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Rapaport TradeWire July 30, 2020

Jul 30, 2020 10:07 AM   By Rapaport
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July 30, 2020

Sentiment weak as trading centers reinforce Covid-19 restrictions. Supply shortages supporting polished prices as cutters refrain from rough purchases. Manufacturing profit margins better than pre-pandemic, resulting from select rough buying that aligns with polished demand. Focus on online trading. D, IF investment demand improving. Miners building rough inventory as sales slump. De Beers 1H revenue -54% to $1.2B, underlying loss of $214M. Rio Tinto diamond sales -48% to $141M, loss -88% to $40M. LVMH 1H jewelry & watches revenue -38% to $1.6B, loss of $20M. GIA partners with IBM Research to adopt automated clarity grading. Diamond Development Initiative merges with NGO Resolve.

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0.30 ct 0.60% 1.67% 2.63%
0.50 ct 0.70% 4.10% 0.18%
1.00 ct 0.57% 1.93% -6.32%
3.00 ct -0.40% -0.66% -9.11%
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United States: Steady demand for round and oval, 1 to 2.75 ct., G-I, VS-SI diamonds for engagement rings...
Belgium: Market quiet as government introduces strict Covid-19 rules and summer vacation begins...
Israel: Dealers maintaining firm prices since they expect limited supply of new polished in the coming months...
India: Low availability of rough further limiting manufacturers’ ability to increase operations...
Hong Kong: China retail better than Hong Kong, having stabilized after initial reopening...
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GIA Embraces Automated Clarity Grading
Artificial-intelligence technology from IBM already in use at New York and Carlsbad laboratories.
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Nine Sightholders Aim for Carbon Neutrality
De Beers clients join program to reduce emissions in manufacturing sector.
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Rio Tinto Grants Rough Buyers Flexibility
Miner allows customers to purchase only what they need during pandemic.
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Antwerp Trading Halls Shut for Second Time
Belgium sees spike in coronavirus cases.
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Israel Bourse Calls for Tax-Free Trading Zone
Move would attract foreign companies and boost local industry, management argues.
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LVMH Revenue Dives as Tourism Dries Up
Jewelry brands such as Bulgari are highly reliant on travel retail.
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European Slump Weighs on Kering Jewelry Brands
Covid-19 hits Boucheron and Pomellato badly; Qeelin benefits from Asian recovery.
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Luk Fook Sales Tank During Pandemic
Revenue declines 71% in first fiscal quarter.
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Challenges Persist as De Beers Sees Red
Miner incurs underlying loss of $214 million in first half of 2020.
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Petra Revenue Falls to Nine-Year Low
Sales down 36% for fiscal 2020 as Covid-19 adds to company’s troubles.
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Losses Deepen at Rio Tinto’s Diamond Unit
Weak rough market and devaluation of assets lead to drop.
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Pandemic Punctures Gem Diamonds Sales
Revenue down 22% as lower volumes outweigh rise in average price.
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NGOs Merge to Advance Artisanal Mining Sector
Diamond Development Initiative will become division of Washington, DC-based Resolve.
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Baselworld Owner Creates New Trade Show
Houruniverse will run throughout the year as a virtual fair and feature an annual live event.
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116ct. Diamond Fetches $6M at Christie’s
Pear brilliant-cut stone was top seller at $28.1 million New York auction.
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India’s Polished Exports Fall Again
Shipments down 47% year on year in June.
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US and Hong Kong retail stocks remained fairly positive, with Luk Fook (+4.6%), Tiffany (+2.7%), Signet (+2%) and Macy’s (+0.5%) all climbing. European shares faltered as LVMH (-7%) and Kering (-2.6%) reported disappointing results. As a whole, miners performed well. Mountain Province (+5%), Alrosa (+4.7%), and Lucara (+1.7%) all rose. Petra (-14%) lost ground as it continued to consider sale options amid rising debt. 

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