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GE may not break up completely, but could announce spinoff

Liz Moyer
General Electric is close to a deal that would sell its industrial engine unit to a private equity firm named Advent.

General Electric may not break up entirely, but it is heading toward a significant announcement about its future at the end of this month, CNBC's David Faber said Thursday.

The company's announcement about its plans for the future has been widely anticipated. "I think we can expect to see GE make some kind of significant statement about the future of the company by the end of the second quarter, as they said they would," Faber said on " Squawk on the Street ."

Shares of GE are about to be removed from the Dow Jones industrial average , where they have been a fixture since 1907 and even before that, as an original component. The stock was down 1.6 percent in early trading on Thursday.

Faber said it might not be a full breakup "as some had anticipated." But it will be a "significant announcement around reorganization of the company, including potentially something being spun."