The dollar and Treasury yields held declines. Earlier, Japanese stocks fluctuated before closing higher, while Hong Kong and Chinese shares slipped. Stocks in Shanghai inched lower.
Futures on the S&P 500 Index gained 0.2 percent to the highest in nearly six weeks. The yen continued to climb as political clouds gathered around Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso.
The US 10-year yield held at 2.87% after Monday's Treasury auction was broadly in line with expectations.
The pullback in wages tempered speculation the Federal Reserve would project four rate hikes - or dot plots - at its policy meeting next week, instead of the current three.
Politics also remain in focus after President Donald Trump issued an executive order blocking Broadcom Ltd. from acquiring Qualcomm Inc., scuttling a $117 billion hostile takeover that had been subject of scrutiny over the deal's threat to US national security.
US crude futures were up 0.2 per cent to $61.51 per barrel. Industrial metals prices slumped.
China data on industrial production, retail sales and fixed-asset investment all out on Wednesday are likely to point to slower growth, according to Bloomberg Economics forecasts.
Key indicators for the Fed dominate the economic agenda in the coming week.
The broader trend remained positive for Wall Street's main indexes, which had closed up almost 2 percent on Friday on the strength of the jobs report.
Prices and factory output are focal points in the euro area.
Friday's second inflation report for February may touch 1.2% from 1.1% the previous month. Also this week, Germany's Angela Merkel is inaugurated to a fourth term, EU27 government officials discuss the European Union's Brexit position, and UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond issues his spring statement.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index increased 0.1 percent to the highest in two weeks.
The MSCI All-Country World index of stocks, which tracks shares in 47 countries was up less than 0.1 percent by 1149 GMT.
The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, was up 0.1 percent.
The S&P 500 and the Dow slipped on Monday as the US tariffs signed into law last week weighed on industrials, while a rise in tech stocks boosted the Nasdaq to a new record high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 157.13 points, or 0.62 percent, to 25,178.61, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 3.55 points, or 0.13 percent, to 2,783.02 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 27.52 points, or 0.36 percent, to 7,588.33.
The jobs news likewise lifted riskier currencies, including the Mexican peso and Canadian and Australian dollars, while weighing on the safe-haven yen. The euro was last up a fraction at $1.2310, sandwiched between support at $1.2270 and resistance at $1.2296. The pound was steady at $1.3901.
The yield on 10-year Treasuries increased one basis point to 2.88 percent.
The benchmark 10-year U.
West Texas Intermediate crude held onto losses after decreasing 1.1 percent, to trade at $61.20 a barrel. Italian and Spanish stocks rose 0.3 to 0.4 per cent, while Britain's FTSE was a laggard, down 0.1 per cent.