PowerShares S&P SmallCap Low Volatility Portfolio Getting Very Oversold

In trading on Friday, shares of the PowerShares S&P SmallCap Low Volatility Portfolio ETF ( XSLV) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $30.38 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 PowerShares S&P SmallCap Low Volatility Portfolio, the RSI reading has hit 29.7 — by comparison, the RSI reading for the S&P 500 is currently 33.6.

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A bullish investor could look at XSLV's 29.7 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), XSLV's low point in its 52 week range is $26.54 per share, with $32.53 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $30.48. PowerShares S&P SmallCap Low Volatility Portfolio shares are currently trading down about 0.7% on the day.

PowerShares S&P SmallCap Low Volatility Portfolio 1 Year Performance Chart

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