Wall Street analysts remain bullish on gold amid the tepid economic recovery, with one brokerage predicting the precious metal could rally to as high as $3,000 a troy ounce by early 2014.

Gold dipped to around $1,743 an ounce Wednesday morning, but a technical analysis conducted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) forecasts the safe haven could continue to rise at a rate of $25 a month.

“We remain secular bulls on gold,” BofA analyst Stephen Suttmeier said in a report to clients. “Key chart and uptrend supports between $1,600 and $1,400 have held and we have viewed $1,550-$1,500 as a good area to buy gold.”

Gold prices recently broke above the year-long downtrend line, completing the correction within the longer-term uptrend that targets resistance of $1,800 to $1,925.

The secular bull market for gold points to a stronger rally of $2,050 to $2,300, and up to $3,000 longer term, Suttmeier said in the report.

Often seen as an inflation hedge, gold settled on Tuesday just 6.61% below its record closing high of $1,888.70, which was set in August 2011. 

Gold is also up nearly 15% from a 52-week low of $1,536.20.

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