Every week I take a look at a few companies that lapped their profit targets. Leaving Wall Street's pros with quizzical looks on their faces can be a good thing. It usually means that the companies have more in the tank than analysts figured, and capital appreciation often follows.

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

We can start with United Retail (NASDAQ:URGI). The plus-size apparel retailer is going out a winner. It announced quarterly earnings of $0.15 a share -- better than the consensus bottom-line target of $0.13 per share -- on the same day it announced it would be acquired at $13.70 a pop. United Retail runs the Avenue specialty retail concept.

Immunomedics (NASDAQ:IMMU) is another topper. The biotech posted a loss of $0.06 per share in its latest quarter. That is a smaller deficit than the $0.10 per share it posted a year ago and the $0.08 a share the pros were expecting. Sure, the number of shares outstanding has ballooned over the past year, making a net loss appear smaller after being divided by more shares, but analysts had baked that into their projections.

Finally we have JoS A. Bank Clothiers (NASDAQ:JOSB) fitting in nicely. The upscale apparel retailer earned $0.44 a share for its fiscal second quarter, comfortably ahead of the $0.42 per share Wall Street target. That chain has now outsmarted analysts in each of the last five quarters.

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. 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.