3 Stocks That Blew the Market Away

Don't settle for ordinary quarterly reports.

I take a look at three companies that beat market expectations every week, since I believe that it's the biggest factor in a stock beating the market. Leaving Wall Street's pros with stunned expressions can be a good thing. It usually means that the companies have more in the tank than analysts figured. Capital appreciation typically follows.

Let's take a look at a few companies that humbled the prognosticators over the past few trading days.

We can start with Bed Bath & Beyond (Nasdaq: BBBY  ) . The housewares retailer mopped the floor with analyst prognostications. The superstore chain earned $1.12 a share in its latest quarter, well ahead of both the $0.86 a share it earned a year earlier and the $0.97 a share that the pros were targeting.

Bed Bath & Beyond is also forecasting 10%-15% in earnings-per-share growth for the year ahead, more than investors were expecting. It's apparently a good time to specialize in soft goods, with Pier 1 Imports (NYSE: PIR  ) also posting strong results last week.

Immucor (Nasdaq: BLUD  ) is another Wall Street thumper. The maker of blood-testing equipment tapped Mr. Market's vein by earning $0.32 a share in its fiscal third quarter. Analysts figured that Immucor would earn slightly less than the $0.28 a share it posted during last fiscal year's third quarter.

Finally, we have MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE: MSM  ) beefing up its bottom line. A refreshing 22% top-line pop helped the industrial goods retailer clock in with net income of $0.78 a share. The pros figured that MSC would only earn $0.70 a share for the period.

It's important to keep watching the companies that surpass expectations. Over time, it will be a lucrative experience for investors as the market rewards the overachievers. That's the kind of surprise that we look for in the Rule Breakers newsletter service. Want in? Check out a 30-day trial subscription.

Either way, come back next Monday to learn about more stocks that blew the market away.

Bed Bath & Beyond and MSC Industrial Direct are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a fan of toppers. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this column. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.


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