Ball Corporation (BLL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Ball Corporation ( BLL) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Non-Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Ball Corporation fell $0.55 (-1.2%) to $44.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 604,355 shares of Ball Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 979,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.48-$45.16 after having opened the day at $45.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.07. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 12.1%, Tandy Leather Factory ( TLF), down 6.5%, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 5.7% and Standard Register Company ( SR), down 5.2%.

Ball Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, supplies metal packaging products to the beverage, food, personal care, and household products industries in the United States and internationally. Ball Corporation has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Ball Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ball Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 8.5%, Forward Industries ( FORD), up 5.3%, Xerium Technologies ( XRM), up 5.0% and Goodyear Tire & Rubber ( GT), up 4.4% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with International Paper ( IP) being today's featured consumer non-durables industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer non-durables industry could consider Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ( XLP) while those bearish on the consumer non-durables industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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