Profit uncaged: 12 unstoppable companies

April 8, 2015 10:34 AM

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There are 12 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500, including aluminum maker Alcoa (AA), oil driller Transocean (RIG) and accessories designer Michael Kors (KORS) that have torn past adjusted earnings forecasts for each and every of the past four straight quarters by 10% or more, according to a USA TODAY review of data from S&P Capital IQ.

Companies that rip the doors off expectations are huge winners for investors, too. A custom equal-weighted index of the the 12 companies that are blowing past earnings expectations is up roughly 30% over the past year – blowing away the 12.5% gain by the S&P during that time.

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