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December 15, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Vivendi decided to keep its 20% stake in entertainment company NBC Universal and agreed with partner General Electric Co. to extend their shareholder agreement, the French media and telecommunications group said Thursday. Vivendi said it would not exercise an option to sell part of its holding in January. Paris-based Vivendi and Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric formed NBC Universal in 2004, when Vivendi sold its U.S.
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December 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
General Electric Co. reaffirmed Tuesday that it expected earnings to increase 15% to 16% in 2006, and said it expected double-digit earnings growth for 2007. The Fairfield, Conn.-based industrial, financial services and media conglomerate said it expected this year's fourth-quarter earnings to increase 13% to 16%, or 62 to 64 cents a share. It said earnings for all of 2006 would be $1.97 to $1.99 a share. Previously, GE had predicted earnings of $1.94 to $2.02 this year.
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December 12, 2006 | From Reuters
General Electric Co. lashed out Monday at a lack of competition in Mexico's broadcasting industry and said it had been vilified because of plans by its Telemundo unit to start a network in the country. GE said in full-page ads in several Mexican dailies that Mexico's second-largest network, TV Azteca, had attacked GE on one of its news shows last week in the hope of thwarting an application by its U.S. Spanish-language television arm, Telemundo, for a broadcasting license.
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November 18, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Vivendi, the French owner of Universal Music Group, said it planned to decide by January whether to exercise an option to sell part of its stake in NBC Universal to General Electric Co. "We're reflecting on our position in NBC Universal and will take a decision at the latest in January 2007," Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy told shareholders in Paris. Vivendi, which owns 20% of NBC Universal, has an option to sell as much as $3 billion of the stake to GE.
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November 14, 2006 | From Reuters
U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co. and Japan's Hitachi Ltd. said Monday that they planned to pool their nuclear units in a $2-billion enterprise they hoped would capture more contracts as power suppliers gear up to build a new generation of plants. The two companies, which already have a joint venture for nuclear fuels, have also teamed up on a bid to build a nuclear power plant that merchant power company NRG Energy Inc. aims to build in Texas.
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September 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
General Electric Co. said Thursday that it would sell most of its advanced materials unit for $3.8 billion in the latest move to reshape one of the world's largest companies. The industrial, financial services and media conglomerate said that after the sale to private investment group Apollo Management it would retain a 10% stake in the unit, which has annual revenue of $2.5 billion and makes silicones and quartz products used in industrial applications.
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July 19, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
BP and General Electric Co. said Tuesday they had agreed to develop fossil-fuel-fed power plants in California and Scotland that bury carbon dioxide underground to reduce emissions. The two companies said they might form a venture to build as many as 15 power plants in the next decade, including those previously announced in Carson in Los Angeles County and Peterhead, Scotland. BP, based in London, and GE, based in Fairfield, Conn.
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July 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
General Electric Co., the industrial, financial services and media conglomerate, said Friday that its second-quarter profit rose 4% as strong growth in most of its businesses offset weakness at its NBC television network. The results were in line with expectations, but its shares slumped to a new 52-week low as analysts hoping for an increase in earnings guidance were disappointed.
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June 27, 2006 | From the Associated Press
General Electric Co. said it had agreed to buy 186 nursing homes for $1.4 billion from Formation Capital. The properties have 21,000 beds. GE's Healthcare Financial Services unit said the current providers would continue to manage the properties.
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May 16, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Berkshire Hathaway Inc., billionaire Warren Buffett's investment company, disclosed stakes in ConocoPhillips, General Electric Co. and United Parcel Service Inc. as part of regulatory filings detailing the company's $45.8-billion stock portfolio. The documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday are the first to mention Berkshire's holdings in ConocoPhillips because Berkshire had sought confidential status for its investment in the company, which was initiated last year.
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