GE spinoff Synchrony rises in stock market debut

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Synchrony Financial are rising slightly in their debut on the New York Stock Exchange.

The credit card company raised $2.875 billion, selling 125 million shares at $23 per share,

Data provider Dealogic says that makes it the largest initial public offerings of the year so far.

The Stamford, Connecticut-based company is a spinoff of conglomerate General Electric Co. Following the IPO, GE will own 84.9 percent of Synchrony's common stock.

Synchrony provides credit cards for retailers, such as Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney and It also operates an online bank, which it is expanding to increase deposits and use the money to fund its credit business.

Shares of Synchrony, which are trading on the NYSE under the symbol "SYF," rose 3 cents to $23.03 in midday trading.