New orders were up by 0.1 percent, increasing by $200 million to $477.6 billion.
The gain fell short of October's increase of 0.8 percent and September's gain of 4.5 percent. The figure also failed to match the consensus expectation, which predicted a gain of 0.4 percent.
New orders for durable goods -- items expected to last three years or more -- rose by $1.7 billion, or 0.8 percent, to $220.9, but orders for non-durable goods dropped 0.6 percent, or by $1.5 billion, to $256.7 billion.
Among durable goods, new orders for machinery had the largest increase, with orders up 3 percent, or $900 million, to $31.9 billion.
New orders for big-ticket transportation slipped. Excluding transportation orders, new factory orders rose 0.2 percent.