Self-Regulatory Organizations; Pacific Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval to a Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto To List and Trade One Week Option Series, 41471-41472 [E5-3810]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 19, 2005 / Notices www.optionsclearing.com. 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–OCC–2005–06 and should be submitted on or before August 9, 2005. V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,8 that the proposed rule change (File No. SR– OCC–2005–06) be and hereby is approved. For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–3811 Filed 7–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–52013; File No. SR–PCX– 2005–32] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Pacific Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval to a Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto To List and Trade One Week Option Series July 12, 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 March 16, 2005, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (‘‘PCX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. PCX filed Amendment No. 1 with the Commission on April 5, 2005.3 This notice and order requests comment on the proposal from interested persons and approves the amended proposal on an accelerated basis. 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Amendment No. 1 revised the settlement times for the proposed One Week Options Series. 9 17 VerDate jul<14>2003 17:15 Jul 18, 2005 Jkt 205001 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to establish a pilot program to list and trade option series that expire one week after being opened for trading (‘‘One Week Option Series’’). The Exchange proposed that the pilot program extend one year from the date of this approval. The text of the proposed rule change, as amended, is available on PCX’s Web site (http:// www.pacificex.com/legal/ legal_pending.html), at 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, PCX included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposal and discussed any comments it received on the proposal. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. 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 Exchange proposes to establish a pilot program to list and trade One Week Option Series, which would expire one week after the date on which a series is opened. Under the proposal, the Exchange could select up to five approved option classes 4 on which One Week Option Series could be opened. A series could be opened on any Friday that is a business day (‘‘One Week Option Opening Date’’) and would expire at the close of business on the next Friday that is a business day (‘‘One Week Option Expiration Date’’). If a Friday were not a business day, the series could be opened (or would expire) on the first business day immediately prior to that Friday. The proposal would allow the Exchange to open up to five One Week Option Series for each One Week Option Expiration Date. The strike price for each series would be fixed at a price per share, with at least two strike prices above and two strike prices below the approximate value of the underlying 4 One Week Option Series could be opened in any option class that satisfied the applicable listing criteria under PCX rules (i.e., stock options, options on Exchange Traded Fund Shares (as defined under PCX Rule 5.3), or options on indexes). PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41471 security, or the calculated index value in the case of an index class, at about the time that One Week Option Series was opened for trading on the Exchange. No One Week Option Series on an option class would be opened in the same week in which a monthly option series on the same class is expiring, because the monthly option series in its last week before expiration is functionally equivalent to the One Week Option Series. The intervals between strike prices on One Week Option Series would be the same as with the corresponding monthly option series. The Exchange believes that One Week Option Series would provide investors with a flexible and valuable tool to manage risk exposure, minimize capital outlays, and be more responsive to the timing of events affecting the securities that underlie option contracts. At the same time, the Exchange is cognizant of the need to be cautious in introducing a product that can increase the number of outstanding strike prices. For that reason, the Exchange proposes to employ a limited pilot program for One Week Option Series. Under the terms of the pilot program, the Exchange could select up to five options classes on which One Week Option Series may be opened on any One Week Option Opening Date. The Exchange also could list and trade any One Week Option Series on an option class that is selected by another exchange with a similar pilot program. The Exchange believes that limiting the number of option classes on which One Week Option Series may be opened would help ensure that the addition of the new series through this pilot program would have only a negligible impact on the Exchange’s and OPRA’s quoting capacity. Also, limiting the term of the pilot program to a period of one year would allow the Exchange and the Commission to determine whether the One Week Option Series program should be extended, expanded, and/or made permanent. As originally proposed, all One Week Option Series would be P.M.-settled. However, in Amendment No. 1, the Exchange revised the proposal to provide that One Week Option Series would be P.M.-settled, except for One Week Option Series on indexes, which would be A.M.-settled. The Exchange represents that it has the system capacity to adequately handle the new option series contemplated by this proposal. The Exchange provided the Commission information in a confidential submission to support that representation. E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1 41472 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 19, 2005 / Notices The Exchange proposed that the pilot program extend one year from the date of this approval. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 5 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 6 in particular, because 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 mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose any burden on competition 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 Written comments on the proposed rule change were neither solicited nor received. III. Discussion After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposal, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.7 In particular, the Commission believes that the proposal is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,8 which requires, among other things, that the rules of a national securities exchange be designed to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission believes that listing and trading One Week Option Series, under the terms described in the Exchange’s proposal, will further the public interest by allowing investors new means of managing their risk exposures and carrying out their investment objectives. The Commission 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 7 In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 6 15 VerDate jul<14>2003 17:15 Jul 18, 2005 Jkt 205001 also believes that the pilot program strikes a reasonable balance between the Exchange’s desire to offer a wider array of investment opportunities and the need to avoid unnecessary proliferation of option series that could compromise options quotation capacity. The Commission expects the Exchange to monitor the trading and quotation volume associated with the additional option series created under the pilot program and the effect of these additional series on the capacity of the Exchange’s, the Options Price Reporting Authority’s, and vendors’ systems. The Commission finds good cause pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 9 for approving the amended proposal prior to the thirtieth day after its publication in the Federal Register. The Commission recently approved a rule change proposed by the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’) to list and trade short-term options series.10 Because the CBOE proposal was open for a full comment period and CBOE adequately responded to the issues raised by commenters, the Commission does not believe that an additional comment period for PCX’s substantially identical proposal is necessary. The Commission believes that accelerating approval of PCX’s proposal will benefit investors by furthering competition, without undue delay, among the markets that wish to trade these products. 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: 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 such 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–PCX–2005–32 and should be submitted on or before August 9, 2005. V. Conclusion For the foregoing reasons, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder. It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,11 that the proposed rule change, as amended (SR– PCX–2005–32), is hereby approved on an accelerated basis and as a pilot program, through July 12, 2006. 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–2005–32 on the subject line. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–3810 Filed 7–18–05; 8:45 am] 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–PCX–2005–32. This file number should be included on the TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52011 (July 12, 2005) (order approving SR–CBOE–2004– 63). PO 00000 9 15 BILLING CODE 8010–01–P Sunshine Act Meeting Tennessee Valley Authority (Meeting No. 1560). TIME AND DATE: 9 a.m. (EDT), July 22, 2005, TVA West Tower Auditorium, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee. STATUS: Open. AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETING: 10 See Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11 15 12 17 E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 19JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 137 (Tuesday, July 19, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 41471-41472]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-52013; File No. SR-PCX-2005-32]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Pacific Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval to a Proposed Rule 
Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto To List and Trade One Week Option 
Series

