Self-Regulatory Organizations; Pacific Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto To Amend Its Market Data Rebate Program To Allow Equity Trading Permit Holders To Receive Rebates on an Estimated Basis, 40770-40772 [E5-3724]

Download as PDF 40770 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 134 / Thursday, July 14, 2005 / Notices 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–NYSE–2005–21 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–9303. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2005–21. 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 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 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–NYSE–2005–21 and should be submitted on or before August 4, 2005. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:32 Jul 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.8 J. Lynn Taylor, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–3722 Filed 7–13–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–51990; File No. SR–PCX– 2005–16] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Pacific Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto To Amend Its Market Data Rebate Program To Allow Equity Trading Permit Holders To Receive Rebates on an Estimated Basis July 7, 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 February 1, 2005, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (‘‘PCX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’), through its wholly owned subsidiary PCX Equities, Inc. (‘‘PCXE’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the PCX. On July 5, 2005, the PCX amended the proposed rule change.3 The Commission is publishing this notice, as amended, to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend its rules governing the Archipelago Exchange (‘‘ArcaEx’’), the equities trading facility of PCXE. With this filing, the Exchange proposes to amend its current market data rebate program by allowing Equity Trading Permit Holders (‘‘ETP Holders’’) to receive market data rebates on an estimated basis when certain conditions are met. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the PCX’s Web site (http:// www.pacificex.com/), at the PCX’s principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 In Amendment No. 1, the PCX amended the purpose section of this filing to include examples of how estimated market data rebates would be calculated and how estimated market data rebates would be distributed. PO 00000 8 17 1 15 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 PCX 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 PCX 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 PCX proposes to modify the current ArcaEx market data revenue sharing program applicable to limit orders posted in ArcaEx in Tape B securities 4 that execute against inbound marketable orders. The Exchange proposes to add language to the ArcaEx fee schedule describing a new estimated payment option available to qualifying ETP Holders who have earned certain Liquidity Provider Credits (the ‘‘Estimated Rebate Program’’). Under the proposal, ETP Holders would be able to receive Liquidity Provider Credit payments on an estimated, monthly basis for limit orders posted by such ETP Holder in Tape B securities that execute against inbound marketable orders, if certain qualifying conditions are met. Currently, ETP Holders who earn Liquidity Provider Credits for such transactions receive payments from the Exchange on a quarterly basis, after the Exchange has received its share of market data revenue for Tape B from the Consolidated Tape Association (‘‘CTA’’) Plan. Under the proposed Estimated Rebate Program, eligible ETP Holders would be able to receive their share of Liquidity Provider Credits, based on an estimate, on a monthly basis before the quarterly revenues from the CTA Plan are paid to the Exchange. The amounts to be paid on an estimated basis to ETP Holders are calculated by using the tape credit percentages specified in the current rebate policy in effect for ArcaEx at the time 5 and applying such 4 Tape B securities include securities that are listed for trading on the American Stock Exchange and certain other securities that are deemed to be eligible for such listing. 5 The current Liquidity Provider Credit applied to limit orders in Tape B securities residing in the ArcaEx Book that execute against inbound marketable orders is 50% of tape revenue generated for such trade. E:\FR\FM\14JYN1.SGM 14JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 134 / Thursday, July 14, 2005 / Notices percentages to the ETP Holder’s trading activity for the month in question. The process for determining and maintaining eligibility in the program is described below. Initial Qualification in the Estimated Rebate Program. An ETP Holder will qualify for participation in the Estimated Rebate Program if, in the three-month period preceding the thencurrent month, the ETP Holder executed at least 250 million Tape B shares through ArcaEx.6 This threshold is the ‘‘Initial Qualification’’ for the Estimated Rebate Program. An ETP Holder who has satisfied the Initial Qualification will be entitled to enroll in the Estimated Rebate Program and receive payments for Liquidity Provider Credits earned in the next month. Maintenance Level Requirement. After an ETP Holder meets its Initial Qualification, it will be required to also meet a certain ‘‘Maintenance Level’’ to continue to qualify for the Estimated Rebate Program. The Maintenance Level will be satisfied if an ETP Holder executes at least 500 million Tape B Shares during each successive, continuous three-month period thereafter. If an ETP Holder who has met the Initial Qualification standard fails to sustain its Maintenance Level, the ETP Holder would not be eligible to receive estimated rebates for the next three months. Instead, the ETP Holder would be required to receive rebates as specified under the current rebate policy. This three-month period will be referred to as an ‘‘Ineligibility Period.’’ When the Ineligibility Period ends, the ETP Holder can attempt to re-qualify for the Estimated Rebate Program by meeting the Initial Qualification standard. Trading activity during the Ineligibility Period may count toward 40771 re-establishing the ETP Holder’s eligibility in the Estimated Rebate Program. Any estimated Liquidity Provider Credits paid to an ETP Holder under the Estimated Rebate Program will be reconciled to the ETP Holder’s actual Liquidity Provider Credit payment due when the Exchange receives the actual figures from the CTA Plan at quarterend. Any necessary adjustments will be made with the next payment due to the ETP Holder (i.e., the next Estimated Rebate Program payment or current rebate policy payment, as applicable). Example. An example using hypothetical figures is included below. Assume a firm executes one million qualifying trades, totaling 300 million shares, each month for a period of nine consecutive months. After the first three months, the firm is entitled to receive the following amounts: Month Number of trades Number of shares January ....................................................... February ..................................................... March ......................................................... 1 million ...................................................... 1 million ...................................................... 1 million ...................................................... Payment amounts 300 million .................................................. 300 million .................................................. 300 million .................................................. At the end of the quarter, assume that payments received by the Exchange from the CTA plan for the quarter January through March amount to $1.00 per print. At this time, the firm would be due $1.5 million (i.e., 1 million trades multiplied by $.50, or half of the $1.00 print, multiplied by three months). In addition, the firm’s level of activity would satisfy the Initial 0 0 0 Qualification standard, qualifying the firm to participate in the Estimated Rebate Program for the next quarter. The next three months of firm payments are: Month Number of trades Number of shares April ........................................................... May ........................................................... June .......................................................... 