Why settle for ordinary quarterly reports?
Each week, I study three companies that beat market expectations, since I believe that such outperformance is the biggest factor in a stock's success. Leaving Wall Street's pros with puzzled 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 see which companies humbled the prognosticators over the past few trading days.
We can start with Pepsi Bottling Group
Should analysts have seen this coming? I think so. The pop star hiked its dividend three months ago, an encouraging sign of internal confidence. Pepsi Bottling Group has also beaten Mr. Market's profit targets in each of the past 11 quarters.
The "blow me away" prize goes to A. Schulman
Finally, we have Ruby Tuesday
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Either way, come back next Monday to learn about more stocks that blew the market away.
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 has a disclosure policy.