* China September trade data awaited
* New Zealand's benchmark index at record high
* Australian financial stocks hit two-month peak
* Coal miners drop after reports China blocking Aussie
Oct 13 (Reuters) - Australian shares hit a near two-month
high on Tuesday, led by banking and technology stocks, as
expectations that the United States would soon pass a
coronavirus relief package lifted global equity markets.
The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 1% to 6,193 by 0005 GMT,
after closing 0.5% higher on Monday.
In New Zealand, the main S&P/NZX 50 index gained
0.8% to hit an all-time high of 12,454.57.
Overnight, all three major U.S. stock indexes closed sharply
higher after optimism was sparked by the Trump administration's
call to pass a leaner coronavirus relief bill as negotiations on
a broader package ran into resistance.
Market participants are now waiting for China's monthly
export data due later in the day for further direction.
A Reuters poll showed exports likely rose for a fourth
straight month in September as the world's second-biggest
economy and Australia's top trade partner stays on the path to
Australian financial stocks climbed as much as 2.6%
on Tuesday to hit a two-month high, with the "Big Four" banks
adding between 1.5% and 3%.
IT stocks firmed 1.9% and were on track to post a
seventh session of gains, taking cues from a tech rally in the
Buy-now-pay-later firm Afterpay Ltd rose 4.4% to a
record high and led the sub-index higher.
Meanwhile, coal producers fell sharply on reports China was
blocking shipments of the commodity from Australia.
Whitehaven Coal slid 5.3% and was the biggest loser
on the benchmark, while New Hope Corp dropped 5.6%.
Australia-listed shares of real estate developer Unibail
Rodamco SE jumped 6.8% to top the benchmark index,
after the company entered an agreement to sell an office
building for 620 million Euros ($732.41 million).
In New Zealand, local shares of Australia and New Zealand
Banking Group Ltd added 4.3% to lead gains, followed by
Argosy Property Ltd's 2.8% rise.
($1 = 0.8465 euros)
(Reporting by Anushka Trivedi in Bengaluru; Editing by