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De Beers’ 2017 core earnings up 2pct despite drop in revenue

De Beers, which is 85 percent-owned by Anglo American, said its underlying adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) leaped 2 percent to $1.435 billion compared to $1.406 billion a year earlier despite lower...

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Lucapa Diamond CEO perceives good start for rough diamond market in 2018

The rough diamond market has this year started off “very well” as high demand has seen prices go up in January, according to Lucapa Diamond chief executive Stephen Wetherall.

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GJEPC and MIDC sign MoU for Jewellery Park in Mumbai

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) signed a MoU for the setting up India’s largest Jewellery Park in Mumbai.

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Stellar starts front end engineering, design for Tongo-Tonguma

Stellar Diamonds said it has started the Front End Engineering and Design study (FEED) for the underground mine development of the Tongo-Tonguma project in Sierra Leone.

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DTCB plans to sort and value non-De Beers stones

Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) is looking into the possibility of taking diamonds from non-De Beers mines for sorting and valuing, Weekendpost quoted DTCB Managing Director Tobake Kobedi as saying.

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5 Reasons Why Diamond Mining Stocks Have Been Under Pressure

20 april 2017
(paulzimnisky.com) - From February 15th to March 13th, a market-cap weighted aggregation of diamond miners in U.S. dollars including ALROSA Joint-Stock Company (RTS: ALRS), Petra Diamonds Ltd (LSE: PDL), Dominion Diamond Corp (TSX, NYSE: DDC), Gem Diamonds Ltd (LSE: GEMD), Lucara Diamond Corp (TSX: LUC), Stornoway Diamond Corp (TSX: SWY), Firestone Diamonds Plc (LSE: FDI), and Mountain Province Diamonds Inc (TSX, NASDAQ: MPVD), was down 14.3%. During the same time period, the S&P 500 (the U.S. broad market proxy) was up 1.1% and notably made an all-time high on March 1st. The FTSE 100 (the European broad market proxy) was up 1.0% and also made an all-time high on March 1st. On February 24th Stornoway hit a 52-week low of C$0.81, through March 2nd Dominion shares were down 10 days in a row, and on March 8th Mountain Province made a 52-week low of C$4.51. From February 15th to March 13th, $1.8B was erased from ALROSA’s market cap, a 14.1% decline. The recovery of the diamond industry last year following the 2015 indigestion, a strong post-election U.S. economy, and a more stable Chinese economy, are all fundamentals supportive of diamond miners, but the stocks have recently displayed weakness. Here are some thoughts as to why.

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