Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC US) beat analysts’ earnings estimates as fees climbed at the company’s dealmaking unit, boosted by a record-breaking period for mergers and acquisitions. Investment-banking advisory fees rose 65% to a record $654 million in the third quarter as a combination of cheap financing for buyers and attractive valuations for sellers spurred a wave of takeovers. Overall investment-banking fees were up 23% to $2.2 billion, with firms leaning on the company to handle their debt and equity financing. Net interest income, or revenue from customer loan payments minus what the company pays depositors, rose 10% to $11.1 billion. BAC shares closed 4,47% higher at $45,07.