But investors were still preoccupied by U.S. elections and the prospect of a victory for Donald Trump that they fear would carry global risks to trade and growth.
Investors were unsettled by media reports that some agents at the FBI had wanted to press ahead with an investigation of the Clinton Foundation, the latest twist in a long-running inquiry into candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
"There have been reports and rumours doing the rounds and we have to be respectful of those stories but I'm not expecting people to trade other than very speculatively on those reports," Jeremy Stretch of CIBC World Markets said.
Meanwhile, a robust U.S. nonfarm payrolls report on Friday is seen as a crucial ingredient to any Fed move. Employers are expected to have added 175,000 jobs in October, according to the median estimate of 106 economists polled by Reuters.
But while traders are pricing in a 78 percent likelihood that the Fed will raise interest rates in December, the running assumption is that a Trump win has the potential to delay that move.
"While a December rate rise still seems the most likely outcome and the probability of a move in December has gone up to 78 percent overnight, we can't rule out the prospect of a delay if the U.S. economy undergoes a Trumpectomy in just under a weeks' time," CMC Markets strategist Michael Hewson said in a note.