4. As of noon trading, Brinker International ( EAT) is up $2.62 (6.4%) to $43.57 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Brinker International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.72-$44.28 after having opened the day at $42.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.95.

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 $2.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 29.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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. Get the full Brinker International Ratings Report now.

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