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Rapaport TradeWire March 26, 2020

Coronavirus brings unprecedented disruption to diamond industry as US retail, India manufacturing and South Africa mining shut down.
Mar 26, 2020 12:34 PM   By Rapaport
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March 26, 2020

Coronavirus brings unprecedented disruption to diamond industry as US retail, India manufacturing and South Africa mining shut down. $2 trillion stimulus will inject liquidity into US economy and relieve stress among small businesses. Signet Jewelers closes stores; reports 2019 sales -2% to $6.1B, profit of $106M vs. loss of $657M the previous year. Share price rallies post-earnings but down -55% since Jan. 1, market cap at $384M. GIA closes US, Belgium and India labs. India provides concessions for diamond companies as Surat and Mumbai on 21-day lockdown. Ekati, Finsch, Cullinan, Letšeng mines placed on care and maintenance. De Beers enables 100% deferrals at March 30 sight. The next issue of the Rapaport Price List will be published on May 1. The March 20 Price List is the official list until then.

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3.00 ct 8.67% 6.50% -8.99%
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De Beers Enables 100% Deferrals at March Sight
Manufacturing shutdown has obliterated rough demand.
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India Eases Trade’s Financial Burden
Government relaxes banking, tax and insolvency rules as country enters lockdown.
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Surat Diamond Manufacturing Shuts Down
Bharat Diamond Bourse also closes as India rushes to curb coronavirus spread.
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Hong Kong Shows Suspend Preparations
Quarantine rules have made it impossible to host an international fair.
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GIA Reduces Services Across the World
Laboratories and gemology schools close in most locations.
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Strong Holiday Lifts Signet to 4Q Profit
Turnaround plan appeared to be working before coronavirus hit.
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More Jewelers Close Up Shop Due to COVID-19
Stuller, Watches of Switzerland and Birks have temporarily shut stores amid pandemic.
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Tiffany & Co. Revenue Flat at $4.4B in 2019
Average selling price rises 10% as company launches new collections.
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China Showing Positive Signs, Says Kering
Sales slowdown is easing, just as coronavirus effects intensify elsewhere.
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Jewelry Groups Urge Govt. to Support Retailers
WJA, JA and JVC seek credit to keep small businesses afloat during virus crisis.
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Michael Hill to Close Remainder of Global Stores
Jeweler will shut locations in New Zealand and Australia after halting business in Canada.
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South Africa, Lesotho Mines Set for Shutdown
Petra, Gem Diamonds, Firestone and Lucapa place sites under care and maintenance.
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Alrosa Launches Digital Tender for Large Rough
Miner will offer stones above 10.8 carats online due to travel restrictions.
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Dominion Suspends Ekati Mining Operations
Company will keep small crew to maintain the site.
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Mountain Province Loss Widens Amid Weak Pricing
Market slowdown at end of 2019 leads to devaluation of Gahcho Kué mine.
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Lucapa Nets First Funds from Graff Partnership
Miner sells 46-carat pink diamond to manufacturer Safdico for polishing.
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Christie’s Delays NY, Geneva Jewelry Auctions
Both Magnificent Jewels sales have moved to June.
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Swiss Watch Exports Fall as Virus Hits Asia
Shipments to Hong Kong see worst monthly decline for 20 years.
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London Bourse to Shut Doors Temporarily
Exchange will reopen when it is deemed safe.
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Global equities fluctuated wildly amid the coronavirus spread in the US, the government’s economic stimulus, and signs the Far East was edging toward a recovery. Tiffany (+12%) was among the stocks that gained during the week, while strong quarterly results for Signet (+4%) boosted the retailer slightly following a recent collapse in its share price. Kering (+26%) and LVMH (+22%) also rose as American businesses anticipated federal support and the downturn in China started to ease, with Luk Fook (+20%), Chow Sang Sang (+7%) and Pandora (+7%) also up. However, rough producers slumped due to mine closures, with Petra (-22%), Lucapa (-16%) and Mountain Province (-14%) falling.

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