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Leading brokers name 3 ASX shares to buy today

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With many brokers taking a well-earned break over the holiday period, broker notes are few and far between right now.

In light of this, I thought I would take a look at a few that have been released over the last few weeks that remain very relevant today.

Three buy ratings that you might want to pay attention to are listed below:

Adore Beauty Group Ltd (ASX: ABY)

According to a note out of Morgan Stanley, its analysts have retained their overweight rating and $8.35 price target on this online beauty retailer’s shares. The broker notes that Adore Beauty’s trading update reveals that trading has been strong and management has upgraded its guidance for the first half. And while it is keen to see whether this was at the expense of margin, it appears supportive of giving away margin to win market share at this stage in its growth. The Adore Beauty share price is trading at $5.65 this afternoon.

Altium Limited (ASX: ALU)

Another note out of Morgan Stanley reveals that its analysts have retained their overweight rating and $40.00 price target on this electronic design software provider’s shares. According to the note, the broker was pleased to see that Altium recently reaffirmed its FY 2021 guidance despite the tough operating environment. Morgan Stanley also notes that management spoke positively about the launch of its new Altium 365 platform. This is a big positive as the broker sees this cloud-based platform as the key driver of growth in the future. The Altium share price is trading at $34.33 this afternoon.

Metcash Limited (ASX: MTS)

Analysts at Citi have retained their buy rating and lifted the price target on this wholesale distributor’s shares to $4.00. The broker made the move following the release of a stronger than expected first half result earlier this month. Pleasingly, the broker believes more of the same is coming in the medium term thanks largely to its Hardware business. And while it acknowledges that Food sales will inevitably moderate post-pandemic, this hasn’t stopped the broker from upgrading its earnings forecasts for the next couple of years. The Metcash share price is trading at $3.45 on Tuesday.

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