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Rapaport TradeWire June 18, 2020

Jun 18, 2020 11:19 AM   By Rapaport
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June 18, 2020
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Sentiment improving as US retail shows signs of recovery with May sales +18% from previous month. Dealers and jewelers anticipating rise in bridal demand. Geopolitical tensions and Covid-19 outbreak in Beijing fueling caution about China. Rough producers see interest in large, investment-grade diamonds; D-IF prices firming in smaller-size polished (0.50 to 2 ct.). Surat factories operating at very low capacity, as India April-May rough imports -94% to $81M, polished exports -79% to $389M. Grib Diamonds sells 90% by value at Antwerp rough auction, with slightly higher prices than March. Industry mourns death of Rosy Blue founder Arunkumar Mehta. GJEPC elects Colin Shah as chairman.

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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct -0.56% -1.42% -3.92%
0.50 ct 0.22% -0.86% -7.87%
1.00 ct 0.55% 1.09% -10.17%
3.00 ct -0.41% -3.89% -11.64%
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Market Reports
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United States: Suppliers receiving some memo requests, mainly for bridal goods...
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Belgium: Customers placing sporadic orders and demand selective, with no inventory buying...
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Israel: Minimal dealer trading taking place, with growing concern the slow market will continue...
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India: Cautious optimism that market can improve before Nov. 14 Diwali festival...
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Hong Kong: Retail recovery in mainland China boosting expectations for polished demand...
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WEEKLY NEWS
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Covid-19: The Situation in Key Trading Hubs
A summary of infection rates and lockdown statuses in major diamond centers.
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Industry Mourns Passing of Arunkumar Mehta
Rosy Blue cofounder was one of the Indian trade’s most prominent leaders.
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De Beers Sight Opens with Viewings in Antwerp
Miner could offer goods in Hong Kong and Dubai at later stage.
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Virus Cases Shut Parts of Surat Cutting Units
Up to 23 workers test positive for Covid-19.
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JCK to Hold Virtual Las Vegas Show
August event will feature trading, talks, browsing, and interactive networking.
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Dominion Sues Rio Tinto over Handling of Diavik
Joint-venture partner failed to control costs at the mine in Canada, filing alleges.
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US Retail Sales Rebound in May
Revenues up 18% from April but still down year on year.
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Growing Up with Gen Z
Companies that can serve up relatable products via digital media will have the best chance of tapping into this demographic.
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Gem Diamonds Notes Solid Rough Demand
Average prices rise 1% in first half; market improves at Antwerp tender.
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Rio Tinto Not Interested in Buying Out Dominion
Miner has no plans to purchase Ekati or remaining shares in Diavik.
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Rough Prices Climb at Grib Auction in Antwerp
Goods destined for China are strongest item at first sale since March.
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Fancy-Color Diamonds Lead Sotheby’s Lineup
Ring featuring 5.04-carat blue estimated to fetch $9.7 million in Hong Kong.
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Christie’s to Auction $13M Two-Stone Ring
Piece will lead Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale on July 22.
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JVC Releases Guide to FTC Rules
Book deciphers the US agency’s complex jewelry directives.
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DDE Reopens with Revamped Trading Floor
Safety measures in place as Dubai bourse resumes tenders.
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GJEPC Elects New Chairman
Colin Shah will succeed Pramod Agrawal in the role for a two-year term.
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FINANCE
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US retail shares were mostly negative this past week despite strong sales data for May, with Macy’s (-9%) and Signet (-4.2%) heading the declines. Chow Tai Fook (+13%) led Hong Kong stocks amid optimism that Chinese consumer spending could recover soon. Pandora (+6%) stood out in a mixed batch for European equities. Miners had varied performances, with Lucara up 18%, while Gem Diamonds (-13%) and Petra Diamonds (-14%) fell.

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