A number of publicly traded financial technology firms released higher quarterly earnings reports last week, in some cases slightly exceeding analysts' forecasts.

Technology firms in the transaction processing business seemed to have done particularly well in the latest quarter, ended Dec. 31. For example, Redwood City, Calif.-based Verifone Inc. said its fourth-quarter net income increased 13.9% to $9.2 million, or 37 cents per share, from the year- earlier period.

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