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Domestic equity indices slipped into the negative zone on Friday amid profit booking ahead of a long weekend. The Nifty too was down by 19.90 points or 0.21 per cent.

Markets will be closed on Monday for a public holiday. The National Stock Exchange Nifty ended in red at 9,630 points after hitting 9,698.85 in the morning session, just 2 points shy of touching 9,700-mark.

The Sensex touched a high of 31,365.39 points and a low of 31,296.01 points in the trade so far.

On the other hand, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (0.97%), Wipro (0.79%), Dr Reddy'S Laboratories (0.71%), ICICI Bank (0.71%), Cipla (0.39%), and Infosys (0.32%) were the major gainers in the Sensex.

Among the sectoral indices, healthcare gained the most, followed by auto, banking and power.

Shares of Fortis Healthcare crashed about 13 per cent after Malaysia's healthcare services provider IHH Healthcare Berhad on Thursday (22 June) said it is not close to "concluding any negotiations" to buy controlling stake in Fortis Healthcare.

The Nifty PSU Bank index dropped 2 percent. The market breadth was deeply in favour of declines with an advance-decline ratio of 1:4.

The total turnover on BSE amounted rose to Rs 7,395.04 crs from Rs 4,693.41 crore registered during the previous trading session.