NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Investors are choosing emerging-market equities over U.S. indices as the government shutdown continues.Volatility is spiking, and traders are bidding bonds higher. That has hurt U.S. equity indices, while emerging markets have diverged on a path toward relative strength. Emerging-market equities saw weakness during the period leading up to September's Federal Reserve meeting. Investors expected monetary stimulus to be reduced and thus higher interest rates. EEM). The weakness many emerging economies faced due to the rumor of tighter U.S. monetary policy caused valuations to become cheap and thus attractive. The index has been bought off of support levels and is now pushing higher as U.S. equities fall.