GE Is Crashing... Again

After Friday's farcical face-ripping ramp back to recent highs (from a 10% plunge pre-market) after dismal earnings and outlook, it appears 'investors' took the weekend to actually read the report and transcripts...

Someone turn the bloody machines back on!!

Bloomberg reports that General Electric’s weak third-quarter results and outlook prompted multiple rating downgrades on Monday, with most analysts warning of an impending dividend cut. However, bullish analysts note that there doesn’t seem to be much more that bears can "fixate on from here."

RBC (Deane Dray)

  • GE’s intra-day stock recovery on Oct. 20 could be the "first sign of a cathartic bottoming, supported by the draconian 2017 guidance cut and brutal assessment/frankness from the new CEO"
  • Expects a dividend cut announcement before Nov. 13
  • Outperform, PT $25 from $27


  • Investors need to trade carefully into Nov. 13 strategy reset, given higher probability of a dividend cut to ~70c
  • While new CEO John Flannery is the right man for the mission on hand, the scale of the challenges that he and his new team face are greater than earlier imagined
  • Cut to underweight from equal-weight, PT $22 from $25

UBS (Christopher Belfiore)

  • Downgrades on disappointing 3Q, expectation reset and dividend at risk
  • Says recognizes execution risk as GE works through its strategy, but sees a lot of the negative sentiment now in the stock; says GE should trade in line with the market
  • Cut to neutral from buy, PT $24 from $31

COWEN (Gautam Khanna)

  • Sees a likely, sizable dividend cut and down 2018 EPS, with limited bounceback prospects in 2019
  • Says it is very likely that Power profits will decline sharply in 2018, and perhaps again in 2019
  • Market perform, PT $22 from $24


  • "Not sure there is much more the bears can fixate on from here"
  • Says the EPS reset was worse than what most expected; however, short of a recession or collapse in oil prices, it is hard to picture anything more
  • Says the dividend won’t be cut as GE will focus on growing FCF and earning into it
  • Buy-Accumulate; PT $35

WILLIAM BLAIR (Nicholas Heymann)

  • Says GE puts its corporate transformation into overdrive; 2017, and not 2018, is now going to be GE’s trough year for adjusted EPS, with solid initial improvement expected in 2018
  • Outperform

SUNTRUST (Michael Ciarmoli)

  • GE’s notable strength in military aftermarket activity could be a source of upside surprise this quarter for suppliers with exposure
  • Names with aftermarket exposure within SunTrust’s coverage include AAR, Barnes Group, HEICO, KLX and TransDigm


newmacroman Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:50 Permalink

Proposal for ZH management, a "Hall of Fame " quotes.I can't remember who did the "Print until their eyes bleed" but that should be #1.A close second was No Debt's Ice Cap commentary that I was smart enough to copy.Oh, I'd be happy to short-cut it for you: 1.  Shit's all fucked up.  You know it, I know it, everyone knows it. 2.  We're about 8 exits past "way too late" to fix it in some non-explosive manner. 3.  Stopping now would just make it expode immediately. 4.  Not stopping now will guarantee it will explode much more catastrophically later. 5.  Since it's going to explode either way, the only rational course of action is to choose the "explode later" option. 6.  Nobody knows how much longer this can go on before it explodes so you might as well enjoy it while it lasts because when it expolodes it will be the "widowmaker".  And everyone knows it. The "Widowmaker" market should be trademarked.Cheers, macroman, unabashedly showing his man crush affinity for nail guns.

Rebelrebel7 Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:31 Permalink

Let it crash, along with all defense stocks! Don't reward murderers, psychopaths, and sadists!If they are too stupid to develop a product that people are willing to buy, they are too stupid to have people buy their stock, and too stupid to exist as a corporation! 

Last of the Mi… Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:44 Permalink

Nothing like irradiating your own political base like the did with their poor reactor design to California or taking two private jets somewhere with one as a back up in case one breaks down, when the company you are CEO of manufactures jet engines. Not good, Not good.

StinkyLebinowitz Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:02 Permalink

People are going to look back at today's s/p and wonder "why didn't I dump this dog when I could have gotten $22 for it?" I expect that to be happening well bfore Christmas. The REAL P/T - $12-15. 

caldreaming Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:47 Permalink

 I hope the people at Harvard Business School produce a "what went wrong" case study of GE.  It is an amazing story of how one stupid CEO wrecked a company. When  the CEO decided to get into the oil business recently I was ROTFLMAO.  His timing was superb, just like all his other decisions.  Too bad for shareholders.  They should sue the directors for keeping this incompetent guy on so long.