Don't settle for ordinary quarterly reports.

I take a look at three companies that beat market expectations every week, because 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 (Nasdaq: PCLN). The "name your price" travel website earned $5.33 a share in its latest quarter, well ahead of the $4.97 a share that Wall Street had expected.

The results were enough to send shares off to their highest levels since the dot-com bubble popped, but investors should have seen this one coming. The travel portal has obliterated Wall Street's profit targets on a quarterly basis for years. It also only helps that deals publisher Travelzoo (Nasdaq: TZOO) and rival travel portals Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) and Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) all landed well ahead of bottom-line projections during the same quarter.

LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK) became the latest solar energy stock to take off after a market-thumping report. The company earned $0.72 a share in its latest quarter, ahead of both the $0.29 a share it delivered a year ago and the $0.43 a share that Mr. Market had set his sights on.

Then we have Ebix (Nasdaq: EBIX), which provides cloud computing solutions for the insurance industry. It rang up another blowout quarter, with revenue and net income up 43% and 77%, respectively. Ebix's profit of $0.43 a share crushed the market's target of $0.32 a share.

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.

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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, except for Ebix. 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.