Comcast also released its earnings a day early. Fourth-quarter earnings rose 19 percent to 56 cents per share from 47 cents per share a year ago. Revenue climbed 5.9 percent to $15.9 billion from $15 billion a year ago on growth in its video, broadband and TV businesses. Operating income rose nearly 13 percent to $3.3 billion.
Comcast said its combined video, broadband, and voice customers rose 8 percent to 503,000 from the fourth quarter of 2011. Roberts also said on CNBC that the theme parks have been one of the biggest surprises and continue to grow.
Comcast also increased its dividend by 20 percent to 78 cents per share on an annualized basis and will repurchase $2 billion in stock in 2013.
GE, meanwhile, said the sale will allow it to return more cash to shareholders. GE's board increased the size of its share repurchase plan to $35 billion, with $23 billion remaining. GE plans to buy back about $10 billion in shares this year.