilever. “Bringing together shelf and shopper data will deliver new and powerful insights to consumer-packaged-goods brands and retailers,” Trax Chief Executive Officer Joel Bar-El said in a statement.The transaction comes as Trax finalizes a deal to raise $100 million at a pre-money valuation of about $1.1 billion. The round was aimed at financing acquisitions, including of LenzTech Co., a Beijing computer vision startup it recently purchased. Trax is also in advanced talks to buy a European competitor, Bar-El has said.The Singapore startup plans an initial public offering in 18 to 24 months and it’s in talks with Singapore Exchange Ltd. for a potential dual listing after the local bourse approached the company, the CEO said in an interview last month.Bar-El and partner Dror Feldheim co-founded Trax in Singapore in 2010. The firm works with retailers and brands in more than 50 countries and counts New York-based private equity firm Warburg Pincus, Chinese private equity firm Boyu Capital and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte among its shareholders.Read more: Singapore Startup Trax Raising Funds at $1.1 Billion Value (1)To contact the reporter on this story: Yoolim Lee in Singapore at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
On the lips of Wall Street analysts, a new expression is taking hold as speculation mounts that the U.S. economy might be slowing down: the "late-cycle" trade. It's a jargony way of describing a simple concept: Investors can make fast money by betting on companies with high-risk strategies if the current economic cycle extends its 10-year-old expansion, already tied for the longest in U.S. history. to provide credit cards to shoppers with poor credit histories.
General Electric turned in a strong showing at the Paris air show, but it wasn’t enough to change bears’ minds. Analyst Stephen Tusa went so far as to call the large order figures GE racked up a “smoke screen.”
General Electric Company (GE) is looking like an interesting pick from a technical perspective, as the company is seeing favorable trends on the moving average crossover front.
The deal could turn Pratt & Whitney's geared turbofan aircraft engines into more robust challengers to GE's market-leading engines.
Shares of General Electric Co. surged Thursday, to achieve a technical breakout that would confirm a bullish technical tone, after the industrial conglomerate said its aviation unit announced record orders at the Paris Air Show this week.
General Electric Co said on Friday it plans to demolish a large power plant it owns in California this year after only one-third of its useful life because the plant is no longer economically viable in a state where wind and solar supply a growing share of inexpensive electricity. The 750-megawatt natural-gas-fired plant, known as the Inland Empire Energy Center, uses two of GE’s H-Class turbines, developed only in the last decade, before the company’s successor gas turbine, the flagship HA model, which uses different technology. The closure illustrates stiff competition in the deregulated energy market as cheap wind and solar supply more electricity, squeezing out fossil fuels.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Clouds of worry have been gathering over the commercial aviation industry, but the sun was shining in Paris this week as planemakers and suppliers gathered for the biennial Air Show.I mean that both literally — it was hot — and figuratively, with every executive I talked to adopting the same tone of cautious optimism. They conceded the market is slowing: Amid sputtering air traffic growth, weakening airline profits and a slowing global economy, orders at the Paris Air Show trailed the tally from last year’s Farnborough Air Show on both a unit and dollar basis, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Intelligence’s George Ferguson and Francois Duflot. And the orders that were announced weren’t always written in stone. Vertical Research Partners analyst Rob Stallard counted about 610 commitments for new planes between Boeing Co. and Airbus SE (short of his forecast for 800), but only about 160 of those are firm orders for large aircraft and all of those belong to Airbus.(1) Some orders for Airbus’s new A321XLR — a longer-range version of its top-selling narrow-body jet that was unveiled as expected this week — were converted from existing commitments for previous A320-family models. But there were orders, including a surprise bid from British Airways parent IAG SA for Boeing’s embattled 737 Max jets (more on that later). While everyone no doubt would have preferred a stronger showing, no one was panicking, either.Global growth in demand for commercial aviation is likely to slow to a pace of about 5% this year from around 7.5% to 8% in the past few years, according to the International Air Transport Association. “That’s still a pretty good place to be — look at what many other industries are doing,” Tony Wood, CEO of aircraft braking and fire-protection equipment maker Meggitt Plc, said in an interview. “It’s certainly quicker than the world is growing.” Tim Mahoney, CEO of Honeywell International Inc.’s aerospace unit, pointed