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‘Capital light and scalable’: Expert picks 2 ASX shares to buy now while CHEAP

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Yes, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) has certainly bounced 9% over the past seven weeks.

But due to the ugly drops in the first half of this year, there are still plenty of tempting bargains out there if you know where to look.

Here is a pair of such ASX shares to buy right now, as suggested by Medallion Financial Group advisor Stuart Bromley.

Kiwi software provider Xero Limited (ASX: XRO) watched in horror over the first half of 2022 as its share price halved.

However, like many growth stocks, it has rallied the past few weeks to be more than 22% up over July and August.

But that still means it is down 35.8% for the year so far.

For Bromley, this means there’s still a buying opportunity for Xero.

“The stock is trading at a significant discount to prior highs,” he told The Bull.

“This accounting software provider was sold down in the past six months, along with many other stocks in the technology sector.”

Bromley reminded investors that customers “tend to stick” with Xero once they have switched over, which is understandable for accounting software.

Small businesses don’t have the appetite to constantly spend time and money to convert their books over to a different system. Big companies don’t either, to be frank. 

“Xero has more than 3 million subscribers and continues to build momentum,” said Bromley.

“We like the business, as it’s capital light and scalable.”

The Motley Fool reported over the weekend that Goldman Sachs also believes in the “stickiness” of Xero’s software.

“The broker has a buy rating and $113.00 price target on Xero’s shares,” wrote James Mickleboro.

That makes it a 20% upside from the current level.

Upside for when the economy improves

Unlike Xero, Aeris Resources Ltd (ASX: AIS) shares haven’t even had a second-half revival.

All up it’s now worse than half the valuation at the start of this year.

But Bromley likes the look of Aeris Resourcesnow that investment company Washington H Soul Pattinson and Co Ltd (ASX: SOL) is entangled in its affairs.

“This copper and gold miner recently acquired Round Oak Minerals from Washington H Soul Pattinson. The transaction allays fears about AIS mine life, in our view,” he said.

“Washington H Soul Pattinson becomes the biggest shareholder in Aeris, which is positive.”

Aeris produces copper, which dips in price when the outlook for the economy is negative.

“We expect the Aeris share price to recover when copper prices rise and the economy improves,” said Bromley.

“More upside potential exists if the company delivers positive exploration results.”

Aeris will deliver its financials on 25 August.

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