News articles about Brinker International (NYSE:EAT) have been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Brinker International earned a coverage optimism score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the restaurant operator an impact score of 45.0907067558117 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Brinker International (NYSE:EAT) opened at $37.89 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,750.00, a PE ratio of 13.68, a PEG ratio of 1.23 and a beta of 0.24. Brinker International has a 52 week low of $29.50 and a 52 week high of $48.03. The company has a quick ratio of 0.28, a current ratio of 0.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -2.51.

Brinker International (NYSE:EAT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The restaurant operator reported $0.42 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.43 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $739.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $749.05 million. Brinker International had a net margin of 4.39% and a negative return on equity of 30.36%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.49 earnings per share. sell-side analysts anticipate that Brinker International will post 3.26 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 28th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th were paid a $0.38 dividend. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.01%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 7th. Brinker International’s dividend payout ratio is currently 54.87%.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Brinker International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stephens decreased their price target on Brinker International from $40.00 to $34.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. Stifel Nicolaus assumed coverage on Brinker International in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. They issued a “hold” rating and a $36.00 price target on the stock. ValuEngine lowered Brinker International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, Telsey Advisory Group reduced their price objective on Brinker International from $40.00 to $37.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, September 19th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $40.50.

In related news, insider Wyman Roberts sold 33,683 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $37.88, for a total transaction of $1,275,912.04. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 137,572 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,211,227.36. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, SVP Charles A. Lousignont sold 3,364 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.00, for a total value of $111,012.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 15,074 shares in the company, valued at $497,442. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.91% of the company’s stock.

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Brinker International Company Profile

Brinker International, Inc is engaged in the ownership, operation, development, and franchising of the Chili’s Grill & Bar (Chili’s) and Maggiano’s Little Italy (Maggiano’s) restaurant brands. The Company’s Chili’s operates Bar & Grill category of casual dining. Chili’s menu features authentic Fresh Mex and Fresh Tex cuisine, including signature items, such as Baby Back Ribs smoked in-house, Hand-Crafted Burgers served with house-made garlic dill pickles, Mix and Match Fajitas, Tableside Guacamole and house-made Chips and Salsa.

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