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GE Soars Most Since 2009 on Profit, Industrial Orders

General Electric Co. climbed the most in almost two years after fourth-quarter profit growth topped analysts’ estimates, industrial equipment orders rose and sales increased for the first time since September 2008.

Earnings from continuing operations gained 31 percent to $3.93 billion, or 36 cents a share, from $2.99 billion, or 27 cents, a year earlier, GE said today. That topped average estimates from analysts of 32 cents a share. Sales rose 1 percent to $41.4 billion, also surpassing projections.