July 28 (Reuters) - U.S. packaging products maker Ball Corp posted second-quarter results that missed market expectations, hurt by weaker can demand in North and South America.
Ball's net income rose to $143.1 million, or 84 cents a share, from $69 million, or 37 cents a share, a year ago.
Excluding items, the company earned 85 cents a share.
Net sales rose 15 percent to $2.31 billion.
Analysts, on average, expected earnings of 86 cents a share on revenue of $2.42 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Shares of the company closed at $39.28 on Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Megha Mandavia in Bangalore; Editing by Joyjeet Das)