Self-Regulatory Organizations; Pacific Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto To Modify Its Rate Schedule Retroactively to January 1, 2002 To Cap the Fees on Multiple Options Issues Transfers, 43492-43493 [E5-4001]

Download as PDF 43492 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 143 / Wednesday, July 27, 2005 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–3981 Filed 7–26–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–52090; File No. SR–PCX– 2005–68] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Pacific Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto To Modify Its Rate Schedule Retroactively to January 1, 2002 To Cap the Fees on Multiple Options Issues Transfers July 20, 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 May 13, 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, II, and III below, which items have been prepared by the Exchange. On July 1, 2005, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.3 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 Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to modify its rate schedule retroactive to January 1, 2002 to allow the Exchange to cap the fee it charges a Lead Market Maker (‘‘LMM’’) when multiple options issues are transferred. The text of the proposed rule change, as amended, is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http:// www.pacificex.com), at the Exchange’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 Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed 8 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Amendment No. 1 replaced and superseded the original proposal. 1 15 VerDate jul<14>2003 19:40 Jul 26, 2005 Jkt 205001 any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The PCX proposes to add a defined rate schedule applicable to the cap on issue transfer fees. The PCX charges a Lead Market Maker (LMM) that has been allocated an options issue a $1000 fee in the event that the LMM transfers the issue to another LMM, in accordance with PCX Transfer of Issues Guidelines.4 The purpose of this fee, which was filed as part of PCX–2001– 51,5 is to help offset the administrative and technological costs related to transferring an options issue. While it is still accurate to charge $1000 for the transfer of one issue, when multiple issues are transferred as part of a single transaction the overall costs associated with the transfer may be reduced. To assess an LMM the full $1000 on every transferred issue, with no limit to the total charges, is not in keeping with the original intent of the transfer fee. By establishing a cap on the fees the Exchange charges an LMM, the Exchange is attempting to more accurately assess the LMM the true cost associated with a transfer, which was the purpose of the fee when first implemented. The PCX proposes to continue charging $1000 per issue transferred, but cap the fee at $15,000 for the first one hundred issues transferred, and $5000 for every one hundred (or any part of) additional issues transferred. Using this rate schedule the PCX would cap the transfer fee at $15,000 for the first 100 issues, $20,000 for up to 200 issues transferred and $25,000 for up to 300 issues transferred, and so forth using the same formula. To qualify for the rate cap all transfers must be deemed to be part of a single transaction and meet the guidelines of the PCX Transfer of Issues Guidelines. The new fee cap will allow the PCX to more accurately assess an LMM the technological and administrative costs associated with the transfer of allocated issues. The 4 PCX Transfer of Issues Guidelines is explained in PCX Regulatory Information Bulletin RBO–03–09 (Aug. 11, 2003). 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45351, (January 29, 2002), 67 FR 5631 (February 6, 2002). PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Exchange proposes to make this fee effective retroactive to January 1, 2002, the date that PCX–2001–51 was effective. By making this filing retroactive to coincide with the date the transfer fee was originally implemented, the Exchange will have the ability to make any adjustments it deems necessary to allow previous charges to properly reflect the true intent of PCX– 2001–51. The PCX will review all past transfers to determine if any adjustments are warranted pursuant to the proposed rate schedule contained in this filing. 2. Statutory Basis The proposal is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act,6 in general, and section 6(b)(4) of the Act,7 in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of dues, fees, and other charges among its members. 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 Written comments on the proposed rule change 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 is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 6 15 7 15 E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 27JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 143 / Wednesday, July 27, 2005 / Notices 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–2005–68 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–2005–68. 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–2005–68 and should be submitted on or before August 17, 2005. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–4001 Filed 7–26–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–52082; File No. SR–Phlx– 2005–45] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Automatic Execution of Option Transactions During Crossed Markets July 20, 2005. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’), 1 and Rule 19b–4 2 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on July 12, 2005, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Phlx’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III, below, which Items have been prepared by the Phlx. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Phlx proposes to provide for automatic executions when the Exchange’s disseminated market is crossed by one minimum trading increment (i.e., $1.05 bid, $1.00 offer or $3.10 bid, $3.00 offer), and the Exchange’s disseminated price is the National Best Bid/Offer (‘‘NBBO’’). Additionally, as a housekeeping matter, the proposed rule change would delete Phlx Rule 1080(c)(iv)(G), a reference to an obsolete pilot program relating to the disengagement of AUTO–X. The text of the proposed rule change is set forth below. Brackets indicate deletions; underlining indicates new text. Philadelphia Stock Exchange Automated Options Market (AUTOM) and Automatic Execution System (AUTO–X) Rule 1080. (a)–(b) No change. (c)(i)–(iii) No change. (iv) Except as otherwise provided in this Rule, in the following circumstances, an order otherwise eligible for automatic execution will instead be manually handled by the specialist: (A) The Exchange’s disseminated market is crossed by more than one minimum trading increment (as defined in Exchange Rule 1034) (i.e., 2.10 bid, 2 offer), or crosses the disseminated 1 15 8 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate jul<14>2003 20:48 Jul 26, 2005 2 17 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43493 market of another options exchange by more than one minimum trading increment; (B)–(D) No change. (E) if the Exchange’s bid or offer is not the NBBO; and (F) When the price of a limit order is not in the appropriate minimum trading increment pursuant to Rule 1034. [; and (G) Respecting non-Streaming Quote Options, when the number of contracts automatically executed within a 15 second period in an option (subject to a Pilot program through April 30, 2005) exceeds the specified disengagement size, a 30 second period ensues during which subsequent orders are handled manually. If the Exchange’s disseminated size exceeds the specified disengagement size and an eligible order is delivered for a number of contracts that is greater than the specified disengagement size, such an order will be automatically executed up to the disseminated size, followed by an AUTO–X disengagement period of 30 seconds. If the specialist revises the quotation in such an option prior to the expiration of such 30-second period, eligible orders in such an option shall again be executed automatically.] The Exchange’s systems are designed and programmed to identify the conditions that cause inbound orders to be ineligible for automatic execution. Once it is established that inbound orders are ineligible for automatic execution, Exchange staff has the ability to determine which of the above conditions occurred. 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 Phlx 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 Phlx has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of the proposed rule change is to increase the automated handling and execution of option orders on the Exchange by establishing that orders are eligible for automatic execution during crossed markets when E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM 27JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-52090; File No. SR-PCX-2005-68]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Pacific Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto To Modify 
Its Rate Schedule Retroactively to January 1, 2002 To Cap the Fees on 
Multiple Options Issues Transfers

