* ASX benchmark posts biggest intraday pct fall since Aug 5
* Ampol slumps on stake sale in convenience stores property
* NZ benchmark index posts best intraday pct gain since June
Aug 17 (Reuters) - Australian shares fell on Monday as the
country's second-most populous state reported its deadliest day
of the COVID-19 pandemic, with financial stocks leading the
The S&P/ASX 200 index was down 0.9% to 6,073.10 by
0108 GMT in its biggest intraday percentage drop since Aug. 5.
Last week, it gained 2%.
Victoria state, which extended the state of emergency by
four more weeks on Sunday, reported its biggest daily death toll
on Monday with 25 fatalities and 282 new infections.
Index heavyweight financials dropped 1.7% and led
declines on the benchmark. The "Big Four" banks lost between
1.1% and 2.3%.
Among other losers, mid-sized lender Bendigo and Adelaide
Bank lost 5.6% and was headed for its worst day in more
than two months as its annual profit nearly halved.
Ampol Ltd slid 4% after Australia's biggest fuel
supplier said it would sell a 49% stake in a convenience stores
property trust to Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC
and Charter Hall Group for A$682 million.
Technology stocks fell 1.1%, with EML Payments Ltd
and Computershare Ltd losing 2.6% and 2.3%,
New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index advanced
1.1% to 11,576.15 in its biggest intraday percentage gain since
Retirement village operator Summerset Group Holdings
was the biggest boost to the benchmark, despite a 6%
fall in half-year profit.
New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, postponed the
country's general election by a month to Oct. 19 as the city of
Auckland remains in lockdown due to a new outbreak of the
(Reporting by A K Pranav in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu