One thing the Australian share market is not short of is resources shares. But which ones should you consider buying ahead of others?
Here are two ASX resources shares analysts rate highly right now:
Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO)
Goldman Sachs is a bullish on this mining giant. This is due largely to its attractive valuation, production growth, its aluminium business, and strong free cash flow. The latter is expected to underpin a dividend yield in the region of ~13% in FY 2022.
The broker currently has a buy rating and $121.00 price target on its shares. This compares favourably to the latest Rio Tinto share price of $94.20.
In respect to its aluminium business, Goldman commented: “In addition to copper production growth, Rio has one of the highest margin, lowest carbon emission aluminium businesses in the world, with over 2.2Mt of Ali production powered by hydro, and we think ELYSIS inert anode technology could be worth billions of $.”
Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL)
The broker thinks Woodside is getting a good deal and expects it to be transformative for the company.
As a result, its analysts have put an add rating and $29.95 price target on its shares. This is notably higher than the current Woodside share price of $21.10.
Morgans commented: “We believe WPL has benefited from being in the right place, at the right time. With: 1) BHP/WPL having an existing relationship, 2) BHP eager to boost its ESG profile, and 3) WPL being a quality operator (safe hands which is important for BHP). From an economic standpoint we think WPL is clearly getting the better of the deal, with synergies not baked into deal metrics and BHP willing to accept a discount. The deal is transformative, lifting WPL into being a top 10 global E&P with +2 billion barrels of 2P reserves, with EBITDA of US$4.7bnpa and growth options.”