In trading on Tuesday, shares of the iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $61.41 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 iShares PHLX Semiconductor, the RSI reading has hit 29.8 — by comparison, the RSI reading for the S&P 500 is currently 34.1.
A bullish investor could look at SOXX's 29.8 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), SOXX's low point in its 52 week range is $47.58 per share, with $67.01 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $61.41. iShares PHLX Semiconductor shares are currently trading down about 2.6% on the day.