Apple's shares were up 2.6 percent at USD116.65 after Goldman Sachs added the iPhone maker to its 'conviction buy' list saying it sees potential for the stock gaining as much as 43 percent from current levels.
The stock provided the biggest boost to the three major indexes.
Investors, however remained cautious due to increased global security concerns after last week's attacks in Paris.
“All eyes are on the Fed, while geopolitical concerns remain on the minds of the investors,” said Peter Cardillo, Chief Market Economist at First Standard Financial in New York.
The minutes of the Fed's meeting, due at 2:00 pm ET (1900 GMT), will give investors clues on the central bank's reading of the economy.
Investors widely expect the central bank to raise rates in December, but remain uncertain about the magnitude of the increase and the timing of further hikes.
"Until they start to get some clarity on that, you'll just see the 'little bit up, little bit down' type of trading range that we're in right now," said Dan Farley, regional investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Minneapolis.

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