Self-Regulatory Organizations; Miami International Securities Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Exchange Rules 503 and 515, 6562-6565 [2016-02334]

Download as PDF 6562 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 25 / Monday, February 8, 2016 / Notices a portion of which is used to help pay the costs of regulation. The Exchange’s members are subject to ORF on other options markets.11 C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were either solicited or received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act.12 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is: (i) Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the protection of investors; or (iii) otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–Phlx–2016–04 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Phlx–2016–04. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use 11 The following options exchanges assess an ORF, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’), C2 Options Exchange, Inc. (‘‘C2’’), the International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘ISE’’), NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSEArca’’) and [sic] NYSE AMEX LLC (‘‘NYSEAmex’’), BATS Exchange, Inc. (‘‘BATS’’) and The NASDAQ Options Market LLC (‘‘NOM’’). 12 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Feb 05, 2016 Jkt 238001 only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Phlx– 2016–04 and should be submitted on or before February 29, 2016. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–02332 Filed 2–5–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Public Law 94–409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold an Open Meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., in the Auditorium, Room L–002. The subject matter of the Open Meeting will be: • The Commission will consider whether to adopt rules under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 providing for the application of the Title VII security-based swap dealer de minimis counting requirements to security-based swap transactions connected with a non-U.S. person’s dealing activity that are arranged, negotiated, or executed by personnel located in a U.S. branch or office or by personnel of an agent of such non-U.S. person located in a U.S. branch or office. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted, or postponed, please contact: The Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Dated: February 3, 2016. Brent J. Fields, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–02490 Filed 2–4–16; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–77034; File No. SR–MIAX– 2016–03] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Miami International Securities Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Exchange Rules 503 and 515 February 2, 2016. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on January 20, 2016, Miami International Securities Exchange LLC (‘‘MIAX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) a proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange is filing a proposal to amend Exchange Rules 503, Openings on the Exchange, and 515, Execution of Orders and Quotes. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http://www.miaxoptions.com/filter/ wotitle/rule_filing, at MIAX’s principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. 1 15 13 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2 17 E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 08FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 25 / Monday, February 8, 2016 / Notices II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1. Purpose The purpose of the proposal is to adopt new rule text and provide additional clarity to MIAX participants regarding the manner in which nonroutable, or Do Not Route (‘‘DNR’’),3 orders that are not executed during the opening on the Exchange are handled. First, the Exchange proposes to amend Rule 503(f), Opening Process, to clarify the process that occurs when (i) the MIAX System 4 has completed the opening imbalance process and there are unexecuted contracts remaining following an opening transaction, or (ii) if there is no opening transaction and the Exchange opens by disseminating the Exchange’s best bid and offer among quotes and orders that exist in the System at that time as described in current Rule 503(f)(1).5 In the latter situation, non-routable orders then in the System that cross the Away Best Bid or Offer (‘‘ABBO’’) will be cancelled and are not included in the Managed Interest Process, as described in proposed Rule 515(c)(1)(ii)(B). Additionally, the Exchange proposes to amend current Exchange Rule 515(c)(1)(ii) to explicitly state that, when the MIAX System opens without 3 A Do Not Route or ‘‘DNR’’ order is an order that will never be routed outside of the Exchange regardless of the prices displayed by away markets. A DNR order may execute on the Exchange at a price equal to or better than, but not inferior to, the best away market price but, if that best away market remains, the DNR order will be handled in accordance with the managed interest process described in Rule 515(c)(1)(ii). See Exchange Rule 516(g). 4 The term ‘‘System’’ means the automated trading system used by the Exchange for the trading of securities. See Exchange Rule 100. 5 If there are no quotes or orders that lock or cross each other, the System will open by disseminating the Exchange’s best bid and offer among quotes and orders that exist in the System at that time. See Exchange Rule 503(f)(1). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Feb 05, 2016 Jkt 238001 an opening transaction, and instead opens by disseminating the Exchange’s best bid and offer among quotes and orders that exist in the System at that time as described in Rule 503(f)(1), nonroutable orders then in the System that cross the ABBO will be cancelled and are not included in the Managed Interest Process described below. DNR Orders at the Opening Exchange Rule 503(f) describes the Opening Process on the Exchange, in which the System goes through a number of processes seeking an opening price at which the greatest number of contracts will trade. The Opening Process also includes the routing of orders to away markets in situations where the Exchange cannot execute all contracts at its opening price.6 If the System opens with an opening transaction after conducting the Imbalance Process as set forth in Exchange Rule 503(f)(2)(vii), any unexecuted contracts from the imbalance not traded or routed will be cancelled back to the entering Member if the price for those contracts crosses the opening price, unless the Member that submitted the original order has instructed