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2 quality ASX 50 shares to buy now

Xero Limited (ASX:XRO) and this ASX 50 share have been named as buys. Here’s why they could be among the best shares to buy now…
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The S&P/ASX 50 index is home to 50 of the largest listed companies on the Australian share market.

This means the index hosts many of the highest quality and most well-known companies that the ANZ region has to offer.

While not all of the shares on the index are necessarily in the buy zone, two that could be are listed below. Here’s what you need to know about them:

Lendlease Group (ASX: LLC)

Lendlease is a global property and infrastructure company. Although its performance in recent years has been underwhelming, its outlook is becoming increasingly positive.

This is due to the divestment of its struggling engineering business and the announcement of a major new strategy. The latter is shifting its earnings mix and business model favourably. This appears to have positioned it perfectly for long term growth and should be supported by some major urbanisation projects. These include Thamesmead Waterfront in London and a partnership with Google in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Goldman Sachs is a fan of the strategy shift. It currently has a buy rating and $16.54 price target on the company’s shares. The broker believes that its shares could re-rate to higher multiples once it starts to successfully execute its new strategy.

Xero Limited (ASX: XRO)

Another ASX 50 share to consider buying is Xero. It is a leading cloud-based business and accounting software provider with a focus on small to medium sized businesses.

Thanks to the evolution of its platform over the last few years from an accounting solution into a full service small business solution, Xero has been growing at a rapid rate. This has continued in FY 2021 despite the pandemic’s impact on small businesses.

Goldman Sachs is also a fan of Xero and believes it still has a long runway for growth. This is due to the quality of its offering, the ongoing shift to cloud-based solutions, its global market opportunity, and burgeoning app ecosystem. The latter has been bolstered recently with a number of bolt on acquisitions. This includes Planday, Tickstar, and Waddle.

Goldman Sachs has a buy rating and $153.00 price target on its shares.

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James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of Xero. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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