out that airlines are filling the capacity they lost when two fatal crashes prompted a global grounding of Boeing’s Max through leases and older aircraft that are staying in service longer than planned. Jet Airways India Ltd. suspended operations in April after running out of cash and is heading to bankruptcy court, but some of its fleet has already been reallocated, Mahoney said. “It’s a validation that the demand from the flying public is there and it continues to grow,” he said. Boeing, meanwhile, now expects the commercial aviation market to need 44,040 new jets and $9.1 trillion of services over the next 20 years. That compares with last year’s prediction of 42,730 jets and $8.8 trillion of services.So, Boeing and Airbus’s backlogs are likely safe in their robustness for the time being. But as I said going into the show, the question is whether they’ve already saturated the market and whether those backlogs will continue to grow. Executives from CFM International, the engine joint venture between General Electric Co. and Safran SA, weren’t super enthusiastic about production rate increases for Airbus’s A320 family. It’s not clear that the supply chain is capable of handling a more aggressive pace, particularly the forging and casting companies, which have been the primary source of delays over the past few years. At a media briefing on Saturday, CFM executives said they also want to be sure any production rate increase is sustainable and will serve the market over the long-term — not just at its peak. The relative dearth of orders at this year’s Air Show would seem to support their cautious stance.ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND THE MAXBoeing’s Air Show order tally fell about $10 billion short of Airbus’s haul, but IAG’s commitment to buy 200 Max jets means more for the company than the final total. IAG CEO Willie Walsh, a former 737 pilot, said he would feel comfortable boarding a Max tomorrow. He can’t actually do that because the planes remain grounded globally, but it was a huge vote of confidence when Boeing needed one desperately. That kind of endorsement most likely didn’t come cheap: the list price for the planes IAG intends to buy is $24 billion, but the true price is likely much lower after adjusting for standard discounts and probably a few extra incentives. It’s not a done deal just yet. IAG only signed a letter of intent, which gives it an out in case the Max runs into more problems or if Airbus comes up with a better offer. Airbus sales chief Christian Scherer said his company was never invited to bid on the deal but would very much like to. Either way, IAG’s willingness to back the Max gets Boeing out of the aviation industry’s version of timeout. This was always inevitable. Customers have been resolute in their confidence that Boeing will make the fuel-efficient Max safe to fly again. IAG had previously relied largely on Airbus models for its shorter hauls, so the fact that it’s the one stepping up with a Max order is a testament to airlines’ desire to maintain competition between the two companies. But I do wonder whether that kind of dynamic properly incentivizes Boeing to address the transparency, communication and oversight issues that allowed the Max’s shortcomings to morph into a full-blown crisis. Meanwhile, a good chunk of Airbus’s orders were for the freshly rolled-out XLR, with American Airlines Group Inc. agreeing to buy 20 of the planes and convert existing orders into 30 more. Boeing’s sales chief Ihssane Mounir said in a closing press conference that the XLR addressed only a “sliver” of the middle market and that there’s still an untapped opportunity for a rival offering it’s contemplating. That was backed up by comments from the CEOs of JetBlue Airways Corp. (which ordered 13 XLRs) and Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (which is thinking about buying the Airbus jet), with both advocating for the range advantages of a possible Boeing new middle-market aircraft. But while Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said there was no plan to accelerate the development of a successor to the 737 model, the Max crisis and advances in manufacturing and engine technology may force it to give that kind of project precedence over a middle-market jet. MEGADEAL SHOWCASEFor all the optimism about continuing growth, I thought it was interesting that Raytheon Co.’s CEO Tom Kennedy and CFO Toby O’Brien chose to cast their company’s merger with United Technologies Corp. as a bet on the long-term value of resiliency. Eventually, the booming growth the aerospace and defense sector have enjoyed simultaneously the past few years is going to come to an end; it’s rare that the two sectors move in tandem. Revenue for the combined United Technologies-Raytheon will split nearly equally between commercial and defense products and between domestic and international markets. “We didn’t have to do this,” O’Brien said. But the combination “makes for a really resilient company through all cycles. If you’re in it for the long haul, why wouldn’t you want that?” Kennedy said he’s not concerned about a slowdown in defense spending in the near-term, given