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General Electric to be out of Dow Jones stock index

General Electric to be out   of Dow Jones stock index

New York: Slumping US industrial giant General Electric will be booted from the prestigious Dow Jones stock index next week, S&P Dow Jones Indices has announced.

GE will be replaced on June 26 by pharmacy chain Walgreens Boots Alliance, which will contribute "more meaningfully" to the index, S&P Dow Jones said on Tuesday.

GE was an original member of the Dow in 1896 and has been in the index continuously since 1907.

The move comes on the heels of a bruising two-year slump for the iconic US company, which has seen shares tumble nearly 60 per cent over the last 24 months amid downturns in its power generation and oil services businesses.

S&P Dow Jones noted that the Dow index is weighted by stock price, which means that GE accounts for less than one per cent of the overall benchmark.

Walgreens Boots has a higher stock price and will have more influence on the index, which has 30 members.

Thomas Edison launched GE in the 19th century. Over time, the company has an intermittent presence in a sprawling array of industries, including entertainment and finance.

The company has pared back some of these businesses in recent years, selling NBC Universal to Comcast and divesting most of its finance business.

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