1 million ..................................................... 1 million ..................................................... 1 million ..................................................... 300 million ................................................. 300 million ................................................. 300 million ................................................. Payment amounts 7 $500,000 500,000 500,000 7 The $500,000 figure would be based on the trading totals and print amounts for the most recent quarter, i.e., 1 million average trades multiplied by .50, or one-half of one $1.00 print. Assume that at the end of the quarter in June the payments received from the plan amount to $0.95 per print. At this point, it becomes clear that based on its activity levels, the firm should have received $475,000 per month (i.e., 1 million trades multiplied by $.475, or one-half of one print of $.95) for each month in the quarter. Because the firm received $500,000 per month in connection with the Estimated Rebate Program, its payments for the next quarter will have to be adjusted downward $75,000 (i.e., $25,000 for each month). In addition, the firm’s trading levels for the quarter satisfy the Maintenance Level in the Estimated Rebate Program. The firm’s adjusted payments for the next three months would be: Month Number of trades Number of shares July ............................................................. August ........................................................ September .................................................. 1 million ..................................................... 1 million ..................................................... 1 million ..................................................... 300 million ................................................. 300 million ................................................. 300 million ................................................. The $400,000 payment in July is based on a $475,000 estimated payment (i.e., 1 million trades multiplied by $.475, or one-half of a print of $.95), minus the extra $75,000 received by the 18:32 Jul 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $400,000 475,000 475,000 firm in the April through June time period. 6 This figure will exclude QQQ from any trade activity before December 1, 2004. VerDate jul<14>2003 Payment amounts E:\FR\FM\14JYN1.SGM 14JYN1 40772 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 134 / Thursday, July 14, 2005 / Notices The rationale for the proposed changes in this filing is to make the pricing for executions on the ArcaEx more competitive. The Exchange evaluated the economics of modifying its current market data rebate structure and determined that it was feasible and appropriate, given the costs involved and competitive concerns. 2. Statutory Basis The PCX believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6(b) of the Act,8 in general, and with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,9 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, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The PCX does not believe that the proposed rule change would 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 No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. 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 8 15 9 15 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 e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–PCX–2005–16 on the subject line. 18:32 Jul 13, 2005 Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating to Volume Weighted Average Price Crosses July 8, 2005. On January 25, 2005, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Phlx’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities • Send paper comments in triplicate and Exchange Commission to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section Securities and Exchange Commission, 19(b)(1) of the Security Exchange Act of 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 20549–9303. thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to All submissions should refer to File permit certain customer-to-customer Number SR–PCX–2005–16. This file crosses to be executed at a volume number should be included on the weighted average price (‘‘VWAP’’) subject line if e-mail is used. To help the during the Exchange’s Post Primary Commission process and review your Session.3 On May 4, 2005, the Phlx submitted Amendment No. 1 to the comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will proposed rule change,4 and on May 18, post all comments on the Commission’s 2005, the Phlx submitted Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change.5 The Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ proposed rule change, as amended, was rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the published for comment in the Federal submission, all subsequent Register on June 3, 2005.6 The amendments, all written statements Commission received no comments on with respect to the proposed rule the proposal. The order approves the change that are filed with the proposed rule change, as amended. Commission, and all written The Phlx proposed to amend Phlx communications relating to the Rule 126, ‘‘Crossing’’ Orders, by adding proposed rule change between the new subsection (i) to permit certain Commission and any person, other than customer-to-customer 7 crosses to be those that may be withheld from the executed at a VWAP 8 during the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. available for inspection and copying in 3 According to Phlx Rule 101, the Post Primary the Commission’s Public Room. Copies Session (‘‘PPS’’) operated from 4 to 4:15 p.m. of such filing also will be available for 4 In Amendment No. 1, the Phlx: (1) Eliminated inspection and copying at the principal the concept of linking a VWAP cross to a ‘‘primary office of the PCX. All comments market’’ and instead proposed to link a VWAP cross received will be posted without change; to correspond to any single market, and (2) requested relief from the provisions of Rule 11Ac1– the Commission does not edit personal 1 under the Act (the ‘‘Quote Rule’’) with respect to identifying information from VWAP crosses. 5 In Amendment No. 2, the Phlx: (1) Eliminated submissions. You should submit only the proposed rule text addressing the treatment of information that you wish to make VWAP crosses in the case of trading halts, (2) available publicly. All submissions corrected a citing reference to Phlx auction market should refer to File Number SR–NYSE– rules, and (3) clarified the description of the ‘‘b’’ 2005–16 and should be submitted on or modifier. 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51731 before August 4, 2005. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.10 J. Lynn Taylor, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–3724 Filed 7–13–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 10 17 Jkt 205001 [Release No. 34–51996; File No. SR–Phlx– 2005–02] Paper Comments U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate jul<14>2003 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (May 24, 2005), 70 FR 32692 (June 3, 2005) (‘‘Notice’’). 7 Pursuant to Phlx Rule 126(b) a ‘‘customer’’ order would include any order which a broker represents in an agency capacity, including any order of a market marker or other broker-dealer not affiliated with the broker, and it would not include any order of a broker-dealer affiliated with the executing broker, or any associated person of such brokerdealer. 8 The Commission has observed that the VWAP for a security is generally determined by: (1) Calculating raw values for regular session trades reported by the Consolidated Tape during the E:\FR\FM\14JYN1.SGM 14JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-51990; File No. SR-PCX-2005-16]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Pacific Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto To Amend Its 
Market Data Rebate Program To Allow Equity Trading Permit Holders To 
Receive Rebates on an Estimated Basis

