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.

Content-delivery networkLimelight Networks (Nasdaq: LLNW) posted a loss of $0.03 a share. Few may applaud red ink, but it's a smaller deficit than the $0.05 a share shortcoming that analysts were targeting. Limelight's results follow mixed reports from its rivals, with Akamai (Nasdaq: AKAM) narrowly beating estimates and Level 3 (Nasdaq: LVLT) coming up just short.

Communications-equipment maker JDS Uniphase (Nasdaq: JDSU) also connected with the market beaters. JDS Uniphase's adjusted profitability more than doubled to $0.22 a share, ahead of the $0.20 a share that the pros were banking on.

Fast-growing travel portal priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) was also able to name its own price after another blowout report. Priceline's net income of $2.66 landed well in front of both the $1.70 a share it earned last year and the $2.46 a share that Wall Street figured it would post on the bottom line this time around.

Priceline's strong showing may not come as a surprise. It routinely bests the market's profit targets. However, Priceline's performance did come a week after rival Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) narrowly missed Wall Street estimates.

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.