Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendments Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto to Require Semi-Annual Financial Reporting by Foreign Private Issuers, 37456-37458 [E5-3382]

Download as PDF 37456 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 124 / Wednesday, June 29, 2005 / Notices of the Act 11 in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. 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. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested parties with respect to this proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as a fee change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 12 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 13 thereunder. Accordingly, the proposed rule change is effective upon filing with the Commission. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the amended proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate 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.14 IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–9303. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–ISE–2005–06. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail 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 Commissions 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 inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the ISE. 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–ISE–2005–06 and should be submitted on or before July 20, 2005. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.15 J. Lynn Taylor, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–3384 Filed 6–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–51905; File No. SR–NASD– 2005–006] Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR–ISE–2005–06 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendments Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto to Require Semi-Annual Financial Reporting by Foreign Private Issuers June 22, 2005. Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 12 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 13 17 CFR 19b–4(f)(2). 14 See supra note 3. VerDate jul<14>2003 17:40 Jun 28, 2005 15 17 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder, 2 notice is hereby given that on January 18, 2005, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (‘‘NASD’’), through its subsidiary, the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (‘‘Nasdaq’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘SEC’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by Nasdaq. Nasdaq submitted Amendment No. 1 to its proposed rule change on February 4, 2005 3 and submitted Amendment No. 2 to its proposed rule change on June 6, 2005 4. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Nasdaq proposes to require that foreign private issuers listed on Nasdaq provide semi-annual financial information. Nasdaq will implement the proposed rule change for interim periods ending after January 1, 2006. The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed additions are italicized.5 4350. Qualitative Listing Requirements for Nasdaq National Market and Nasdaq SmallCap Market Issuers Except for Limited Partnerships Nasdaq shall review the issuer’s past corporate governance activities. This review may include activities taking place while the issuer is listed on Nasdaq or an exchange that imposes corporate governance requirements, as well as activities taking place after a formerly listed issuer is no longer listed on Nasdaq or an exchange that imposes corporate governance requirements. Based on such review, Nasdaq may take any appropriate action, including placing of restrictions on or additional requirements for listing, or the denial of listing of a security if Nasdaq determines that there have been violations or evasions of such corporate 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Amendment No. 1 modified the proposed rule language to require that interim financial information be published on a press release that would also be submitted on a Form 6-K. As originally proposed, the rule language required that interim financial information be submitted on a press release or on a Form 6–K. 4 Amendment No. 2 made technical corrections to the filing and replaced and superceded the original filing and Amendment No. 1 in its entirety. 5 The proposed rule change is marked to show changes to the rule text appearing in the electronic NASD Manual available at http://www.nasd.com. No pending rule filings would affect the text of this rule. 2 17 E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 124 / Wednesday, June 29, 2005 / Notices governance standards. Such determinations shall be made on a caseby-case basis as necessary to protect investors and the public interest. (a) No change (b) Distribution of Annual and Interim Reports (1) No change (2) No change (3) No change (4) Each foreign private issuer shall publish, in a press release, which would also be submitted on a Form 6–K, an interim balance sheet and income statement as of the end of its second quarter. This information, which must be presented in English but does not have to be reconciled to U.S. GAAP, must be provided not later than six months following the end of the issuer’s second quarter. (c)–(n) No change 4360. Qualitative Listing Requirements for Nasdaq Issuers That Are Limited Partnerships (a) No change (b) Distribution of Annual and Interim Reports (1) No change (2)(A)–(B) No change (C) Each foreign private issuer that is a limited partnership shall publish, in a press release, which would also be submitted on a Form 6-K, an interim balance sheet and income statement as of the end of its second quarter. This information, which must be presented in English but does not have to be reconciled to U.S. GAAP, must be provided not later than six months following the end of the issuer’s second quarter. Such information shall be distributed to limited partners if required by statute or regulation in the jurisdiction in which the limited partnership is formed or doing business or by the terms of the partnership’s limited partnership agreement. (c)–(i) No change * * * * * II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq 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. Nasdaq has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. VerDate jul<14>2003 17:40 Jun 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose Pursuant to Nasdaq and SEC rules, domestic issuers are required to file quarterly financial reports. While nonU.S. issuers are not subject to this requirement and are only required to file financial reports annually, 6 most non-U.S. issuers listed on Nasdaq do in fact provide more frequent disclosure to investors. Nasdaq believes that it would be beneficial to create a uniform standard, applicable to all Nasdaq-listed foreign private issuers, to assure that investors have access to more recent financial information. As such, Nasdaq proposes to require that non-U.S. issuers provide, in a press release that would also be submitted on a Form 6–K, an interim balance sheet and semi-annual income statement, not later than six months following the end of the issuer’s second quarter. Under the proposed rule, the information provided would be required to be translated into English, but would not have to be reconciled to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (‘‘GAAP’’). In order to allow sufficient time for non-U.S. issuers to modify any necessary practices regarding the preparation of interim financial reports, Nasdaq proposes that this new rule not be immediately effective. Instead, the proposed rule will be effective for interim periods ending after January 1, 2006. 2. Statutory Basis Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of section 15A of the Act,7 in general and with section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,8 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, remove impediments to a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. As noted above, Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule will provide enhanced disclosure to investors regarding foreign private issuers that trade on Nasdaq. 