Head-To-Head Review: General Electric (GE) versus Its Competitors

General Electric (NYSE: GE) is one of 59 public companies in the “CONGLOMERATES” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare General Electric to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

General Electric has a beta of 1, indicating that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, General Electric’s rivals have a beta of -2.59, indicating that their average stock price is 359% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares General Electric and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
General Electric $122.09 billion -$5.79 billion -18.54
General Electric Competitors $20.25 billion $853.89 million 0.50

General Electric has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. General Electric is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


General Electric pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. General Electric pays out -66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “CONGLOMERATES” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.9% and pay out 49.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. General Electric is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for General Electric and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
General Electric 4 13 4 0 2.00
General Electric Competitors 215 892 1554 41 2.53

General Electric currently has a consensus price target of $18.17, suggesting a potential upside of 36.08%. As a group, “CONGLOMERATES” companies have a potential upside of 16.10%. Given General Electric’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe General Electric is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.3% of General Electric shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.7% of shares of all “CONGLOMERATES” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of General Electric shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.1% of shares of all “CONGLOMERATES” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares General Electric and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
General Electric -4.74% 11.60% 2.60%
General Electric Competitors -3,063.78% -70.93% -49.66%


General Electric beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About General Electric

General Electric Company is a global digital industrial company. The Company’s products and services range from aircraft engines, power generation, and oil and gas production equipment to medical imaging, financing and industrial products. Its segments include Power, which includes products and services related to energy production; Renewable Energy, which offers renewable power sources; Oil & Gas, including liquefied natural gas and pipelines; Aviation, which includes commercial and military aircraft engines, and integrated digital components, among others; Healthcare, which provides healthcare technologies in medical imaging, digital solutions, patient monitoring and diagnostics, and drug discovery, among others; Transportation, which is a supplier to the railroad, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries; Energy Connections & Lighting, which includes Energy Connections and Lighting businesses, and Capital, which is a financial services division.

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