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Rapaport TradeWire September 3, 2020

Positive sentiment as the trade adapts to the Covid-19 selling environment.
Sep 3, 2020 11:10 AM   By Rapaport
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Rapaport TradeWire
September 3, 2020

Positive sentiment as the trade adapts to the Covid-19 selling environment. Polished prices firming due to shortages. 1 ct. RAPI +3.2% in Aug. Manufacturers seeing better profit margins after De Beers and Alrosa reduced rough prices. Polished production increasing but coronavirus restrictions still limiting Surat factories. Rough trading steady. Momentum likely to continue through October as retailers prepare holiday inventory. Signet Jewelers 2Q sales -35% to $888M, loss of $82M. Macy’s highlights strong jewelry category. Belgium July polished exports -35% to $580M, rough imports -30% to $376M. RapSpec A3 Diamond Specs changed to exclude faint fluorescence.

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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct 0.42% 5.25% 13.31%
0.50 ct 0.80% 7.08% 13.28%
1.00 ct 1.02% 3.63% -0.82%
3.00 ct 0.77% 1.98% -5.43%
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United States: Bridal supporting the retail segment as jewelers start to plan inventory for holiday season...
Belgium: Polished shortages stimulating rough trading as manufacturers gradually raise production levels...
Israel: Prices firm, including for less popular goods such as those with medium blue fluorescence...
India: Momentum expected to continue until Diwali (November 14)...
Hong Kong: Demand from China driving activity, but limitations on delivery and foreign currency payments are making cross-border trade difficult for dealers...
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Revenue from jewelry, watches and other valuable gifts down 54%.
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Global retail stocks continued to rebound as consumer sentiment improved amid hopes for a coronavirus vaccine. Walmart (+13%), Signet (+9%), Macy’s (+9%), Chow Tai Fook (+9%), Kering (+9%), Luk Fook (+7%) and Pandora (+7%) all gained. Miners had a mostly positive week, with Lucapa (+8%), Gem Diamonds (+6%) and Petra (+6%) climbing. Lucara (-10%) was the exception.

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