6 This information is required to be filed six months after the company’s fiscal year-end. Accordingly, the only financial information presently available could be as much as 18-months old. 7 15 U.S.C. 78o–3. 8 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(6). PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37457 B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended. 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 Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: A. By order approve such proposed rule change, or B. Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be 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, as amended, 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 e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NASD–2005–006 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–9303. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NASD–2005–006. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail 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 E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 37458 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 124 / Wednesday, June 29, 2005 / Notices 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 inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the NASD. 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–NASD–2005–006 and should be submitted on or before July 20, 2005. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.9 J. Lynn Taylor, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–3382 Filed 6–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–51907; File No. SR–NYSE– 2004–13] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange, Inc.; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change and Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval to Amendments No. 2 and No. 3 Thereto To Adopt Rule 405A (‘‘Non-Managed Fee-Based Account Programs—Disclosure and Monitoring’’) June 22, 2005. I. Introduction On February 25, 2004, the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or the ‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 9 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See letter from Mary Yeager, Assistant Corporate Secretary, NYSE, to Katherine A. England, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated October 22, 2004. 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50586 (Oct. 25, 2004), 69 FR 63424 (‘‘Notice’’). 1 15 VerDate jul<14>2003 17:40 Jun 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to prescribe certain requirements for members and member organizations that offer programs that charge customers a fixed-fee or percentage of account value in lieu of commissions. On October 22, 2004, the NYSE filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.3 Notice of the proposed rule change, as amended by Amendment No. 1, was published for comment in the Federal Register on November 1, 2004.4 The Commission received four comment letters in response to the proposed rule change.5 On June 21, 2005, the NYSE filed Amendment No. 2 and Amendment No. 3 to the proposed rule.6 This order approves the proposed rule change, as amended. The Commission is granting accelerated approval of Amendment No. 2 and Amendment No. 3, and is soliciting comments from interested persons on those amendments. II. Background and Description of Proposed Rule Change According to the NYSE, members and member organizations of the NYSE are increasingly offering Non-Managed Fee Based Account Programs (‘‘NFBA Programs’’) to their customers. NFBA Programs are agreements between a broker-dealer and a customer in which the customer is charged a fixed fee and/ or a percentage of account value rather than transaction-based commissions.7 Because of their fee structure, such arrangements may not be appropriate for customers who trade infrequently. To address the particular regulatory challenges presented by NFBA Programs, the NYSE proposed new Rule 405A. 5 See letters to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Commission, from: Ira D. Hammerman, General Counsel, Securities Industry Association, dated November 22, 2004 (‘‘SIA Letter’’); Rosemary J. Shockman, President, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, dated November 19, 2004 (‘‘PIABA Letter’’); Barbara Black, Co-Director, Jill I. Gross, CoDirector, and Bob Kim, Student Intern, Pace Investor Rights Project, dated November 22, 2004 (‘‘PIRP Letter’’); and Curt Bradbury, Chief Operating Officer, Stephens Inc., dated November 22, 2004 (‘‘Stevens Letter’’). 6 See Form 19b–4 dated June 21, 2005 (‘‘Amendment No. 2’’) and Form 19b–4 dated June 21, 2005 (‘‘Amendment No. 3’’). As discussed below, in response to commenters, in Amendment No. 2, the NYSE proposed to eliminate a requirement that its members provide customers with an annual disclosure document and that its members attempt to determine ‘‘projected customer costs.’’ Amendment No. 2 also proposed to make several minor changes to clarify the rule as originally proposed. Amendment No. 3 corrected a non-substantive typographical rule text error included in Exhibit 5 of the Amendment No. 2 filing. 7 See proposed NYSE Rule 405A(6). PO 00000 Frm 00138 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 A. General Disclosure Required Proposed Rule 405A would require NYSE members to provide to each customer, prior to the opening of an NFBA Program account, a disclosure document describing the types of NFBA Programs available to the customer.8 For each type of Program, the document must include sufficient information to enable a customer to make a reasonably informed determination as to whether the Program is appropriate for him or her. This information should include, at minimum, a description of the services provided, eligible assets, fees charged, an explanation of how costs will be computed and/or the provision of cost estimates based on hypothetical portfolios, any conditions or restrictions imposed, and a summary of the Program’s advantages and disadvantages. B. Opening of Accounts Proposed Rule 405A would require NYSE members to make a determination, prior to opening an account in an NFBA Program, that such Program is appropriate for each customer taking into account the services provided, anticipated costs, and customer objectives.9 In making such determination, cost would be an important factor, but not the only one, that a member should consider. NYSE members would be required to consider the overall needs and objectives of the customer when determining the appropriateness of an NFBA Program for that customer, including the anticipated level of trading activity in the account and non-price factors, such as the importance that a customer places on aligning his or her interests with those of the broker. C. Monitoring of Accounts Proposed Rule 405A would require NYSE members to establish and maintain systems and procedures to enable them to monitor, on an ongoing basis, transactional activity by customers in NFBA Programs.10 These systems and procedures would need to include specific written criteria for identifying customers whose level of account activity may be inappropriate in the context of the customer’s Program. The determination of appropriateness would take into consideration not only costs incurred, but also Program services, customer investment objectives, and customer preferences. 8 See proposed NYSE Rule 405A(1). proposed NYSE Rule 405A(2). 10 See proposed NYSE Rule 405A(3). 9 See E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 124 (Wednesday, June 29, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 37456-37458]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-51905; File No. SR-NASD-2005-006]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities 
Dealers, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendments 
Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto to Require Semi-Annual Financial Reporting by 
Foreign Private Issuers

