Why settle for ordinary quarterly reports?

Every week, I look at three companies that have trounced market expectations, since I believe that having done so is the biggest factor in a stock's beating the market. Leaving Wall Street's pros with quizzical looks usually means 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 GameStop (NYSE:GME). The leading video-game retail chain earned $0.34 a share, well ahead of the $0.28 a share that Wall Street was expecting. There's nothing like having a steady flow of hot titles coming in, and it also helps that hardware makers such as Sony (NASDAQ:SNE) are slashing their console prices to bring in a new wave of gamers who need to build up their libraries with high-margin software titles. Whether it's the record-breaking Grand Theft Auto IV or the buzz over next month's new Guitar Hero installment from Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), there always seems to be something going on at GameStop.

Some retailers, such as Chico's FAS (NYSE:CHS), are smarting in this tricky climate, but GameStop's comps are coming in 20% higher. Investors shouldn't bet against that kind of momentum. GameStop has now beaten analyst guesstimates in each of the past seven quarters.

Burger King (NYSE:BKC) is a Whopper topper. The country's second-largest fast-food chain netted a profit of $0.37 a share. It was a 28% advance on the bottom line, leaving the pros to ponder their wilted-lettuce projections of $0.34 a share in net income.

Rising food costs are a challenge for the industry, but the burger chains, such as McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) and Burger King, are having no problem growing sales at the unit level. The BK victory is as common as an onion-ring engagement proposal, with the regal company working on an eight-quarter streak of surpassing earnings estimates.

Heinz (NYSE:HNZ) is, in a sense, another Whopper topper. The ketchup king posted a profit of $0.72 a share in its fiscal first quarter, fueled by double-digit organic sales growth. Mr. Market figured that the food giant would muster -- or is that mustard? -- a profit of just $0.66 a share.

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.

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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.