Every week, I 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 Gmarket (Nasdaq: GMKT), a recent Rule Breakers recommendation. The South Korean online marketplace that is beating eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) at its own game saw fourth-quarter profits nearly double to $0.26 a share. Analysts were perched at the $0.23 a share mark.

Investors knew it would be a good quarter for the fast-growing company, which had faulted third-quarter weakness on atypically warm weather crimping apparel sales three months ago. A cooler climate would mean hot profits in the fourth quarter.

Ctrip.com (Nasdaq: CTRP) is another topper. The leading Chinese travel website earned $0.27 a share in its final quarter of 2007, flying past Wall Street's profit target of $0.21 a share.

It's hard not to get excited about Ctrip. Beijing just opened the world's largest airport terminal, as the city prepares to host the Olympic Games in a few months. Travel portals such as Ctrip and eLong (Nasdaq: LONG) are a few of the companies likely to cash in during the Olympics. 

Finally, we have Bidz.com (Nasdaq: BIDZ) showing some bling in its latest quarter. The company that sells jewelry through entertaining auctions earned $0.29 a share during its holiday quarter. The consensus estimate called for Bidz to earn just $0.17 a share.

Bidz doesn't dabble in the high-end stuff, as Blue Nile (Nasdaq: NILE) does. The average winning bid is just $169. Sure, you can find affordable jewelry trinkets at Overstock.com (Nasdaq: OSTK) or even on auction at eBay, but Bidz provides a niche-specific site that gets right to heart of adrenaline-pumping real-time auctions.

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.

Ctrip is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems stock pick. eBay is a recommendation of the Stock Advisor newsletter. Gmarket and Blue Nile have been given the nod in Rule Breakers. A free trial subscription is waiting with your name on it if you want to learn more.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a fan of toppers. He does not own shares in any 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 topping disclosure policy.