Stocks in the materials space are among the weakest performers, as miners and steelmakers weigh...

|By:, SA News Editor

Stocks in the materials space are among the weakest performers, as miners and steelmakers weigh following hotter-than-expected Chinese inflation data. Among non-precious metals: WLT -5.8%, CLF -4.3%, CENX -9.2%. Also, BHP Billiton (BHP -2.6%) and Rio Tinto (RIO -2.9%) were both downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.