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 E-House (NYSE: EJ). The Chinese real estate agency earned $0.29 a share in its latest quarter, comfortably ahead of the $0.24 a share that analysts were expecting.

Despite the real estate malaise we're experiencing in the U.S., clearly it's a more robust market in China. As of Friday's close, E-House was trading higher than its successful IPO at $13.80 a share this past summer. It's not just E-House, of course. Chinese residential homebuilder Xinyuan Real Estate (NYSE: XIN) recently saw its quarterly revenue more than double

TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) is another topper. The DVR pioneer proved worthy of its green thumbs-up button after posting a quarterly deficit of $0.06 a share, much less than both the $0.20 a share it surrendered a year ago and the $0.11-a-share loss that Wall Street was banking on.

TiVo has been on a roll. Whether it's emerging victorious in a patent infringement lawsuit against EchoStar Communications (now DISH Network (Nasdaq: DISH)), offering up ad-watching trends to the major networks, or striking technology licensing deals with cable operators such as Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), the red ink is fading as its prospects start to shine.

Finally, we have Marvell Technology (Nasdaq: MRVL). The chip designer reversed a year-ago loss by breaking even in the fourth quarter, although its non-GAAP profit clocked in at $0.20 a share. It's on that adjusted basis that analysts were expecting a profit of just $0.11 a share for the period.

So, keep watching the companies that lap expectations. Over time, it will be a rewarding experience for investors as the market rewards the overachievers.

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