Why settle for ordinary quarterly reports?

I take a look at three companies that beat market expectations every week, since I believe that'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 priceline.com (NASDAQ:PCLN). The "name your own price" travel site saw earnings spike 34% to $1.29 a share on a pro forma basis. Wall Street was only banking on a profit of $1.05 a share. priceline's showing bucked the trend of travel portals that fell short of market expectations.

LoJack is another topper. The auto tracking specialist posted adjusted net income of $0.12 a share, well shy of the $0.21 a share it earned a year ago. The upside here is that analysts were willing to settle for $0.11 a share in profitability for the quarter. Security is a big theme in a recession, so companies like LoJack and stun-gun maker TASER (NASDAQ:TASR) may cash in on fears of heightened criminal intentions out there.

Finally, we have RC2 (NASDAQ:RCRC) winning the game. The toy maker delivered earnings of $0.43 a share before gargantuan impairment and write-down charges. Mr. Market was expecting just $0.37 a share on the company's bottom line, and even that may have seemed optimistic. Rival JAKKS Pacific (NASDAQ:JAKK) clocked in well shy of Wall Street estimates last week, just as market leaders Hasbro (NYSE:HAS) and Mattel (NYSE:MAT) set a grim tone for the industry by falling short earlier this month.

The one-time non-cash charges at RC2 sting, of course, but it's refreshing to see the company snap the sector's trend of bottom-line disappointment.

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.

RC2 is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems selection. priceline.com and Hasbro are Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendations. TASER is a Rule Breakers pick. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days.

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.