Jim Cramer's Stop Trading! Stock Picks and Comments, May 18

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Includes: AQNT, CNE, DKS, GRP RETIRED, GW, HAL, MSFT, NBR, VZ
by: Miriam Metzinger

Recap of Jim Cramer’s comments on Stop Trading! Friday May 18. Click on a stock ticker for more analysis:

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), aQuantive (AQNT), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO): Cramer calls MSFT's bid to buy AQNT at $6 billion a "game changer," and he doesn't see any reason why it wouldn't also buy YHOO for $50 billion. The bid may usher in the beginning of a "land grab against Google." While Cramer wouldn't buy a down company solely because of a potential takeover, he notes YHOO has great traffic and thinks the stock could reach $34 immediately if CEO Terry Semel takes a "permanent vacation."

Verizon (NYSE:VZ), Dicks Sporting Goods, (NYSE:DKS), UnderArmour (NYSE:UA): Cramer wished a good weekend to the Citigroup analyst who upgraded VZ, but added he is "late," and the good news at the company is not new. Cramer predicts DKS' conference call will indicate a comeback for UA which is "done going down."

Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Canetic Resources Trust (CNE), Nabors (NYSE:NBR), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), Grant Pridecos (GRP RETIRED), Grey Wolf (GW): On BHI's report of rising rig counts, Cramer sees a growth in natural gas drilling which had been "written off," and he would take a look at CNE, NBR, HAL, GRP and even GW.

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