3 Stocks That Blew the Market Away

Don't settle for ordinary quarterly reports.

Every week, I take a look at three companies that beat market expectations, 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 Spreadtrum Communications (NAS: SPRD) . The leading maker of smartphone radio chips for the wireless standard championed by Chinese market leader China Mobile (NYS: CHL) posted blowout quarterly results last week. Spreadtrum's earnings of $0.75 a share -- or an adjusted profit of $0.83 a share -- blew past the $0.68 a share that analysts were expecting.

Graphics chip pioneer NVIDIA (NAS: NVDA) is also a speedster these days, benefiting from booming growth in mobile and steady demand on the PC front. NVIDIA's latest quarter featured adjusted earnings soaring 75% to $0.35 a share. Its reported income more than doubled to $178.3 million -- or $0.29 a share. Wall Street was targeting earnings of only $0.26 a share.

Finally, we have Limelight Networks (NAS: LLNW) in the limelight. The content-delivery network delivered a quarterly loss of $0.02 a share, but it was actually much smaller than the $0.06-a-share deficit that analysts were projecting. Market leader Akamai (NAS: AKAM) had also posted market-thumping results for the same quarter, though Level 3 Communications (NAS: LVLT) did fall short.

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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