As investors clamored for anything tech-related in the recent market rally, a handful of stocks with some solid growth prospects got left behind. But the good news is that these shares now look very cheap in comparison. Ball ( BLL), a maker of metal and plastic packaging, Oshkosh Truck ( OSK), a maker of specialty trucks, and Patterson Dental ( PDCO), which distributes dental supplies, all missed the boat over the last three months as investors snapped up more glamorous tech names. Yet all three companies have solid fundamentals and are positioned to do well going forward. Ball, which has fallen more than 6% since the broader market started to rally three months ago, reported a 14% rise in net earnings and a 22% jump in sales during the first quarter. It also said it expects earnings to exceed $3.60 this year, up almost 30% from last year although slightly below analysts' estimates. So why hasn't the stock joined the party? Some analysts say a large shareholder recently dumped shares, which has made a big impact on the stock price because the firm has such a small float. Others say the stock is a victim of profit-taking after recent gains. "The whole packaging sector has been seeing a sector rotation because it's been a great defensive sector during the recession," said one analyst whose firm has an investment-banking relationship with Ball. "But this is a good, well-run company with a great management team." Ball, which trades at just 0.6 times sales, has grown revenue by 8% per year over the past five years. Oshkosh Truck also has lagged behind the market. While Oshkosh recently missed out on a big contract from the U.S. army and sounded a cautious note in its second-quarter conference call about municipal spending on fire trucks and garbage trucks, the firm did reiterate that it expects earnings of $3.70 a share in fiscal 2003, up more than 9% from $3.38 in the prior year.