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Rapaport TradeWire June 27, 2019

Sentiment weak amid ongoing liquidity concerns.
Jun 27, 2019 11:46 AM   By Rapaport
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Sentiment weak amid ongoing liquidity concerns. Polished production reduced by estimated 30% in 2019 due to high inventory, sluggish demand and tight manufacturing profits. Recent rough-price cuts not enough to reboot the market. De Beers June sales slump 33% to $390M, 1H sales -18% to $2.4B. Quiet Hong Kong fair highlights show fatigue and cautious Far East demand as geopolitical tensions fuel economic uncertainty. Gold rallies +8% to $1,402 an ounce (June 1-27) as investors seek assets with store of value. Belgium May polished exports flat at $1.2B, rough imports -16% to $761M. India May polished exports -15% to $1.9B, rough imports -35% to $1B. Tara Jewels files bankruptcy.

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1.00 ct -0.32% -1.21% -5.03%
3.00 ct 0.03% -1.18% -14.93%
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Market Reports
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United States: Steady flow of memo calls, but jewelers not buying for stock...
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Belgium: Sellers cautious about giving credit, and are offering better cash prices...
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Israel: Suppliers to Far East lacking orders, with Hong Kong show doing little to boost sentiment...
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India: Cutters despondent due to low profitability, even after rough-price reductions...
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Hong Kong: Political protests and trade war affecting business, with Chinese buyers staying away...
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UPS AND DOWNS
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Botswana Wants to Entice Surat-Based Cutters
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Gold Rally Spurs Public to Sell Old Jewelry
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Indian Banks Calling In Diamond Workers’ Personal Loans
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Ring Brought to Kay for Resizing Gets Lost in Shipping
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WEEKLY NEWS
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Tara Jewels Files for Chapter 11
Company listed between $10 million and $50 million in liabilities.
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De Beers Cuts Prices as Rough Sales Slide
Pressure on manufacturers has hit demand.
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RJC Ready to Target Consumers
New CEO and chairman outline strategy.
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Peter Meeus to Advise WFDB on Synthetics
He will serve as an external consultant to the trade group.
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Engagement-Ring Spending Steady at $5K
Couples increasingly opting for alternative stones, survey says.
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Enchanted Diamonds Files for Bankruptcy
Move follows suspension of company’s Better Business Bureau A+ accreditation.
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Tom Brady to Represent IWC Schaffhausen
New England Patriots quarterback has a soft spot for watches.
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Gem Diamonds Unearths 135ct. Yellow
Recovery is third significant colored diamond company has found this year.
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De Beers Identifies New Kimberlite Indicator
Lherzolite could change the nature of diamond exploration.
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Botswana Proposes Lucara Investment
Owning part of the business would benefit the country, government says.
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Gemfields Exits Amethysts, Adds Gold
Company sells 50% interest in Kariba Minerals mine to focus on emeralds, rubies and sapphires.
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Slowdown Continues in India Diamond Sector
Exports have been declining year on year since November.
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Designer Mark Cohen Dies at 63
He co-ran J.J. Marco, a New York-based retailer and wholesaler.
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De Beers Rebrands Grading Unit
IIDGR will change its name to De Beers Group Industry Services.
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Belgium’s Rough Trade Slumps in May
Exports down 37% to $741.5 million.
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FINANCE
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Chow Tai Fook (+7%) led Hong Kong jewelers in a rare strong week for the municipality’s stock market. US retailers performed less positively, with J.C. Penney (-6%) recording the heaviest decline. Mining was mixed: Rio Tinto (+2.9%) and De Beers owner Anglo American (+2.2%) were the stronger stocks, while Firestone Diamonds (-7%) and Petra Diamonds (-6%) lost ground.

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