In trading on Tuesday, shares of BP PLC (Symbol: BP) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $16.705 per share. We define oversold territory using the Relative Strength Index, or RSI, which is a technical analysis indicator used to measure momentum on a scale of zero to 100. A stock is considered to be oversold if the RSI reading falls below 30.
In the case of BP PLC, the RSI reading has hit 28.0 — by comparison, the universe of energy stocks covered by Energy Stock Channel currently has an average RSI of 51.1, the RSI of WTI Crude Oil is at 48.1, the RSI of Henry Hub Natural Gas is presently 67.0, and the 3-2-1 Crack Spread RSI is 47.4. A bullish investor could look at BP's 28.0 reading as a sign that the recent heavy selling is in the process of exhausting itself, and begin to look for entry point opportunities on the buy side.
Looking at a chart of one year performance (below), BP's low point in its 52 week range is $15.51 per share, with $40.08 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $16.73. BP PLC shares are currently trading off about 2.9% on the day.
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