In his first "Executive Decision" segment of Mad Money Tuesday night, Jim Cramer spoke with Lance Fritz, chairman, president and CEO of railroad operator Union Pacific Corp (UNP) . Shares of UNP are up 41% over the past six months, including 7% this week after the company reported another strong quarter.
Fritz started off by saying that Union Pacific is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a publicly traded company on the NYSE. Not many companies can boast about that kind of legacy and commitment to their shareholders and employees.
Fritz added that their continued strong results come from operating their railroad for maximum efficiency. They are constantly improving and reducing costs, and lower costs open up new opportunities and new markets that rivals cannot match.
When asked about their business, Fritz explained that Union Pacific is seeing strength in several areas, including e-commerce parcels, intermodal shipments, and chemicals and plastics. They continue to see weakness in energy, mainly oil, gas and coal-related shipments.
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