Brinker International Inc. (EAT): Today's Highlighted Laggard In Leisure

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Brinker International ( EAT) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Brinker International fell 66 cents (-1.7%) to $38.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Brinker International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.04-$39.15 after having opened the day at $38.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.79. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 4.8%, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), down 3.6%, Full House Resorts ( FLL), down 2.9%, and Luby's ( LUB), down 2.6%.
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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. Brinker International has a market cap of $2.73 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Brinker International a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Boyd Gaming Corporation ( BYD), up 7.9%, Ruby Tuesday ( RT), up 7.7%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), up 6.1%, and Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 5.8%, were all gainers within the leisure industry with Expedia ( EXPE) being today's featured leisure industry leader.

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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