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 over the past few trading days.

We can start with Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM). The company behind the ubiquitous BlackBerry smartphones saw its quarterly profits more than double to $0.72 a share, just ahead of Wall Street's $0.70-a-share target.

Investors probably saw that one coming. Research In Motion has now beaten guesstimates in 19 of the past 20 quarters. Despite companies like Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) rolling out nifty new phones with smartphone functionality, there clearly is no BlackBerry-killer on the market right now.

Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) is another topper. The consumer electronics superstore had a solid quarter, earning $1.71 a share during the seasonally potent holidays. The company may have benefited from an extra week during the period, and profits on a per-share basis have benefited from stock repurchases, but analysts still had that baked into their forecast of $1.65 a share.

Consumer electronics may seem like a tricky sector at the moment, but companies like Best Buy and hhgregg (NYSE: HGG) are expanding at a time when others like Circuit City (NYSE: CC) are in a state of flux.

Finally, we have lululemon athletica (Nasdaq: LULU) giving its shareholders a reason to relax. The upscale yoga apparel retailer saw quarterly earnings more than quadruple to $0.21 a share, well ahead of the $0.19 a share that the market was expecting. Then again, good things happen when you manage to post positive comps of 41%, or a still impressive 24% on a constant dollar basis.  

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 absolutely free, with no obligation to subscribe.

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. He is part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.