Mumbai: Volatility may persist in the key Indian equity indices, as global cues -- prospects of trade wars, rise in US interest rates -- and fears of domestic political instability are expected to dent investors' risk-taking appetite, market observers opined.
"Markets would continue to face headwinds from the evolving political scenario domestically and the prospects of a trade war globally," Devendra Nevgi, Founder and Principal Partner, Delta Global Partners, told IANS.
"Mixed macros data (points), fiscal year-end issues, higher IPO supply will keep the markets capped and range-bound, with lower bias."
According to Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services: "The long-term outlook for the domestic market continues to be strong. However, rising concerns of global trade headwinds, domestic NPA issues and upcoming state elections will keep the market in tenterhooks."
"Currently, the market is finding it difficult to stay float at support levels as volatility in global market brought the benchmark indices towards the 200 DMA. US Fed policy meet next week is the key event and the market expects a 0.25 basis points hike."
Besides US Fed's meet from March 20-21, investors are expected to keep a close watch on the direction of foreign fund flows and the rupee's movement against the US dollar.