The Dow Jones Utilities Average /zigman2/quotes/210598062/realtime DJU -1.96% rallied 1.4% toward a two-month high, and toward its best eight-session stretch in over two years, as global trade tensions sent the broader stock market tumbling and fueled a rally in safe-haven Treasurys. The utility sector often acts as a bond proxy given the high relative dividend yield of its components. The implied yield for Dow utilities is 3.34%, compared with the implied yields for the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.76% of 2.20% and for the Dow Jones Transportation Average /zigman2/quotes/210598063/realtime DJT +1.23% of 1.32%, and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note of 2.880%. The Dow utilities are on track for an eighth-straight gain. The index has run up 6.3% during that win streak, which would be the best eight-day percentage gain since it rallied 6.5% during the eight-day stretch ending Feb. 4, 2016. Among the Dow utilities' best performers Monday, shares of FirstEnergy Corp. /zigman2/quotes/201870541/composite FE -1.46% rallied 2.8%, NiSource Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208795963/composite NI -1.73% climbed 2.4% and American Electric Power Co. /zigman2/quotes/209801263/composite AEP -2.62% gained 2.2%.