governments’ continuing concerns about geopolitical turmoil. He pointed to backing from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate for more increases in the Defense Department’s budget for research, development, test and evaluation. The deal with United Technologies will help Raytheon compete more aggressively for the next generation of military franchises by giving it new technological capabilities, Kennedy and O’Brien said. The potential for advancements in compact, high-energy power generation, thermal management and hypersonics is intriguing, and the combined company’s $8 billion annual R&D budget will give it an exorbitant amount of money to play with. But revenue synergies are notoriously more fungible than cold hard cost cuts. So the companies’ willingness to share about half of the $1 billion-plus in annual cost savings they’re targeting with the U.S. government may prove the bigger competitive advantage.The synergies number struck analysts as quite low at only about 1% of the combined company’s $74 billion in sales. O’Brien acknowledged the figure is conservative but said the deal was light on integration work because the Raytheon businesses will continue largely as their own units rather than having their contents strewn about between existing United Technologies operations. While that limits the cost savings, it also makes it harder for United Technologies to foul up the deal as it juggles the Raytheon purchase with the continuing integration of Rockwell Collins Inc. and a pending three-way split. With plenty of time and opportunity for something to go wrong here, United Technologies’ wager on scale is relatively untested and GE and Honeywell aren’t so sure that a bigger aerospace and defense company is necessarily going to be a better one. Both argue they have technology advantages that will keep them competitive. But GE again made interesting noises about possible M&A, with aviation head David Joyce noting that he didn’t feel compelled to act by the United Technologies-Raytheon tie-up but “wouldn’t rule out anything.” SOMETHING TO PROVEWith the United Technologies-Raytheon merger looming large and questions mounting about cash flow for GE’s aviation unit, Joyce used the Paris Air Show to strike back at critics. GE Aviation and its CFM engine joint venture tallied $55 billion orders for engines and services at the event. Not all of that was technically new, but the haul was anchored by a legitimately impressive $20 billion order for Leap engines and services from Indian budget carrier IndiGo, which had previously relied exclusively on United Technologies jet engines to power its Airbus A320neo fleet. Joyce also laid out the most in-depth road map for a unit’s free cash flow that I’ve ever seen GE provide. But in what has become an unfortunate pattern for GE, what was probably a well-intentioned attempt at transparency sparked only more questions. Analysts continued to pick apart whether the aviation unit’s $4.2 billion in free cash flow last year reflects the full tax, pension and overhead cost burden it would bear if the business were to stand alone. While GE hasn’t voiced any plans to spin off the aviation unit — and I’m highly doubtful it would be able to do that given continuing challenges in the power and long-term care insurance operations — many investors rely on a sum-of-the-parts analysis to determine the stock’s appropriate valuation. So the legitimacy of that $4.2 billion number as the basis for an independent aviation unit is at the crux of the debate over where the share price goes from here. After walking through the numbers with GE, I feel more comfortable about how they arrived at the $4.2 billion number. But no one knows for sure how all the numbers would shake out if aviation was ever detached from the mothership and the financial benefits inherent in that structure. United Technologies is taking about 18 months to split itself into three parts, and its structure is arguably less difficult to untangle. So I don’t think this debate is going away.QUICK NOTE ON GECASGE’s jet-lessor arm announced a deal to lease 15 additional Boeing 737-800 converted cargo aircraft to Amazon.com Inc., expanding on an earlier agreement to provide the retail giant with five planes. Amazon aims to have 70 aircraft flying on its network by 2021 in just the latest reminder that its logistics aspirations are a real and growing threat to FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. In a presentation announcing the latest deal with Amazon, GECAS executives said it costs about $8 million to convert a Boeing 737-800 into a cargo plane. In a separate conversation, Sarah Rhoads, the director of Amazon Air, said the company put out requests for proposals to other lessors and that its ultimate choice had to be cost-effective. She said she felt good about partnering with GECAS. In a meeting with analysts this week, Alec Burger, who heads GECAS, acknowledged that the forecast for the air-cargo market was flat in 2019 amid escalating trade tensions but said the continuing shift to online shopping will continue to support demand in the long term and he’s looking to “modestly grow” the share of the