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Facebook No. 2 to Google: Analyst

Social media giant Facebook has one major catalyst that makes its stock a "buy," Brian Pitz of Jeffries said Thursday.

"We think video ads could be next billion-dollar business," he said, noting that advertisers want more than Google to buy from. "We believe Facebook's very well positioned to be that No. 2 player."

On CNBC's "Fast Money," the internet analyst noted that Google had bought YouTube when it had no revenue, whereas now he estimated the online search engine would see $4.5 billion in revenue for 2013.

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"When you look at video, both on desktop as well as on mobile, it's one of the best-performing ad formats, not only from a volume perspective but also from a pricing perspective," Pitz said.

(Read More: Why It Might Be Time to 'Defriend' Facebook)

Shares of Facebook gained more than 5 percent to close at $24.55.

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