General Electric may not be as widely anticipated as the others on this list, but the recent weakness at the industrial giant makes it one of our laggards for the season. Earnings expectations for this name have dropped by 16 percent in the last three months, with profits now expected to slump 28 percent YoY. This isn't a company that has a history of beating either, only surpassing the crowdsourced consensus 35 percent of the time.
And the issues aren't just on the bottom line. GE has suffered from sluggish revenue growth, missing on the top line in seven of the past eight quarters. It is seeing the most weakness from from its oil and gas, health care and financial services divisions.
The company is actively restructuring its portfolio away from GE capital in order to redefine itself solely as an industrial entity. A recent deal to acquire Alstom's Energy has been a good start and is likely to contribute $0.05 to earnings in 2016.
That said, a mounting order backlog, lower oil prices and significant internal exposure might continue to inhibit its growth potential in the near-term.
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