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Better Than Expected

Motley Fool analyst, Erik Volkman singled out a few stocks whose earnings were better than expected. Some major indexes did push higher despite the cautious move of the market at large.

General Electric Rallies 

According to Volkman, General Electric ($GE) is one of the surprising stocks. The blue chip company has been going through some tough times. However, their reported Q4 fiscal results have beaten analyst estimates. In fact, even though the company’s total sales suffered a 1% year-over-year dip to $26.2 billion, it still comfortably beat the $25.3 billion average analyst estimate.

The company’s adjusted non-GAAP net income was $1.85 billion, amounting to $0.21 per share. Its 2018 Q4 tally was $0.17. Even for the latest quarter where analysts had projected $0.17. General Electric gained all its growth mostly in the industrial products area with their aviation division having close to a 6% growth in sales following on the 22% rise in orders.

Encouraging Forecast for Industrial Section 

General Electric’s industrial section’s organic revenue is predicted to rise to in a low single-digit percentage in 2020 fiscal. Free cash flow is expected to grow from $2 billion to $4 billion. Adjusted net profit per share could range from $0.50 to $0.60.

The surprisingly estimate-beating result caused General Electric stock to recently close more than 10% higher. Despite the encouragement, General Electric does have some significant debt to deal with. Volkman says that is cause for caution despite the encouraging result.

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