2 ASX 200 compounding machines to buy and hold forever

Analysts think these shares could be great long term options for investors.

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I believe that buy and hold investing is one of the best ways to grow your wealth.

This is because it allows you to benefit from the power of compounding, which is what happens when you earn returns on top of returns.

But which ASX 200 stocks could be great long term options and compounding machines? Two to consider according to analysts are named below. They are as follows:

NextDC Ltd (ASX: NXT)

Morgans thinks this data centre operator could be a great long-term option for investors.

In fact, the broker believes that the ASX 200 stock could more than double in value in the coming years thanks to the growing demand for data centre capacity and its ongoing expansion. It said:

NXT's shares have rallied significantly in the last decade and months as investors gained confidence in growing demand and management's execution. The demand wave from business digitisation and cloud adoption will only get bigger as the third wave (AI) starts rolling into data centres. We think NXT is especially well placed to succeed given its partner ecosystem (enterprise users of cloud are also AI users). If you believe that these dynamics benefit DCs, then acknowledge that NXT has sold just 15% of its planned capacity, what could 100% sold look like? In this note we simplify and unpack the key requirements for success and ascertain that if NXT can fund and fill the planned pipeline, then it could be a $40+ stock.

For now, the broker has an add rating and $19.00 price target on NextDC's shares.

Xero Ltd (ASX: XRO)

Another quality buy and hold option for investors to consider buying is Xero. It is a cloud accounting platform provider with 4.2 million subscribers globally.

Goldman Sachs thinks that the ASX 200 stock would be a great long term option for investors. This is due to its significant market opportunity, which the broker has previously described as giving it a multi-decade growth runway.

In addition, with the company recently pivoting to profitable growth, it sees now as the time to snap up its shares. It explains:

Xero is a Global Cloud Accounting SaaS player, with existing focuses in ANZ, UK, North American and SE Asian markets. We see Xero as very well-placed to take advantage of the digitisation of SMBs globally, driven by compelling efficiency benefits and regulatory tailwinds, with >100mn SMBs worldwide representing a >NZ$100bn TAM. Given the company's pivot to profitable growth and corresponding faster earnings ramp, we see an attractive entry point into a global growth story with Xero our preferred large-cap technology name in ANZ – the stock is Buy rated.

Goldman currently has a buy rating and $164.00 price target on its shares.

Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has positions in Nextdc and Xero. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Goldman Sachs Group and Xero. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Xero. 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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