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What is the history of stock splits for General Electric?

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As of 2015, General Electric has had nine stock splits in its history. The first of these was in 1926, while the ninth one took place in 2000, according to the company website.

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The first of General Electric’s nine stock splits was a 4-for-1 split, as stated by the company's investor relations department. This corporate action in 1926 was followed in 1930 by another 4-for-1 split. That meant that every one share that a stockholder owned was replaced by four new ones.

If the price of the stock had, for example, been originally priced at $100, it would have been adjusted so that the shareholder now had four shares, each valued at $25 a share. The market value of the shareholder’s position would remain unchanged.

In 1954, the General Electric stock undertook a 3-for-1 split, notes the GE website. The next five stock splits, in 1971, 1983, 1987, 1994 and 1997, were all 2-for-1 splits. The share price adjustment in 2000 was once again a 3-for-1 split.

There is no set rule dictating when the company chooses to split the stock, according to GE.com. However, the last few times a split took place, the share price was trading over $100 per share when the board made its recommendation to shareholders that they vote to split the stock.

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