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 Advanced Battery Technologies (Nasdaq: ABAT). The maker of rechargeable polymer lithium-ion batteries saw its earnings nearly double to $0.20 a share, well ahead of the $0.10 a share that analysts were targeting.

Advanced Battery's report is a welcome contrast to its peers reporting earlier this month. A123 (Nasdaq: AONE) posted a wider than expected loss, and Ener1 (NYSE: HEV) was downgraded after disappointing results.

China's (Nasdaq: CTRP) also landed ahead of the pros. The leading travel portal in China delivered a quarterly profit of $0.24 a share. Wall Street was banking on net income growing from $0.19 a share last year to $0.22 a share this time around. MakeMyTrip (Nasdaq: MMYT) -- India's leading travel website -- simply met expectations earlier this month.

Finally, we have Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (Nasdaq: RRGB) looking as juicy as its signature sandwiches. Shares of Red Robin soared 23% on Friday after the chain's quarterly profit of $0.58 a share obliterated the $0.24 a share that Mr. Market was ordering. I guess you can call that a quarter pounder!

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.