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Is Canon Inc.(NYSE: CAJ), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 3/17/1980. Canon Inc. is in the Business Equipment industry and Consumer Goods sector. Average volume for Canon Inc., is 310.1, and so far today it has a volume of 84874. Performance year to date since the 3/17/1980 is -6.17%.

To help you determine whether Canon Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 16.28 and forward P/E is 18.71. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Canon Inc. has a value for PEG of 5.43. P/S ratio is 1.06 and the P/B ratio is 1.2. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 6.52 and 42.29 respectively.

At the current price Canon Inc. is trading at, 28.15 (-0.41% today), Canon Inc. has a dividend yield of 4.70%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 41.10%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 1.74, and this is looking to grow in the next year to -3.02% after growing -12.00% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -21.60%, and -11.70% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 1297.11, and the number of shares float is 1272.61. The senior management bring insider ownership to *TBA, and institutional ownership is at 1.60%. The float short is 0.16%, with the short ratio at a value of 6.52. Management has seen a return on assets of 4.40%, and also a return on investment of 8.10%.

The ability for Canon Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.3, and quick ratio is 1. Long term debt/equity is 0 and total debt/equity is 0.23. In terms of margins, Canon Inc. has a gross margin of 50.40%, with its operating margin at 8.10%, and Canon Inc. has a profit margin of 5.50%.

The 52 week high is -13.74%, with 5.84% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -1.27% and the 200 day simple moving average is -3.54%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.


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