NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Brinker International

(NYSE:

EAT

) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $25.93, above its previous 52-week high of $25.84 with 743,366 shares traded as of 1:16 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.7 million shares over the past 30 days.

Brinker International has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

leisure

industry. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Brinker International, Inc. owns, develops, operates, and franchises various restaurant brands primarily in the United States. It operates the restaurants under the Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy brand names. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, above the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 14.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Brinker International as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full

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