In trading on Thursday, shares of Insteel Industries, Inc. ( IIIN) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $26.602 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 Insteel Industries, Inc., the RSI reading has hit 24.8 — by comparison, the universe of metals and mining stocks covered by Metals Channel currently has an average RSI of 54.8, the RSI of Spot Gold is at 49.3, and the RSI of Spot Silver is presently 45.9.

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A bullish investor could look at IIIN's 24.8 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), IIIN's low point in its 52 week range is $22.50 per share, with $42.81 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $27.56. Insteel Industries, Inc. shares are currently trading down about 15% on the day.

Insteel Industries, Inc. 1 Year Performance Chart

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, IIIN makes up 1580.04% of the iShares Russell 2500 ETF ( SMMD) which is trading up by about 1% on the day Thursday.

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