Don't settle for ordinary quarterly reports.

I take a look at three companies that beat market expectations every week, since I believe that it's the biggest factor in a stock beating the market. Leaving Wall Street's pros with stunned expressions can be a good thing. It usually means that the companies have more in the tank than analysts figured. Capital appreciation typically follows.

Let's take a look at a few companies that humbled the prognosticators over the past few trading days.

We can start with Coeur d'Alene Mines (NYSE: CDE). The major miner produced a fourth-quarter profit of $0.56 a share, well ahead of the $0.32 a share that analysts were targeting. Coeur d'Alene is seen mostly as a silver miner, though it has been ramping up its production of gold.

51job (Nasdaq: JOBS) also had aced its quarterly review. The online recruiter in China posted a profit of $0.35 a share, 44% ahead of last year's showing. Wall Street was settling for net income to clock in at $0.32 a share.

51job isn't alone in providing job listings in the world's most populous nation. China Career Builder and Monster's (NYSE: MWW) subsidiary ChinaHR.com are significant players. However, 51job is shining as the publicly traded pure play in one of the world's most dynamic economies. It also helps that it has handily beaten guesstimates in each of the past eight quarters.

Finally, we have Trex (Nasdaq: TREX) hitting the deck running. The maker of wood-alternative decking posted an adjusted profit of $0.23 a share during the holiday quarter. The pros figured that Trex would report a widening deficit.

It's generally been a good quarter for the home improvement specialists. Superstore operators Home Depot (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's (NYSE: LOW) also beat Wall Street's bottom-line projections a week earlier, although hardwood flooring specialist Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) came up short.

It's important to keep watching the companies that surpass expectations. Over time, it will be a lucrative experience for investors as the market rewards the overachievers. That's the kind of surprise that 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.

Home Depot and Lowe's are Motley Fool Inside Value picks. 51job and Lumber Liquidators are Motley Fool Rule Breakers selections. Motley Fool Options has recommended writing covered calls on Lowe's. The Fool owns shares of Lumber Liquidators. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a fan of toppers. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this column. 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.