Research spending keeps them on top

ACI WORLDWIDE $28.43 (Nasdaq symbol ACIW; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (402-390-7600; www.aciworldwide.com; Shares outstanding: 115.8 million; Market cap: $3.3 billion; No dividends paid) makes software for processing transactions by credit cards, debit cards, automated teller machines, point-of-sale terminals and interbank systems. Its products also work to cut fraud.
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FICO brand goes north reaches Canada

FAIR ISAAC CORP. $212.76 (New York symbol FICO; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (415-472-2211; www.fairisaac.com; Shares outstanding: 29.1 million; Market cap: $6.2 billion; No dividends paid) has extended its multi-year agreement with Equifax Canada to distribute FICO Scores to lenders, consumers and businesses in Canada. Equifax Canada’s BEACON score will also… Read More

Keep holding these software leaders

FAIR ISAAC CORP. $222.02 (New York symbol FICO; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (415-472-2211; www.fairisaac.com; Shares outstanding: 29.1 million; Market cap: $6.4 billion; No dividends paid) makes FICO Scores. It’s the dominant software program used by U.S. businesses to evaluate customer creditworthiness. Fair Isaac also profits by selling programs that help… Read More

Updating ABB Ltd. ADRs, Fair Isaac Corp. and Snap-On Inc.

ABB LTD. ADRs $22 (New York symbol ABB; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; ADRs outstanding: 2.1 billion; Market cap: $46.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.4; Dividend yield: 3.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.abb.com) makes transformers, transmission systems and circuit breakers for electrical utilities. It also produces… Read More