the Exchange in writing to reenter the remaining size, in which case the remaining size will be automatically submitted as a new order.7 If, however, there is no opening transaction and instead the Exchange opens by disseminating the Exchange’s best bid and offer among quotes and orders that exist in the System at that time,8 non-routable orders then in the System that cross the ABBO will be cancelled and therefore, because they are cancelled, are not included in the Managed Interest Process. Currently, the System executes orders at the opening that have contingencies, including non-routable orders (DNR Orders) to the extent possible. Nonroutable orders are handled after the opening in accordance with Rule 515.9 Specifically, such orders are submitted into the Managed Interest Process, as described below, except when the Exchange opens by disseminating quotations rather than executing contracts. In this limited circumstance, non-routable orders (DNR Orders) that cross the ABBO are not submitted to the 6 See Exchange Rule 503(f)(2)(vii)(B). 7 Id. 8 See supra note 5. System will execute orders at the opening that have contingencies and nonroutable orders, such as a ‘‘Do Not Route’’ or ‘‘DNR’’ Orders to the extent possible. DNR orders together with other nonroutable orders will be handled after the opening in accordance with Rule 515. See Exchange Rule 503(f)(2)(vii)(B)(6). 9 The PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6563 Managed Interest Process, and instead are cancelled. Managed Interest Process The proposed amendment to Exchange Rule 515(c)(1)(ii) is intended to codify existing functionality concerning the Exchange’s Managed Interest Process. The Managed Interest Process is a process for non-routable orders during which, if the limit price locks or crosses the current opposite side National Best Bid or Offer (‘‘NBBO’’), the System will display the order one Minimum Price Variation (‘‘MPV’’) away from the current opposite side NBBO, and book the order at an undisplayed price that locks the current opposite side NBBO. Should the NBBO price change to an inferior price level, the order’s undisplayed price will re-price to lock the new NBBO and the managed order’s displayed price will continue to re-price one MPV away from the new NBBO until (i) the order has traded to and including its limit price, (ii) the order has traded to and including its price protection limit at which any remaining contracts are cancelled, (iii) the order is fully executed or (iv) the order is cancelled.10 The Proposal The proposed rule change to Exchange Rule 503 concerning the Opening Process is related to the Managed Interest Process in Exchange Rule 515 because non-routable orders that are not executed at the opening under certain circumstances are not included in the Managed Interest Process and are instead cancelled by the System. Specifically, the proposed rule change to Exchange Rule 503(f)(1) is intended to clarify that, when the Exchange opens by disseminating quotations rather than executing contracts after the Opening Process, non-routable orders then in the System that cross the ABBO will be cancelled and are not included in the Managed Interest Process, as described in Rule 515(c)(1)(ii)(B). Proposed Rule 503(f)(2)(vii)(B)5 [sic] would add language to existing rule text to state clearly in the Exchange’s rules that the rule applies when there is an opening transaction. Specifically, if there is an opening transaction, any unexecuted contracts from the imbalance not traded or routed will be cancelled back to the entering Member if the price for those contracts crosses the opening price, unless the Member that submitted the original order has instructed the Exchange in writing to reenter the remaining size, in which case 10 See E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM Exchange Rule 515(c)(1)(ii). 08FEN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 6564 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 25 / Monday, February 8, 2016 / Notices the remaining size will be automatically submitted as a new order. Consistent with the proposed change to Exchange Rule 503(f)(1), proposed Rule 515(c)(1)(ii)(B) would state specifically that, when the System opens without an opening transaction, and instead opens by disseminating the Exchange’s best bid and offer among quotes and orders that exist in the System at that time as described in Rule 503(f)(1), non-routable orders then in the System that cross the ABBO will be cancelled and are not included in the Managed Interest Process. This proposed amendment addresses any perceived discrepancy between the rule text description of how this process works and how it is actually working in production, and provides consistency in the Exchange’s rules concerning the Opening Process and how that relates to the Managed Interest Process. The Exchange believes that the codification of the cancellation of nonroutable orders that cross the ABBO when the System opens without an opening transaction and instead opens by disseminating the Exchange’s best bid and offer among quotes and orders that exist in the System at that time, reflects the Exchange’s intention to further protect investors that elect to submit non-routable orders. This existing functionality is intended to enable participants that submit nonroutable orders that have been handled during the opening but not executed to make informed decisions about such orders based upon transparent market conditions (i.e., the ability to ascertain the current prices on all markets) following the opening. Such participants are able then to determine whether to re-submit their orders (with or without a DNR designation) and whether to establish a different limit price based on then-current market conditions. The Exchange believes that the precise description of this existing functionality should be included in the Exchange’s rules in order to inform participants that submit non-routable orders that there are additional opportunities to re-determine and possibly modify the routing status and limit price of their orders. The proposed rule change should assist participants in making decisions concerning such opportunities by clarifying the relationship between the Exchange’s Opening Process and when non-routable orders not executed when the Exchange opens by disseminating its best bid and offer are not included in the Managed Interest Process. