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 Google (NAS: GOOG) . The global search engine leader saw its adjusted earnings climb 27% to $9.72 a share. Analysts, sensing deeper margin contraction, figured that Big G would only earn $8.74 a share.
Google's growth is unlikely to be matched by stateside rivals that are relying largely on their less lucrative display advertising business to bring home the bacon. The only public search companies likely to outshine Google are China's Baidu (NAS: BIDU) and Russia's Yandex (NAS: YNDX) .
Fairchild Semiconductor (NYS: FCS) also beat the pros. The power and mobile products specialist rang up an adjusted profit of $0.34 a share, less than the $0.42 a share it earned a year earlier but better than the $0.32 a share that Wall Street was targeting.
It wasn't a clean beat for the banking giant. JPMorgan's results were buoyed by a valuation allowance on the bank's debt. However, the performance still establishes a somewhat upbeat tone as we head into a busy week of banker earnings.
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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