Indian benchmark indices close lower on Friday

Posted June 24, 2017

The Sensex opened higher, but traded at 31,222.33 at 1123 hours, down 68.41 points, or 0.22 per cent.

The BSE and NSE will remain closed on Monday on the occasion of Id Ul Fitr.

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

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Indian shares ended lower on Friday as investors booked profits in recent gainers like financials and auto stocks. It had gained 7.10 points in the previous session. The broader NSE Nifty moved between 9,647.65 and 9,565.30, before ending 55.05 points, or 0.57% down at 9,574.95. The S&P500 index inched 1.42 points lower to 2,435.61.

Asian markets were trading mixed in early morning trade.

Fortis Healthcare shares slumped almost 13 percent after Malaysian hospital chain IHH Healthcare Berhad said it was nowhere close to concluding a deal to buy a majority controlling stake in the company. Market breadth was in the favour of losers, with about 3 stocks falling to every 1 stock that advanced.

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On Wednesday, the regulator Sebi relaxed entry norms for overseas investors, rationalised "fit and proper" criteria as also simplified other requirements.

However, mired sentiment from global market and disruptions ahead of GST roll out overshadowed these positives which led market to give up gains to end flat.

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