Brokers name 3 ASX shares to buy now

Here's why brokers are feeling bullish about these three shares this week.

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It has been another busy week for many of Australia's top brokers. This has led to the release of a number of broker notes.

Three broker buy ratings that you might want to know more about are summarised below. Here's why brokers think these ASX shares are in the buy zone right now:

BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP)

According to a note out of Citi, its analysts have resumed coverage on this mining giant with a buy rating and $48.50 price target. The broker notes that the company's takeover approach for Anglo American (LSE: AAL) has ended in failure this week. This means that BHP will have to wait six months before being able to revisit a potential deal. While this may be disappointing, the broker isn't fazed by the news. Particularly given that BHP already offers investors significant exposure to copper through its existing operations. And with Citi believing the market's estimate for the copper price is too low, this exposure is likely to be great news for the miner's earnings in the coming years. The BHP share price is trading at $44.01 this afternoon.

Qantas Airways Limited (ASX: QAN)

A note out of Goldman Sachs reveals that its analysts have retained their buy rating and $8.05 price target on this airline operator's shares. The broker believes that the market is undervaluing Qantas' shares. It feels that this reflects investors pricing in a trade off between investment (fleet and customer) and capital returns (dividends & buybacks). However, the broker believes that Qantas can return significant capital to shareholders and invest in its fleet without weakening its balance sheet. In light of this, the broker sees its cheap valuation as a buying opportunity. Particularly given that it is expecting the Qantas dividend to return in 2025. The Qantas share price is fetching $6.07 on Friday.

Xero Ltd (ASX: XRO)

Analysts at Goldman Sachs have also retained their conviction buy rating and $164.00 price target on this cloud accounting platform provider's shares. This follows news that Xero is increasing the price of its UK subscriptions by 7% to 12% effective 12 September 2024. It notes this is consistent with 2023 changes from a quantum and timing perspective. And while this pricing update was somewhat expected following the recent Australian plan changes, the broker views it as another incremental positive for Xero and believes it is very supportive of its FY25/26 revenue forecasts. The Xero share price is trading at $133.11 today.

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