Don't settle for ordinary quarterly reports.

I take a look at three companies that beat market expectations every week, 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 Home Depot (NYSE: HD). The home-improvement retailer earned its orange apron as quarterly profits soared 72% to $0.36 a share. Wall Street was settling for a profit of $0.31 a share. It was a mixed showing for its peers, as Lowe's (NYSE: LOW) landed ahead of the pros by a similar margin, but hardwood specialist Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) missed its mark. (Nasdaq: PCLN) had no problem clearing Wall Street's runway. The travel portal's adjusted net income also soared 72% to $3.40 a share, comfortably ahead of the $3.09 a share that Mr. Market was forecasting. It's hard to call this a surprise. priceline has topped bottom-line targets for 19 quarters in a row. However, rival Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) had come up short earlier this month.

Finally, we have OmniVision (Nasdaq: OVTI) smiling pretty for the camera. The maker of image sensor chips that are popular for camera-based smartphones and laptops earned $0.84 a share in its latest quarter, trouncing expectations of $0.58 a share.

OmniVision's stock soared 32% last Friday after the report. A sell-side analyst had downgraded the stock a day earlier. Hopefully, OmniVision managed to take a snapshot of that crow-eating moment for the analyst.

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.