Financial service provider SMC Global Securities on Wednesday said the Reserve Bank may hike key rates by 25 basis points in its policy review on Thursday.
"With series of RBI actions and rise in commodity prices, India Inc witnessed pressures on margins ...," SMC Group Chairman and Managing Director Subhash Chand Aggarwal said in a statement.
Aggarwal said this hike in short-term lending (repo) and borrowing (reverse-repo) rates is expected to be last in series.
Since March, 2010, the central bank has raised repo and reverse-repo rates seven times to check inflation.
He said that balancing growth with inflationary expectation would be a difficult task for the RBI.
Inflation, which inched up from 8.23 per cent in January to 8.31 per cent in February, was much above the comfort level of 5-6 per cent.
He further said that the decline in industrial production and RBI's steps could pose a threat to the growth and demand.
Industrial growth slowed to 3.7 per cent in January this year, compared to 16.8 per cent expansion in the year-ago period, dragged down by the poor performance of the manufacturing sector, particularly capital goods.
The repo and reverse repo rates now stand at 6.5 per cent and 5.5 per cent, respectively.