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Feb 05, 2016 Jkt 238001 2. Statutory Basis MIAX believes that its proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 11 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 12 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The existing functionality concerning the Opening Process and the description of the circumstances where nonroutable orders that are handled during the Opening Process are not included in the Managed Interest Process because they are cancelled. This functionality and proposed codification of it as described herein removes impediments to and perfects the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, protects investors and the public interest, by giving participants that submit nonroutable orders that are not executed at the opening an opportunity to make decisions concerning their orders based upon then-current market conditions, which were unknown at the time they submitted their orders. Routable orders that cross away markets are sent to such away markets for execution when the Exchange cannot execute at the opening; non-routable orders that cross away markets are not. Absent an execution, the Exchange believes that participants that submitted non-routable orders that are handled but not executed during the opening process should have the opportunity to make further decisions regarding such orders based upon current market conditions, and thus the System cancels such orders and reports this to the affected participants. This benefits not only MIAX participants but benefits the marketplace as a whole. The inclusion of the functionality of the System in the rules promotes transparency and clarity in the Exchange’s rules. The transparency and accuracy resulting from the codification of this functionality is consistent with the Act because it removes impediments to and perfects the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, protects investors and the public interest, by accurately describing the steps taken by 11 15 12 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the System in the limited scenario when the Exchange opens by disseminating quotations rather than executing contracts after the Opening Process, and non-routable orders cross the NBBO. MIAX participants should have a better understanding of the Exchange’s Managed Interest Process in this limited circumstance. The codification and clarification of the System’s functionality is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade by providing a clear and objective description to all participants of how opening non-routable orders will be handled, and should assist investors in making decisions concerning their nonroutable orders. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed changes will not impose any burden on intra-market competition because it applies to all MIAX participants equally. In addition, the Exchange does not believe the proposal will impose any burden on inter-market competition as the proposal is intended to protect investors by providing further transparency regarding the Exchange’s Managed Interest Process in the limited scenario described above. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days after the date of the filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 13 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) 14 thereunder. 13 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). As required under Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii), the Exchange provided the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and the text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. 14 17 E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 25 / Monday, February 8, 2016 / Notices A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b–4(f)(6) under the Act 15 normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of its filing. However, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) 16 permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay. The Exchange states that waiver of the operative delay would enable market participants to benefit from the clarifying language regarding how the Managed Interest Process operates without undue delay. For this reason, the Commission believes that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Therefore, the Commission hereby waives the operative delay and designates the proposed rule change operative upon filing.17 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved. number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–MIAX– 2016–03 and should be submitted on or before February 29, 2016. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.18 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–MIAX–2016–03 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–MIAX–2016–03. This file 15 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 16 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 17 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Feb 05, 2016 Jkt 238001 [FR Doc. 2016–02334 Filed 2–5–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon Written Request Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–0213. Extension: Form F–7. SEC File No. 270–331, OMB Control No. 3235–0383. Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval. Form F–7 (17 CFR 239.37) is a registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.) used to register securities that are offered for cash upon the exercise of rights granted to a registrant’s existing security holders to purchase or subscribe such securities. The information collected is intended to ensure that the information required to be filed by the Commission permits verification of compliance with securities law requirements and assures the public availability of such information. Form F–7 takes approximately 4 hours per response to prepare and is filed by approximately 5 respondents. We estimate that 25% of 4 hours per response (one hour) is prepared by the company for a total annual reporting burden of 5 hours (one hour per response × 5 responses). Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether this proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden imposed by the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. Please direct your written comment to Pamela Dyson, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi PavlikSimon, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549 or send an email to: PRA_ Mailbox@sec.gov. Dated: February 2, 2016. Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–02338 Filed 2–5–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 18 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 6565 E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-77034; File No. SR-MIAX-2016-03]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Miami International Securities 
Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a 
Proposed Rule Change To Amend Exchange Rules 503 and 515

February 2, 2016.
