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Rapaport TradeWire September 10, 2020

Sep 10, 2020 11:16 AM   By Rapaport
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Rapaport TradeWire
September 10, 2020

Business improving ahead of holiday season. Retailers preparing inventories amid steady US and Far East demand for 0.30 to 2 ct. goods in all colors and clarities. Shortages supporting prices. Dealers struggling to fill orders due to low manufacturing and high shipping costs. Polished production rises to 60% of capacity as governments ease Covid-19 restrictions. Cutters’ profit margins up following De Beers and Alrosa price reductions. Belgium August polished exports +6% to $343M, rough imports -7% to $430M. Tiffany sues LVMH for pulling out of takeover deal. India-China border dispute raising concerns for Hong Kong trading.

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Market Reports
United States: Retail improving ahead of holidays, with consumers gaining confidence to enter stores...
Belgium: Low availability of merchandise following months of reduced manufacturing and imports...
Israel: Traders struggling to fill orders at the prices they want...
India: Cutters looking to fill shortages and meet upcoming holiday demand...
Hong Kong: Concerns rising about impact of India-China rift and pro-democracy protests on local market...
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The latest Rapaport Research Report looks at the price cuts that took effect in the rough-diamond sector last month. The move by De Beers and Alrosa surprised some, but made perfect sense given the trends in polished trading and the miners’ recent earnings reports.

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D-flawless stone will go to highest bidder, irrespective of what the auction house believes selling price should be.
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Alrosa Sees First Sales Increase Since Feb.
Revenue up 19% in August as miner reduces rough prices.
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Tiffany Messed Up During Covid-19, LVMH Says
Luxury giant countersues after $16 billion marriage turns sour.
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Signet to Expand James Allen In-Store Format
E-commerce brand will appear at 80 Jared locations for holiday season.
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SK Jewellery Founders Want to Privatize Firm
Management says delisting will give it greater control over the Singapore-based retailer.
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Alrosa Aiming to Extract Higher-Value Rough
Company trialing upgraded X-ray technology at Udachny mine.
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Petra Faces Claims of Human-Rights Abuses
UK law firm and NGO allege killings and violence at Williamson mine.
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Lucapa to Sell Mothae Rough Privately
Miner will partner directly with diamantaires in effort to achieve higher prices.
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Gem Diamonds Incurs First-Half Loss
Revenue slumps as coronavirus freezes rough market.
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BlueRock Average Rough Price Rises
July figure up 14% compared with previous month.
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Sotheby’s Unveils New Online Auction Series
Move follows “unprecedented results” at recent digital sales, company says.
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Gem Diamonds Continues Large-Stone Streak
Miner recovers fourth rough over 100 carats in less than a month.
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Belgium Exports Rise as Demand Returns
Rough and polished markets pick up in August.
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Diamond Industry Stock Report

Global retail shares lost ground after LVMH (-3%) backed out of its deal to acquire Tiffany & Co. (-7%) and as investors waited to see how the US elections and new coronavirus waves would affect spending. Walmart (-5%), Signet (-3%), Kering (-2%), Richemont (-1%) and Chow Sang Sang (-1%) all fell. Chow Tai Fook (+9%) and Macy’s (+7%) bucked the trend. Mining stocks had a positive week: Petra (+18%), Alrosa (+6%), Gem Diamonds (+2%) and Mountain Province (+1%) all rose.  

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