Silver closed higher due to short covering on Tuesday as it consolidates some of last week's decline. The high-range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Wednesday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signalling that sideways to lower prices are possible near-term. If it extends last week's decline, the 25% retracement level of the July-December rally crossing is the next downside target. Closes above the 10-day moving average crossing would temper the near-term bearish outlook.