BBL Stock Crowded With Sellers

In trading on Monday, shares of BHP Billiton plc ( BBL) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $55.08 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 BHP Billiton plc, the RSI reading has hit 30.0 — by comparison, the universe of metals and mining stocks covered by Metals Channel currently has an average RSI of 33.4, the RSI of Spot Gold is at 16.4, and the RSI of Spot Silver is presently 16.2.

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A bullish investor could look at BBL's 30.0 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), BBL's low point in its 52 week range is $51.34 per share, with $72.40 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $55.25. BHP Billiton plc shares are currently trading down about 5.5% on the day.

BHP Billiton plc 1 Year Performance Chart

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, BBL makes up 1.44% of the BLDRS Developed Markets 100 ADR Index Fund ETF (ADRD) which is trading lower by about 1.2% on the day Monday.

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