Don't settle for ordinary quarterly reports.
Each week, I examine three companies that beat market expectations, since I believe that such outperformance is the biggest factor in a stock beating the market. Leaving Wall Street's pros with stunned expressions can be a good thing. It usually means that the companies have more in the tank than analysts figured. Capital appreciation typically follows.
Let's take a look at a few companies that humbled the prognosticators over the past few trading days.
We can start with Copart
It isn't really a surprise to see Copart motoring along nicely. Last summer's "cash for clunkers" campaign created a glut of cars that were required by law to be scrapped rather than resold as used cars. Ford
United Natural Foods
Finally, we have China Finance Online
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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 stocks in this column. 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.