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TechCrunch  Sep 20  Comment 
 At the Photokina trade show, Sony launched a long-awaited followup to its aging flagship SLR camera. The Sony A99 II sports high-resolution sensors, 5-axis image stabilization, a raft of high-end video features and a hefty price-tag to match....
TechCrunch  Sep 16  Comment 
 Canon’s already got a handful of mirrorless cameras under its belt, but the company hasn’t quite committed itself to the format in the same way we’ve seen from likes of Sony, Olympus and Fujifilm. The company’s latest, unveiled early in...
The Hindu Business Line  Aug 26  Comment 
Eyeing a 50 per cent market share in the DSLR segment, Canon India on Friday strengthened its EOS 5D series, with the launch of EOS 5D Mark IV. Targeted at professional photographers and film makers...
The Economic Times  Aug 26  Comment 
In 2016, camera has a healthy growing of around 8 to 9 per cent, inkjet printer would have growth of 14 per cent while office printer would have 10 per cent growth.
TechCrunch  Aug 25  Comment 
 One of the most beloved camera series out there, the Canon EOS Mark 5D was due for a refresh. Announced today, Mark IV of the EOS 5D brings a 30.4 megapixel full frame sensor with 4K video capability, so this is truly an elite camera. Some of...
New York Times  Aug 5  Comment 
Conservative thinkers have felt emboldened to press their party to reshape its canon to more directly benefit the workers it has often taken for granted.
The Economic Times  Aug 4  Comment 
"When I first joined Canon in 1980, I was assigned the job of a direct salesperson for photocopier machines by way of cold calling."




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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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