Every week, I take a look at a few companies that lapped their profit targets. Leaving Wall Street's pros with quizzical looks on their faces can be a good thing. It usually means that the companies have more in the tank than analysts figured, and capital appreciation often follows.

Let's take a look at a few companies that humbled the prognosticators this past week.

We can start with Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL). The enterprise software giant earned $0.22 per share in its latest quarter, slightly ahead of the $0.21 per share that was expected and comfortably ahead of the $0.18-a-share profit it produced a year earlier. Beating by a penny may not seem like much, but Oracle has now beaten Wall Street's bottom-line targets in eight of the last nine quarters.

Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) is another topper. The publishing software giant earned $0.45 a share during its fiscal third quarter. The showing blew to bits the $0.40-per-share mark where the pros were perched. You don't need to Photoshop the company's results -- it has beaten market projections in 22 of the past 23 quarters.

Software isn't always an easy ride. Adobe is now battling Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) initiatives to supplant some of Adobe's standards. Meanwhile, you have Oracle coming up against Web-delivered discounters like Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM). Until these companies are proven mortal, though, you have to let the favorable momentum warm your bullish thoughts.

Finally, we have Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) pumping up the volume. Many consumer electronics chains, such as Circuit City (NYSE:CC) and RadioShack (NYSE:RSH), have been putting the "woof" in "woofer," but market leader Best Buy is doing a whole lot better. It earned $0.55 a share in its latest quarter, sharply ahead of analyst estimates of $0.44 per share.

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

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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a fan of toppers. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool's disclosure policy has 20/20 vision.