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Mumbai Attacks Will Dent India Sentiment: Analyst

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Thursday, 27 Nov 2008 | 7:01 AM ET

The terrorist attacks in Mumbai will further damage investor sentiment in India from an already fragile position, Simon Godfrey, investment specialist for Asian equities from Fortis Investments, told CNBC Thursday.

Mumbai Attacks to Dent Sentiment
The terrorist attacks in Mumbai will further damage investor sentiment in India from an already fragile position, Simon Godfrey from Fortis Investments, told CNBC Thursday. Michala Marcussen from Societe Generale Asset Management joined the discussion.

"The sentiment in India is likely to be impacted, we expect when the market does re-open for the market to open quite sharply down … tension will remain high from these tragic events," Godfrey told "Worldwide Exchange."

Indian authorities closed stock, bond and foreign exchange markets, as well as the central bank, following the attacks in the financial capital. It is not known when they will reopen. The interbank lending auctions will continue as normal.

"Investment sentiment in India was already actually deteriorating quite rapidly … we are seeing a lot of negative news flow in India already," Godfrey added.

(Watch the full interview with Simon Godfrey above).

India's Risk Premium to Rise

India's risk premium will rise and any potential stock rallies could be curtailed, but the markets will move on from the current attacks in Mumbai, Andy Hartwill, market strategist from Quasar told CNBC.

India Risk Premium to Rise
India's risk premium will rise and any potential stock rallies could be curtailed, but the markets will move on from the current attacks in Mumbai, Andy Hartwill from Quasar told CNBC Thursday.

"The human tragedy will weigh on markets for quite some time … locally the risk premium will rise, that's for sure," Hartwill told "Worldwide Exchange."

"It will take the edge off any rallies that might otherwise have been there," he added.

The Indian consumer could also take a knock from these events, which is a concern, according to Hartwill. Many market participants hope Indian consumers will provide a global growth engine in the future, he pointed out.

Financial markets will discount for the attacks and look beyond them because "it's their job to discount and to try to look through that," Hartwill said.

(Watch the full interview with Andy Hartwillabove).

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