November 27, 2018 / 6:34 AM / 20 days ago

Banks, commodities lead Australian shares higher; NZ also rises

* BHP gains on new mineral deposits find, boosts benchmark

* Bank regulator extends deadline on new capital rules

* NZ boosted by consumer and healthcare stocks (Updates to close)

Nov 27 (Reuters) - Australian shares ended higher on Tuesday, with financial stocks leading gains on the benchmark after the banking regulator gave lenders more time to implement new capital rules on loans.

U.S. stocks rebounded after last week’s massive sell-off but risk appetite was spoiled across Asia when U.S. President Donald Trump said he expects to move ahead with China tariffs, just a few days before he is to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit starting Nov 30.

The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 1 percent or 56.7 points to 5,728.30 at the close of trade after falling 0.78 percent on Monday.

Financial stocks, were the biggest boost to the index, rising nearly 1.5 percent.

They cheered the decision of Australia’s banking regulator to extend the deadline for implementing new capital rules on some loans to Jan 1, 2022, after lenders raised concerns about the impact on their competitiveness against foreign rivals.

The ‘Big Four’ banks rose between 1.1 and 2.1 percent.

Metals and mining stocks were supported by heavyweight BHP Group Ltd which gained 1.5 percent after announcing it had found new mineral deposits under its copper operation in South Australia.

Energy stocks also contributed to gains, rising about 0.7 percent on the back of a modest recovery in Brent Crude oil futures.

Sector heavyweight Santos Ltd rose 2 percent after completing the acquisition of Quadrant Energy on Tuesday.

New Zealand’s benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index rose 0.13 percent to finish the session at 8,673.82, boosted by gains in consumer and healthcare stocks.

Dairy firm a2 Milk Company Ltd rose nearly 2 percent, while retirement village operator Ryman Healthcare Ltd rose 1.6 percent. (Reporting by Shriya Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru, editing by Eric Meijer)

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