Datek Online Holdings

said its average trades and customer accounts swelled in the fourth quarter despite weak market conditions.

The privately-held online brokerage said the number of customer accounts more than doubled to 692,065 from 339,798 accounts at the end of 1999. Average online trades each day rose 31% to 106,143 from 81,005 in the same period last year.

However, customer assets, or the total assets held in accounts, were flat with the $10.8 billion recorded in the fourth quarter last year, and fell from the $14.8 billion recorded at the end of the latest third quarter.

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