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Executive Decision: Tom Farrell
In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer checked in with Tom Farrell, chairman, president and CEO of
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, the electric utility with a 4.6% yield that's just off its 52-week high. Dominion also has a natural gas storage and transmission business with its own export terminal on the way.
Farrell said it's too early to tell whether the government shutdown will have any effect on Dominion. He said electric usage was up in the second quarter but the company is seeing some impact on government and commercial usage.
But beyond Dominion's electric business, everyone is excited about the company's natural gas export project in Maryland. Farrell said Dominion already has 20-year contacts in place with India and Japan to virtually take all of the capacity of the new terminal, which recently received its export permit.
Farrell said the site already has a direct pipeline to the Marcellus shale region, along with 14,5 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage and a terminal fit for supertankers. All that's needed is the equipment to liquify the gas.
When asked about the government's involvement thus far, Farrell described the process as "balanced," with the Department of Energy weighing both domestic and international needs. Farrell noted that exports will not drive up the price of gas because once the price reaches a certain level, producers will make more money using the fuel domestically.
Cramer reiterated that Dominion remains his favorite utility.
No Huddle Offense
In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said when it comes to the Oct. 17 debt ceiling deadline, we simply don't know what will happen. Some posit that it will be business as usual come Oct. 18, while others predict financial catastrophe. But if the latter were true, wouldn't bonds be getting crushed ahead of the debacle?
Cramer said only time will tell if the President will invoke the 14th amendment and force the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the U.S. must pay its bills. President Obama has said in the past that he didn't find that option viable, but it could send the debate into a whole new arena and, perhaps, force the hands of those needing to be forced.
In the end, Cramer said, panic is not an option. But for the time being, clarity on the matter remains illusive.
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-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.
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