Why settle for ordinary quarterly reports?
Each week I take a look at three companies that beat market expectations, since I believe that this is the deciding factor in a stock's market-beating success. 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 Akamai
IT expenditures may be waning, but companies are turning to Web enablers like Akamai and Limelight Networks
MasterCard and Visa are naturally susceptible to plastic-strapped consumers performing fewer transactions, but that's a small concession, given the model's consistency.
Finally, we have Cisco
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.
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.