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Rapaport Melee Diamond Index -7% in 3Q

Polished Auctions Sell 125,000+ Carats for $24M

Oct 14, 2014 9:31 AM   By Rapaport
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RAPAPORT... PRESS RELEASE, October 14, 2014, New York... The Rapaport Melee Index (RMI™) for small diamonds decreased by 6.8 percent to 129.32 during the third quarter of 2014. Year over year the index is up 2.6 percent from its level of 125.99 in September 2013.

Polished trading slowed during the third quarter, as expected, and prices softened as manufacturers faced tight liquidity due to slow sales and diminished bank credit. Polished suppliers were prepared to reduce prices in order to improve cash flow and shrink their large inventory levels. Suppliers are hoping the fourth-quarter holiday season will improve diamond trading and help ease liquidity concerns. However, there is no indication of a turnaround in trading conditions for now. Buyers sense that suppliers are under pressure to improve their cash flow and are accordingly pushing for higher discounts. Following a weak third quarter, the trade enters the holiday shopping season in an environment that clearly favors buyers. (Story continues after the chart.) 
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“With the recent diamond and jewelry show in Hong Kong exceeding low expectations, momentum and prices picked up slightly from the slow summer. While levels of trading and liquidity are still not high due to the upcoming Indian Diwali New Year, we are expecting an uptick in trading in November once the wholesale market reopens after the Jewish and Indian holidays. Demand in the Far East market is relatively sluggish, however U.S. demand remains stable and we’re expecting a solid Christmas season,” said Ezi Rapaport, the Director of Global Trading at the Rapaport Group.

Upcoming Rapaport Auctions:
• October 22-29, New York & Israel
• November 11-19, New York & Dubai
• November 12-19, New York & Israel
• December 1-4, New York
• December 5-10, New York & Israel

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About Rapaport Auctions: Rapaport Auctions provide an excellent opportunity for the diamond trade to buy and sell diamonds at cash prices. The large quantities and wide variety of merchandise offered attract competitive bids from a broad range of local and international buyers. Rapaport Auctions is committed to addressing the needs of the international diamond community for enhanced liquidity while presenting unprecedented buying opportunities.

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