July 20, 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 May 13, 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, II, and III below, which 
items have been prepared by the Exchange. On July 1, 2005, the Exchange 
filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.\3\ 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 replaced and superseded the original 
proposal.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to modify its rate schedule retroactive to 
January 1, 2002 to allow the Exchange to cap the fee it charges a Lead 
Market Maker (``LMM'') when multiple options issues are transferred. 
The text of the proposed rule change, as amended, is available on the 
Exchange's Web site (http://www.pacificex.com), at the Exchange'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 Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in 
sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such 
statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The PCX proposes to add a defined rate schedule applicable to the 
cap on issue transfer fees. The PCX charges a Lead Market Maker (LMM) 
that has been allocated an options issue a $1000 fee in the event that 
the LMM transfers the issue to another LMM, in accordance with PCX 
Transfer of Issues Guidelines.\4\ The purpose of this fee, which was 
filed as part of PCX-2001-51,\5\ is to help offset the administrative 
and technological costs related to transferring an options issue. While 
it is still accurate to charge $1000 for the transfer of one issue, 
when multiple issues are transferred as part of a single transaction 
the overall costs associated with the transfer may be reduced. To 
assess an LMM the full $1000 on every transferred issue, with no limit 
to the total charges, is not in keeping with the original intent of the 
transfer fee. By establishing a cap on the fees the Exchange charges an 
LMM, the Exchange is attempting to more accurately assess the LMM the 
true cost associated with a transfer, which was the purpose of the fee 
when first implemented. The PCX proposes to continue charging $1000 per 
issue transferred, but cap the fee at $15,000 for the first one hundred 
issues transferred, and $5000 for every one hundred (or any part of) 
additional issues transferred. Using this rate schedule the PCX would 
cap the transfer fee at $15,000 for the first 100 issues, $20,000 for 
up to 200 issues transferred and $25,000 for up to 300 issues 
transferred, and so forth using the same formula. To qualify for the 
rate cap all transfers must be deemed to be part of a single 
transaction and meet the guidelines of the PCX Transfer of Issues 
Guidelines. The new fee cap will allow the PCX to more accurately 
assess an LMM the technological and administrative costs associated 
with the transfer of allocated issues. The Exchange proposes to make 
this fee effective retroactive to January 1, 2002, the date that PCX-
2001-51 was effective. By making this filing retroactive to coincide 
with the date the transfer fee was originally implemented, the Exchange 
will have the ability to make any adjustments it deems necessary to 
allow previous charges to properly reflect the true intent of PCX-2001-
51. The PCX will review all past transfers to determine if any 
adjustments are warranted pursuant to the proposed rate schedule 
contained in this filing.
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    \4\ PCX Transfer of Issues Guidelines is explained in PCX 
Regulatory Information Bulletin RBO-03-09 (Aug. 11, 2003).
    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45351, (January 29, 
2002), 67 FR 5631 (February 6, 2002).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The proposal is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act,\6\ in 
general, and section 6(b)(4) of the Act,\7\ in particular, in that it 
provides for the equitable allocation of dues, fees, and other charges 
among its members.
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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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

    Written comments on the proposed rule change 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 is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

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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-2005-68 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-2005-68. 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-2005-68 and should be submitted on or before August 
17, 2005.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\8\
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    \8\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Jill M. Peterson,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. E5-4001 Filed 7-26-05; 8:45 am]
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