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

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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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Brinker International rose $0.76 (1.9%) to $39.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,151,404 shares of Brinker International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,104,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.00-$39.91 after having opened the day at $39.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.04. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 5.1%, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), up 4.5%, Monarch Casino & Resort ( MCRI), up 4.2% and Renren ( RENN), up 4.0%.

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 $2.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 23.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Brinker International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and notable return on equity. 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 negative front, Nathans Famous ( NATH), down 8.3%, Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 7.7%, Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain ( CCSC), down 5.3% and Ruby Tuesday ( RT), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) being today's leisure industry laggard.

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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