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Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 14013.32. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Ball Corporation is 80.43 (with a change from open of 1.17%), this in conjunction with a target price of 84.78. Volume today has so far reached 736700, with an average volume of about 2066.87. The GAP for this stock, is -0.08%.

The P/E ratio is 37.57, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 18.8. The current EPS for Ball Corporation, is 2.14, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -39.60%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 11.19%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Ball Corporation, EPS is looking like it will grow 24.53% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 9.70%. Quarter over quarter is 105.90% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -6.50%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been -7.60%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 0.90%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.60% and institutional ownership is 84.20%. Shares outstanding is 174.23, while shares float is at a value of 166.73. Float short for Ball Corporation is 7.95% and the short ratio is 6.41.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 2.21, while the total debt/equity comes to 3.04. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1, and the quick ratio is 0.8. The most recent gross margin is 20.20% and their operating margin is 4.90%. The profit margin is 4.00%.

Ball Corporation has seen returns on assets of 2.40%, and on investment, 8.90%. Return on equity is 17.60%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 3.87. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 1.82, with Price/book ratio coming to 3.06 and Price/cash is 2.19, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 58.85.

The simple moving averages are 4.05% and 11.70% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -0.94% and the 52 week low is 34.36%.

Ball Corporation has a dividend yield of 0.65%, with a current price of 80.43. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 23.50%. This is in an industry, Packaging & Containers, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Consumer Goods. Ball Corporation is based in USA.

Performance in the Packaging & Containers industry means that Ball Corporation has seen performance for the past week of 1.69%, with performance for the month coming to 2.06%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 12.85%, and for the half year the performance is 33.92%. Volatility for this week is 1.10% and for the month this is 1.24%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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