Every week, I take a look at a few companies that surpassed 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. Capital appreciation often follows.

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

We'll start with FedEx (NYSE: FDX). The speedy deliverer posted a profit of $0.76 a share, well ahead of both the $0.31 a share it rang up a year ago, and the $0.71 a share that Wall Street was targeting.

Focus Media (Nasdaq: FMCN) also checked in ahead of the pros, generating non-GAAP earnings of $0.26 a share in its latest quarter. That may be less than the $0.39 a share profit it rang up a year ago, but analysts would have been happy with a $0.21-a-share showing.

Focus Media runs several advertising networks in China, incorporating everything from digital poster frames in elevators to ad-spewing television monitors in public spaces. Advertising in China's booming economy may seem like a no-brainer, but rival advertising platform operators AirMedia (Nasdaq: AMCN) and VisionChina (Nasdaq: VISN) failed to best Wall Street guesstimates earlier this month.

Finally, Nike (NYSE: NKE) proved that it could "just do it" without Tiger Woods on the golf course. The athletic footwear and apparel giant earned $1.01 a share in its latest quarter, sprinting past the prognosticators at the $0.89-a-share mark.

Keep watching the companies that beat expectations. Over time, it will be a profitable 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.

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 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.