Many of Australia’s top brokers have been busy adjusting their financial models again, leading to the release of a large number of broker notes this week.
Three broker buy ratings that have caught my eye are summarised below. Here’s why brokers think these shares are in the buy zone:
City Chic Collective Ltd (ASX: CCX)
According to a note out of Goldman Sachs, its analysts have retained the buy rating and $3.25 price target on this fashion clothing retailer’s shares. The broker has lifted its forecasts for City Chic in response to the earlier than anticipated reopening of its retail stores. The broker believes the company will keep its dividend suspended until FY 2022 and focus on reinvesting in medium-term growth options both at home at overseas. It expects this to lead to a 20.1% compound annual growth rate for earnings per share between FY 2019 and FY 2022. While not my favourite option in the retail sector, I think it could be worth a closer look.
Metcash Limited (ASX: MTS)
Analysts at UBS have upgraded this wholesale distributor’s shares to a buy rating with a $2.85 price target. According to the note, the broker believes the underperformance of its share price since its capital raising has created a buying opportunity. UBS likes Metcash due to the strength of its grocery business and the improving outlook for its hardware business. I think UBS makes some good points and Metcash could be a decent option for investors.
Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS)
A note out of Credit Suisse reveals that its analysts have retained their outperform rating but trimmed the price target on this telco giant’s shares slightly to $4.10. Although it suspects the company’s earnings will take a bit of a hit from lower roaming and enterprise revenues, it believes the market is being too harsh. As a result, it sees Telstra’s share price weakness as a buying opportunity for investors. I agree with this view and would be a buyer of Telstra’s shares today.
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