lessor’s portfolio that’s devoted to that market. He said Amazon is not a “must-win account.”DEALS, ACTIVISTS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCECrane Co. is following through on its threat to take its $45-a-share takeover offer directly to Circor International Inc.’s shareholders. It’s rare to see a true hostile tender offer, so for the M&A nerd in me, this is exciting. Circor’s board said on Monday that it would review the offer and make a recommendation to shareholders within 10 business days. It had previously rebuffed Crane’s offer as opportunistic and said it undervalued the company, a point of view that some shareholders pushed back on, given the choppy — and lately lower — stock price. Mario Gabelli, whose Gamco Investors Inc. is the largest shareholder of Circor, has also criticized the company’s lack of transparency in disclosing Crane’s interest. We are still awaiting the release of a business plan that Circor promised would show a path to greater valuation creation, but Crane’s willingness to go hostile forces Circor into an even tighter corner. Delta Air Lines Inc. bought a 4.3% stake in Hanjin Kal Corp., the largest shareholder in Korean Air Lines Co. Delta and Korean Air have a trans-Pacific joint venture that allows the two carriers to coordinate on flights in Asia and the U.S. Delta expects to boost its stake to 10% over time. The stake purchase is the latest in a string of similar deals with other partners including Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA and China Eastern Airlines Corp. But the deal also puts Delta in the middle of an activist shareholder’s campaign to push Hanjin Kal to provide more transparency and improve corporate governance. Shares of Hanjin Kal, whose operations also span logistics services, plunged on news of Delta’s investment in an apparent sign that investors see the company’s stake as a roadblock to the activists’ goals. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. appears to be moving forward with its interest in acquiring Bombardier Inc.’s CRJ regional jet program. A takeover “would make a lot of sense,” Steve Haro, vice president in charge of global marketing and strategy at Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., told Bloomberg News at the Paris Air Show. He said news about “new strategic partnerships” would be forthcoming. Recall that Nikkei had reported earlier this month that Mitsubishi wanted to only carve out the aircraft maintenance network of the CRJ program, but Bombardier had insisted on the unit being sold in its entirety.BONUS READING New York Fed Factory Gauge Drops by Record to Two-Year Low Siemens to Cut 2,700 Jobs at Energy Unit Due for Listing Fight for Survival on Doomed Jet Came Down to Two Cockpit Wheels Southwest Pilots to Seek Recovery of 737 Max Costs From Boeing Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War Craft Breweries Are Booming Even as Americans Drink Less BeerIf you’d like to get these weekly industrial insights delivered to your inbox, please email me directly at email@example.com, and ask to join the list. Thanks!(1) Stallard excludes announcements for options or future purchase rights and planes that will be taken throughaircraft lessors.To contact the author of this story: Brooke Sutherland at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Daniel Niemi at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Brooke Sutherland is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and industrial companies. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
As the Trump administration puts tariffs on a range of imported goods and pushes a replacement deal for Nafta, lobbying on trade-related issues could set a new record this year.
For the first time in a long time, General Electric (GE) news isn’t about its restructuring process.The company on Tuesday made headlines from the Paris Air Show, as many in the aircraft industry are saying Boeing’s (BA) 737 Max will be ready to fly soon. The Max was grounded earlier in 2019 after two fatal crashes came within six months of each other, with blame pointed to the MCAS safety system. With the grounding, Boeing announced it would seriously cut production of the Max aircraft, which had a ripple effect down the supply chain, including with GE who manufactures its LEAP engine. But with the Max expected back in the air soon, production — and sourcing from GE — should ramp up.Analyst Andrew Obin of Merrill Lynch isn’t changing his tune, though, as he keeps his Neutral rating on General Electric stock, with $12 price target. (To watch Obin's track record, click here)GE saw good news in the form of increased orders of its LEAP engine, manufactured by the company through a joint venture with Safran. Indian carrier IndiGo ordered $20 billion of the LEAP engines to be used on its Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. GE also picked picked up a victory with IAG placing 200 orders for the Boeing 737, which uses the CFM56 engine, also manufactured by GE through its joint venture.On the Max, Obin says GE management was “more optimistic than other suppliers...at the show about 737 MAX re-certification ‘sooner rather