July 7, 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 February 1, 2005, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (``PCX'' or 
``Exchange''), through its wholly owned subsidiary PCX Equities, Inc. 
(``PCXE''), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, 
and III below, which Items have been prepared by the PCX. On July 5, 
2005, the PCX amended the proposed rule change.\3\ The Commission is 
publishing this notice, as amended, 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.
    \3\ In Amendment No. 1, the PCX amended the purpose section of 
this filing to include examples of how estimated market data rebates 
would be calculated and how estimated market data rebates would be 
distributed.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of the 
Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend its rules governing the Archipelago 
Exchange (``ArcaEx''), the equities trading facility of PCXE. With this 
filing, the Exchange proposes to amend its current market data rebate 
program by allowing Equity Trading Permit Holders (``ETP Holders'') to 
receive market data rebates on an estimated basis when certain 
conditions are met. The text of the proposed rule change is available 
on the PCX's Web site (http://www.pacificex.com/), at the PCX's 
principal office, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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 PCX 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 PCX 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 PCX proposes to modify the current ArcaEx market data revenue 
sharing program applicable to limit orders posted in ArcaEx in Tape B 
securities \4\ that execute against inbound marketable orders. The 
Exchange proposes to add language to the ArcaEx fee schedule describing 
a new estimated payment option available to qualifying ETP Holders who 
have earned certain Liquidity Provider Credits (the ``Estimated Rebate 
Program''). Under the proposal, ETP Holders would be able to receive 
Liquidity Provider Credit payments on an estimated, monthly basis for 
limit orders posted by such ETP Holder in Tape B securities that 
execute against inbound marketable orders, if certain qualifying 
conditions are met.
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trading on the American Stock Exchange and certain other securities 
that are deemed to be eligible for such listing.
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    Currently, ETP Holders who earn Liquidity Provider Credits for such 
transactions receive payments from the Exchange on a quarterly basis, 
after the Exchange has received its share of market data revenue for 
Tape B from the Consolidated Tape Association (``CTA'') Plan. Under the 
proposed Estimated Rebate Program, eligible ETP Holders would be able 
to receive their share of Liquidity Provider Credits, based on an 
estimate, on a monthly basis before the quarterly revenues from the CTA 
Plan are paid to the Exchange. The amounts to be paid on an estimated 
basis to ETP Holders are calculated by using the tape credit 
percentages specified in the current rebate policy in effect for ArcaEx 
at the time \5\ and applying such

