What Is Oversold?

Alert where the asset is traversing

Not signal to buy

The term Oversold is used whenever an asset such as Bitcoin is being traded at a price lower than its real value and has the potential for a price bounce. The condition of an oversold asset may last for some time so that a price rally is not necessarily expected soon, or it may not happen at all. The opposite term of Oversold is Overbought. Technicians employ different analytic tools to declare whether an asset is within Oversold or Overbought regions. Assumptions can be subjective as analysts base them on various technical indicators whenever deviations are occurring.


There is no known reversal period for Oversold occurrences, but technical indicators can give estimates as to when it can happen. But there is a possibility that the condition can likely reverse if technicians observe that a certain price level is reached, which is called the support level.

Two Schools

Two schools exist when an Oversold occurs. To a fundamental trader, it means that the asset is making good in trading even below its relative value metrics. To technicians and analysts, they mention Oversold when they refer to an indicator reading. These two schools employ different tools though both approaches are valid in determining the oversold status of an asset.

Fundamentally Oversold Assets

Fundamentally Oversold Assets are what investors deem when assets are being traded below their real value metrics. Some factors can cause price drops from an asset’s true value like negative news regarding the company behind the asset, loss of confidence, a fallout of favor, or poor market trends. The price/earnings ratio (P/E) is a common value indicator where traders and technicians make use of public financial reports called earnings estimates to specify the asset’s appropriate price. If the asset’s P/E dips below average, the asset may be deemed undervalued and, therefore, triggers a buying spree for investing for the long term.

Technically Oversold Assets

Technically Oversold Assets are established by traders after using technical indicators that are limited to price comparisons between the current price and prior prices without considering its fundamental data. Technical indicators commonly used include the relative strength index (RSI), Bollinger bands, and the stochastic oscillator.

The RSI indicator makes use of a momentum oscillator in evaluating price fluctuation and speed. It measures the power that is behind price movements from a recent duration, usually 14 days.

Bollinger bands contain lower, upper, and middle bands. The middle band monitors an asset’s moving average as the upper and lower bands document standard price deviations according to the middle band. When values shift to the upper band, it indicates an oversold condition.

The stochastic oscillator reviews recent price movements to identify the changes in an asset’s price direction and momentum.

Fundamental analysis can also be revealed by using fundamental analysis by relying on current and past prices as a basis.


Some traders may have the notion that Oversold levels are buying signals when they should be considered more as an alert signal. It is information for traders that an asset is at the lower portion of its price range while currently trading. But it does not mean for the asset to be bought. An asset may stay oversold for long periods even if it is a good buy before an uptrend can happen. That is why traders while looking for Oversold readings opt to wait still until the asset price begins to move up. That is when they start buying.

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