Don't settle for ordinary quarterly reports.

Every week, I take a look at three companies that beat market expectations, since I believe that 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 Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM), as reports of its death continue to be premature. The BlackBerry maker posted a quarterly profit of $1.46 a share, ahead of the $1.35 a share that analysts were banking on.

Everyone seems to believe that the time will come for RIM to hand the smartphone baton to Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone and the fast-growing fleet of handsets powered by Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android. It may very well happen, but bears are bailing too early. RIM still shipped 12.1 million handsets, adding 4.5 million net new accounts along the way. The widening gap between those two figures is problematic, but it's hard to eulogize a company adding an average of 1.5 million users every month.

Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) also proved to be one-up the oracles. The enterprise software giant saw its fiscal first-quarter earnings soar 38% to $0.42 a share on a non-GAAP basis. The pros were targeting an adjusted profit of $0.37 a share.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has a funny way of making prognosticators seem like low-balling amateurs. Oracle's beaten Wall Street's bottom-line estimates in three of the past four quarters.

Finally, we have Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) becoming an even better buy after generating net income of $0.60 a share in its latest quarter. Wall Street would have settled for $0.44 a share. It's a welcome report, since smaller rival Conn's (Nasdaq: CONN) had come up short in its most recent quarter.

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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