How to buy General Electric (GE) shares in Australia
Learn how to easily invest in General Electric shares.
General Electric Company is a specialty industrial machinery business with stocks listed in the US. General Electric shares (GE) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$119.81 – a decrease of 1.63% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.
How to buy shares in General Electric
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company listed in the US from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. Look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, which will typically include your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for General Electric. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: GE. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment that matches your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until General Electric reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying using consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$119.81, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of General Electric, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of General Electric. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights.
What's in this guide?
- General Electric key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is General Electric stock a buy or sell?
- General Electric performance over time
- Is General Electric suitable for ethical investing?
- Are General Electric shares over-valued?
- General Electric's financials
- How volatile are General Electric shares?
- Does General Electric pay a dividend?
- Have General Electric shares ever split?
- Other common questions
General Electric stock price (NYSE:GE)Use our graph to track the performance of GE stocks over time.
Have General Electric's shares ever split?
General Electric's shares were split on a 1281:1000 basis on 4 January 2023. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before the split, the next day you would own 1281 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your General Electric shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 21.9% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for General Electric shares which in turn could have impacted General Electric's share price.
General Electric shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$59.7057 - US$123.25|
|50-day moving average||US$112.6406|
|200-day moving average||US$105.4737|
|Dividend yield||US$0.32 (0.26%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$9.6|
General Electric price performance over time
|1 week (2023-11-30)||-1.63%|
|1 month (2023-11-07)||7.16%|
|3 months (2023-09-07)||7.17%|
|6 months (2023-06-07)||12.94%|
|1 year (2022-12-07)||80.63%|
|2 years (2021-12-07)||57.39%|
|3 years (2020-12-08)||1,300.33%|
|5 years (2018-12-07)||2,090.86%|
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Is it a good time to buy General Electric stock?
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Is General Electric under- or over-valued?
Valuing General Electric stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of General Electric's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
General Electric's P/E ratio
General Electric's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 13x. In other words, General Electric shares trade at around 13x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
General Electric's PEG ratio
General Electric's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.5747. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into General Electric's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
General Electric's EBITDA
General Electric's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$12 billion (£9.6 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a General Electric's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure stock profitability.
General Electric share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, General Electric's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$59.7057 up to US$123.25. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while General Electric's is 1.215. This would suggest that General Electric's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
General Electric financials
|Revenue TTM||US$83.8 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||10.5%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$18.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||3.43%|
|Return on equity TTM||35.02%|
|Market capitalisation||US$133.3 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
General Electric share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 10.05% of net profits
Recently General Electric has paid out, on average, around 10.05% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.26% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), General Electric shareholders could enjoy a 0.26% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In General Electric's case, that would currently equate to about $0.32 per share.
While General Electric's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that General Electric is investing more in its future growth.
General Electric's most recent dividend payout was on 25 October 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 25 September 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").
General Electric's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like General Electric.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
General Electric's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 48.86
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and General Electric's overall score of 48.86 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 97th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like General Electric is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
General Electric's environmental score
Environmental score: 16.69/100
General Electric's environmental score of 16.69 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Electric is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
General Electric's social score
Social score: 22.75/100
General Electric's social score of 22.75 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Electric is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
General Electric's governance score
Governance score: 16.42/100
General Electric's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that General Electric is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
General Electric's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. General Electric scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that General Electric hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||48.86|
|Total ESG percentile||96.96|
|Environmental score percentile||6|
|Social score percentile||6|
|Governance score percentile||6|
|Level of controversy||3|
General Electric overview
General Electric Company operates as a high-tech industrial company in Europe, China, Asia, the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa. It offers gas and steam turbines, full balance of plant, upgrade, and service solutions, as well as data-leveraging software for power generation, industrial, government, and other customers. The company also provides various solutions for its customers through combining onshore and offshore wind, blade manufacturing, grid solutions, hydro, storage, hybrid renewables, and digital services offerings. In addition, it designs and produces commercial and military aircraft engines, integrated engine components, electric power, and mechanical aircraft systems; and provides aftermarket services. Further, the company engages in the provision of various financial solutions; and management of run-off insurance operations, which provides life and health insurance and reinsurance products, as well as grid management software. General Electric Company was incorporated in 1892 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.
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