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Rapaport TradeWire June 11, 2020

Jun 11, 2020 11:27 AM   By Rapaport
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June 11, 2020
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Market activity slow, but sentiment improving as retail reopens and US unemployment reduced to 13.3% for May. Growing interest in investment diamonds, with higher prices for D-IF, 0.50 ct. and 1 ct. (3X, none) goods. Tiffany & Co. signals robust recovery in China after 1Q revenue -45% to $556M with loss of $65M vs. profit of $125M, e-commerce sales +23%. Signet Jewelers 1Q revenue -41% to $852M, loss of $190M vs. loss of $10M, online sales +7% to $165M. Rough sector quiet ahead of next week’s De Beers sight. Alrosa May sales -86% to $36M. Rapaport Price List returns to weekly publication. Next price list Friday, June 19. See announcement here.

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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct 0.03% -0.97% -3.90%
0.50 ct 0.21% -0.13% -8.34%
1.00 ct 0.30% 0.50% -10.84%
3.00 ct -0.47% -3.20% -11.77%
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Market Reports
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United States: Jewelers focused on enhancing e-commerce platforms as pandemic accelerates digitization trend...
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Belgium: Dealers cautious about offering credit in fragile economy...
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Israel: Polished orders selective, with jewelers seeking replacements for diamonds sold rather than buying for inventory...
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India: Stable market for 1 ct., D-E, IF-VVS1...
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Hong Kong: Gemstones like emeralds and rubies doing well, and consumers seeing investment value in gold jewelry...
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UPS AND DOWNS
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The Recession Is Probably Already Over
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$1M Treasure Chest Finally Found in Rockies
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Miners Stuck with Billions in Gems
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Jump in US Online Sales Won’t Offset Retail Decline
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WEEKLY NEWS
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Important Notice Regarding the Rapaport Price List
Publication to return to weekly schedule.
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New York’s Diamond Dealers Club Reopens
Many members rely on the trading floor for livelihoods, notes president Reuven Kaufman.
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Rough Sales to Decline Up to 40% This Year
Recovery won’t come until second half, Moody’s predicts.
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Israel’s Bank Leumi Eyes Return to Diamonds
Lender bids to buy Union Bank’s portfolio.
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Alrosa Expects Demand to Revive by August
Rise in diamond-jewelry sales in Asia will drive appetite for rough, miner says.
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Indian Credit Down 18% Since Banking Scandal
Lending to gem and jewelry sector “on a consistent decline,” says ratings agency.
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WDC Elects Feriel Zerouki as President from 2022
De Beers executive will be the first woman to head the organization.
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Signet Loss Deepens Amid Covid-19 Closures
Revenue slumps 41% in first fiscal quarter.
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Tiffany Sees ‘Robust Recovery’ in China
Mainland sales up 90% in May following global decline in first quarter.
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Chow Tai Fook Flags Weak Hong Kong Outlook
Retail sales outside mainland China slide 71% in April and May.
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LVMH Watch Chief Takes On Jewelry Portfolio
Stéphane Bianchi will oversee high-end brands Chaumet and Fred.
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Consumers Seeking ‘Meaningful’ Gifts – De Beers
More than half of those surveyed thought it would be a good holiday present.
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Alrosa Diamond Revenue Plunges in May
Miner allows buyers to defer purchases to help market recover.
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Angola Plans Trading Hub to Support Sales
Country to establish bourse, gemological academy and technological research center.
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Mountain Province Investor to Buy $50M in Rough
Bulk sale of diamonds to Dunebridge Worldwide gives miner liquidity in weak market.
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BlueRock Offloads Diamonds in Private Sale
Average price down 15% compared to pre-pandemic levels.
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HRD Shuts Equipment Unit in Reorganization
Antwerp-based lab will focus on grading and education.
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WFDB Expands Membership Beyond Core Trade
Chow Tai Fook executive joins federation’s board.
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Christie’s to Sell Anna Hu Jewels to Fight Covid-19
Designer creating the pieces using brown diamonds from Alrosa.
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CIBJO Postpones Annual Congress to 2021
Flagship event should always be in person, which is not possible this year due to coronavirus, says Gaetano Cavalieri.
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Israel Trading Floor Shuts Due to Virus Case
Bourse expects to reopen hall on Sunday.
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Natural Diamond Council Hires Retail VP
Former Signet executive Gabrielle Grazi will be responsible for establishing the organization as an authority within the trade.
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FINANCE
Diamond Industry Stock Report
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Shares in Tiffany (+5%) rose amid indications that LVMH’s takeover of the jeweler was still going to happen at the agreed price. Hong Kong-based retailers also had a strong week, with Chow Tai Fook (+7%), Chow Sang Sang (+6%) and Luk Fook (+6%) gaining. Signet (-14%) lost ground after announcing it would close nearly 400 stores. Other retail stocks fell as investors feared a second virus wave, with Swatch (-4%), Pandora (-3%), Kering (-1%) and Richemont (-1%) all slipping. Gem Diamonds (-15%), Lucapa (-10%) and Alrosa (-6%) also declined.

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