than later.’” But while optimistic, the analyst says GE “expects about $300 million of working capital outflow in 2Q due to the grounding.” As cash flow is a major challenge for GE and focus for investors, many will keep an eye on this moving forward.Overall, the 737 Max is providing GE with an external challenge, one that isn’t too common for the company right now. The main focus for GE is restructuring. CEO Larry Culp is being praised for his efforts to this point, as the company has rebounded from a terrible 2018 and is showing promise that it is returning to a stable stock. The Boeing challenge is expected to be short-term, as many on Wall Street continue to focus on the bigger picture of restructuring.All in all, with the Max airplane expected to return to service soon and restructuring moving well, analysts are becoming more confident with GE stock. TipRanks analysis of 10 analyst ratings shows a consensus Moderate Buy rating, with four analysts rating Buy, four rating Hold and two suggesting Sell. However, the average price target of $10.86 suggests a slight upside from current levels.Read more on GE: * Not Out of Woods Yet, But Is General Electric (GE) Stock a Buy? * General Electric (GE) Stock Is Still Poised for a Comeback * Wall Street Remains Divided on Buying General Electric (GE) Stock * Putting General Electric Management Under the Microscope Is Bad News for GE Stock More recent articles from Smarter Analyst: * Will Qualcomm (QCOM) Stock Win Again? Canaccord Remains Bullish * CannTrust Holdings (CTST): Even With Entry Into U.S. Market, Investors Must Remain Patient * Deutsche Bank Remains Bullish on UBER and Facebook Stocks * Facebook's (FB) Libra Could Be the Next Big Thing
BOSTON, June 21, 2019 -- The Board of Directors of GE (NYSE: GE) today declared a $0.01 per share dividend on the outstanding common stock of the Company. The dividend is.
(Bloomberg) -- Zimbabwe and Zambia chose General Electric Co. and Power Construction Corp. of China to build a $4 billion hydropower project straddling their border, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said.The 2,400-megawatt Batoka Gorge plant has been planned for years by the two southern African nations, both of which are struggling with electricity shortages after a drought curbed hydropower output. General Electric and Power China are in a consortium that was shortlisted in February to build the facility.“Zambia and Zimbabwe have agreed on this project. We have all agreed that we give it to GE -- China Power and GE together,” Mnangagwa said in an interview in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, where he attended this week’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit. “It’s critical that we move fast on that front because it’s necessary that as we industrialize that we need electricity.”While the project will address electricity shortages, it’s on the same river -- the Zambezi -- that has left the downstream Kariba hydropower dam at less than 30% storage capacity and producing less than half its intended electricity. The Zambezi’s water flows in 2019 are near the lowest in half a century, and even worse than during the last severe drought in 2014-15.Because Batoka Gorge will have a much smaller storage capacity than Kariba -- which is the world’s biggest man-made freshwater reservoir -- droughts could pose greater risks to the planned project.While a formal contract has not been signed, GE said that the Zambezi River Authority, which manages power plants on the river, has said it would appoint a final developer for the project by September. As part of the consortium, GE would have a “material role in the development and execution of the project,” including the design and supply of hydropower technologies, it said by email.Zambian Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa said he wasn’t available to comment. The project will be based on a build-operate-transfer financing model and won’t put any fiscal strain on the two nations’ governments, Nkhuwa said in February.The $4 billion cost of the project includes amounts for civil works, construction and power turbines, among other things, GE said on Thursday. The contract would be split among the companies in the consortium. The African Development Bank said in September it has begun mobilizing funds for the plant.Other bidders that had been shortlisted included Salini Impregilo SpA of Italy and a joint venture comprising China Three Gorges Corp., China International Water & Electric Corp. and China Gezhouba Group Co., according to Nkhuwa.(Updates with detail on drought risks in fourth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Taonga Clifford Mitimingi and Richard Clough.To contact the reporters on this story: Matthew Hill in Maputo at firstname.lastname@example.org;Prinesha Naidoo in Johannesburg at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at firstname.lastname@example.org, Paul Richardson, Pauline BaxFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
General Electric (GE) stock has made a remarkable run in 2019. So far, the stock has risen 46%. General Electric has beaten all of the major US indexes and its industrial peers.
