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FXCM posts mixed results in 4th quarter

NEW YORK (AP) -- Currency trading company FXCM said Thursday that its fourth-quarter net income dropped 6 percent compared with a year-ago period that was helped by some deferred tax benefits.

The company's adjusted earnings missed analysts' estimates, but its revenue topped Wall Street's expectations. Shares fell more than 4 percent in afternoon trading.

FXCM earned $3 million, or 11 cents per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31. In the same period a year ago, it made $3.2 million, or 21 cents per share.

FXCM said that there were 12 cents per share in deferred tax benefits recognized by its Japanese subsidiary in the year-ago period.

Excluding special items, adjusted earnings were 13 cents per share.

Revenue dipped 1 percent to $108.1 million, partly because revenue from referring broker fees fell.

Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of 15 cents per share and $104.4 million in revenue.

Active accounts climbed 5 percent to 170,930.

For all of 2012, FXCM Inc. earned $9 million, or 37 cents per share. That's down from $12.7 million, or 77 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose slightly to $417.3 million from $415.6 million.

Shares of FXCM lost 57 cents, or 4.2 percent, to $13.05. The stock has traded between $8.50 and $13.99 over the last 52 weeks.