NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If you're looking for stocks to buy in the tech sector, we've got you covered. Looking through TheStreet Quant Ratings,TheStreet's proprietary quant-based stock-rating tool, we picked the seven best tech companies, which are all A+ rated.

The Street Quant Ratings rates every one of these stocks an A+ by measuring the historical price movement of the stock. These stocks were chosen from 4,300 different types of equities we rate.

TheStreet Ratings projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Based on 32 major data points, TheStreet Ratings uses a quantitative approach to rating over 4,300 stocks to predict return potential for the next year. The model is both objective, using elements such as volatility of past operating revenues, financial strength, and company cash flows, and subjective, including expected equities market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and forecasted company earnings.

Buying an S&P 500 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a buy yielded a 16.56% return in 2014, beating the S&P 500 Total Return Index by 304 basis points. Buying a Russell 2000 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a buy yielded a 9.5% return in 2014, beating the Russell 2000 index, including dividends reinvested, by 460 basis points last year.

Check out which stocks made the list. And when you're done, be sure to read about which safe, A+ rated stocks you should buy now. Year-to-date returns are based on October 8, 2015 prices as of 11:50am.

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7. j2 Global, Inc.

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Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $3.8 billion
Year-to-date return: 24.89%

j2 Global, Inc. engages in the provision of Internet services worldwide. It operates through two segments, Business Cloud Services and Digital Media.

TheStreet Ratings team rates J2 GLOBAL INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate J2 GLOBAL INC (JCOM) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 40.91% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • J2 GLOBAL INC has improved earnings per share by 9.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, J2 GLOBAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.59 versus $2.29 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.92 versus $2.59).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Internet Software & Services industry average. The net income increased by 11.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $35.05 million to $38.92 million.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, J2 GLOBAL INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: JCOM
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6. Jack Henry & Associates Inc.

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Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $5.9 billion
Year-to-date return: 17.44%

Jack Henry & Associates Inc. provides technology solutions and payment processing services primarily for financial services organizations in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings team rates HENRY (JACK) & ASSOCIATES as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate HENRY (JACK) & ASSOCIATES (JKHY) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 21.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 25.73% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • HENRY (JACK) & ASSOCIATES has improved earnings per share by 21.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, HENRY (JACK) & ASSOCIATES increased its bottom line by earning $2.60 versus $2.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.76 versus $2.60).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the IT Services industry. The net income increased by 15.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $52.53 million to $60.54 million.
  • The gross profit margin for HENRY (JACK) & ASSOCIATES is rather high; currently it is at 52.84%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 18.14% is above that of the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: JKHY
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5. Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

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Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $6.7 billion
Year-to-date return: 23.11%

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. provides investor communications and technology-driven solutions for the financial services industry in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and internationally.

TheStreet Ratings team rates BROADRIDGE FINANCIAL SOLUTNS as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate BROADRIDGE FINANCIAL SOLUTNS (BR) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 21.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.74, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, BR has a quick ratio of 1.51, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 33.51% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, BR should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • BROADRIDGE FINANCIAL SOLUTNS has improved earnings per share by 19.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, BROADRIDGE FINANCIAL SOLUTNS increased its bottom line by earning $2.32 versus $2.12 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.74 versus $2.32).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the IT Services industry. The net income increased by 18.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $140.20 million to $165.90 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: BR
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4. SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc.

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Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $7.1 billion
Year-to-date return: 22.98%

SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. provides software products and software-enabled services to financial services providers in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.

TheStreet Ratings team rates SS&C TECHNOLOGIES HLDGS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate SS&C TECHNOLOGIES HLDGS INC (SSNC) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • SSNC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 5.48, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 41.93% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 66.68% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, SSNC should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • SS&C TECHNOLOGIES HLDGS INC has improved earnings per share by 41.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, SS&C TECHNOLOGIES HLDGS INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.50 versus $1.39 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.57 versus $1.50).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry. The net income increased by 43.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $27.25 million to $39.13 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: SSNC
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3. Global Payments Inc.

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Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $8.5 billion
Year-to-date return: 60.78%

Global Payments Inc. provides payment solutions for credit cards, debit cards, electronic payments, and check-related services. It operates in two segments, North America Merchant Services and International Merchant Services.

TheStreet Ratings team rates GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC (GPN) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 21.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 37.50% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 69.41% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, GPN should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC has improved earnings per share by 37.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.12 versus $3.37 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.72 versus $4.12).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the IT Services industry. The net income increased by 26.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $51.63 million to $65.33 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 164.51% to $77.62 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.63%.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: GPN
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2. Total System Services, Inc.

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Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $8.7 billion
Year-to-date return: 39.63%

Total System Services, Inc. provides electronic payment processing services to banks and other financial institutions in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and internationally.

TheStreet Ratings team rates TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES INC (TSS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 21.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.81, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, TSS has a quick ratio of 2.00, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 40.62% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 49.88% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES INC has improved earnings per share by 40.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.46 versus $1.27 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.29 versus $1.46).
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $126.80 million or 39.74% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.63%.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: TSS
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1. Amdocs Limited

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Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $9 billion
Year-to-date return: 25.59%

Amdocs Limited provides software and services for communications, media, and entertainment industry service providers worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings team rates AMDOCS as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate AMDOCS (DOX) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 21.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $222.21 million or 11.77% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.63%.
  • AMDOCS's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, AMDOCS increased its bottom line by earning $2.62 versus $2.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.36 versus $2.62).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: DOX