General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) and Reliance Industries Limited announced the signing of a global partnership agreement in the Industrial IOT (IIOT) space whereby RIL and GE will work together to build out joint applications on GE’s Predix platform.  The first-of-its-kind partnership marks the coming together of two of the world’s largest industrial conglomerates to provide Industrial IOT solutions to customers in oil & gas, fertilizer, power, healthcare, telecom and other industries. The agreement was signed in the presence of Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE and Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited.

GE will provide its Predix cloud offering, Industrial Internet applications and data science expertise. RIL will develop solutions on Predix as an Independent Software Vendor (ISV), bringing to bear its over 30 years of data, process and operational expertise. RIL will also offer nationwide connectivity infrastructure to customers through a 4G network powered by Jio. GE would offer the security, availability and monitoring aspects of the platform to RIL and its customers. The potential for other revenue streams includes telecom, healthcare and agriculture.
The benefits to customers include driving operational efficiencies, profitability and new revenue streams by making use of data and analytics. A one per cent productivity gain for companies creates ~ USD 250 billion value over 15 years, across these key energy and infrastructure industries. The digital market is growing at a fast pace with IIOT contributing the highest degree of growth at over 10 per cent. According to Gartner, there exists a market opportunity of over USD 25 billion by 2022 for IIoT solutions across the four key industries of oil & gas, power, healthcare and transportation.
“India’s potential in driving the migration to digital is well appreciated. The partnership with Reliance Industries will shape the future of the Industrial Internet not just in India but globally. The possibilities that it opens to develop solutions on our Predix platform for the industrial sector are endless,” said Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE.
“India needs to rapidly move to the next level of smart manufacturing which leverages big data, algorithms, and sensor technology. The presence of ubiquitous high bandwidth connectivity and cloud services enabled by Jio will be a key enabler for the rapid growth of IIOT within India. Indians have been in the forefront of creating smart and innovative solutions in a number of fields. It’s time we brought smart manufacturing capability into India by providing value added IIOT solutions for the industry that will enable India’s economic growth,” said Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd.
Digital solutions have the potential to save billions of dollars each year. Use of data as the fuel and analytics as the growth engine promises to drive disruptive and positive changes across the industrial landscape. (Original Source)

Shares of General Electric are currently trading at $30.78, up $0.05 or 0.15%. GE has a 1-year high of $33 and a 1-year low of $27.10. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $29.20 and its 200-day moving average is $30.32.

On the ratings front, GE stock has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on November 15, Merrill Lynch analyst Andrew Obin reiterated a Buy rating on GE, with a price target of $37, which implies an upside of 21% from current levels. Separately, on November 14, J.P. Morgan’s Stephen Tusa reiterated a Sell rating on the stock .

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Andrew Obin and Stephen Tusa have a yearly average return of 7.2% and 2.0% respectively. Obin has a success rate of 59% and is ranked #809 out of 4226 analysts, while Tusa has a success rate of 60% and is ranked #1474.

Sentiment on the street is mostly bullish on GE stock. Out of 9 analysts who cover the stock, 5 suggest a Buy rating, 3 suggest a Hold and one recommends to Sell the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $35.25, which represents a potential upside of 15% from where the stock is currently trading.