In trading on Monday, shares of Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. (Symbol: PTEN) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $18.675 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 Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., the RSI reading has hit 28.4 - by comparison, the universe of energy stocks covered by Energy Stock Channel currently has an average RSI of 49.7, the RSI of WTI Crude Oil is at 31.4, the RSI of Henry Hub Natural Gas is presently 62.4, and the 3-2-1 Crack Spread RSI is 69.4. A bullish investor could look at PTEN's 28.4 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), PTEN's low point in its 52 week range is $14.83 per share, with $25.03 as the 52 week high point - that compares with a last trade of $18.77. Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. shares are currently trading off about 3.9% on the day.