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Amazon or Alphabet? Traders debate which is the better buy

The "Fast Money" traders debated which stock is the better growth investment between Amazon and Alphabet.

Both companies posted strong earnings reports on Thursday. Amazon's adjusted earnings beat expectations by 67 cents, while Alphabet's beat by 38 cents.

Trader Dan Nathan said that even though Amazon is pressuring traditional retailers, he sees most of the value of the company as being based on potential margin growth and speed of expansion of Amazon Web Services. Nathan said that what worries him is that Alphabet, IBM and Microsoft are all competing for market share in the same space.

Trader Tim Seymour said that Alphabet still "has a long way to go." He said that the company is more diversified than most people realize.

"It's not just YouTube. These guys have their entire web business. They have the entire search business. These are cash cows," Seymour said, adding that this is the better stock to own between Alphabet and Amazon because of its valuation.

Trader David Seaburg agreed and said Alphabet is the better buy over Amazon on a near-term, relative value basis.

Trader Steve Grasso said Facebook might be a better stock for investors looking for growth.

Disclosures:

TIM SEYMOUR

Tim Seymour is long APC, AVP, BAC, BBRY, CLF, DO, DVYE, EDC, EWZ, F, FB, FCX, FXI, GM, GOOGL, GRMN, GE, INTC, LQD, M, MCD, MPEL, NKE, RACE, RAI, RH, RL, SINA, T, TWTR, UA, VALE, VZ, XOM. short: SPY, XRT. His firm is long ABX, BABA, BIDU, CLF, EWZ, F, HD, KO, MCD, MPEL, NKE, PEP, PF, SAVE, SBUX, SINA, VALE, VIAB, WMT, WEN, YHOO, short HYG, IWM

STEVE GRASSO

Steve Grasso is long BA, CC, EVGN, JCP, KBH, MJNA, MU, OLN, PFE, PHM, T, TWTR, GDX. Grasso's Kids own EFA, EFG, EWJ, IJR, SPY. No Shorts. Stuart Frankel & Co Inc. and some of its Partners are long AAPL, AVP, FCX, IBM, KDUS, LDP, MFIN, MJNA, NE, RIG, STAG, TEX, TITXF, URI, VALE, WDR, XRX, ZNGA, CUBA, ICE, HSPO, JCP, NXTD, SDS and short DIA, QQQ, SPY, XLI.

DAVID SEABURG

Opinions expressed by David Seaburg are solely his own and do not reflect the views and opinions of Cowen Group, Inc. Seaburg and Cowen have a financial interest In EDIT.

DAN NATHAN

Dan Nathan is long JD Aug call spread, long TWTR, IWM long Sept put, XLF long Aug put spread, XLK long Sept Put spread, FXI long Aug put spread, SMH long Aug put spread, long PYPL call calendar, long C Aug put spread, XOP Sept put spread, TGT long Aug calls, TSLA long Aug put, BAC long Sept put, Long FEZ Nov put spread.