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    \5\ The current Liquidity Provider Credit applied to limit 
orders in Tape B securities residing in the ArcaEx Book that execute 
against inbound marketable orders is 50% of tape revenue generated 
for such trade.
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    The process for determining and maintaining eligibility in the 
program is described below.
    Initial Qualification in the Estimated Rebate Program. An ETP 
Holder will qualify for participation in the Estimated Rebate Program 
if, in the three-month period preceding the then-current month, the ETP 
Holder executed at least 250 million Tape B shares through ArcaEx.\6\ 
This threshold is the ``Initial Qualification'' for the Estimated 
Rebate Program. An ETP Holder who has satisfied the Initial 
Qualification will be entitled to enroll in the Estimated Rebate 
Program and receive payments for Liquidity Provider Credits earned in 
the next month.
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December 1, 2004.
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    Maintenance Level Requirement. After an ETP Holder meets its 
Initial Qualification, it will be required to also meet a certain 
``Maintenance Level'' to continue to qualify for the Estimated Rebate 
Program. The Maintenance Level will be satisfied if an ETP Holder 
executes at least 500 million Tape B Shares during each successive, 
continuous three-month period thereafter. If an ETP Holder who has met 
the Initial Qualification standard fails to sustain its Maintenance 
Level, the ETP Holder would not be eligible to receive estimated 
rebates for the next three months. Instead, the ETP Holder would be 
required to receive rebates as specified under the current rebate 
policy. This three-month period will be referred to as an 
``Ineligibility Period.'' When the Ineligibility Period ends, the ETP 
Holder can attempt to re-qualify for the Estimated Rebate Program by 
meeting the Initial Qualification standard. Trading activity during the 
Ineligibility Period may count toward re-establishing the ETP Holder's 
eligibility in the Estimated Rebate Program.
    Any estimated Liquidity Provider Credits paid to an ETP Holder 
under the Estimated Rebate Program will be reconciled to the ETP 
Holder's actual Liquidity Provider Credit payment due when the Exchange 
receives the actual figures from the CTA Plan at quarter-end. Any 
necessary adjustments will be made with the next payment due to the ETP 
Holder (i.e., the next Estimated Rebate Program payment or current 
rebate policy payment, as applicable).
    Example. An example using hypothetical figures is included below. 
Assume a firm executes one million qualifying trades, totaling 300 
million shares, each month for a period of nine consecutive months. 
After the first three months, the firm is entitled to receive the 
following amounts:

