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 over the past few trading days.

We can start with Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX). The DVD-rental specialist knows how to deliver flicks to its 7.5 million subscribers. It also knows how to deliver better-than-expected results. The company earned $0.24 a share in its latest quarter, well ahead of the mere $0.14 a share that analysts had been targeting.

It was a monster quarter for Netflix, eating away at a cash-strapped Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI), even as behemoths like Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) are looking to turn up the stakes in digitally delivered rentals.

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is another topper. The world's leading software maker earned $0.50 a share in its fiscal second quarter. Wall Street was looking to meet Mr. Softy at the $0.46-a-share mark. Strong software upgrades and a weak dollar combined to prop up results at the Windows watcher.

Finally, we have 1-800-Flowers (Nasdaq: FLWS) blooming nicely. The floral-arrangements player earned $0.29 a share during its fiscal second quarter, topping forecasts of $0.27 a share for the period. I guess you can say the company rose (get it, rose?) above the predictions.

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.

Netflix and Amazon.com are Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendations. Microsoft is an Inside Value stock pick.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a fan of toppers. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story, save for Netflix. 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.