July 12, 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 March 16, 2005, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (``PCX'' or ``Exchange'') 
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items 
have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. PCX filed Amendment 
No. 1 with the Commission on April 5, 2005.\3\ This notice and order 
requests comment on the proposal from interested persons and approves 
the amended proposal on an accelerated basis.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ Amendment No. 1 revised the settlement times for the 
proposed One Week Options Series.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to establish a pilot program to list and 
trade option series that expire one week after being opened for trading 
(``One Week Option Series''). The Exchange proposed that the pilot 
program extend one year from the date of this approval. The text of the 
proposed rule change, as amended, is available on PCX's Web site 
(http://www.pacificex.com/legal/legal_pending.html), at 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, PCX included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposal and discussed any 
comments it received on the proposal. The text of these statements may 
be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. 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 Exchange proposes to establish a pilot program to list and 
trade One Week Option Series, which would expire one week after the 
date on which a series is opened. Under the proposal, the Exchange 
could select up to five approved option classes \4\ on which One Week 
Option Series could be opened. A series could be opened on any Friday 
that is a business day (``One Week Option Opening Date'') and would 
expire at the close of business on the next Friday that is a business 
day (``One Week Option Expiration Date''). If a Friday were not a 
business day, the series could be opened (or would expire) on the first 
business day immediately prior to that Friday.
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    \4\ One Week Option Series could be opened in any option class 
that satisfied the applicable listing criteria under PCX rules 
(i.e., stock options, options on Exchange Traded Fund Shares (as 
defined under PCX Rule 5.3), or options on indexes).
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    The proposal would allow the Exchange to open up to five One Week 
Option Series for each One Week Option Expiration Date. The strike 
price for each series would be fixed at a price per share, with at 
least two strike prices above and two strike prices below the 
approximate value of the underlying security, or the calculated index 
value in the case of an index class, at about the time that One Week 
Option Series was opened for trading on the Exchange. No One Week 
Option Series on an option class would be opened in the same week in 
which a monthly option series on the same class is expiring, because 
the monthly option series in its last week before expiration is 
functionally equivalent to the One Week Option Series. The intervals 
between strike prices on One Week Option Series would be the same as 
with the corresponding monthly option series.
    The Exchange believes that One Week Option Series would provide 
investors with a flexible and valuable tool to manage risk exposure, 
minimize capital outlays, and be more responsive to the timing of 
events affecting the securities that underlie option contracts. At the 
same time, the Exchange is cognizant of the need to be cautious in 
introducing a product that can increase the number of outstanding 
strike prices. For that reason, the Exchange proposes to employ a 
limited pilot program for One Week Option Series. Under the terms of 
the pilot program, the Exchange could select up to five options classes 
on which One Week Option Series may be opened on any One Week Option 
Opening Date. The Exchange also could list and trade any One Week 
Option Series on an option class that is selected by another exchange 
with a similar pilot program. The Exchange believes that limiting the 
number of option classes on which One Week Option Series may be opened 
would help ensure that the addition of the new series through this 
pilot program would have only a negligible impact on the Exchange's and 
OPRA's quoting capacity. Also, limiting the term of the pilot program 
to a period of one year would allow the Exchange and the Commission to 
determine whether the One Week Option Series program should be 
extended, expanded, and/or made permanent.
    As originally proposed, all One Week Option Series would be P.M.-
settled. However, in Amendment No. 1, the Exchange revised the proposal 
to provide that One Week Option Series would be P.M.-settled, except 
for One Week Option Series on indexes, which would be A.M.-settled.
    The Exchange represents that it has the system capacity to 
adequately handle the new option series contemplated by this proposal. 
The Exchange provided the Commission information in a confidential 
submission to support that representation.

