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Why now is a great time to buy ASX shares

Equity markets around the world sprung to life last night, following a lead set by Australia’s own share market on Tuesday ending what was otherwise a woeful quarter for investors around the globe.

In the United States, the Dow Jones rose 1.5% while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ indices rose 1.9% and 2.3%, respectively. Meanwhile in Europe, London’s FTSE 100 gained 2.6% while and the German DAX rose 2.2%.

Although the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) is tipped to open mostly flat after yesterday’s 2.1% relief rally, investors could take some confidence from the recovery which saw the banks and miners rise strongly.

Indeed, there’s every chance that shares could fall even further than their current level, but that’s something only day traders need to be concerned about. As it stands, the ASX 200 is sitting more than 16% below its peak from earlier this year, with a number of companies trading at very reasonable prices.

In other words, now could be an excellent time for long-term investors to make an assault on some of the country’s high-quality companies trading at beaten down prices.

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Motley Fool contributor Ryan Newman has no position in any stocks mentioned. Unless otherwise noted, the author does not have a position in any stocks mentioned by the author in the comments below. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ASXvalueinvest.

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