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This “Magnificent Seven” Artificial Intelligence (AI) Stock Could Be a Better Investment Than Nvidia Over the Next 5 Years

The technology sector is currently experiencing something of a renaissance as breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) have ignited newfound interest from investors.

Among the top AI opportunities are a small cohort of megacap tech companies collectively referred to as the “Magnificent Seven.” Over the last year and a half, semiconductor company Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) has returned 628% — more than any other member of the Magnificent Seven.

Nvidia is undoubtedly playing a big role in the AI revolution, and its near-term prospects look very strong. But what about the long term?

Among its Magnificent Seven peers, I see Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) as the superior investment opportunity. Let’s explore why Nvidia is currently on a roll, and assess the long-term prospects of the chipmaker versus Amazon.

Nvidia is supercharged, but competition lingers

Generative AI applications, such as training large language models, machine learning, and accelerated computing, rely on a couple of key components. Namely, sophisticated semiconductor chips known as graphics processing units (GPUs), as well as data center network services, are integral for AI use cases.

Right now, Nvidia sits conveniently at the intersection of GPUs and data center operations. Currently, the company is estimated to have 80% of the addressable market for AI chips.

This commanding lead has translated into record revenue, margins, and cash flow.

NVDA Revenue (Quarterly) ChartNVDA Revenue (Quarterly) Chart

NVDA Revenue (Quarterly) Chart

The slope of the lines in the chart above underscores Nvidia’s dominance. Demand for the company’s chips and data center services is robust, and has provided Nvidia with a lucrative source of pricing power. However, Advanced Micro Devices and Intel are developing a suite of alternative GPUs.

Although neither company has anywhere near the market share of Nvidia today, the longer-term secular tailwinds fueling AI suggest that there could be an opportunity to make up ground as Nvidia faces the challenge of matching customer demand trends with supply output.

Furthermore, Nvidia is not only facing competition from other chip businesses. Meta Platforms and Amazon are both working on their own internally developed chips in an effort to move away from their reliance on Nvidia.

Although I don’t see either company migrating from Nvidia anytime soon, the longer-term picture suggests that some of Nvidia’s major customers could be a less significant source of growth several years from now.

Why I see Amazon as the better investment

Today, Amazon is best known for its e-commerce marketplace and cloud computing infrastructure — Amazon Web Services (AWS). However, Amazon has a number of other opportunities in its ecosystem, including streaming, grocery delivery, and advertising.

This diversified business is what has me most bullish on Amazon’s long-term prospects, because the company has a unique opportunity to amplify its reach by integrating AI across its entire operation.

One of the most lucrative moves Amazon has already made is its $4 billion investment into AI start-up Anthropic. Anthropic uses AWS as its primary cloud provider, and is training its generative AI models on Amazon’s homegrown chips.

Moreover, Amazon also recently committed $11 billion to build out data centers — a move I see as a major validation that the company is serious about moving away from Nvidia in the long run.

While the long-term gains from these projects are likely years in the future, I’m optimistic that Amazon is laying the groundwork for sustained growth. Looked at a different way, while Nvidia is currently enjoying triple-digit revenue and profit growth, I’m skeptical that the company can keep up such momentum. On the other hand, I think Amazon is just scratching the service of a new wave fueled by aggressive ambitions featuring AI.

An AI GPU chipAn AI GPU chip

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The bottom line

When it comes to choosing between Nvidia and Amazon, I don’t think you can go wrong. Both companies are operating from positions of strength, and each represents compelling investment prospects.

With that said, Nvidia’s stock price has risen sharply over the last couple of years. Given that competition lingers across both data center services and AI-powered chips, I don’t see Nvidia sustaining its lead. Eventually, I think customers will broaden their AI infrastructure and complement existing Nvidia services with those from other vendors.

In turn, this dynamic would result in decelerating revenue and profitability for Nvidia in the coming years. By contrast, Amazon already boasts over $50 billion in free cash flow and $84 billion of cash and equivalents on its balance sheet.

Amazon is in a really good spot, financially speaking, and has the flexibility to continue doubling down on its AI efforts. As a result, I think Amazon will eventually surpass Nvidia in terms of value as it grows into a more sophisticated enterprise.

NVDA PS Ratio ChartNVDA PS Ratio Chart

NVDA PS Ratio Chart

Considering the disparity between valuation multiples, I’d scoop up shares of Amazon and plan to hold them for the long run. Nvidia is trading at a noticeable premium, thereby suggesting some future growth may be priced into the stock. To me, Amazon’s position in the AI realm is underappreciated, and the stock looks dirt cheap right now. I’d encourage investors to take advantage of this discount and continue monitoring the company’s progress.

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