Basic materials leads a leg up in equities (S&P 500 now +0.9%, Dow +1%) as the sector...

|By:, SA News Editor

Basic materials leads a leg up in equities (S&P 500 now +0.9%, Dow +1%) as the sector cruises through +2% on the day, with miners looking good: Freeport McMoRan Copper (FCX) +3.3%; Barrick Gold (ABX) +2.2%; Stillwater Mining (SWC) +4.9%. In fertilizer: BHP Billiton (BHP) +3.2%; Potash (POT) -0.7%.