General Electric Is Approaching A Turning Point
General Electric (NYSE:GE) has seen no end to its troubles over the last few years but the end may be in sight. The company has been working hard to restructure, refocus, and reinvigorate growth under the leadership of CEO Larry Culp and those efforts are about to pay off. A recent analyst-call from Goldman Sachs underscores the opportunity and suggests investors could see a minimum 30-40% upside in the not-very-distant future.
Goldman Sachs analyst Joe Ritchie reinstated coverage on GE stock with a Buy Rating and what amounts to the Wall Street high target of $10. Bank Of America has the stock pegged at the $11 level but that rating was set way back in June. According to Ritchie, CEO Culp and his management team are turning GE into a "leaner, structurally more productive company with better capital discipline," and one that will emerge from the pandemic stronger than before. The takeaway, Ritchie is "simply making the call that as GE's higher-margin businesses recover, FCF will improve materially."
Most analysts are bullish on GE stock. The average rating is a buy and it has been creeping up over the last couple of months. There are 21 ratings on the stock 9 of which are very bullish, 5 bullish, and 7 neutral with no bears in the mix. The caveat is that only 15 are as current as this year, and 10 as of the March market bottom. The most current ratings are evenly split with 5 hold/neutrals and 5 buys with a consensus in the range of $8 to $9 dollars.
GE Receives A Wells Notice
GE disclosed receiving a Wells Notice from the SEC tied to legacy issues with the company’s insurance business. The notice alleges wrongdoing in relation to financial reporting that the SEC “may” pursue. While not good news for the company there are some caveats the first being these issues come from the time period prior to Larry Culp’s ascension to CEO and have been long-corrected. If charges are brought it would be a civil and not a criminal action.
"GE has been informed that the issues the SEC staff may recommend that the SEC pursue relate to the historical premium deficiency testing for GE Capital’s run-off insurance operations, as well as GE’s disclosures relating to such run-off insurance operations,"
GE Abandon’s Coal, Looks To The Future
GE has long been an advocate of the coal industry and has suffered along with it as it declines. That’s why the company’s recent decision to abandon the new-build coal power market is big news. The company has decided to focus only on business with positive growth trajectories such as renewables and gas. To that end, the company has announced two major partnerships that will help it achieve its exit targets. The first is a contract to build wind-powered turbines for what will be the world’s largest offshore windfarm. The second is a $580 million investment into a joint venture from a Russian manufacturer that should be in production within five years.
The Technical Outlook: GE Is Trading At Rock-Bottom Prices
GE was on the verge of a major reversal in stock prices in the early months of 2020. And then the pandemic hit and the stock sank to even lower lows leaving investors wondering if it would ever recover. Now, nearly 8 months into the pandemic, the company is still plugging along and on track for what could be a monumental turnaround.
Strictly speaking of the weekly charts, the technical set up is quite bullish. The stock is trading just above the long-term low where it has put in a nice bottom. The indicators confirm the bottom and more, a reversal, in that stochastic is firing the second and higher of two bullish entry signals at a strong support level, and MACD is bullish and on the rise. The only thing missing is a move above the 30-week EMA, a move that I think could come this earnings cycle. The company is slated to report on 10/28 and deliver -$0.03 in EPS.
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This too shall pass. Those four words should be taped to the computer screen of every investor. If you own shares of the tech sector, you’ve seen your portfolio take quite a hit. Tech stocks were largely immune from the effects of the pandemic.
However, as investors are looking to rebalance their portfolios, tech stocks were obvious targets for some profit-taking. And at the end of the day, that’s what I believe the latest tech selloff amounts to. Stocks don’t move in one direction all the time. Sure, there may be some saber-rattling about breaking up big tech. But with an election in less than two months, nobody will have the political will to do anything.
That doesn’t mean that it’s all going to be smooth sailing. Sure, the Federal Reserve did its part by promising low-interest rates until the end of time (or at least through 2023 whatever comes first). But the rest of 2020 is likely to be volatile for stocks.
First, there’s still the novel coronavirus hanging around. It’s not going to simply disappear after election day. That will take some combination of a vaccine and/or therapeutic. And all the likely candidates seem to be getting farther away the deeper into clinical trials they get.
And we have an election. But we are not likely to know the winner of the election on election night. In fact, for those who remember the spectacle of “hanging chads”, this election could make that one look like amateur hour.
The bottom line is there will be uncertainty. But there are always gains to be found, particularly now that their stock price has come down a little bit. Here are seven tech stocks that you can look to add or increase a position in now that they’re trading at a discount.
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