It is a sad day for General Electric. The Dow Jones Industrial Average index committee has decided to give GE the boot. GE was an original member of the Dow and had been part of the 30-stock index continuously since 1907. It was the Dow’s oldest constituent.
Once America’s most venerable industrial company, GE stumbled badly at the hands of former CEO Jeff Immelt. Mr. Immelt should have been shown the door years ago, but the board kept him around. GE is now a shadow of its former self and the current CEO was pushed into cutting the dividend (another poorly handled decision) and selling-off businesses to improve profitability.
GE will be replaced by Walgreens.
Jeremy Jones, CFA
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