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GE to raise $15 billion, Buffett gets preferred stake

Reuters – General Electric Co plans to raise $15 billion through stock sales — including $3 billion from Warren Buffett — to improve liquidity and give it the option of more acquisitions at a time of intense market turmoil, the U.S. conglomerate said on Wednesday.

The news helped to erase some of the day’s slide in GE shares, which fell more than 9 percent earlier, but was not enough to push them into positive territory. Investors remained worried about the troubles at GE’s vast finance arm — which has businesses ranging from loans to mid-sized business to investing in real estate.

It was the second big strategic investment by Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc in the battered finance sector in as many weeks. Last week Berkshire said it would invest $5 billion in Wall Street’s Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

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