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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Ball ( BLL) as a "storm the castle" (crossing above the 200-day simple moving average on higher than normal relative volume) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Ball as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • BLL has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $51.9 million.
  • BLL has traded 934,277 shares today.
  • BLL is trading at 2.03 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • BLL crossed above its 200-day simple moving average.

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More details on BLL:

Ball Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, supplies metal packaging products to the beverage, food, personal care, and household products industries worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.8%. BLL has a PE ratio of 24. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Ball a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Ball has been 985,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ball has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. The stock has a beta of 1.17 and a short float of 4.8% with 8.74 days to cover. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • BALL CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BALL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $3.30 versus $2.73 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.55 versus $3.30).
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to other companies in the Containers & Packaging industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BALL CORP has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • BLL, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.2%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • The gross profit margin for BALL CORP is rather low; currently it is at 18.83%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.07% trails that of the industry average.

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