It looks like the shutdown might be coming to an end soon, which based on the market's recent returns, might actually be upsetting to investors. Below is a look at the performance of the S&P 500 and its ten sectors since the shutdown began on October 1st. As shown, the S&P 500 is up nicely with a gain of 2.21%. Four sectors have done even better than that, though, including the Financials which have gained the most at +3.69% during the shutdown. Health Care is up 2.95%, Energy is up 2.86% and Consumer Staples is up 2.39%.
While all ten sectors have posted gains during the shutdown, three of them have lagged by quite a bit. Utilities is up the least with a gain of 0.62%, followed by Industrials at +0.80% and Consumer Discretionary at +0.91%. You can understand why sectors like Industrials and Consumer Discretionary would do poorly when the government is shut down, but the fact that they're actually in the green might be surprising to some.