The Majority of Analysts Are Still Bullish on Brinker International, Inc. (EAT)

On Wednesday, shares of Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE:EAT) marked $43.11 per share versus a previous $42.98 closing price. With having a 0.30% gain, an insight into the fundamental values of Brinker International, Inc., investors would also find a great ally in the technical patterns of the stock movements showed in stock charts. EAT showed a rise of 2.64% within its YTD performance, with highs and lows between $36.44 – $47.57 during the period of 52 weeks, compared to the simple moving average of 3.92% in the period of the last 200 days.

Loop Capital equity researchers changed the status of Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) shares from “Hold” to a “Buy” rating in the report published on January 31st, 2020. Other analysts, including Goldman, also published their reports on EAT shares. Goldman repeated the rating from the previous report, marking EAT under “Buy” rating, in the report published on December 12th, 2019. Additionally, EAT shares got another “Sector Perform” rating from RBC Capital Mkts. On October 31st, 2019, Piper Jaffray Upgrade an Overweight rating and increased its price target from $39 to $54. On the other hand, Telsey Advisory Group Reiterated the “Outperform” rating for EAT shares, as published in the report on October 31st, 2019. MKM Partners seems to be going bullish on the price of EAT shares, based on the price prediction for EAT. Another “Neutral” rating came from JP Morgan, providing a prediction for price target according to the report published in September 24th, 2019.

Brinker International, Inc. (EAT) Analysis

The present dividend yield for EAT owners is set at 0.04, marking the return investors will get regardless of the company’s performance in the upcoming period. However, in order for the company to be able to pay its dividends, just like it is the case with Brinker International, Inc., the company needs to provide a healthy cash flow, currently at the value of 16.27. In addition, the growth of sales from quarter to quarter is recording 9.90%, hinting the company’s progress in the upcoming progress.

In order to gain a clear insight on the performance of Brinker International, Inc. (EAT) as it may occur in the future, there are more than several well-rounded types of analysis and research techniques, while equity is most certainly one of the more important indicators into the company’s growth and performance. In this case, you want to make sure that the return on the present equity of -20.30% is enough for you to make a profit out of your investment. You may also count in the quick ratio of the company, currently set at 0.40 so you would make sure that the company is able to cover the debts it may have, which can be easily seen in annual reports of the company.

Set to affect the volatility of a given stock, the average volume can also be a valuable indicator, while EAT is currently recording an average of 803.65K in volumes. The volatility of the stock on monthly basis is set at 3.42%, while the weekly volatility levels are marked at 2.91%with 2.91% of gain in the last seven days. Additionally, long-term investors are predicting the target price of $49.60, indicating growth from the present price of $43.11, which can represent yet another valuable research and analysis points that can help you decide whether to invest in EAT or pass.

What to Look for When Analyzing Brinker International, Inc. Shares?

Brinker International, Inc. (EAT) is based in the USA and it represents one of the well-known company operating with Services sector. If you wish to compare EAT shares with other companies under Electronic Equipment and Consumer Goods, a factor to note is the P/E value of 11.83 for Brinker International, Inc., while the value 9.17 can represent an indicator in the future growth of the company in terms of investor’s expectations. The later value should have a steady growth rate, increasing and growing gradually, which serves the purpose of reliably showcasing the progress of the company. The value 3.64 is supported by the yearly ESP growth of 36.70%.

Besides from looking into the fundamentals, you should also note the number of people inside the company owning the shares, as the values should be in line with the expectations of investors. In that spirit, the present ownership of stocks inside the company is set at 0.80%, which can provide you with an insight of how involved executives are in owning shares of the company. In oppose to the executives’ share, the institutional ownership counts of shares, carrying an equal significance as an indicator of value, as the presence of large investors may signal a strong company.

Are Institutional Investors Increasing Stakes in EAT Shares?

It appears that more than several institutional investors and hedge funds decided to increase stakes in EAT in the recent period. That is how The Vanguard Group, Inc. now has an increase position in EAT by 3.63% in the first quarter, owning 7.24 million shares of EAT stocks, with the value of $309.29 million after the purchase of an additional 253,808 shares during the last quarter. In the meanwhile, Franklin Mutual Advisers LLC also increased their stake in EAT shares changed 6.70% in the first quarter, which means that the company now owns 1.5 million shares of company, all valued at $64.18 million after the acquisition of additional 94,400 shares during the last quarter.

QMA LLC acquired a new position in Brinker International, Inc. during the first quarter, with the value of $62.86 million, and Arrowstreet Capital LP increased their stake in the company’s shares by 26.60% in the first quarter, now owning 298,238 shares valued at $60.59 million after the acquisition of the additional 1.42 million shares during the last quarter.