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 look at a few companies that humbled the prognosticators this past week.

We can start with Take-Two Interactive (Nasdaq: TTWO). The video game publisher posted a non-GAAP loss of $0.31 a share. Red ink doesn't sound pretty, but this company also targeted a deficit of between $0.45 and $0.55 a share just a few weeks before its fiscal quarter came to a close. Revenue of $163.2 million also vastly exceeded Take-Two's own target of $90 million to $140 million.

This kind of report likely won't bring Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) back for another buyout run -- at least, not at its 2008 offering price of $26 -- but it's a welcome sign that the video game industry may have bottomed out.

Home Inns & Hotels (Nasdaq: HMIN) also checked in ahead of the pros, posting an adjusted profit of $0.26 a share. Analysts only expected net income of $0.19 a share. Home Inns is a great gauge for the hospitality industry in China, but stateside hoteliers aren't doing so badly, either. Marriott (NYSE: MAR) and Wyndham (NYSE: WYN) beat Wall Street estimates last month.

Finally, we have DISH Network (Nasdaq: DISH). The satellite-television provider may have lost in the courtroom with its prolonged bout against TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO), but it won on the bottom line in its latest quarter. DISH earned $0.40 a share, well ahead of the $0.32 a share that analysts were banking on.

Keep watching companies that surpass Wall Street's expectations. Over time, that vigilance could become a lucrative 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, 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.