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 Toll Brothers
The upscale homebuilder checked in with a quarterly profit of $0.36 a share, more than twice as much as analysts were forecasting.
Single-family housing starts are up 22% so far this year, and developers are naturally cashing in on improvement. D.R. Horton
Barnes & Noble
The bookseller posted a narrower deficit than analysts were expecting, fueled by the runaway success of Fifty Shades of Grey. The erotic novel helped keep the superstore chain's loss at $0.78 a share. That may not seem so encouraging, but the pros were banking on a deficit of $0.98 a share.
Finally we have salesforce.com
Moving in the right direction
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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.