General Electric Gets SEC Wells Notice Amid Accounting Probe

General Electric  (GE) – Get Report shares edged higher Wednesday, but trailed broader market gains as investors reacted to the possibility of legal action linked to a Securities & Exchange Commission probe into some of its accounting practices.

GE said Tuesday that it had received a so-called Wells Notice from the SEC that indicate authorities are looking into how the industrial group accounted for the run-off of some of its legacy insurance businesses that sat inside its GE Capital division.

The SEC probe was triggered by a January 2018 move to take a $6.2 billion charge to its fourth-quarter earnings linked to weakness in its North American Life & Health insurance portfolio under then-CEO John Flannery. 

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