June 22, 2005.
    Pursuant to 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 18, 2005, the National Association of Securities 
Dealers, Inc. (``NASD''), through its subsidiary, the Nasdaq Stock 
Market, Inc. (``Nasdaq''), filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission'' or ``SEC'') the proposed rule change as 
described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared 
by Nasdaq. Nasdaq submitted Amendment No. 1 to its proposed rule change 
on February 4, 2005 \3\ and submitted Amendment No. 2 to its proposed 
rule change on June 6, 2005 \4\. The Commission is publishing this 
notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, 
from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ Amendment No. 1 modified the proposed rule language to 
require that interim financial information be published on a press 
release that would also be submitted on a Form 6-K. As originally 
proposed, the rule language required that interim financial 
information be submitted on a press release or on a Form 6-K.
    \4\ Amendment No. 2 made technical corrections to the filing and 
replaced and superceded the original filing and Amendment No. 1 in 
its entirety.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of the 
Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    Nasdaq proposes to require that foreign private issuers listed on 
Nasdaq provide semi-annual financial information. Nasdaq will implement 
the proposed rule change for interim periods ending after January 1, 
2006.
    The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed additions 
are italicized.\5\
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    \5\ The proposed rule change is marked to show changes to the 
rule text appearing in the electronic NASD Manual available at 
http://www.nasd.com. No pending rule filings would affect the text 
of this rule.
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4350. Qualitative Listing Requirements for Nasdaq National Market and 
Nasdaq SmallCap Market Issuers Except for Limited Partnerships

