But the industrial unit's performance continued to be hampered by oil and gas volatility.
The deal signals MasterCard's continued penetration of international payments and point-of-sale markets.
Unilever gains a potent database of male buying habits, as well as a powerful internet direct-sales model, for $1 billion.
Comerica bank is forced to cut expenses in response to falling second-quarter profits and a troubled energy loan portfolio.
Still, Bank of America, the nation’s second largest bank, beat analysts' earnings-per-share estimate, as it reduced expenses and grew its loan book.
It was the fourth straight monthly gain but food prices dropped 0.3% and inflation remains low by historical standards.
Accelerating gas and food prices drove the U.S.'s producer price index up 0.5%.
The $544 million deal adds to the private-equity firm's roster of software and technology-enabled services.
A sputtering economy, a contraction in trade, and political uncertainty are having an impact on U.S. business investment, says the ELFF.
The deal will create the largest theater exhibition company worldwide, pushing AMC ahead of Regal Entertainment.