Hitachi gets to the top 10 in the Lighthouse Systems Index

This month Hitachi has made it to the top 10 in the Lighthouse Systems Index with a jump of 4 positions. The firm, which makes products ranging from turbines and washing machines to hard drives, is facing mixed fortunes for its wide range of products. It is said to be considering a sale of its hard drive business while its new flat panel televisions appear to be a promising product in its category.

Panasonic and Océ are the top movers this month with a jump of 5 positions each. Panasonic continues to introduce new features and products to its existing lineup of digital media and consumer electronic products ensuring that it gets due attention of analysts. Océ has also jumped up 5 positions to enter the top 25 this month. The firm continues to strengthen its position in the color printing market with the introduction of new printers and is looking forward to improving its sales in the US which account for nearly 45% of its global sales.

AMD has fallen 4 positions despite the release of its new line of Opteron processors and along with Philips it is the largest loser of analyst focus this month. EMC, which has been rated as a leader by Gartner in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management, 2007 report, has also fallen 3 positions and is now at the 9th spot. The firm has recently acquired BusinessEdge in its efforts to change the company’s focus from storage to include a wider range services. It would be interesting to watch if this acquisition helps EMC move up next month. Texas Instruments has also fallen 2 spots and is now out of the top 25.

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Duncan Chapple