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4. General Electric
General Electric
Rank: 4 (Previous rank: 5)
CEO: Jeffrey R. Immelt
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The house that Jack built ended 2009 by selling a controlling stake in its NBC Universal entertainment unit to Comcast, a deal that valued the new entity at $37 billion. Investors largely shrugged off the deal, but as concerns over its finance unit begin to fade -- and talk of a dividend increase start to heat up -- GE stock lately has been on a tear.

GE chief Jeffrey Immelt hopes to keep the momentum going. He's investing $6 billion to develop new medical products and technologies, and is making big bets on green technologies, from fuel-efficient turbines to "thin film" solar panels. --P.N.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2008
Revenues 156,779.0 -14.4
Profits 11,025.0 -36.7
Assets 781,818.0
Stockholders' equity 117,291.0
Market value (3/26/2010) 195,740.5
Profits as % of  
Revenues 7.0
Assets 1.4
Stockholders' equity 9.4
Earnings per share  
2009 $ 1.01
% change from 2008 -41.3
1999-2009 annual growth rate % -0.6
Total return to investors %
2009 -0.4
1999-2009 annual rate -8.9
Rank Company 500
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 General Electric 4 156,779.0
2 International Assets Holding 49 43,604.4
3 Freddie Mac 54 37,614.0
4 Fannie Mae 81 29,065.0
5 Marsh & McLennan 221 10,493.0
6 Ameriprise Financial 288 7,946.0
7 Aon 298 7,595.0
8 SLM 354 6,144.7
9 H&R Block 493 4,213.4
Issue date: May 3, 2010.
Revenues: 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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