Following through on the gains made earlier this week, the S&P 500 rallied another 0.95% on Thursday, just touching record-highs as a result. Although impressive, the rally is also fragile and may actually be setting up a sizeable wave of profit-taking.Source: Allan Ajifo via Wikimedia (Modified)Whatever it was, pot stocks set the tone. Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) was up more than 2% on news that shareholders had approved its impending acquisition of Acreage, while Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) popped more than 9% on some renewed industry-wide sentiment.PG&E (NYSE:PCG) was the day's biggest major-name winner though, up nearly 15% after California Governor Gavin Newsom suggested the state's government help facilitate a way for the utility company to pay for the fire damage it contributed to last year. The organization continues to find itself in a more manageable position.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 6 Stocks Ready to Bounce on a Trade Deal None are names that are great trading prospects as we head into the final day of the workweek, however. Instead, take a look at the stock charts of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), General Electric (NYSE:GE) and Ventas (NYSE:VTR) for trading possibilities. Ventas (VTR)It was only a few days ago Ventas was knocking on the door of a big breakout move. The only line left to cross was a modestly important technical ceiling right around $65. And, given the momentum already in place by that time, which was backed by a long-term support line, the odds of that move taking shape were high.That breakout move did end up taking shape. But, consider this a cancellation of that call, and even a reversal of it. VTR stock is up 10% since that last look, and had been up as much as 13%. But, yesterday's high and a couple of other clues all suggest the effort has run its course and is now out of gas. Click to Enlarge * While trends need volume to remain in place, volume surges like the one Ventas dished out on Thursday often indicate a final flushout of would-be buyers. The way VTR peeled back from the intraday high also says the profit-takers are already starting to take over. * Zooming out to the weekly chart we see two immediate red flags. One of them is the way yesterday's peak aligns with all the major highs going back to 2013. The other is the fact that the RSI indicator has just entered overbought territory. General Electric (GE)For months now, General Electric have been working on a recovery move, but it always seems to be up-ended right before it solidifies. Those months have been spent in vain, however. The bulls and bears have inadvertently drawn key lines in the sand that, if crossed, would likely flag a longer-lived move rather than more choppiness.The buyers finally -- albeit quietly -- pushed GE stock over what had become a well-established ceiling. Better yet, it happened with solid support behind the move, and has brought another bullish trigger within reach. * 7 S&P 500 Stocks to Buy With Little Debt and Lots of Profits Click to Enlarge * The ceiling that was hurdled on Thursday is the $10.49 level, marked in yellow on both stock charts. GE shares had been unable to move above that line despite three attempts since March. The fourth one yesterday worked. * Just as impressive is the buying volume that's taken shape with the recent advance. Tuesday's and Thursday's gains were both made on above average volume, hinting there may be a lot of would-be buyers waiting in the wings for a victory like yesterday's. * It's not happened yet, but the purple 50-day moving average line is about to cross above the white 200-day moving average line. This so-called golden cross is viewed as a buying trigger for many investors, and could accelerate the effort. Verizon Communications (VZ)Finally, with nothing more than a passing glance it would look as if Verizon Communications shares are just going through a patch of volatility that can be expected as part of a longer-term uptrend. And, perhaps that's all this is.A lengthier and more critical look, however, also shows that distinct possibility that VZ shares are slowly winding their way into a bit of technical trouble. Although it will still take a few days to know for sure, and any problems wouldn't be terribly devastating, the threat is significant enough to start watching out for now. Click to Enlarge * The looming red flag is the potential death cross, where the purple 50-day moving average falls below the white 200-day moving average line, spurring algorithm-based selling as well as spooking casual chart watchers. * At the same time, note there has already been a string of lower highs since November's peak, and the weekly chart's MACD lines continue to sink. The momentum is already downward. * For better or worse, should Verizon shares stumble, the daily chart shows a likely support area around $52.50, while the weekly chart's big floor is the rising support line that has tagged all the major lows going back to mid-2017.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Blue-Chip Stocks to Buy for a Noisy Market * 5 Strong Buy Biotech Stocks for the Second Half * 6 Stocks Ready to Bounce on a Trade Deal Compare Brokers The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Verizon, General Electric and Ventas appeared first on InvestorPlace.
General Electric (GE) emerged as the winner at the 53rd International Paris Air Show. The company's aviation business unit secured record multibillion-dollar deals.