    Nasdaq shall review the issuer's past corporate governance 
activities. This review may include activities taking place while the 
issuer is listed on Nasdaq or an exchange that imposes corporate 
governance requirements, as well as activities taking place after a 
formerly listed issuer is no longer listed on Nasdaq or an exchange 
that imposes corporate governance requirements. Based on such review, 
Nasdaq may take any appropriate action, including placing of 
restrictions on or additional requirements for listing, or the denial 
of listing of a security if Nasdaq determines that there have been 
violations or evasions of such corporate

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governance standards. Such determinations shall be made on a case-by-
case basis as necessary to protect investors and the public interest.
    (a) No change
    (b) Distribution of Annual and Interim Reports
    (1) No change
    (2) No change
    (3) No change
    (4) Each foreign private issuer shall publish, in a press release, 
which would also be submitted on a Form 6-K, an interim balance sheet 
and income statement as of the end of its second quarter. This 
information, which must be presented in English but does not have to be 
reconciled to U.S. GAAP, must be provided not later than six months 
following the end of the issuer's second quarter.
    (c)-(n) No change

4360. Qualitative Listing Requirements for Nasdaq Issuers That Are 
Limited Partnerships

    (a) No change
    (b) Distribution of Annual and Interim Reports
    (1) No change
    (2)(A)-(B) No change
    (C) Each foreign private issuer that is a limited partnership shall 
publish, in a press release, which would also be submitted on a Form 6-
K, an interim balance sheet and income statement as of the end of its 
second quarter. This information, which must be presented in English 
but does not have to be reconciled to U.S. GAAP, must be provided not 
later than six months following the end of the issuer's second quarter. 
Such information shall be distributed to limited partners if required 
by statute or regulation in the jurisdiction in which the limited 
partnership is formed or doing business or by the terms of the 
partnership's limited partnership agreement.
    (c)-(i) No change
* * * * *

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

    In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq 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. Nasdaq 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
    Pursuant to Nasdaq and SEC rules, domestic issuers are required to 
file quarterly financial reports. While non-U.S. issuers are not 
subject to this requirement and are only required to file financial 
reports annually, \6\ most non-U.S. issuers listed on Nasdaq do in fact 
provide more frequent disclosure to investors. Nasdaq believes that it 
would be beneficial to create a uniform standard, applicable to all 
Nasdaq-listed foreign private issuers, to assure that investors have 
access to more recent financial information. As such, Nasdaq proposes 
to require that non-U.S. issuers provide, in a press release that would 
also be submitted on a Form 6-K, an interim balance sheet and semi-
annual income statement, not later than six months following the end of 
the issuer's second quarter. Under the proposed rule, the information 
provided would be required to be translated into English, but would not 
have to be reconciled to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles 
(``GAAP'').
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    \6\ This information is required to be filed six months after 
the company's fiscal year-end. Accordingly, the only financial 
information presently available could be as much as 18-months old.
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    In order to allow sufficient time for non-U.S. issuers to modify 
any necessary practices regarding the preparation of interim financial 
reports, Nasdaq proposes that this new rule not be immediately 
effective. Instead, the proposed rule will be effective for interim 
periods ending after January 1, 2006.
2. Statutory Basis
    Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the provisions of section 15A of the Act,\7\ in general and with 
section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,\8\ in particular, in that it is designed 
to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote 
just and equitable principles of trade, remove impediments to a free 
and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to 
protect investors and the public interest. As noted above, Nasdaq 
believes that the proposed rule will provide enhanced disclosure to 
investors regarding foreign private issuers that trade on Nasdaq.
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3.
    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(6).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will result 
in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended.

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

    Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may 
designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to 
be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to 
which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:
    A. By order approve such proposed rule change, or
    B. Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be 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, as amended, 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 e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NASD-2005-006 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F 
Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-9303.
    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NASD-2005-006. This 
file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail 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

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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 inspection and copying in the Commission's Public 
Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of the NASD. 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-NASD-2005-006 and should be 
submitted on or before July 20, 2005. 

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\9\
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    \9\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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J. Lynn Taylor,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. E5-3382 Filed 6-28-05; 8:45 am]
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