Nothing beats beating the market. That's because when a company tops profit targets that trained analysts have labored in setting up, it's a good sign that the company will continue to outperform. There are many other factors at play, but as long as the company's near-term momentum is strong, a favorable market surprise is as good a catalyst as any for a rally.
That said, let's take a closer look at a few of the companies that humbled the prognosticators this past week.
We'll start with Tiffany
United Natural Foods
That is why United has always been a crafty way to play not only on the coattails of Whole Foods -- a successful Stock Advisor pick dating back to its original recommendation during the summer of 2002 -- but to play on the niche itself.
So, keep watching the companies that lap expectations. Over time, it will be a rewarding experience for investors. That's the kind of surprise that market watchers relish in the Rule Breakers newsletter service. The strategy has paid off -- the average Rule Breaker selection has more than tripled the S&P 500's market return. 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.
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a fan of toppers, but he does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.