Brinker International Inc. (EAT): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

Brinker International ( EAT) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Brinker International rose 27 cents (0.8%) to $32.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 661,864 shares of Brinker International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.83-$32.20 after having opened the day at $31.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.90. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Jamba ( JMBA), up 9%, PokerTek ( PTEK), up 6.7%, Granite City Food & Brewery ( GCFB), up 6.2%, and Canterbury Park Holding Corporation ( CPHC), up 5.8%.

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. Brinker International has a market cap of $2.42 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 18.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Brinker International a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brinker International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Isle of Capri Casinos ( ISLE), down 7.9%, Lakes Entertainment ( LACO), down 6.2%, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), down 5.9%, and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 4.2%, were all losers within the leisure industry with Yum Brands ( YUM) being today's leisure industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the leisure industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Leisure&Entert ( PEJ) while those bearish on the leisure industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services ( SCC).

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