My favorite targets are the ones that are easy to mow down. Maybe that's the child in me, waxing nostalgic about my youthful days at an arcade shooting gallery, but it also works for Wall Street. When a company blows away the market by trouncing projections, it's an easy way to spot stocks that may outperform the market in the future.

Let's take a look at a few of these beaters that humbled the prognosticators this past week.

We'll start with Jos. A. Bank (NASDAQ:JOSB). The upscale clothier earned $0.38 a share in its fiscal second quarter. That was comfortably ahead of the $0.30 a share it had earned a year earlier and the $0.35 per share that the market was banking on.

It was an ideal period for the retailer, as gross, operating, and net margins all improved as the company made the most of better-than-expected top-line growth, too.

Then we have Cascade (NYSE:CAE). Contrary to its freefalling name, the maker of products for forklifts and other load-handling equipment had its hand on the up lever this past quarter. The company earned $0.91 a share when analysts had been pegging the profits to clock in at just $0.80 a share.

Cascade's production is impressive because investors were expecting net income to dip off last year's $0.84 per-share showing.

Passing its quarterly job interview with flying colors, Korn/Ferry (NYSE:: KFY) is the third market thumper that we'll be taking a closer look at this week. The company earned $0.31 a share. That was two pennies ahead of where the market was standing.

No, Korn/Ferry isn't some alternative concert twinbill featuring Korn and Bryan Ferry. The company is a leader in executive recruitment. In today's volatile world where companies find their boardrooms going through a perpetual state of musical chairs -- no, it's not just you, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) -- a corporate headhunter like Korn/Ferry can carve out a cozy living.

So, keep watching the companies that lap expectations. Over time, it will be a rewarding 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.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a fan of toppers. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. Rick is also part of theRule Breakersnewsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.