4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Canon

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Japanese office electronics manufacturer Canon (NYS: CAJ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Canon's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Canon facts

Headquarters (Founded)Tokyo (1937)
Market Cap$51.8 billion
IndustryOffice electronics
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$47.5 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Fujio Mitarai
CFO T. Tanaka
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)7%
Cash/Debt$11.1 billion / $218 million
Dividend Yield3.7%
CompetitorsDell (NAS: DELL)
Hewlett-Packard (NYS: HPQ)
Xerox (NYS: XRX)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 494 members who have rated Canon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include abwell and All-Star Staka, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Just last month, abwell touched on a few of the factors working in Canon's favor: "It will outperform because Canon has just made a string of positive business announcements such as a new must-have professional camera, a new line of printers along with a partnership with the PIXMA printing cloud, and a new motion pictures department."

Currently, Canon even boasts a rather comforting debt-to-equity of less than 1%. That's substantially lower than that of office equipment competitors like Dell (95%), HP (66%), and Xerox (69%).

CAPS All-Star Staka elaborates on Canon's pros and cons:

Positive:
- Blue chip with good dividend and [little debt]
- High tech, participates and leads in many hot trends
- Manufacturing in China, research in Japan -> strong Yen no disadvantage

Negative:
- Cyclical stock, not recession proof

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