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 pros over the past few trading days.
We can start with First Solar
Earnings season has been hard on many clean-energy players, but First Solar managed to shine bright in posting a profit of $1.65 a share before restructuring charges. Analysts were only holding out for a profit of $0.90 a share.
First Solar had actually come up woefully short in each of its four previous quarters, so the strong performance was truly a surprise.
The strong report -- accompanied by a couple of analyst upgrades -- was enough to send First Solar's shares 18% higher last week, but it wasn't enough to lift its battered sector. Canadian Solar
Finally, we have Frontier Communications
Moving in the right direction
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. If that's not up your alley just yet, you can still check out a free special report detailing the next trillion-dollar revolution.
Either way, come back next week to learn about more stocks that blew the market away in the coming days.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz calls them as he sees them. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this story. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.