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General Electric to Buy British Energy Services Firm for $2.8 Billion (GE)

By: Dividend.com
Posted: 2/14/2011 8:51:00 AM
Referenced Stocks: GE

Multinational conglomerate General Electric Company ( GE ) on Monday said it would buy British oil services specialist John Wood Group for around $2.8 billion.

The move comes just a couple months after GE's acquisitions of British oil drilling company Wellstream Holdings Plc for around $1.3 billion.

GE is expected to continue its spending spree in the coming years, committing up to $30 billion in acquisitions, as the company refocuses its efforts on the industrial space. It recently sold its NBC Universal entertainment unit to Comcast ( CMCSA ) and has scaled back the operations of its GE Capital banking unit.

General Electric shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Monday.

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