The S&P/NZX50 Index gained 0.1% on Wednesday to 8,595, with solid performances by Fletcher Building (+3.7% to $6.53) and Scales (+1.9% to $4.75). In contrast, A2 Milk gave back a bit, down -3.2% to $12.75. Canadian healthcare landlord, NorthWest Healthcare Properties, has bought a 10% stake in the Australian private-hospital operator, Healthscope. It said it would team up with NZ’s Vital Healthcare Property Trust (VHP) on any potential bid for Healthscope’s real estate portfolio of 45 hospitals. VHP’s unit price barely moved on the day, up 0.2% to $2.08. In economic news, the Government’s operating surplus for the nine months ending 31 March 2018 exceeded its forecast by nearly $1 billion to $3.3 billion. Corporate tax was above forecast by $300 million, and GST, customs and excise duties exceeded by $200 million each. Also, core Crown expenses were $100 million below forecast.