At around 1.06 pm, Nifty Metal was trading at 5,631.85 up 7.55 points or 0.13%. The index has touched an intraday high and low of 5,687.50 and 5,583.45 respectively.
Welspun Corp was the top gainer soaring 3.9% followed by Vedanta climbing 3.6%. NALCO and JSW Steel surged 1.2% and 0.7%.
Hindustan Zinc, Coal India, Hindustan Copper and APL Apollo traded marginally up. NMDC traded flat but in green.
On the downside, Adani Enterprises took lead plunging 1.7% followed by Ratnamani Metals slipping 1.2%. Hindalco shed 0.9%. JSPL and Tata Steel were marginally down. SAIL traded flat but in red.
The copper prices tumbled on Monday after China's economic data recorded better-than-expected industrial output. However, traders were cautious when weakness in the property sector was witnessed in China's data.
In October 2021, China’s production of 10 nonferrous metals – including copper, aluminium, lead, zinc and nickel – stood at 5.26 million tonnes marginally up 0.5% from the previous month. However, the production contracted 2.6% year-on-year, the statistics bureau said. Notably, the Chinese property market has slowed steeply since May this year.
As per Reuters calculations of data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in China, prices of new homes dropped 0.2% on average last month from September.
The real estate sector is one of the major consumers of metals.