Ball stock: buy or sell?

BLL stock price: $79.76 0.16% At close on August 19th, 2019

Updated on:
August 19th, 2019


Ball stayed stable 0.16% to $79.76 after marking all time highs today. Counting Monday, it's been 3 green days in a row, adding $2.91 or 3.67%.

Ball Corporation supplies metal packaging products to the beverage, food, personal care, and household industries. It operates in five segments: Beverage Packaging, North and Central America; Beverage Packaging, South America; Beverage Packaging, Europe; Food and Aerosol Packaging; and Aerospace.

Should I buy Ball stock?

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Currently, 2 buy setups are elegible for Ball stock now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highYes
New 52 week highYes
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo

Is Ball stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At, we collected 15 ratings published for BLL stock in the last month.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for BLL stock, with 9 positive ratings.
Is BLL a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-8-6Morgan Stanleyn/aOverweight
2019-8-5Wells Fargo & CoOutperformMarket Perform
2019-8-2UBS Groupn/aNeutral
2019-7-8Vertical ResearchHoldSell
2019-6-5Morgan Stanleyn/aOverweight
2019-5-17Wells Fargo & Con/aOutperform
2019-4-17Morgan StanleyOverweightOverweight
2019-2-21Wells Fargo & CoOutperformOutperform
2019-2-15UBS GroupBuyNeutral
2019-2-13BMO Capital MarketsOutperformOutperform

Ball stock analysis

Daily outlook

Ball reached new all time highs back again today, marking to $80.66. Shares ended at $79.76 and stayed steady 0.16%.

Shares of Ball closed today at $79.76 after reaching a new all time high ($80.66) and stayed constant a tight 0.16%. BLL shows a strong short term uptrend with several rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last bottom on August/7, BLL climbed unceasignly breaking out to new all time highs.

BLL stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Ball shares stayed steady 0.16% this week and marked a new all time high at $80.66. This week was the 5th green week in a row.

BLL shows a strong mid-term uptrend with several rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last bottom by mid July, BLL climbed unceasignly breaking out to new all time highs. By mid September 2018, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 81.85%. Since early January when BLL stock price broke up the SMA20w line, it gained $34.36 (75.68%).

BLL stock chart (weekly)

Ball stock price history

Ball stock went public on November 29th, 1989 with a price of $0.011. Since then, BLL stock surged a 797,500.00%, with a yearly average of 27,500.00%. If you had invested right after BLL's IPO a $1,000 in Ball stock in 1989, it would worth $7,975,000.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

Ball stock historical price chart

BLL stock reached all-time highs today with a price of $80.66.

Ball stock price target is $72.20

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. We detected 11 price targets for BLL stock released in the last 30 days:
BLL stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-8-6Morgan StanleyRaises Target$71.00$87.0022.5%
2019-8-5Wells Fargo & CoDowngrades$68.00$72.005.9%
2019-8-2UBS GroupRaises Target$60.00$78.0030%
2019-7-11CitigroupRaises Target$69.00$81.0017.4%
2019-6-5Morgan StanleyRaises Target$66.00$71.007.6%
2019-5-17Wells Fargo & CoRaises Target$66.00$68.003%
2019-4-5CitigroupRaises Target$61.00$68.0011.5%
2019-4-17Morgan StanleyRaises Target$55.00$63.0014.5%
2019-2-21Wells Fargo & CoRaises Target$56.00$60.007.1%
2019-2-13BMO Capital MarketsRaises Target$55.00$60.009.1%
(in average)$64.40$72.2012.0%
The price forecast for Ball stock is $72.20, moving in a range between $87.00 and $60.00. In average, analysts' outlook on BLL price target is positive, improving the forecast by a 12.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After posting its last earnings report on May, Ball boosted an outstanding 33.40%. As soon as we get its posted EPS from the earnings report, we will update this report.
BLL earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual sales report draw a decent gain of 5.94% to $11,635.00 M USD. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, on the other hand, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) remained stable a 0.50% to 3.90%.

Ball fiscal year ends in December, and to compare its evolution since then, we estimate annual sales and income figures by adding results from the last 4 quarters. This is called TTM (or Twelve Trailing Months). So, Ball TTM sales up to March 2019 were $11,635.00 and earnings $446.00 million USD. When comparing this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem Ball business evolution since December 2018: Annual sales up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, remained steady a tight 0.00%. In the same way, profit margin (net income/revenues) stayed steady at 3.90%.

BLL annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$8,460 M-$406 M4.8%-
2014$8,570 M1.30%$470 M5.5%15.65%
2015$7,997 M-6.69%$281 M3.5%-40.23%
2016$9,061 M13.30%$263 M2.9%-6.37%
2017$10,983 M21.21%$374 M3.4%42.21%
2018$11,635 M5.94%$454 M3.9%21.39%
TTM $11,635 M0.00%$446 M3.8%-1.76%

Quarterly financial results

Ball posted $2,785.00 million in sales for 2019-Q1, a -0.64% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $117.00 M with a profit margin of 4.20%. Profit margin depreciated a -1.19% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 5.39%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, Ball sales marked a neutral move and stayed constant a 0.00%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Ball posted 3 positive quarters in a row.
BLL quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$2,860 M-$99 M3.5%-
2017-Q3$2,908 M1.68%$48 M1.7%-51.52%
2017-Q4$2,747 M-5.54%$159 M5.8%231.25%
2018-Q1$2,785 M1.38%$125 M4.5%-21.38%
2018-Q2$3,101 M11.35%$119 M3.8%-4.80%
2018-Q3$2,946 M-5.00%$59 M2.0%-50.42%
2018-Q4$2,803 M-4.85%$151 M5.4%155.93%
2019-Q1$2,785 M-0.64%$117 M4.2%-22.52%

Ball ownership

When you are planning to invest in a company, it's always worth to check its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Ball, 0.82% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

Bearish positions for BLL stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

Market cap$26.7 B$192.5 B$9.0 B$62.5 B$9.6 B
Total shares334.7 M582.6 M135.3 M169.8 M94.5 M
Float shares328.0 M562.0 M127.7 M156.4 M92.5 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)89.0%70.6%110.1%85.3%89.6%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.8%0.1%1.9%0.5%1.2%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

Ball summary

Monday, August 19th, 2019
Day range$79.67 - $80.66
Previous close$79.63
Session gain0.16%
Average true range$2.16
50d mov avg$71.23
100d mov avg$65.81
200d mov avg$58.26
Daily patternlb03c
Weekly pattern lb03c

Ball performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. In the following table, we compare Ball to Boeing, Crown, Northrop Grumman, , Sealed Air, Silgan, Molson Coors Brewing and Westrock:
NOCNorthrop Grumman20.48%29.29%27.13%
SEESealed Air2.74%-1.04%11.32%
TAPMolson Coors Brew...-10.89%-13.61%-22.30%

Ball competitors

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