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VISA INC. $246 (New York symbol V; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 618.3 million; Market cap: $152.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 12.5; Dividend yield: 0.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.visa.com) gets most of its revenue from fees it charges card issuers and merchants for using its network. It bases its fees on payment volume and transactions processed, among other factors. The banks that issue the cards are responsible for evaluating customer creditworthiness and collecting payments, not Visa. The company continues to profit as more people shop online, and debit cards are quickly replacing cash for smaller transactions. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court recently refused to hear an appeal of a class-action lawsuit by retailers seeking to lower the fees credit card companies charge. That cuts Visa’s risk. Visa is a buy. GOOGLE INC. (Nasdaq symbols GOOG $510 (class C: non-voting) and GOOGL $512 (class A: one vote per share); Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 678.4…

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