India, July 12 -- Indian equity benchmarks have made slightly positive start, but failed to hold gains and slipped into red terrain in early deals on Friday as traders awaited cues from key earnings and developments on the trade front. Infosys will release its Q1 earnings results later in the day. Indian and US trade negotiators will meet today after a series of protectionist measures taken by the two governments in recent months strained ties between the strategic partners. Traders will also be eyeing on the macro economic data of industrial production for May and consumer price inflation for June to be released after the market hours. Some cautiousness prevailed among market participants with former finance minister P Chidambaram's statem...