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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- How can investors determine what's really going on with the economy? Jim Cramer said on Mad Money Wednesday they should forget about using interest rates, commodity prices or the latest retail earnings for guidance. To learn how the economy is really doing, just look at Union Pacific ( UNP) .
Cramer said when it comes to reading the economy, nothing offers a better picture than the transports, especially the rails. If it's being made, it needs to be shipped, Cramer continued, and that means Union Pacific, which reached an all-time high today.
Just look at what Union Pacific ships, Cramer said: 20% of its earnings stems from intermodal shipments, while another 20% comes from industrial products, mainly materials used in housing like timber. Union Pacific also ships fracking sand, which gives investors a read on oil and energy. Then there are autos, coal and chemicals, which are all strong except for coal.
Coal used to be a gauge of heavy industrial production and power generation, Cramer said, but with our country rapidly moving away from coal and towards natural gas, coal is no longer an indicator of anything in particular.
So what does Union Pacific tell us? Cramer said the economy is strong and growing with continued low interest rates -- the perfect environment for stocks to go higher.
Executive Decision: Irwin Simon
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Irwin Simon, chairman, president and CEO of Hain Celestial (HAIN) , a stock that soared 11% today on a fantastic quarter that saw 59% growth.
Simon said healthy eating is not a fad or a trend, its here to stay and is only getting bigger. There is still over $800 billion of conventional food consumed in our country, he continued, so if Hain picks up even 1% of market share it will mean huge growth for the company.
When asked why people are choosing to eat healthier, Simon credited the Internet. He said the information is finally getting to consumers and never before have so many people been interested in what's in their food. Reading labels is in, Simon noted, while canned soup, high fructose corn syrup and even dairy items are on their way out.
Given the outbreak of health issues from allergies to obesity, Simon said it's no wonder so many people are making the switch.
Cramer said the move in Hain is not done and this stock has a lot more to run.