RSI is a good momentum indicator

Published 19 February 2019

A research report from Investtech based on 12 years of data from the National Stock Exchange in India shows that stocks with high RSI, above the critical 70 level, have continued to rise. Similarly stocks with low RSI, below the critical 30 level, have continued to underperform vs benchmark. 

RSI is an oft-used indicator in technical analysis. RSI means Relative Strength Index, and it measures how well a stock has performed compared to itself. The figure is calculated by looking at the strength of days with rising prices compared to strength of days with falling prices over a certain period of time and it gets a value between 0 and 100.

Many investors feel that RSI indicates whether a stock has risen or fallen too much and will react back. Investtech’s research shows that this overbought/oversold interpretation is not statistically correct. The results show that RSI is a good indicator of whether the stock has positive momentum or negative momentum and that this “RSI momentum” is a good indicator of future price development.

We have studied 31,220 cases where RSI21 crossed above the 70 limit and 23,404 cases where RSI21 fell below the 30 limit. We called this strategy RSI momentum and called it a buy signal when RSI went above 70 and a sell signal when RSI fell below 30.

The chart shows price development the first 66 days after RSI momentum signals compared to benchmark development in the period. Blue line is buy signals, red line is sell signals and black is benchmark index.

The table below shows annualized excess return following RSI momentum signals. The figures are based on the quarterly figures, i.e. excess return 66 days (3 months) after the signal was triggered.

Annualized excess return
Buy signal RSI21 breaks above 70 9.0 %p
Sell signal RSI21 breaks below 30 -10.9 %p

%p: percentage points

The results indicate that RSI is a well-suited momentum indicator and that investments based on buy signals from RSI momentum give statistically stronger return than average benchmark.

Investtech offers a number of stock picking tools, and using Stock selection you can set criteria for RSI, allowing you to find for instance all stocks with RSI above 70. You can also set criteria for liquidity and volatility.

Please find more research results and details in the complete research report here.

 

Investtech's subscribers can see which stocks have had signals triggered by RSI, as well as a range of other buy signals. A 14 day free trial is available.

 

Keywords: Buy signal,NSE,RSI,RSI-momentum,Sell signal,statistics.

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Using the tool Stock selection you can set criteria for RSI, allowing you to screen all stocks with RSI above 70 and liquidity of your choice.

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