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                  Month                          Number of trades              Number of shares         amounts
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January..................................  1 million...................  300 million.................          0
February.................................  1 million...................  300 million.................          0
March....................................  1 million...................  300 million.................          0
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    At the end of the quarter, assume that payments received by the 
Exchange from the CTA plan for the quarter January through March amount 
to $1.00 per print. At this time, the firm would be due $1.5 million 
(i.e., 1 million trades multiplied by $.50, or half of the $1.00 print, 
multiplied by three months). In addition, the firm's level of activity 
would satisfy the Initial Qualification standard, qualifying the firm 
to participate in the Estimated Rebate Program for the next quarter. 
The next three months of firm payments are:

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                  Month                          Number of trades             Number of shares         amounts
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April....................................  1 million..................  300 million................          \7\
                                                                                                        $500,000
May......................................  1 million..................  300 million................      500,000
June.....................................  1 million..................  300 million................     500,000
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\7\ The $500,000 figure would be based on the trading totals and print amounts for the most recent quarter,
  i.e., 1 million average trades multiplied by .50, or one-half of one $1.00 print.

    Assume that at the end of the quarter in June the payments received 
from the plan amount to $0.95 per print. At this point, it becomes 
clear that based on its activity levels, the firm should have received 
$475,000 per month (i.e., 1 million trades multiplied by $.475, or one-
half of one print of $.95) for each month in the quarter. Because the 
firm received $500,000 per month in connection with the Estimated 
Rebate Program, its payments for the next quarter will have to be 
adjusted downward $75,000 (i.e., $25,000 for each month). In addition, 
the firm's trading levels for the quarter satisfy the Maintenance Level 
in the Estimated Rebate Program. The firm's adjusted payments for the 
next three months would be:

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                  Month                          Number of trades              Number of shares         amounts
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July.....................................  1 million...................  300 million................    $400,000
August...................................  1 million...................  300 million................     475,000
September................................  1 million...................  300 million................     475,000
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    The $400,000 payment in July is based on a $475,000 estimated 
payment (i.e., 1 million trades multiplied by $.475, or one-half of a 
print of $.95), minus the extra $75,000 received by the firm in the 
April through June time period.

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    The rationale for the proposed changes in this filing is to make 
the pricing for executions on the ArcaEx more competitive. The Exchange 
evaluated the economics of modifying its current market data rebate 
structure and determined that it was feasible and appropriate, given 
the costs involved and competitive concerns.
2. Statutory Basis
    The PCX believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the provisions of Section 6(b) of the Act,\8\ in general, and with 
Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\9\ 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, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of 
a free and open market and a national market system.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The PCX does not believe that the proposed rule change would 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

    No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

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 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-PCX-2005-16 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-9303.
    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-PCX-2005-16. 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 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 Room. Copies of such filing also 
will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of 
the PCX. 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-
NYSE-2005-16 and should be submitted on or before August 4, 2005.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\10\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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J. Lynn Taylor,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. E5-3724 Filed 7-13-05; 8:45 am]
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