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 Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ). It's no longer a turnaround at the computing and printing titan. Prosperity has silenced the critics. Hewlett-Packard earned $0.86 a share in its fiscal fourth quarter, well ahead of the $0.69 per share it earned a year earlier and the $0.82 that analysts were expecting.

The company has now blown past the market's profit targets in each of the past 13 quarters. Hewlett-Packard and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may have little in common in their approach to personal computing, but both bellwethers have been trouncing Wall Street's estimates for several years now.

Hastings Entertainment (NASDAQ:HAST) is another topper. The media retailer surprised investors with a profit during the typically deficit-riddled third quarter. Posting net income of $0.01 a share isn't much, but it's huge when the pros are settling for a loss of $0.12 a share. Hastings sells DVDs, CDs, and consumer electronics. It also rents DVDs, often prompting comparisons to Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Blockbuster (NYSE:BBI).

However, Hastings has been doing well despite slowdowns in music sales and video rentals. The relative success found me recommending the stock in my "8 Hot Stocks Under $8" article this summer (read up on the other seven picks here).

Finally, we have Deere (NYSE:DE) mowing down the bean-counters. The agricultural machinery giant earned $1.88 a share in its fiscal fourth quarter. Wall Street was looking for net income to clock in at just $1.55 per share. This may be a cyclical business, but Deere has handily lapped profit targets for nine consecutive quarters.

So, 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 Motley Fool Rule Breakers newsletter service. Want in? Check out a 30-day trial subscription for free.

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

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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, save for Netflix. 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.