Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Japanese office electronics manufacturer Canon (NYSE: 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 $53.65 billion
Industry Office electronics
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $45.37 billion

Chairman/CEO Fujio Mitarai

CFO T. Tanaka

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 8.1%
Cash/Debt $11.5 billion / $138.7 million

Dell (Nasdaq: DELL)

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ)

Xerox (NYSE: XRX)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 497 members who have rated Canon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include AlpineFlower and All-Star Lituus, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Just last week, AlpineFlower tapped Canon as a particularly timely pick: "Great time to invest in Japan, and Canon is a solid company to pick. Good dividends, lots of growth opportunity, and it's down a bit right now."

Currently, Canon even boasts a rather miniscule debt-to-equity of just 0.4%. That's substantially lower than that of office equipment competitors like Dell (77.3%), HP (49.3%), and Xerox (74%).

CAPS All-Star Lituus elaborates on the bull case:

Buying on the Tsunami dip. As I understand it, all of Canon's manufacturing plants in Japan are OK and will continue operations. The big [short-term] issue is that the main shipping port they use is no longer functional. Regardless, this is a solid company for the [long-term].

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