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's the biggest factor in whether a stock beats the market. Leaving Wall Street's pros with stunned expressions can be a good thing. It usually means 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 salesforce.com (NYS: CRM) . The poster child for enterprise cloud computing posted an adjusted quarterly profit of $0.37 a share to close out the week higher. Most of its peers tanked in a week that saw the Nasdaq Composite surrender 5.3% of its value. Analysts were only banking on a profit of $0.34 a share.

Netlist (NAS: NLST) was another tech stock that bucked the trend to gain ground last week. The maker of memory subsystems for server and storage applications posted a narrower loss than Wall Street was expecting.

Netlist's deficit of $0.02 a share -- while still a loss -- was better than the $0.05 per share in red ink the pros were targeting. Pair that up with a 16% spike in revenue, and Netlist closed out last week with a 5% gain.

Finally, we have Foot Locker (NYS: FL) outrunning the prognosticators. The athletic-footwear retailer turned a surprising 9.7% spike in same-store sales into a quarterly profit of $0.83 a share, blowing past the $0.60 a share it earned last year and the $0.74 a share analysts were forecasting.

It was a good week for sporty retailers, as sporting goods specialists Hibbett Sports (NAS: HIBB) and Dick's Sporting Goods (NYS: DKS) also landed well ahead of Wall Street.

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