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GE to return $18 billion to shareholders after early NBC deal

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General Electric (GE) Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt delivers the opening remarks before a panel discussion hosted by GE on "The Future of Manufacturing: Growing American Competitiveness" at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington February 13, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

General Electric (GE) Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt delivers the opening remarks before a panel discussion hosted by GE on "The Future of Manufacturing: Growing American Competitiveness" at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington February 13, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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The news ticker outside the Today Show announces GE's sale of NBC to Comcast, in New York, in this December 3, 2009 file photo. Comcast Corp on Tuesday said it would buy General Electric's remaining 49 percent equity stake in their NBCUniversal joint venture for about $16.7 billion, speeding up a deal that had not been expected until at least late 2014. REUTERS/Chip East/Files

The news ticker outside the Today Show announces GE's sale of NBC to Comcast, in New York, in this December 3, 2009 file photo. Comcast Corp on Tuesday said it would buy General Electric's remaining 49 percent equity stake in their NBCUniversal joint venture for about $16.7 billion, speeding up a deal that had not been expected until at least late 2014. REUTERS/Chip East/Files
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A faded, painted logo sits over the entrance to a General Electric Co. facility in Medford, Massachusetts July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A faded, painted logo sits over the entrance to a General Electric Co. facility in Medford, Massachusetts July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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