    Pursuant to the provisions of Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities 
Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice 
is hereby given that on January 20, 2016, Miami International 
Securities Exchange LLC (``MIAX'' or ``Exchange'') filed with the 
Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') a proposed rule 
change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been 
prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to 
solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange is filing a proposal to amend Exchange Rules 503, 
Openings on the Exchange, and 515, Execution of Orders and Quotes.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Web site at http://www.miaxoptions.com/filter/wotitle/rule_filing, at 
MIAX's principal office, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in 
sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such 
statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The purpose of the proposal is to adopt new rule text and provide 
additional clarity to MIAX participants regarding the manner in which 
non-routable, or Do Not Route (``DNR''),\3\ orders that are not 
executed during the opening on the Exchange are handled.
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    \3\ A Do Not Route or ``DNR'' order is an order that will never 
be routed outside of the Exchange regardless of the prices displayed 
by away markets. A DNR order may execute on the Exchange at a price 
equal to or better than, but not inferior to, the best away market 
price but, if that best away market remains, the DNR order will be 
handled in accordance with the managed interest process described in 
Rule 515(c)(1)(ii). See Exchange Rule 516(g).
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    First, the Exchange proposes to amend Rule 503(f), Opening Process, 
to clarify the process that occurs when (i) the MIAX System \4\ has 
completed the opening imbalance process and there are unexecuted 
contracts remaining following an opening transaction, or (ii) if there 
is no opening transaction and the Exchange opens by disseminating the 
Exchange's best bid and offer among quotes and orders that exist in the 
System at that time as described in current Rule 503(f)(1).\5\ In the 
latter situation, non-routable orders then in the System that cross the 
Away Best Bid or Offer (``ABBO'') will be cancelled and are not 
included in the Managed Interest Process, as described in proposed Rule 
515(c)(1)(ii)(B).
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    \4\ The term ``System'' means the automated trading system used 
by the Exchange for the trading of securities. See Exchange Rule 
100.
    \5\ If there are no quotes or orders that lock or cross each 
other, the System will open by disseminating the Exchange's best bid 
and offer among quotes and orders that exist in the System at that 
time. See Exchange Rule 503(f)(1).
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    Additionally, the Exchange proposes to amend current Exchange Rule 
515(c)(1)(ii) to explicitly state that, when the MIAX System opens 
without an opening transaction, and instead opens by disseminating the 
Exchange's best bid and offer among quotes and orders that exist in the 
System at that time as described in Rule 503(f)(1), non-routable orders 
then in the System that cross the ABBO will be cancelled and are not 
included in the Managed Interest Process described below.
DNR Orders at the Opening
    Exchange Rule 503(f) describes the Opening Process on the Exchange, 
in which the System goes through a number of processes seeking an 
opening price at which the greatest number of contracts will trade. The 
Opening Process also includes the routing of orders to away markets in 
situations where the Exchange cannot execute all contracts at its 
opening price.\6\ If the System opens with an opening transaction after 
conducting the Imbalance Process as set forth in Exchange Rule 
503(f)(2)(vii), any unexecuted contracts from the imbalance not traded 
or routed will be cancelled back to the entering Member if the price 
for those contracts crosses the opening price, unless the Member that 
submitted the original order has instructed the Exchange in writing to 
re-enter the remaining size, in which case the remaining size will be 
automatically submitted as a new order.\7\
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    If, however, there is no opening transaction and instead the 
Exchange opens by disseminating the Exchange's best bid and offer among 
quotes and orders that exist in the System at that time,\8\ non-
routable orders then in the System that cross the ABBO will be 
cancelled and therefore, because they are cancelled, are not included 
in the Managed Interest Process.
