If you want to know why silver prices have gone nowhere lately, take one look at the chart and more specifically, the outlined ( IN YELLOW ) ellipse on the chart. That is the hedge funds' NET POSITION. They now have the largest net short position in the history of this particular disaggregated report.
These big and powerful speculators are what drive our markets and they continue to sell rallies in Silver. Either they are going to have to be forced out by some concerted buying or the path of least resistance in silver is lower.
My thinking is that it will take a definite shift in sentiment away from the current "economic growth is steady but slow" sentiment towards one of "economic growth is picking up speed and is increasing" in order to run these hedge funds out of their profitable short positions.
From a technical standpoint, that means we need to see an upside violation of some key overhead chart resistance levels. My studies would indicate that this region which will begin to provide a bit of discomfort to the funds will begin just above the $21 level and extend towards $21.25. If the bulls can take prices up to those levels, and NOT FALTER, they will spark some serious short covering.
Until then, rallies will continue to be sold.
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