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Rapaport TradeWire February 27, 2020

Diamond market weak as coronavirus shuts down China and weighs on global economy.
Feb 27, 2020 11:10 AM   By Rapaport
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February 27, 2020
RAPAPORT MARKET COMMENT
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Diamond market weak as coronavirus shuts down China and weighs on global economy. Financial markets slump with Dow -7% (Feb. 21-27). Gold rallies +4% to $1,653 per ounce (Feb. 1-27). Indian market facing severe liquidity crunch as sales to China stop. Luxury retailers reviewing Hong Kong presence after 2019 protests and ongoing epidemic lead to drop in sales. De Beers gives sightholders added flexibility on Chinese goods, with projections for small Feb. sight. Rio Tinto diamond unit 2019 revenue -11% to $619M, loss of $21M vs. profit of $118M the previous year. India Jan. polished exports -6% to $1.7B, rough imports -11% to $763M.

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RAPNET DIAMOND INDEX (RAPI)
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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct -0.29% 0.74% -4.01%
0.50 ct -0.29% -1.02% -4.04%
1.00 ct -0.57% -1.72% -6.81%
3.00 ct -0.47% -3.70% -16.24%
RAPI Yearly Graph
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Market Reports
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United States: Dealers concerned that too much excess inventory is being sent to the US amid plummeting stock markets...
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Belgium: Virus’s recent spread to Italy and other European countries has added to uncertainty...
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Israel: Steady demand and firm prices for round, 1.50 to 5.99 ct., G-J, I1 diamonds and oval and pear, 1.50 to 5.99 ct., G-J, VS2-SI2 goods...
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India: Diamonds with lower color and clarity moving better than higher-end items...
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Hong Kong: Sporadic orders from other countries in the region, such as Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, with 0.20 to 0.50 ct., D-F, VVS-SI1 selling...
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China’s Diamond Trade Weighs Virus Effect
WITH Joshua Freedman

The diamond industry in China anticipates a release of pent-up demand when the coronavirus goes away. But for now, retail is almost dead, bourses are quiet, and even importing rough has been challenging.

Bringing Out the Richest Hue in a Colored Diamond
WITH Jewelry Connoisseur by Rapaport

While cutting white diamonds is all about reflecting light, fancy shapes often bring out the best in colored stones.

UPS AND DOWNS
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Alrosa to Be Largest Producer of Colored Diamonds
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GJEPC Seeks Rough Supply for SMEs
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J.C. Penney Expects Sales Declines to Continue
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Luxury Braces for $43B in Losses Due to Coronavirus
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WEEKLY NEWS
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De Beers Lets Sightholders Defer Chinese Goods
Concerns rising over weak demand and growing inventories.
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NY Dealer Sentenced in Memo Theft Case
Isaac Dayan stole nearly $600,000 in loose diamonds from 11 businesses.
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Geneva Watch Fair Canceled; Baselworld Still On
Organizers acknowledge “duty” to anticipate health risks.
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HRD Antwerp Not for Sale (for Now)
AWDC approves new CEO Ellen Joncheere’s turnaround plan.
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US Retail to Grow in 2020, NRF Predicts
Sales expected to top $3.9 trillion despite trade war, coronavirus and presidential election.
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Couples Shelling Out More on Engagement Rings
Average spending increased 4% to $5,900 in 2019, according to The Knot.
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Retail Sales Rise at Berkshire Hathaway
Revenue for the division up 2.5% for the year.
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Online Growth Boosts Michael Hill Sales
Half-year revenue and profit climb following e-commerce investments.
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Rio Tinto Diamond Revenue Drops in 2019
Sales fall 11% as rough prices weaken.
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Firestone Faces Fallout from Power Disruption
Monthlong shutdown estimated to cost miner $4.6 million.
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New Alrosa Mine Yields 17ct. Yellow
Stone is the first colored diamond found at Verkhne-Munskoye deposit, which opened in 2018.
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Lucara Revenue Beats Expectations
Figure up 9% to $192.5 million in 2019.
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Lab Spots New Method for Masking Synthetics
GSI receives stone that had been altered to resemble a natural diamond.
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Weak Market Drives Sarine to Full-Year Loss
Soft polished demand led to lower recurring revenues from inclusion-mapping equipment.
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India’s Diamond Shipments Decline
Rough and polished trading slows in January.
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GIA Names New Mineral ‘Dutrowite’
Moniker is in honor of Barbara Dutrow, a gemological researcher and governor of the institute.
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FINANCE
Diamond Industry Stock Report
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Stocks went into free fall this week, driven by concerns the coronavirus was rapidly spreading outside of China. Macy’s (-17%), Signet (-17%), LVMH (-11%), Kering (-11%) and Chow Tai Fook (-7%) all plunged. Miners also suffered, with Petra (-28%), Rio Tinto (-12%), Mountain Province (-8%), Alrosa (-8%) and Lucara (-7%) dropping. Firestone (-70%) slid following disappointing results, while Lucapa (+25%) rose after reporting progress with its exploration work in Angola.

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