Friday, February 27, 2009

GE Cuts Dividend

by Bill McBride on 2/27/2009 01:49:00 PM

This is a big story because it shows how quickly the economy has changed. Just last November, GE once again promised not to cut the dividend through the end of 2009.

From MarketWatch: GE to cut dividend to 10 cents from 31 cents: WSJ

General Electric will cut its quarterly dividend to 10 cents from 31 cents, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site Friday.
And from GE last November: An update on the GE dividend
On Sept. 25, GE stated that its Board of Directors had approved management’s plan to maintain GE’s quarterly dividend of $0.31 per share, totaling $1.24 per share annually, through the end of 2009. That plan is unchanged.
This dividend cut was inevitable. But hoocoodanode? Apparently not GE management.