Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT)

Brinker International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, owns, develops, operates, and franchises casual dining restaurants worldwide. As of June 28, 2017, it owned, operated, or franchised 1,674 restaurants comprising 1,622 restaurants under the Chili’s Grill & Bar brand name; and 52 restaurants under the Maggiano’s Little Italy brand name.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Brinker (NYSE: EAT) below with added notations:

1-year chart of Brinker (NYSE: EAT)

EAT has been trading mostly sideways over the past 2-3 months. While in the sideways range, the stock has formed a support at $30 (green) and an area of resistance around $33 (red). At some point, the stock will have to break out of the current trading range.

The Tale of the Tape: EAT is trading within a sideways range. The possible long positions on the stock would be either on a pullback to $30, or on a breakout above $33. The ideal short opportunity would be on a break below $30.

Before making any trading decision, decide which side of the trade you believe gives you the highest probability of success. Do you prefer the short side of the market, long side, or do you want to be in the market at all? If you haven’t thought about it, review the overall indices themselves. For example, take a look at the S&P 500. Is it trending higher or lower? Has it recently broken through a key resistance or support level? Making these decisions ahead of time will help you decide which side of the trade you believe gives you the best opportunities.

No matter what your strategy or when you decide to enter, always remember to use protective stops and you’ll be around for the next trade. Capital preservation is always key!

Good luck!

Christian Tharp, CMT