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Oil major Chevron edged up 0.5% in premarket trading after saying late Tuesday that its fourth-quarter earnings are expected to be higher than the profit reported in the preceding quarter. Upstream results are projected to tiffany co jewelry between sequential quarters, boosted by higher crude-oil prices.
Yoga-wear retailer Lulu lemon climbed 9.8% in premarket trading as it significantly boosted its fourth-quarter outlook on stronger-than-expected revenue.
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In the financial sector, Goldman Sachs Group slipped 0.2% in premarket trading after J.P. Morgan Chase downgraded the investment bank to neutral from overweight, saying the move is "purely valuation driven."
Crude-oil futures were little changed at $92.60 a barrel, while gold futures edged down.
The dollar index, which tracks the performance of the greenback against a basket of other major currencies, fell 0.1% to 80.790.
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ITT said it plans to split into three publicly traded companies, spinning off its water-related businesses and its defense and information segment. Shares rose 21% to $64 in premarket trading.
Yoga-wear retailer Lulu lemon is again exceeding quarterly expectations, significantly boosting its fourth-quarter outlook on stronger-than-expected revenue. Shares gained 10% to $74.09 in premarket trading.
Arch Coal trimmed its adjusted earnings outlook for 2010, citing lower shipments, partially driven by poor Eastern rail service. Shares of Arch Coal, the second-largest U.S. coal producer, slid 3.3% to $35.35 in premarket tiffany co earrings .
“The rise in gold prices raises the value of all the jewelry people already own,” said Nancy Schering, owner of Devon Fine Jewelry in Wyckoff, N.J. “That is an affirmation that, ‘Hey, I bought something, and it got more expensive.’  ” Gold gained 26 percent in 2010, reaching a record $1,432.50 an ounce in December before falling back at the start of this year.
Gold prices have been climbing tiffany charm bracelet for seven years, fueling“cash for gold” frenzy. A national company advertised during the Super Bowl, and charities have held “turn in your gold” parties to raise money. Many jewelry stores stayed afloat during the recession by buying gold jewelry and reselling it to refineries.
All the “We Buy Gold” signs created a new consumer mind-set that they can cash in old jewelry for new pieces, which helped boost sales during the holidays.
“People bring stuff in, and they basically do a trade-in, like a car,” said Steven Boxhaul, president of Boxhaul Jewelry Advisors, an affiliate of liquidation and turnaround specialist coach outlet store Group. “They sell some of this, and they get credit, and they turn around and buy something else,” Boxhaul said.
In Wyckoff, Schering said: “We’re accepting a lot of gold as payment, so old jewelry is brought in, and it turns into new jewelry.”
“People appreciate jewelry now because they’re seeing the intrinsic value of it due to the whole cash-for-gold thing,” Boxhaul said. “People all of a sudden realized, ‘Hey, I can’t go buy a Ralph Lauren blouse and three years from now go it and get anything for it.’ But they can take a piece of jewelry and get something for it.”
The run-up in gold has been outstripped by a recent surge in silver, which became more fashionable this past holiday season. A recent Tiffany catalog featured silver pieces almost exclusively.
Manufacturers also have changed their product lines to keep jewelry affordable. “More companies have created jewelry with semiprecious stones — and even precious stones, diamonds — set in silver, which you just didn’t see before,” Boxhaul said. “Now, it’s fairly common.”
The increased demand for silver was a factor in its price surge, but the price per ounce still is a fraction of that of coach handbags outlet. Silver hit a 30-year record of $30.75 an ounce in December; it has since fallen back below $29.
The price difference has caused jewelry designers and craftspeople to switch to silver or combined silver-gold pieces for their creations.
What would irk you more: Having to make a special trip to Staples when you need a manila folder, or having to sit through a three-hour meeting explaining changes to the expense report procedure?
Is the notion of a company gym appealing or repulsive to you?
I got an e-mail last spring from a friend whose husband was considering a move from the Burlington office of software giant coach purses outlet to a small e-commerce start-up. Their big question was whether a job at the start-up, Lexington-based Guevara Inc., would be too risky for their family.


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