As of September 2015, GE paid a stock dividend of 23 cents per stock share held, a percentage yield of 3.4 percent. Between February 2014 and September 2015, General Electric paid stock dividends seven times.
GE paid 22 cents per share in February 2014 and on the following four dividend dates. The share dividend rose to 23 cents in December 2014. GE's stock dividend has risen steadily since a falling to a low of 10 cents in June 2009. GE experienced turbulent, difficult times from 2005 through 2015. During that time, the global economic crisis brought the company to near-collapse. GM had unwisely moved very far from its roots in industrial enterprise, turning to riskier financial products and loans.
GE was one of the first 12 publicly traded corporations listed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which began in 1896. GE build its reputation by manufacturing innovative televisions, turbines and aircraft turbochargers. During the World War I era, GE produced the original superchargers. At the outset of World War 2, GE was the dominant maker of exhaust-driven superchargers. The company remains one of the worlds largest engine manufacturers.