In trading on Thursday, shares of the iShares Real Estate 50 ETF (FTY) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $37.7212 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 Real Estate 50, the RSI reading has hit 28.8 — by comparison, the RSI reading for the S&P 500 is currently 47.8.
A bullish investor could look at FTY's 28.8 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), FTY's low point in its 52 week range is $37.34 per share, with $46.46 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $37.76. iShares Real Estate 50 shares are currently trading off about 0.8% on the day.