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6. General Electric
General Electric
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 6 (Previous rank: 6)
CEO: Jeffrey R. Immelt
Was this company a 2011 top stock?

General Electric managed to post strong earnings growth in 2011, despite a slight drop in revenues. Earnings rose 21% to $14.2 billion, while sales fell 2.6% to $147.6 billion. Despite that dip in sales, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt said the company's performance at the end of the year bodes well for 2012, as orders picked up in businesses ranging from energy infrastructure to health care.

Analysts remain focused on GE's industrial division, which has struggled to grow since the economy fell into recession. The company reported a record backlog of orders at the end of the year -- $200 billion, up from $191 billion. Immelt says that gives GE a strong start to its goal of growing industrial earnings by 10%.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2010
Revenues 147,616.0 -2.6
Profits 14,151.0 21.5
Assets 717,242.0
Stockholders' equity 116,438.0
Market value (3/29/2012) 211,096.1
Profits as % of  
Revenues 9.6
Assets 2.0
Stockholders' equity 12.2
Earnings per share  
2011 $ 1.23
% change from 2010 16.0
2001-2011 annual growth rate % -1.1
Total return to investors %
2011 1.0
2001-2011 annual rate -4.7
Rank Company 500
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 General Electric 6 147,616.0
2 Fannie Mae 8 137,451.0
3 Freddie Mac 25 88,262.0
4 INTL FCStone 30 75,497.6
5 Marsh & McLennan 231 11,526.0
6 Aon 235 11,287.0
7 Ameriprise Financial 248 10,621.0
8 SLM 426 5,756.0
Issue date: May 21, 2012
Includes revenues from discontinued operations.
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General Electric
3135 Easton Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06828
203-373-2211
www.ge.com
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