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What: Shares of Brinker International (NYSE: EAT) jumped 11% today after the company released earnings.

So what: Total sales fell to $672 million as Chili's, which drives the company's results, saw same-restaurant sales fall 4.9%. But the drop in sales didn't hurt the bottom line as earnings per share of $0.38 beat expectations of $0.32 by Wall Street.

Now what: The profit is great, but I don't like to see the falling same-restaurant sales at Brinker's flagship restaurant. Competitor Ruby Tuesday (NYSE: RT) saw same-restaurant sales rise 4.2% in its most recent quarter, so not every restaurant operator is seeing the same drop in sales. I'm going to leave today's move by Brinker alone and put my money in a company like Ruby Tuesday with increasing sales and a similar price/earnings ratio.

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