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 Coinstar (Nasdaq: CSTR). The company behind the Redbox DVD rental kiosks cranked out an adjusted quarterly profit of $0.46 a share, more than twice the $0.22 a share that analysts were expecting.

It was a strong showing for the company that was already gaining momentum after massive Blockbuster store closures improved its near-term fundamentals. Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Coinstar may have been the butt of Tinseltown jokes after agreeing to 28-day freezes on new releases from some studios last year, but both fast-growing companies are having the last laugh now.

Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) earned its right to command the country's chunkiest market cap with its fueled up profitability. The oil giant earned $2.14 a share in its latest quarter, ahead of the $2.07 a share that Wall Street was targeting.

Exxon Mobil's win may seem like a no-brainer in this age of soaring gasoline prices, but it's never that easy. The pros model the pain at the pump. Chevron (NYSE: CVX) also landed ahead of the Mr. Market's guesstimates, but Valero (NYSE: VLO) actually fell short on the bottom line.

Finally, we have China's Sohu.com (Nasdaq: SOHU) coming out on top. Sohu earned $1.01 a share in its latest quarter, boosted by strength in online display advertising, paid search, and its majority stake in web-based gamer Changyou.com (Nasdaq: CYOU). Investors figured that the new media darling would only score net income of $0.97 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.

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, except for Netflix. 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.