General Electric, a Dow stock, beat Q1 profit estimates as rising sales of power-generation equipment cushioned the drag from low crude prices on its oilfield-machinery business.  While revenue fell short of projections, GE reiterated that it expects to meet its 2015 industrial EPS forecast.  The results came a week after GE announced a sweeping strategy shift to exit most of its GE Capital finance business.  Excluding costs related to those planned divestitures, adjusted EPS from continuing operations was 31¢, topped the 30¢ estimate.  “GE had a good quarter in a slow growth and volatile environment,” CEO Jeffrey Immelt said.  “We’re seeing the world we planned for.”  Excluding the proposed divestitures, revenue fell 3% to $33.1B, trailing the $34.2B estimate.  On that basis, adjusted profit from continuing operations slid 5% to $3.1B.  With the GE Capital effect, sales were down 12% to $29.4B, & the adjusted loss from continuing operations was $10.9B.  Industrial margins, a metric used by investors to gauge the strength of GE’s operations, rose 1.2 percentage points to 14.6%.  For the full year, industrial EPS should be $1.10-$1.20, GE said, reaffirming an earlier forecast.  The stock was off pennies in a weak market.  If you would like to learn more about GE, click on this link: