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Rapaport TradeWire February 18, 2021

Feb 18, 2021 11:08 AM   By Rapaport
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February 18, 2021
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Polished dealers optimistic. Positive momentum amid busy Valentine’s Day in US and initial reports of robust Chinese New Year season. Asian market shut for lunar festival. E-commerce driving growth; online accounting for nearly 25% of total retail in China. Kering 2020 jewelry sales weak in Europe, strong in Asia. Brands gaining market share in India, with Titan Company FY3Q sales +17% to $1.1B, profit +12% to $73M. Rough trading stable as cutters maintain production levels. Petra Diamonds FY1H revenue -8% to $178M, profit of $2.7M vs. loss of $10.2M a year earlier. India Jan. polished exports +9% to $1.8B, rough imports +65% to $1.3B.

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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct 0.19% 0.53% -1.72%
0.50 ct -0.05% -0.40% 9.79%
1.00 ct 0.01% -0.07% 6.35%
3.00 ct -0.57% -1.17% 6.07%
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Market Reports
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United States: Strong engagement ring sales during Valentine’s Day...
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Belgium: Favorable supply-demand balance fueling confidence...
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Israel: Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) lobbying to become a free-trade zone...
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India: Suppliers concentrating on American orders as China remains quiet during post-holiday period...
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Hong Kong: More than half of China’s 2021 retail revenue will come from online purchasing, eMarketer predicts...
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UPS AND DOWNS
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Wealthy Buying Jewelry During Exclusive House Calls
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Alluvial Miners Outline Way to Save Their Industry
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Suit: Chicago Jeweler Allowed Rolex Sales to Gray Market
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Namdia CEO Faces Disciplinary Hearing
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WEEKLY NEWS
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Dubai Virus Surge Creates Snag for Rough Tenders
The success of the emirate’s diamond market depends on whether Indian buyers continue to make the journey.
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China’s Diamond Market on Path to Recovery
How well has the prominent Asian country weathered the crises of the past year, and what are its prospects for growth?
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Fancy-Color Price Index Sees Slight Decline
Yellow diamonds relatively stable in the fourth quarter.
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US Stimulus Boosts January Retail Sales
Turnover rose 7% year on year, NRF says.
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China Buoys Kering Jewelry Sales in 2020
Boucheron and Qeelin both performed well in the country, but lagged in Europe.
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Titan Enjoys Diwali Boost to Sales and Profit
Indian retailer’s revenue rises 17% in important third fiscal quarter.
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Gahcho Kué Stays Shut as Covid-19 Cases Rise
A total of 15 employees have been infected at De Beers’ and Mountain Province’s Canadian site.
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Petra Returns to Profit as Debt Deal Nears
Miner reports $2.7 million for first fiscal half following $10.2 million loss last year.
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Angola Finds Partner for New Diamond Mine
Endiama signed a joint-venture agreement with trade and investment group Gemcorp to develop Mulepe alluvial site.
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Miners See Solid Rough Demand at January Tenders
Alrosa, Diamcor and Lucapa report strong opening sales for 2021.
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South African Diamantaire Louis Lipchin Dies
Industry stalwart is remembered for helping others in the trade.
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The Importance of Circular Business Models
Reusing waste products and materials can deliver ecological, societal and reputational benefits for the industry.
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India Polished Trade Strengthens at Start of Year
Exports up 9% in January; rough imports jump.
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FINANCE
Diamond Industry Stock Report
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US retail stocks fell as investors feared strong retail sales could cause Congress to delay passing a third stimulus bill. Macy’s (-4%) and Signet (-4%) both slipped. Walmart (+12%) bucked the trend as traders bet the retailer would report strong quarterly earnings. Chow Tai Fook (+6%), Chow Sang Sang (+3%) and Luk Fook (+3%) rose on the back of a recovery in China, while Kering (-3%) was hampered by disappointing 2020 figures. Mining shares saw mixed results. Lucara (+11%), Mountain Province (+9%), Rio Tinto (+9%) and Anglo American (+6%) all grew, but Lucapa (-7%), Alrosa (-6%) and Gem Diamonds (-6%) lost ground.

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