In trading on Thursday, shares of Olympic Steel Inc. (ZEUS) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $24.56 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 Olympic Steel Inc., the RSI reading has hit 28.2 — by comparison, the universe of metals and mining stocks covered by Metals Channel currently has an average RSI of 49.7, the RSI of Spot Gold is at 52.5, and the RSI of Spot Silver is presently 49.5.
A bullish investor could look at ZEUS's 28.2 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), ZEUS's low point in its 52 week range is $16.61 per share, with $31.68 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $25.50. Olympic Steel Inc. shares are currently trading off about 16.8% on the day.