Antonio Alfonso, Kapitall: The government is shut down and the debt ceiling is near. But these stocks might help you keep calm and invest on. 

We're in week two of the US government shutdown, and markets have been acting crazy. Congress could take the country to the wire on the debt limit this month, and the shutdown is now trickling down to the real economy. 

Read more from Kapitall about the government shutdown: Keep Calm and Invest On: 4 Stocks to Survive the Government Shutdown​

Although certain economic data is not being released as usual due to the shutdown, some private sector indicators are out. Gallup released the results of its consumer confidence poll. It fell to -34 from an already dismal reading of -13 in August. 

But some investing opportunities exist even in a down market. Some companies have been rallying all quarter and have continued the trend during the shutdown. W e decided to screen for stocks traded on US exchanges performing well over the last week – an interesting benchmark for the performance of Congress in the same period. 

Tianli Agritech (OINK) is a small cap hog producer based in China that has surged recently. The company recently signed a deal with eight major Chinese hotels and restaurants to provide pork meat. And a few weeks ago, a major Chinese investor paid a premium for a 20% stake in the company. Tianli is currently trading above it's 20, 50, and 200 day moving averages.

Another company surging in recent weeks is Ever-Glory International Group (EVKwhich is an apparel company involved in manufacturing and retailing. The company could be benefitting from investors looking to profit on the coming holiday season. Some concerns do exist with a recent warning from the NYSE and consumer confidence having taken a hit.

To round out our list, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide (QTWWis a producer of fuel systems and storage tanks. The company is benefitting from a recent $9.3 million order for its tanks and increasing usage of a top system it produces. The company is also currently trading above key moving averages. 

These three companies are all small caps and each currently trade under $5. They naturally come with some risk, but could merit a second look by investors as an inexpensive way to invest during the government shutdown. Things can be scary, but just keep calm and invest on.

Click on the interactive chart below to see data over time.

Do you agree that these stocks are outperforming Congress? Use the list below as a starting point for your own analysis.

1. Tianli Agritech, Inc. ( OINK ): Engages in breeding, raising, and selling hogs for use in Chinese pork meat production and hog breeding by other hog producers. Market cap at $14.77M, most recent closing price at $1.25.

Performance over the last week: 27.55%

Performance over the last quarter: 115.52%

20-day MA: 45.60%

50-day MA: 63.56%

200-day MA: 72.72%


2. Ever-Glory International Group, Inc. ( EVK): Engages in the manufacture, distribution, and retail of apparel for women, men, and children. Its products include coats, jackets, trousers, jeans, slacks, skirts, shirts, vests, skiwear, shirts, vests, and knitwear. Market cap at $62.06M, most recent closing price at $3.98.

Performance over the last week: 4.74%

Performance over the last quarter: 44.73%

20-day MA: 18.88%

50-day MA: 29.71%

200-day MA: 65.07%


3. Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. ( QTWW): Engages in the design, development, and production of compressed natural gas (CNG) storage tanks and packaged fuel systems, and other fuel and propulsion systems for alternative fuel vehicle applications in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $59.51M, most recent closing price at $4.22.

Performance over the last week: 32.78%

Performance over the last quarter: 88.39%

20-day MA: 31.32%

50-day MA: 57.17%

200-day MA: 56.31%



( List compiled by Antonio Alfonso and Emily Smykal, Kapitall writers. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research, all other data sourced from Finviz.)