Bernstein offers five reasons to favor GE as it upgrades shares

|By:, SA News Editor

General Electric (GE +1.8%) is upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform with a $33 price target, up from $29, at Bernstein,which offers five reasons for favoring the stock.

The firm sees growing evidence of portfolio and cultural transformation at GE resulting in accelerating cost reduction and the most Industrial focused mix in almost 25 years, as well as coming catalysts in the GE calendar through 2015 as backlog converts into the back half.

Trading at 15.1x the next 12 months of earnings for its industrial business, GE is cheaper than most other industrials, including Danaher (NYSE:DHR) at 21.7x, 3M (NYSE:MMM) at 17.8x, and Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) at 16x, the firm says.