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 TIBCO (Nasdaq: TIBX). The enterprise software provider earned $0.16 a share in its fiscal first quarter, ahead of both the $0.12 a share that it rang up a year earlier and the $0.15 a share that the pros were expecting. It was a good week for the companies behind corporate-geared software, as Lawson (Nasdaq: LWSN) and ePocrates (Nasdaq: EPOC) also clocked in ahead of Wall Street.

Mosaic (NYSE: MOS) also cleared a high bar. Expectations ran high for the phosphates and potash giant, with analysts targeting profitability to more than double to $1.07 a share. It wasn't high enough. Mosaic's harvest sprouted a quarterly profit of $1.21 a share.

Finally, we have spice-rack staple McCormick (NYSE: MKC) peppering its bottom line. Net income of $0.57 a share in its fiscal first quarter was comfortably ahead of the $0.54 a share profit that Mr. Market was eyeing.

McCormick's spice business has proven to be a steady all-weather sprinkler over the years, affording it the ability to pay out consistent dividends for 87 years in a row.

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.