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Rapaport TradeWire July 4, 2019

Diamond market quiet as US dealers take vacation.
Jul 4, 2019 11:32 AM   By Rapaport
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Diamond market quiet as US dealers take vacation. America supporting the trade with steady retail sales and expected boost from Independence Day weekend. Midstream under pressure with tight liquidity, slow orders and excess inventory. Weak sentiment continues as polished prices soften. 1 ct. RAPI -1.4% in June. Manufacturers buying polished rather than rough, as they need to focus on profitability instead of turnover. Buyers taking advantage of suppliers’ need for cash and pushing for discounts. PwC predicts Hong Kong retail sales will slide 5% in 2019 as demonstrations, reduced tourist spending, and trade war affect business. Luk Fook FY revenue +9% to $2B, profit +10% to $193M.

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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct -2.18% -3.36% -21.17%
0.50 ct -1.28% -1.75% -8.12%
1.00 ct -0.16% -1.22% -5.63%
3.00 ct -2.20% -3.50% -16.67%
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Market Reports
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United States: Stable engagement and bridal sales during summer wedding season...
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Belgium: Fancies moving better than rounds, with steady demand from European jewelers...
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Israel: Many dealers have reduced operations in recent years, which has helped shield them from the current downturn...
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India: Good market for top-make SIs and lower piqué goods...
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Hong Kong: Trading down due to sluggish demand, slow season and political protests...
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Prices of 3-carat stones and larger have slumped in the past six months. Four factors are driving the slowdown.

Webinar: A Race to the Bottom?
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Rapaport’s Senior Analyst will host two webinars on July 17 and 18 assessing the current challenges in the market.

UPS AND DOWNS
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Diamond Consumption in China Is on the Rise
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Gucci Opens High-End Jewelry Store in Paris
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Floods Disrupt Supply of Goods to Mumbai
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Man Gets Five-Year Sentence for Brussels Heist Role
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WEEKLY NEWS
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Challenging Diamond Market Sees Further Declines
1-carat RAPI falls 3.1% in the first half.
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JSA Warns Jewelers of Power-Cut Break-Ins
Alliance issues “code red” warning ahead of July 4.
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Tariffs, Taxes Top JA Washington Agenda
Trade representatives lobby lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
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Net-a-Porter to Debut VIP-Only Jewelry Site
Platform will be available exclusively to company’s most loyal customers.
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Protests Dent Hong Kong Retail Outlook
Sales will drop 5% in 2019, PwC predicts.
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China Expansion Spurs Luk Fook Growth
Performance weakened in second half due to trade war.
mining
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Ex-Letšeng CEO Joins Gem Diamonds Board
Mazvi Maharasoa headed the Lesotho mine until 2017.
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Trans Hex Cautious About Future Operations
Company records full-year loss for its South African business.
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Firestone Gets Bank Waiver After Prices Slide
Miner was at risk of breaching loan covenants.
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Israel Bourse Unveils ‘Real Diamonds’ Campaign
First video ad highlights the allure of natural stones.
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AGTA Show Manager Keen to Retire
She was responsible for expanding the organization’s presence at national events.
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GIA Expands China Education
Institute partners with Shanghai Jiao Tong University to offer remote learning.
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New Tool Evaluates Perceived Diamond Size
Australian jeweler Garry Holloway files patent application for Looks Like.
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Ethics Service for Small-Scale Jewelers Launches
Program by Levin Sources helps companies with their policies and procedures.
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Diamond Industry Stock Report
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Retail shares showed some positivity this week after US President Donald Trump said trade talks with China were resuming. European equities gained strongly, with increases at Pandora (+3.4%), LVMH (+3.2%) and Kering (+1.5%). Birks Group (+5%) led mixed Wall Street stocks. However, Hong Kong-based Luk Fook (-5%) dropped after giving a cautious outlook. Mountain Province (-11%) was the weakest performer in an overall disappointing seven days for mining stocks.

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