Pro: These Web companies don’t make sense

Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 12:47 PM ET
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Robert Olstein of Olstein Capital Management thinks social "fad stocks" are "going to end badly." John Barr of Needham Growth Fund, weighs in. "This is nothing like 1999's tech bubble," Barr says.

Needham Growth Fund's John Barr doesn't find a lot of logic in the business models of some of the Web's biggest names.

Appearing on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Friday, Barr offered a list of Internet darlings that he says have serious earnings problems.

"We're believers in cash flow and earnings, so no Amazon doesn't make sense to us," Barr said. "Facebook does not make sense to us, either. Snapchat does not necessarily make sense to us."

(Read more: Snapchat turns down $3 billion cash offer from Facebook)

Entrance to Snapchat's headquarters in Venice, Calif.
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Entrance to Snapchat's headquarters in Venice, Calif.

Barr named WageWorks, which provides spending accounts for health insurance consumers, and online financial advisors Financial Engines, as Internet companies with appealing cash flow. And he said Google's purchase of YouTube for $1.65 billion served as example of an accurate valuation.

"We think there are pockets of exuberance in the markets where there are extended valuations," Barr said. "But a bubble? 1999 was a bubble, and this is nothing like 1999."

On the other hand, Olstein Capital CEO Robert Olstein sees similarities to that watershed year.

"The music has changed, the dance is the same," he said Thursday on "Squawk Box." "It's going to end badly."

Mark Mahaney, RBC Capital Markets managing director, is considerably more bullish on big-name Internet stocks. His top tech picks were Amazon, Priceline and Netflix.

"Facebook already proved you could monetize social interactions, and they'd already proved mobile," he told CNBC. "And they're growing triple digits, and they're accelerating. Nobody else in the group has those kinds of fundamentals and that kind of upside."

— By CNBC's Jeff Morganteen. Follow him on Twitter at @jmorganteen.


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