In trading on Monday, shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $76.40 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 OXY, the RSI reading has hit 28.3 — by comparison, the universe of energy stocks covered by Energy Stock Channel currently has an average RSI of 40.6. The RSI of WTI Crude Oil is at 28, and the RSI of Henry Hub Natural Gas is presently 45.7.
A bullish investor could look at OXY stock’s 28.3 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 the chart below of one year performance, OXY stock’s low point in its 52-week range is $76.40 per share, with $105.64 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $76.60. OXY stock is currently trading down about 0.1% on the day.
OXY makes up 7.85% of the Market Vectors Unconventional Oil & Gas ETF (FRAK), which was trading lower by about 3% on the day Monday.