At around 1.50 pm, Nifty Metal was trading at 3,741 down by 100.95 points or 2.63%. The index has touched an intraday high and low of 3,810.45 and 3,723.90 respectively.
APL Apollo, Hindalco, Hindustan Copper and Tata Steel were top underperformers tumbling nearly 4% each.
NALCO slipped nearly 3%, while NMDC, JSPL and SAIL slipped by 2.5% each. Midhani was down a little over 2%.
Stocks like JSW Steel, Welspun Corp and Coal India dipped between 1-2%.
Nearly, 1% drop each was recorded in MOIL and Hindustan Zinc.
Ratnamani was the only stock trading in the green, however, on a flat note.
Overnight, at Shanghai, base metals tumbled with Copper weakening by 0.6%, aluminium dipping 0.58%, zinc diving 0.86%, tin dropping 0.73%, lead skidding 0.43% and nickel slipping 2.43%.
The counterpart London Metal Exchange also witnessed downside. Copper led the losses diving by 2.84%, zinc plunged 2.19%, aluminium contracted 2.64%, nickel down 2.49%, lead lower 1.34% and tin shed 1.02%.