GE Aviation and and its CFM joint venture won a record $55 billion in new orders and commitments at the Paris Air Show, topping Boeing and Airbus. GE rose, along with Boeing and Airbus.
The S&P 500 gapped up to new all-time highs on Thursday, but quickly found responsive sellers up at that level. That's not too surprisingly, although it did sap some of wind from the bulls' sails. The question now is, will longs step up and continue buying or will we top out yet again near current levels? Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 1: S&P 500 Click to EnlargeThe chart shows the S&P 500 banging its head up against the 2,950 level, while investors can also use the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) to follow the index if they prefer.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIt's crazy to think about the market we've had over the past nine or ten months. And amid all that drama -- trade wars, rate hikes, a 20% selloff in Q4 -- the SPX is right back to where it was in September. * 6 Stocks Ready to Bounce on a Trade Deal For me, it's hard to imagine that we end yesterday's Fed day stable (and still up big over the past two days), then gap up to new all-time highs today, only to see the whole thing fall apart. That doesn't mean we can't see some selling pressure up here or that a pullback won't happen.It's only to say that the market has had enough time to digest the Fed's comments to decide whether its good or bad for stocks. So far, they're voting that it's good. Let's see how we end the week and whether a triple top ends the run or if 3,000 on the S&P 500 is possible. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 2: General Electric Click to EnlargeGeneral Electric (NYSE:GE) is breaking out, as the stock continues to push higher and is technically through resistance. It's now above $10.50, a level we've been watching closely in the name. If this level again acts as resistance, see that the stock doesn't fall below its 200-day moving average. If it holds $10 and its 20-day moving average, all the better.From here though, let's see if $10.50 can turn from resistance into support. Staying above this mark could pave the way to $11.25+ now. Especially considering that the stock is not yet overbought. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 3: Netflix Click to EnlargeThe setup above may look familiar in Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). That's because not all that long ago we called NFLX a buy at $340 range support.Shares have since rallied $26 apiece and pushed through both the 20-day and 50-day moving averages, as well as short-term downtrend resistance (blue line). If it can clear $370, $380 range resistance is possible. Below $355 -- the 20-day -- and a retest of $340 range support is back on the table.Keep it simple, until NFLX stock makes it harder. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 4: Kroger Click to EnlargeShares of Kroger (NYSE:KR) are down about 2% after the company reported earnings, as this name continues its unhealthy trend lower.Not only is the 10-week moving average acting as clear resistance, but shares remain stuck in a clear trend. Short-term downtrend resistance (blue line) continues to squeeze KR lower, while longer term resistance (purple lines) isn't doing Kroger any favors either.Now what?$23 has proven to be a key level. Below this and channel support just below this week's lows are on the table. Below that and KR could fall into no man's land, with multi-year lows lingering between $19 and $20. If it holds, a retest of the 10-week moving average is on the table. Over the 10-week moving average and downtrend resistance, and KR can garner some upside momentum. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 5: Gold Click to EnlargeInterestingly, gold is making a powerful move to multi-year highs at the same time the stock market is. That's as the Fed appears set to cut rates in the not-too-distant future. That devalues the U.S. dollar and typically gives a boost to commodity prices.That's why the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:GLD) is bursting higher. It's also why we said Barrick Gold (NYSE:GOLD) could breakout, which is adding to its gains on Thursday. * Check Out These 5 Fast-Growing Stocks to Buy Today So now what? I want to see GLD stock hold the $128 to $130 breakout range. For really patient investors, above $126 is still technically okay. Still, I'd rather see it hold a multi-year breakout level rather than just a 2019 breakout level. Over $130 and more gains are possible.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Blue-Chip Stocks to Buy for a Noisy Market * 5 Strong Buy Biotech Stocks for the Second Half * 6 Stocks Ready to Bounce on a Trade Deal Compare Brokers The post 5 Top Stock Trades for Friday: SPY, GE, NFLX, Gold appeared first on InvestorPlace.
How many steps does it take to reset a GE smart bulb? Apparently, 12 to 14. Creating a step-by-step video illuminating GE (GE) customers on how to do a factory reset on their C by GE bulbs probably seemed like a bright idea at the time.