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GE HealthCare completes spin-off, trading on Nasdaq

GE HealthCare employs 5,200 people in Wisconsin.
Posted at 1:14 PM, Jan 04, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-05 18:09:47-05

CHICAGO — Chicago-based GE HealthCare announced Wednesday that its spinoff from GE is now complete and that they are now trading as an independent company on the Nasdaq exchange.

According to a news release from the company, GE HealthCare will be the first company in Wisconsin to remotely ring Nasdaq’s opening bell.

GE's board of directors approved the spin-off of its healthcare division in November. The division is known for making medical equipment like ultrasound machines.

GE HealthCare employs 5,200 people in Wisconsin.

GE Healthcare Technologies climbed 5.3 percent in its market debut. General Electric, which spun off the company, rose 4.3 percent, according to the Associated Press.

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US stocks rise in uncertain trading after strong job data

By The Associated Press, Jan. 4, 2023

Stocks are broadly higher on Wall Street in afternoon trading Wednesday after another strong signal on the job market.

The government reported that the number of job openings in November was higher than expected. While that could maintain pressure on the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates high to fight inflation, the resilience in the labor market also bolsters hopes on Wall Street that the economy can avoid sliding into a protracted recession.

The S&P 500 rose 1.1% as of 1:43 p.m. Eastern after a choppy bout of earlier trading. The benchmark index had been down 0.2% in the early going.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 193 points, or 0.6%, to 33,331, while the Nasdaq rose 1.1%.

Small company stocks outpaced the broader market, lifting the Russell 2000 index 1.6% higher.

The Fed's benchmark lending rate stands at a range of 4.25% to 4.5%, up from close to zero following seven increases last year. It forecast that the rate will reach a range of 5% to 5.25% by the end of 2023 and it isn’t calling for a rate cut before 2024. The Fed releases minutes from its latest policy meeting later Wednesday.

The latest update on job openings is the first set of employment data that Wall Street will get this week. The government will release its weekly unemployment report on Thursday and its closely watched monthly employment report, for December, on Friday.

The strong jobs market helped insulate a weakening economy from slipping into a recession in 2022. The Fed, though, is trying to lower inflation with its rate increases and that also means it needs to cool employment. While healthy employment is normally good for the broader economy, it raises the risk that the Fed's battle against inflation could wound the economy enough that it falls into a recession.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury, which influences mortgage rates, fell to 3.72% from 3.75% late Tuesday. The yield on the two-year Treasury fell to 4.35% from 4.38%.

Roughly 90% of stocks in the S&P 500 rose in afternoon trading. Banks, companies that rely on consumer spending and technology stocks accounted for a big share of the broad rally. Citigroup rose 3%, Starbucks added 3.8% and chipmaker Nvidia gained 3.3%.

The latest updates for the job market comes amid more layoffs within the technology sector, which has been dealing with falling demand as inflation squeezes consumers.

Investors cheered several companies that decided to make cuts to their workforces as they face weaker demand. Cloud computing software company Salesforce rose 3.6% after it announced it is laying off about 10% of its workforce. Video hosing platform Vimeo rose 4.3% after reportedly notifying workers about job cuts.

Coinbase jumped 14% following the announcement of a $100 million settlement with New York State over what regulators called failures in the cryptocurrency trading platform’s systems for spotting possible criminal activity.

GE Healthcare Technologies climbed 5.3% in its market debut. General Electric, which spun off the company, rose 4.3%.

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