In trading on Thursday, shares of the Vanguard Energy ETF (Symbol: VDE) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $82.16 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 Vanguard Energy, the RSI reading has hit 29.6 — by comparison, the RSI reading for the S&P 500 is currently 39.2. A bullish investor could look at VDE's 29.6 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), VDE's low point in its 52 week range is $71.70 per share, with $108.55 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $82.71. Vanguard Energy shares are currently trading down about 3% on the day.