Top ASX Stock Picks for March

We asked our Foolish writers to pick some of their favourite ASX shares to buy this March. Here is what they came up with…

Sebastian Bowen: Ramsay Health Care Limited (ASX: RHC)

The Ramsay Health Care share price is already up nearly 12% since the New Year, but I still believe Ramsay could have more to go in March. Ramsay Healthcare is Australia’s largest private hospital operator, with over 223 hospitals under management. I would consider Ramsay a great long-term buy as our ageing population and ever-rising demand for medical services bodes well for the healthcare sector, which has been one of the strongest performers on the ASX over the past decade.

Ramsay has just released its half-year results, in which it lifted profit 9.6% to $270.4 million. I believe, on these numbers, Ramsay Health Care is a great buy for the long-term.

Motley Fool contributor Sebastian Bowen does not own shares in Ramsay Healthcare Ltd.

Lloyd Prout: Altium Limited (ASX: ALU)

Shares of PCB design software company Altium are up 58% year-to-date. With subscriptions representing a significant portion of revenue, Altium continues to invest in research and development. The company has a history of beating its own long-term targets, so I have confidence that they can achieve “market dominance”, by reaching 100,000 subscribers by 2025.

Altium shares currently trade at 68x earnings, which puts the company on a PEG ratio of around 1.2. Despite being at an all-time high, this is a fair price to buy into a well-run business that’s benefiting from industry tailwinds.

Motley Fool contributor Lloyd Prout owns shares of Altium Ltd and expresses his own opinion.

Brendon Lau: BlueScope Steel Limited (ASX: BSL)

This month’s profit announcement from BlueScope Steel Limited has reassured the market that the sky isn’t falling. The stock had suffered a big sell-off over the last 3-4 months on fears of a sharp slowdown in US housing construction and shrinking steel spreads in that country.

But BlueScope is more exposed to infrastructure and industrial/commercial construction. While spreads have moderated, there’s too much bad news factored into the beaten down share price and I think the stock will recover over the coming months.

Motley Fool contributor Brendon Lau owns shares in BlueScope Steel Limited.

Tristan Harrison: WAM Microcap Limited (ASX: WMI)

It’s getting harder to outperform the index these days with industry disruption and high valuations, so it might be better to look at the smaller shares on the ASX to produce better returns. However, investing in small caps and micro caps is undoubtedly riskier, therefore it could be a good idea to choose one of the best fund managers to do the small-cap investing for you, like WAM Microcap which invests in shares with market caps under $300 million.

Its portfolio has substantially outperformed since inception and the growing dividend is a bonus, the grossed-up dividend yield is 5%.

Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison owns shares of WAM Microcap Limited.

James Mickleboro: Bravura Solutions Ltd (ASX: BVS)

Bravura Solutions is a fast-growing provider software products and services to the wealth management and funds administration industries. Its key product is the Sonata wealth management platform. Sonata sales have been growing at an impressive rate in recent years and played a key role in the company’s half-year revenue increase of 24% to $127.4 million this month. Due to the quality of the product and its large addressable market, I expect this growth to continue for some time and underpin strong earnings growth over the coming years.

Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no financial interest in Bravura Solutions Ltd.

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The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of Altium and Bravura Solutions Ltd. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Ramsay Health Care Limited. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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