Ball Corporation (BLL) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Shows

Media headlines about Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ball Corporation earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.1863866272078 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) traded down $0.54 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $39.98. The stock had a trading volume of 2,979,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,370,744. Ball Corporation has a twelve month low of $35.65 and a twelve month high of $43.24. The stock has a market capitalization of $13,890.00, a PE ratio of 21.44, a P/E/G ratio of 3.73 and a beta of 1.00. The company has a current ratio of 1.04, a quick ratio of 0.66 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.95.

Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The industrial products company reported $0.52 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.59 by ($0.07). Ball Corporation had a net margin of 2.13% and a return on equity of 18.31%. The firm had revenue of $2.91 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.91 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.48 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Ball Corporation will post 1.95 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st will be given a $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.00%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 30th. Ball Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 54.05%.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Robert W. Baird increased their price target on Ball Corporation from $45.00 to $47.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, November 3rd. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Ball Corporation in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. UBS AG assumed coverage on Ball Corporation in a report on Monday, October 23rd. They set a “buy” rating and a $50.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Ball Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, October 16th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada assumed coverage on Ball Corporation in a report on Monday, October 9th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $46.00 price target for the company. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Ball Corporation currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $44.88.

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In related news, SVP Lisa Ann Pauley sold 39,241 shares of Ball Corporation stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.10, for a total transaction of $1,534,323.10. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 108,905 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,258,185.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Chairman John A. Hayes sold 5,619 shares of Ball Corporation stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.98, for a total value of $235,885.62. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 78,408 shares of company stock valued at $3,132,105. 2.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

About Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation is a supplier of metal packaging to the beverage, food, personal care and household products industries. The Company’s packaging products are produced for a range of end uses and are manufactured in facilities around the world. Its segments include beverage packaging, North and Central America; beverage packaging, South America; beverage packaging, Europe; food and aerosol packaging; aerospace, and other.

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