Does General Electric stock deserve to climb higher?
General Electric said the move would result in a "simpler, more valuable company." Yet, at least in theory, the change changed nothing fundamental about GE's valuation. Presumably, the company's announcement that it would realize a total of about $26.5 billion in proceeds from transactions with buyers of GE's real-estate and loan assets represented fair market value of those holdings, and so the share price should already have reflected the potential value of those assets in a potential sale. Indeed, the observation of GE Capital CEO Keith Sherin that "this is a great market for selling financial assets" arguably should have led General Electric shareholders to value the stock more highly before the transaction.
The practical answer, though, is that although a company's assets have intrinsic value, it takes action from executives and other employees to realize that value. Today's jump shows shareholders were skeptical that General Electric would ever make a drastic move to get out from under GE Capital's weight and refocus even further on its high-growth industrial businesses. Once GE proved them wrong, they acknowledged the move's wisdom by putting a higher value on their shares.
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