Ball Corp. was rolling in the first quarter of the year.

The Broomfield can maker (NYSE: BLL), fresh off its $6 billion purchase of British rival Rexam plc last year, reported sales rose to $2.5 billion from $1.7 billion a year earlier.

Adjusted net earnings rose to 76 cents per share from 59 cents per share a year earlier. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters First Call expected first-quarter sales of $2.44 billion and earnings of 70 cents per share.

In early Thursday trading, shares in Ball were up nearly 6 percent, climbing $4.47 to $80.69.

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