3 Stocks That Blew the Market Away


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 Baidu.com (NAS: BIDU) . China's leading search engine posted an adjusted profit of $0.86 a share, just ahead of the $0.83 a share that analysts were targeting. Wall Street's had years of practice in trying to nail Baidu's profitability, falling short more often than not. The dot-com speedster has now beaten the pros in 10 consecutive quarters.

Wall Street figured that Electronic Arts (NAS: ERTS) would post a quarterly loss. The video game maker didn't get mad: It got Madden. Fueled by sales of its annual NFL franchise, EA managed to score an adjusted profit of $0.05 a share. EA's larger rival Activision Blizzard (NAS: ATVI) reports next week.

Finally, we have Steiner Leisure (NAS: STNR) . The seaworthy spa operator posted quarterly income of $0.86 a share before acquisition-related costs, ahead of both the $0.77 a share it posted a year earlier and the $0.84 a share that Wall Street was forecasting. Carnival (NYS: CCL) , Royal Caribbean (NAS: RCL) , and NCL -- the three largest cruise line operators -- rely on Steiner to run most of the floating spas on their fleets.

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 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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