Shares of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) fell as much as 8.2% in trading on Tuesday, continuing a plunge in the stock this week. Tuesday's drop was driven by RBC Capital analyst Deane Dray's downgrade of the stock, a turnaround from a formerly bullish view. At 3:20 p.m. EST shares were down 5.4% on the day.
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Dray was one of a small number of analysts who had a positive view of GE's stock but today downgraded the stock to sector perform. The turnaround plan will be "more protracted" than he previously thought. This continued a week of downgrades of GE from Wall Street analysts.
The other bad news was that Fidelity Investments has cut its stake in GE by one fourth in the calendar third quarter. The filing on Monday showed that the fund giant now holds 93.2 million shares of the company's stock.
There's not a lot of hope for a quick recovery in GE's shares. Management outlined a long recovery plan on Monday, which included selling businesses and focusing the business on healthcare, aviation, and power generation. Those might be the right moves long term but it'll be a long time before GE is sustainably growing again and the recent cut of its dividend to $0.48 per share annually shows that there isn't much value left for investors in this formerly reliable stock.
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