Why settle for ordinary quarterly reports?
I take a look every week at three companies that beat market expectations, since I believe that it's the biggest factor in a stock beating the market. 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 Home Depot
Now that Home Depot and Lowe's
Finally, who says mall retail is dead? Several suburban staples like Hot Topic
The apparel chain, which markets toward preteen girls, earned $0.26 a share in the third quarter. Wall Street was settling in for a $0.16-a-share profit. The holidays will be a challenging time for all mall shops, but there are plenty of winners if you know where to look.
So, keep watching the companies that top 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.