The U.S. trade increased from $42.1 billion in October to $48.7 billion, with the gain in imports, up $8.4 billion, far outpacing the month's $1.7 billion gain in exports.
By close of trading on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 17.21 points or 0.13 percent to 13,488.43. The Nasdaq composite added 3.88 points or 0.12 percent to 3,125.63. The Standard and Poor's 500 shed 0.07 points or less than 0.01 percent to 1,472.05.
On the New York Stock Exchange, 1,579 stocks advanced and 1,441 declined on a volume of 3.3 billion shares traded.
The 10-year treasury note rose 9/32 to yield 1.871 percent.
Against the dollar, the euro rose to $1.3343 from Thursday's $1.3269. The dollar was higher at 89.19 yen from 88.78 yen.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 index added 1.4 percent or 148.93 points to 10,801.57.
In London, the FTSE 100 index added 0.33 percent, 20.07 points, to 6,121.58.