Ball Corp (BLL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

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Ball ( BLL) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer non-durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.4%. By the end of trading, Ball rose $0.81 (1.4%) to $56.49 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,905,146 shares of Ball exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,065,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.52-$56.52 after having opened the day at $55.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.68. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: EveryWare Global ( EVRY), up 282.3%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 10.5%, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), up 4.2% and Core Molding Technologies ( CMT), up 3.5%.

Ball Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, supplies metal packaging products to the beverage, food, personal care, and household products industries worldwide. Ball has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ball a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ball as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, UFP Technologies ( UFPT), down 5.0%, Exceed ( EDS), down 2.8%, Resolute Forest Products ( RFP), down 2.6% and Blyth ( BTH), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with Estee Lauder Cos ( EL) being today's consumer non-durables industry laggard.

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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