US-listed shipping shares are continuing to start the new year in a brighter fashion than broader market indices amid what could be a changing investor focus toward the market.

The 30 stocks under coverage of investment bank Jefferies climbed Friday to an average 1.8% gain over the prior week, against a 0.3% drop in the S&P 500 and a 0.8% fall in the small-cap Russell 2000 index.

This continues a trend, albeit brief, in which the Jefferies Shipping Index has gained 4.3%