* Whitehaven Coal second biggest pct loser on ASX
* Biggest gas pipeline operator APA Group down 4%
* NZ bourse operator says hit by cyberattack
Aug 26 (Reuters) - Australian shares fell 1% on Wednesday in
a broad-based sell-off as the state at the centre of a second
wave of coronavirus cases in the country recorded its second
deadliest day of the pandemic.
Victoria, the country's second-most populous state, saw 24
deaths on Wednesday, compared with the record 25 reported last
The S&P/ASX 200 index slipped 64.40 points to 6,097
by 0102 GMT and was on track to snap two straight sessions of
gains, with investors also spooked by the Victoria government's
intention to extend a state of emergency by another year to
combat the spread of the virus.
Investors shrugged off optimism around U.S.-Sino trade
negotiations and fresh progress in the medical battle against
COVID-19 that helped lift Wall Street indexes to record highs
Financials stocks led the retreat with a drop of
nearly 2%. Australia and New Zealand Bank and National
Australia Bank shed 2.3% and 2.1%, respectively.
APA Group fell 4.1% as the country's biggest gas
pipeline operator forecast a weaker fiscal 2021, while
Whitehaven Coal slid more than 9% to its lowest in over
four years after the country's largest independent coal producer
reported a 95% plunge in full-year underlying profit.
Technology stocks slipped up to 1.4% and were on
track to snap a six-session winning streak.
Zip Co Ltd climbed more than 18% to an all-time
high after the buy-now-pay-later firm partnered with eBay Inc
to offer flexible credit to small- and medium-sized
In New Zealand, the benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index
slipped 0.2%, or 22.5 points, to 11,970.6 after three
consecutive sessions of gains.
Bourse operator NZX Ltd said it was likely hit by a
second cyberattack in as many days on Wednesday, as trading in
its cash markets was suspended at 2324 GMT.
(Reporting by A K Pranav in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu