8 Stocks That Could Be Rocked by Japan's Massive Earthquake

by: Investment Underground

By Elizabeth Jia, Guest Editor

Investment Underground took a look at companies affected by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Northeast Japan on Thursday. Here is a list of 8 companies negatively affected by last week's natural disaster.

Toyota Motors (NYSE:TM): The international automotive design and manufacturing giant produces the reliable Prius to the status-symbol Lexus. Toyota announced on its website the suspension of all production at its motor plants and subsidiary plants in Japan for Monday, March 14, 2011. The corporation has a market cap of 134.29B. It reports total revenue at 236.80B with a return on assets of 1.10%. The dividend yield is 1:10% with a dividend rate of 0.95.

Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE): The leading audio-video, consumer electronics company is headquartered in Tokyo. The producer of 3-D TV technology has a market cap of 33.60B. It reports $78 billion in annual sales for the last fiscal year ending in March 31, 2010. Sony holds total revenue at 88.24B with a return on assets of 1.58%. The average five-year dividend yield stands at 0.60%. The earthquake and tsunami hit the region of Tohoku, a vital Sony manufacturing site that employs a large contingent of workers.

Honda Motor Company (NYSE:HMC): A principal in the automotive and racing car industry, the company has ubiquitous presence in hybrids, SUV’s, motorcycles and racing vehicles. Honda operates numerous power plants in the earthquake-damaged area of Tochigi. One male was killed at the Tochigi R&D Center. Meanwhile, more than 30 workers have been injured from the collapsed ceilings. At least four of its plants will remain closed through Monday. With a market cap at 35.81B, its stocks have dropped 2.43% since market closed on Friday. It commands 108.60B in total revenue. Its last released dividend amount is 0.1115.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (NYSE:MTU): The dominant financial services corporation manages investments and offers a variety of services including banking, credit, loans, trusts and securities for both individual and corporate clients in Japan and worldwide. Its market cap is 72.12B. The total revenue stands at 47.03B.

Nomura Holdings, Inc. ADR America (NYSE:NMR): The international investment banking and securities firm juggles financial services for three areas: retail, wholesale and asset management. Market cap totals 20.81B. The corporation has total revenue of 13.38B.

Canon, Inc. (NYSE:CAJ): A global manufacturer and designer of cameras and digital imaging technology, commands 44.71B in total revenue. Market cap stands at 55.92B. Its forward annual dividend rate is 1.17 and dividend yield is 2.50%. As of Sunday, March 13, 2011, the company reports several power outages and damage to its centers in Japan including three operating sites and five Canon group companies and two offices. Eight operation sites (plants, companies, offices) in earthquake-ravaged northern Honshu area are reported to be shut down for March 14, 2011.

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NYSE:NTT): The top telecommunication company offers private and commercial services (network, mobile, etc.) in Japan. Its market cap is 63.67B. It has 123.01B in total revenue. There is no dividend. The company arranged an emergency hotline and internet site for citizens to leave a message for family and friends after the quake. Call restrictions were set up to prevent equipment overloading. The company is checking into damages to its sites.

Panasonic Corporation (PC): This designer and maker of audio-video consumer products and blu-ray technology has a market cap of 26.35B. Its revenues over the last 12 months are 106.77B. Production at one of its facilities shared with Toyota Motors Company (TM) was halted.

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