GE profit rises, helped by oil and gas business

GE's Q4 revenues beat expectations

General Electric posted a rise in quarterly net profit on Friday, helped by strength in its businesses selling oil pumps and jet engines.

The conglomerate said net earnings rose to $4.2 billion, or 41 cents per share, from $4.01 billion, or 38 cents a share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, earnings of 53 cents per share were in line with the average expectation of analysts, according to Thomson Reuters.

Revenue rose 3.1 percent to $40.38 billion, about $160 million ahead of analysts' targets.

"We saw good conditions in growth markets, strength in the U.S., and a mixed environment in Europe," Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt said in a statement.

GE shares were down in premarket trading following the release. (Click here to get the latest quote.)

By Reuters