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GE- It Was Bad

Michael Kramer and the clients of Mott Capital closed out the position In GE as of November 13.

GE – It Was Bad

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GE what a disaster on so many fronts. The dividend cut wasn’t the worse part; it was that 2018 guidance that sank the stock. The dividend cut as we discussed, was widely expected, but the guidance for 2018, was even worse than what the bears and even I had feared.  With full-year guidance cut to $1.00 to $1.07, making the stock at $20, just too expensive, with nearly no earnings growth, making it a position I could no longer hold on to.

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Even with today’s decline, GE’s stock is likely still overvalued, trading at a one-year forward p/e ratio of nearly 17. In-line with Honeywell and United Technologies, GE does not deserve to trade anywhere near the valuation of either of the two former companies, in my opinion.

GE PE Ratio (Forward 1y) Chart

GE PE Ratio (Forward 1y) data by YCharts

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The direction of earnings is the only thing an investor needs to see, to know that valuation is too high, and has likely, even more, room to fall.

GE Annual EPS Estimates Chart

GE Annual EPS Estimates data by YCharts

Could GE trade at only 15 times earnings, very likely. Could it trade at 10 times 2018 earnings, possibly? It depends on how well the company performs in the coming quarters, and how deep the issues are. It is not worth finding out from my standpoint either.

Even from a technical standpoint, there is no saving the stock. The stock could fall to a level under $15 before findings its next level of technical support. $19.75 was a critical level and it fell through it with far greater ease than anticipated.

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The stock is broken, the chart is broken.

Then the questions started floating through my head, what if it was removed from DJIA? Crazy to think, but certainly not impossible.

Too much to bare, in a market that offers too many opportunities.

My opinion, my thoughts.

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