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    The Exchange proposed that the pilot program extend one year from 
the date of this approval.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act \5\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act \6\ in particular, because 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 mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system.
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change would 
impose any burden on competition 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

    Written comments on the proposed rule change were neither solicited 
nor received.

III. Discussion

    After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposal, as 
amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules 
and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities 
exchange.\7\ In particular, the Commission believes that the proposal 
is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\8\ 
which requires, among other things, that the rules of a national 
securities exchange be designed to remove impediments to and perfect 
the mechanism 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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    \7\ In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has 
considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, 
and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Commission believes that listing and trading One Week Option 
Series, under the terms described in the Exchange's proposal, will 
further the public interest by allowing investors new means of managing 
their risk exposures and carrying out their investment objectives. The 
Commission also believes that the pilot program strikes a reasonable 
balance between the Exchange's desire to offer a wider array of 
investment opportunities and the need to avoid unnecessary 
proliferation of option series that could compromise options quotation 
capacity. The Commission expects the Exchange to monitor the trading 
and quotation volume associated with the additional option series 
created under the pilot program and the effect of these additional 
series on the capacity of the Exchange's, the Options Price Reporting 
Authority's, and vendors' systems.
    The Commission finds good cause pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act \9\ for approving the amended proposal prior to the thirtieth day 
after its publication in the Federal Register. The Commission recently 
approved a rule change proposed by the Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated (``CBOE'') to list and trade short-term options 
series.\10\ Because the CBOE proposal was open for a full comment 
period and CBOE adequately responded to the issues raised by 
commenters, the Commission does not believe that an additional comment 
period for PCX's substantially identical proposal is necessary. The 
Commission believes that accelerating approval of PCX's proposal will 
benefit investors by furthering competition, without undue delay, among 
the markets that wish to trade these products.
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
    \10\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52011 (July 12, 
2005) (order approving SR-CBOE-2004-63).
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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-PCX-2005-32 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-PCX-2005-32. 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 such 
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-PCX-2005-32 and should be submitted on or before August 
9, 2005.

V. Conclusion

    For the foregoing reasons, the Commission finds that the proposed 
rule change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act 
and the rules and regulations thereunder.
    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\11\ that the proposed rule change, as amended (SR-PCX-2005-32), is 
hereby approved on an accelerated basis and as a pilot program, through 
July 12, 2006.
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\12\
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    \12\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Jill M. Peterson,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. E5-3810 Filed 7-18-05; 8:45 am]
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