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    Currently, the System executes orders at the opening that have 
contingencies, including non-routable orders (DNR Orders) to the extent 
possible. Non-routable orders are handled after the opening in 
accordance with Rule 515.\9\ Specifically, such orders are submitted 
into the Managed Interest Process, as described below, except when the 
Exchange opens by disseminating quotations rather than executing 
contracts. In this limited circumstance, non-routable orders (DNR 
Orders) that cross the ABBO are not submitted to the Managed Interest 
Process, and instead are cancelled.
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    \9\ The System will execute orders at the opening that have 
contingencies and nonroutable orders, such as a ``Do Not Route'' or 
``DNR'' Orders to the extent possible. DNR orders together with 
other nonroutable orders will be handled after the opening in 
accordance with Rule 515. See Exchange Rule 503(f)(2)(vii)(B)(6).
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Managed Interest Process
    The proposed amendment to Exchange Rule 515(c)(1)(ii) is intended 
to codify existing functionality concerning the Exchange's Managed 
Interest Process. The Managed Interest Process is a process for non-
routable orders during which, if the limit price locks or crosses the 
current opposite side National Best Bid or Offer (``NBBO''), the System 
will display the order one Minimum Price Variation (``MPV'') away from 
the current opposite side NBBO, and book the order at an undisplayed 
price that locks the current opposite side NBBO. Should the NBBO price 
change to an inferior price level, the order's undisplayed price will 
re-price to lock the new NBBO and the managed order's displayed price 
will continue to re-price one MPV away from the new NBBO until (i) the 
order has traded to and including its limit price, (ii) the order has 
traded to and including its price protection limit at which any 
remaining contracts are cancelled, (iii) the order is fully executed or 
(iv) the order is cancelled.\10\
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The Proposal
    The proposed rule change to Exchange Rule 503 concerning the 
Opening Process is related to the Managed Interest Process in Exchange 
Rule 515 because non-routable orders that are not executed at the 
opening under certain circumstances are not included in the Managed 
Interest Process and are instead cancelled by the System. Specifically, 
the proposed rule change to Exchange Rule 503(f)(1) is intended to 
clarify that, when the Exchange opens by disseminating quotations 
rather than executing contracts after the Opening Process, non-routable 
orders then in the System that cross the ABBO will be cancelled and are 
not included in the Managed Interest Process, as described in Rule 
515(c)(1)(ii)(B).
    Proposed Rule 503(f)(2)(vii)(B)5 [sic] would add language to 
existing rule text to state clearly in the Exchange's rules that the 
rule applies when there is an opening transaction. Specifically, if 
there is an opening transaction, any unexecuted contracts from the 
imbalance not traded or routed will be cancelled back to the entering 
Member if the price for those contracts crosses the opening price, 
unless the Member that submitted the original order has instructed the 
Exchange in writing to re-enter the remaining size, in which case

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the remaining size will be automatically submitted as a new order.
    Consistent with the proposed change to Exchange Rule 503(f)(1), 
proposed Rule 515(c)(1)(ii)(B) would state specifically that, when the 
System opens without an opening transaction, and instead opens by 
disseminating the Exchange's best bid and offer among quotes and orders 
that exist in the System at that time as described in Rule 503(f)(1), 
non-routable orders then in the System that cross the ABBO will be 
cancelled and are not included in the Managed Interest Process. This 
proposed amendment addresses any perceived discrepancy between the rule 
text description of how this process works and how it is actually 
working in production, and provides consistency in the Exchange's rules 
concerning the Opening Process and how that relates to the Managed 
Interest Process.
