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 pros over the past few trading days.

We can start with Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) .

It was easy to predict that Apple would blast through the $10.04 per-share profit that analysts were expecting for its fiscal second quarter. The world's most valuable tech company has only come up short once over the past several years. However, even steadfast bulls couldn't have predicted Apple's net income of $12.30 a share. The iPhone is a global sensation, and Apple is making a mint off every single one.

Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU  ) also beat the market. China's leading search engine saw its quarterly earnings soar 76% to $0.85 a share, narrowly besting the $0.84 a share that Wall Street was targeting.

Revenue was a bit light -- and guidance could've been better -- but Baidu has now come through with 12 consecutive quarters of better-than-forecasted bottom-line results.

Finally, we have Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS  ) hitting the jackpot. The casino operator came through with a quarterly profit of $0.70 a share. The pros were betting on $0.60 a share. Las Vegas Sands as a smart play on the booming gaming scene in Macau isn't much of a secret, but even the company's operations closer to home are dealing out solid growth these days.

Moving in the right direction
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. If that's not up your alley just yet, you can still check out a free special report detailing the next trillion-dollar revolution.

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The Motley Fool owns shares of Baidu and Apple. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Apple and Baidu; and creating a bull call spread position in Apple. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz calls them as he sees them. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this story. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.


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  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2012, at 11:55 AM, cp757 wrote:

    Rick this is a good way to look at a stock. In the next 90 days we will see reports of more revenue in both Macau and Singapore from LVS. We will have market share reports showing LVS getting a higher percentages than the competition in Macau because of Cotai Central. The last wild card will be a location for the Integrated Resort in Spain. They have over 4 billion in cash and they had 1.07 billion in adjusted property EBITDA . This 1.07 will be the lowest of the 4 quarters. If you take net revenue of $2.76 billion for the first quarter and just multiply times 4 you get 11.04 billion and this would be the low side of the revenues but I can see 12 to 13 billion in revenue. This will be a great investment going forward because they are making money. Thats a good reason to buy a stock.

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