Don't settle for ordinary quarterly reports.

I take a look at three companies that beat market expectations every week, since I believe it's 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 RINO International (Nasdaq: RINO), earning $0.71 a share when analysts were banking on a profit of $0.42 a share.

RINO serves China's iron and steel industry through wastewater treatment, flue gas desulphurization, anti-oxidation, and sludge treatment systems. Wall Street doesn't have a clue here, as RINO has beaten guesstimates by at least 24% in every quarter over the past year.

Applied Materials (Nasdaq: AMAT) is also ahead of the pros. The maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment posted an adjusted profit of $0.29 a share after backing out restructuring, impairments, and inventory-related charges. Mr. Market was targeting net income of $0.25 a share. Since few chip makers outside of Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) design and manufacture their own chips, Applied Materials should hold up well if the economy continues to recover.

Finally, we have Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE) shining bright. The solar energy specialist earned $0.21 a share in its latest quarter on an 81% top-line burst. Analysts were settling for a profit of $0.19 a share.

The sector is hot again. I singled out SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWRA) in this column last week after it landed 50% ahead of the prognosticators. However, the glowing reports aren't universal among the solar panel makers. Suntech Power (NYSE: STP) stunned investors with a sharp deficit in last week's quarterly report.

It's important to keep watching the companies that surpass expectations. Over time, it will be a lucrative experience for investors as the market rewards the overachievers. That's the kind of surprise that 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 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.