    The Exchange believes that the codification of the cancellation of 
non-routable orders that cross the ABBO when the System opens without 
an opening transaction and instead opens by disseminating the 
Exchange's best bid and offer among quotes and orders that exist in the 
System at that time, reflects the Exchange's intention to further 
protect investors that elect to submit non-routable orders. This 
existing functionality is intended to enable participants that submit 
non-routable orders that have been handled during the opening but not 
executed to make informed decisions about such orders based upon 
transparent market conditions (i.e., the ability to ascertain the 
current prices on all markets) following the opening. Such participants 
are able then to determine whether to re-submit their orders (with or 
without a DNR designation) and whether to establish a different limit 
price based on then-current market conditions. The Exchange believes 
that the precise description of this existing functionality should be 
included in the Exchange's rules in order to inform participants that 
submit non-routable orders that there are additional opportunities to 
re-determine and possibly modify the routing status and limit price of 
their orders. The proposed rule change should assist participants in 
making decisions concerning such opportunities by clarifying the 
relationship between the Exchange's Opening Process and when non-
routable orders not executed when the Exchange opens by disseminating 
its best bid and offer are not included in the Managed Interest 
Process.
2. Statutory Basis
    MIAX believes that its proposed rule change is consistent with 
Section 6(b) of the Act \11\ in general, and furthers the objectives of 
Section 6(b)(5) of the Act \12\ in particular, in that it is designed 
to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote 
just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and 
coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in 
securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a 
free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to 
protect investors and the public interest.
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The existing functionality concerning the Opening Process and the 
description of the circumstances where non-routable orders that are 
handled during the Opening Process are not included in the Managed 
Interest Process because they are cancelled. This functionality and 
proposed codification of it as described herein removes impediments to 
and perfects the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national 
market system and, in general, protects investors and the public 
interest, by giving participants that submit non-routable orders that 
are not executed at the opening an opportunity to make decisions 
concerning their orders based upon then-current market conditions, 
which were unknown at the time they submitted their orders. Routable 
orders that cross away markets are sent to such away markets for 
execution when the Exchange cannot execute at the opening; non-routable 
orders that cross away markets are not. Absent an execution, the 
Exchange believes that participants that submitted non-routable orders 
that are handled but not executed during the opening process should 
have the opportunity to make further decisions regarding such orders 
based upon current market conditions, and thus the System cancels such 
orders and reports this to the affected participants. This benefits not 
only MIAX participants but benefits the marketplace as a whole.
    The inclusion of the functionality of the System in the rules 
promotes transparency and clarity in the Exchange's rules. The 
transparency and accuracy resulting from the codification of this 
functionality is consistent with the Act because it removes impediments 
to and perfects the mechanism of a free and open market and a national 
market system, and, in general, protects investors and the public 
interest, by accurately describing the steps taken by the System in the 
limited scenario when the Exchange opens by disseminating quotations 
rather than executing contracts after the Opening Process, and non-
routable orders cross the NBBO.
    MIAX participants should have a better understanding of the 
Exchange's Managed Interest Process in this limited circumstance. The 
codification and clarification of the System's functionality is 
designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade by providing 
a clear and objective description to all participants of how opening 
non-routable orders will be handled, and should assist investors in 
making decisions concerning their non-routable orders.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. Specifically, the Exchange 
believes the proposed changes will not impose any burden on intra-
market competition because it applies to all MIAX participants equally. 
In addition, the Exchange does not believe the proposal will impose any 
burden on inter-market competition as the proposal is intended to 
protect investors by providing further transparency regarding the 
Exchange's Managed Interest Process in the limited scenario described 
above.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for 
Commission Action

    Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) 
Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public 
interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) 
become operative for 30 days after the date of the filing, or such 
shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective 
pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \13\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
\14\ thereunder.
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \14\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). As required under Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii), the Exchange provided the Commission with written 
notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a 
brief description and the text of the proposed rule change, at least 
five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule 
change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission.

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    A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the 
Act \15\ normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date 
of its filing. However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) \16\ permits the 
Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent 
with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange 
has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay. The 
Exchange states that waiver of the operative delay would enable market 
participants to benefit from the clarifying language regarding how the 
Managed Interest Process operates without undue delay. For this reason, 
the Commission believes that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is 
consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. 
Therefore, the Commission hereby waives the operative delay and 
designates the proposed rule change operative upon filing.\17\
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    \15\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \16\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \17\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, 
the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission 
takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to 
determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-MIAX-2016-03 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Brent J. Fields, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-MIAX-2016-03. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help 
the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and 
printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 
10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available 
for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-MIAX-2016-03 and should be 
submitted on or before February 29, 2016.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\18\
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    \18\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Robert W. Errett,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-02334 Filed 2-5-16; 8:45 am]
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