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Australia shares set for worst day in nearly 5 months on recovery concerns

* Miners and financials biggest losers

* Fortescue down 4% on flat Q2 iron ore shipments

* Newcrest falls on drop in Q2 gold output

* NZ bourse falls most in nearly 6 weeks

Jan 28 (Reuters) - Australian shares fell more than 2% on Thursday in their worst session in nearly five months, as investors fled riskier assets following overnight volatility on Wall Street after the U.S. Federal Reserve flagged a potential slowdown in economic recovery.

The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 2.4% to 6,620.40 by 0000 GMT, its worst intraday drop since Sept. 9.

Overnight, Wall Street suffered its biggest one-day drop in three months after the Federal Reserve left its key rate near zero and flagged a potential slowdown in the pace of the economic recovery.

U.S. market moves following the Fed holding its rates is a negative catalyst for the Australian markets, said Mathan Somasundaram, chief executive officer at Deep Data Analytics.

“Central banks have lost control, and markets have taken most of the benefit from stimulus than the economy. Governments will be forced to make more socialistic policies to revive the economy, and that will hurt markets ... we are at the start of the pullback cycle.”

Miners were the biggest losers by market value, slipping up to 2.6%. Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group fell nearly 4% on flat second-quarter iron ore shipments from last year.

Newcrest Mining lost up to 2% after a drop in its second-quarter gold output.

Financials declined 2.3%, with all the ‘Big Four’ banks losing between 2% and 3%.

Tech stocks were the top percentage losers, shedding as much as 4%, with Afterpay slipping 5.6%.

In New Zealand, the benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index dropped as much as 2.1% to 13,099.17, its biggest intraday drop since Dec. 18. Financials and utilities were the top drags on the benchmark.

The country’s financial markets regulator said the stock exchange operator’s systems were “insufficient” and failed to meet standards following a probe into multiple outages and cyber attacks that hit the bourse last year.

Reporting by Sameer Manekar in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich

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