Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 5.35 points to 6,500.61.
European stocks finish mixed.
London's Financial Times Stock exchange index rose 36.30 points, or 0.91%, to 4,044.30 in short covering and bargain hunting. Some seem to be encouraged that the US seems to be winning support in putting pressure on Iraq to make changes.
Germany's DAX index shed 42.23 points, or 1.26%, to 3,319.05 after German banks see recession "rather unlikely" even though recent data been weak. MobilCom shares are higher after government pledged funds.
France's CAC index eased 14.22 points, or 0.45%, to 3,141.95.
Asian markets ended lower. Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 173.30 points, or 1.84%, to 9,241.93. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index tumbled 145.84 points, or 1.51%, to 9,505.13.