Don't settle for ordinary quarterly reports.
Every week, 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 pros over the past few trading days.
We can start with Monsanto (NYS: MON) . The agricultural chemicals behemoth saw its fiscal second-quarter earnings climb 19% to $2.28 a share, well ahead of the $2.12 a share that analysts were expecting. Agribusiness promises to be a strong sector in an improving global economy with emerging markets growing even faster.
Pier 1 Imports (NYS: PIR) is also playing by the cardinal rule that the house always wins. The home furnishings retailer posted a profit of $1.04 a share during its holiday quarter, more than double the $0.48 a share that Wall Street was projecting.
That's a lot of money earned by a company that saw its stock trade as low $0.10 a share just three years ago. Things are going so well for Pier 1 these days that it reinitiated a dividend distribution policy last week after a six-year break.
Finally, we have Bed Bath & Beyond (NAS: BBBY) living up to the "Beyond" part of its moniker. The housewares retailer earned $1.48 a share in its fiscal fourth quarter. A robust 6.8% spike in same-store sales helped lead the holiday charge. The pros were expecting $1.33 a share, but those estimates can now be tossed into the hamper.
Moving in the right direction
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. If that's not up your alley just yet, you can still check out a free special report detailing the next trillion-dollar revolution.
Either way, come back next week to learn about more stocks that blew the market away in the coming days.
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