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UBS downgrades GE after 42% runup this year: 'Taking a breather'

Key Points
  • UBS says it is "taking a breather" on GE's stock after its climb this year.
  • "A notable decline in interest rates and ongoing power market weakness drive our more balanced valuation upside/downside," UBS analyst Damian Karas says.
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UBS lowered its rating on shares of General Electric to neutral from buy on Monday, saying the firm was "taking a breather after recent stock outperformance."

"A notable decline in interest rates and ongoing power market weakness drive our more balanced valuation upside/downside," UBS analyst Damian Karas said in a note to investors. While UBS is cautious on GE right now, Karas added that "we believe that we can start to look increasingly at the multi-year turnaround/transformation."

GE slipped 1% to close trading at $10.27 a share. The stock was up more than 42% since the beginning of 2019 as of Friday's close, although GE shares remain below this year's closing high of $10.88 a share hit in February.

UBS also lowered its price target on GE to $11.50 a share from $13 a share.

The firm's buy rating was set in October by former UBS analyst Steve Winoker, whom GE hired in January as VP of investor relations.

– CNBC's Michael Bloom contributed to this report.