TechCrunch  Dec 14  Comment 
 When the Freedom of the Press Foundation published an open letter to Canon, encouraging the company to implement encryption features into its cameras, it missed the point. Yes, encryption per se is a great idea, but when dodging bullets in war...
New York Times  Dec 13  Comment 
Critics got a look at the new “Star Wars” movie this week. Despite a few who called it mediocre, most say it’s a fine entry to the canon.
Forbes  Dec 8  Comment 
The Freemaker Adventures may not be quite Star Wars canon, but its sense of adventure is in the right place.
Motley Fool  Dec 3  Comment 
The PC and print king finishes its fiscal year on a high note, but investors were not impressed.
TechCrunch  Nov 22  Comment 
 Early stage venture firm, Draper Nexus, has closed its second fund at $175 million, according to Managing Director Q Motiwala. Its debut fund closed in 2013, at $50 million. Limited partners in Draper Nexus are global tech conglomerates,...
guardian.co.uk  Nov 17  Comment 
Donald Trump got elected because the liberal elite didn’t care enough about the gap between rich and poor According to the socialist academic Walter Benn Michaels, the reason that rich western liberals talk so much about racism and sexism is so...
The Economic Times  Oct 27  Comment 
Traders said that losses were somewhat limited by hopes that the Bank Of Japan will buy exchange traded funds. On Wednesday, the BOJ bought ETFs worth 70.7 billion yen.
Japan Today  Oct 26  Comment 
Canon on Wednesday slashed its annual profit forecast, as it warned that a slowdown in emerging economies and a strong yen were taking a bite out of the bottom line. The camera and copier maker also said that nine-month sales and profit figures...
newratings.com  Oct 26  Comment 
TOKYO (dpa-AFX) - Digital camera maker Canon Inc. (CAJ) reported that its net income attributable to the company for the third-quarter declined 50.4 percent to 24.38 billion Japanese yen or $241.40 million, from last year's 49.18 billion yen,...
New York Times  Oct 17  Comment 
For more than 40 years, the Chicago-based artist has made it his mission to paint black figures into the canon.


Canon develops, manufactures and sells a wide lineup of copying machines, printers, cameras, optical products, industrial equipment and other products to meet a diverse range of customer needs. The Company has developed its business activities on a global scale. Canon is a registered trademark in over 180 countries and regions around the world. Canon first began implementing its Excellent Global Corporation Plan in 1996, and has since delivered a series of strong performances. In fiscal 2006, the inaugural year of Phase III of the Plan, Canon achieved record earnings and marked its seventh consecutive year of growth in both sales and net income. With the spread of globalization and broadband networks, Canon stands poised to lead a new era in digital imaging and highly effective communication. In addition to strengthening business results for enhanced corporate value, the Company engages in a number of environmental and social contribution activities and focuses on fulfilling its duties to investors and society by stressing good corporate governance.

In the Camera segment, Canon faces Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Sony (SNE). While with Office Imaging Products, Canon faces Xerox (XRX), HP and others. Finally, the Computer Periphicals segment is the most competitive with many companies offering similar products like printers and scanners.

Trends and Forces

Yen appreciation against Dollar

Canon is embroiled with various foreign exchange forces and due to that fact, it was in early 2008 exposed to an extreme sell-off in the stock due to concerns about a stronger yen affecting profits in 2008. The yen continued appreciating against the dollar through mid-March but the stock has instead appreciated year-to-date as you can see from the chart below. Canon has due to this reason appreciated in value and in the recent weeks increasing almost 30% since early February and 13.48% since the end of 2007.

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As the graph shows us that the stock has been significantly undervalued over the last year due to a weak yen, however with the yen going up recently, this trend is expected to benefit CAJ.


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