After a consolidation, equity benchmarks managed to close higher for the third consecutive session on Friday, aided by technology, healthcare, metals and select auto stocks. Meanwhile, the week was very strong for the market, led by relief rally. The 30-share BSE Sensex gained 17.19 points at 28463.31 and the Nifty rose 1.80 points to 8609.85. The broader markets marginally outperformed benchmarks as the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices advanced 0.2-0.4 percent. Experts believe the market has been in a broad consolidation range and that may continue in July at least.