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 Daktronics (Nasdaq: DAKT) scoring one against Mr. Market. The scoreboard maker reversed a year-ago deficit by posting net income of $0.07 a share. Analysts figured that Daktronics would only be good for earnings of $0.05 a share.

The Fresh Market (Nasdaq: TFM) also landed ahead of the pros, generating an adjusted profit of $0.30 a share when Wall Street was settling for a profit of $0.20 a share. It's been a good time to run an upscale supermarket, as The Fresh Market and Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM) have both rattled off several consecutive quarters of beating estimates.

The downside to The Fresh Market's report is that the premium grocer reiterated its full-year guidance despite the first-quarter beat. Skeptics interpreted that move as a sign of weakness for the balance of the year.

Joy Global (Nasdaq: JOYG), on the other hand, did get it right. The maker of mining equipment bumped its profit outlook for 2011 higher after posting quarterly earnings of $1.52 a share, 32% ahead of last year's showing and comfortably ahead of the $1.35 a share that analysts were targeting.

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.