Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change Relating to the SizeQuote Mechanism, 3908-3909 [E6-778]

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RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES: Information is provided by the visitor seeking access to Commission facilities to meet with Commission employees or contractors, by Commission employees who pre-register visitors, and by Commission employees or badged contractors who do not have their ID PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [Release No. 34–53135; File No. SR–CBOE– 2005–83] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change Relating to the SizeQuote Mechanism On October 11, 2005, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to modify its pilot SizeQuote Mechanism for the execution of large-sized orders in open outcry.3 The proposed rule change was published for comment in the 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 CBOE Rule 6.74(f), which sets forth the rules and procedures for use of the SizeQuote Mechanism, was approved by the Commission in February 2005 for adoption on a pilot basis. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51205 (February 15, 2005), 70 FR 8647 (February 22, 2005). In brief, a floor broker seeking to use the SizeQuote Mechanism to facilitate a customer’s large-sized order (‘‘SizeQuote Order) must request a ‘‘SizeQuote’’ from in-crowd market participants (‘‘ICMPs’’), who may respond with indications of the price and size at which they would be willing to trade with the order. ICMPs who respond at the best price have priority to trade with the order at that best price and at one trading increment better (the ‘‘improved best price’’). If the ICMPs do not execute the entire SizeQuote Order, the floor broker must be prepared to execute the remaining contracts against a facilitation order at the best price or the improved best price, as applicable. However, the floor broker has priority to facilitate the entire SizeQuote Order at a price two trading increments better than the best price provided by the ICMPs. For a more complete description, see Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50967 (January 5, 2005), 70 FR 2197 (January 12, 2005). 2 17 E:\FR\FM\24JAN1.SGM 24JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 15 / Tuesday, January 24, 2006 / Notices Federal Register on December 12, 2005.4 The Commission received no comments regarding the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change. The proposed rule change would establish that, in addition to a floor broker crossing a SizeQuote Order with a facilitation order in accordance with the SizeQuote Mechanism’s procedures, a floor broker also may cross the SizeQuote order with one or more solicited orders or a combination of solicited and facilitation orders. The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange, and, in particular, with the requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act.5 The Commission believes that, by giving floor brokers the alternative of crossing customers’ SizeQuote Orders with solicited orders, the proposed rule change is intended to expand the potential benefits of the SizeQuote Mechanism. The Commission notes that the proposal does not alter the procedures a floor broker must follow in executing SizeQuote Orders. It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,6 that the proposed rule change (SR–CBOE–2005– 83) is approved until the expiration of the current SizeQuote pilot program on February 15, 2006.7 rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52888 (December 5, 2005), 70 FR 73492. 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 6 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 7 The Commission notes that the current SizeQuote pilot program expires on February 15, 2006. The Exchange has indicated to Commission staff its intent to propose an extension of the pilot program, as amended by the instant proposal, for an additional year. Telephone Conversation between Jennifer Lamie, Managing Senior Attorney, CBOE and Ira Brandriss, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation, Commission on January 13, 2006. 8 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 14:44 Jan 23, 2006 Jkt 208001 [Release No. 34–53111; File No. SR–NASD– 2006–002] Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Related to Non-NASD Member Broker-Dealer Access to Nasdaq’s Brut Facility January 12, 2006. 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 3, 2006, 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’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by Nasdaq. On January 12, 2006, Nasdaq submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.3 Nasdaq has filed the proposal pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 4 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder,5 which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 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 For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–778 Filed 1–23–06; 8:45 am] VerDate Aug<31>2005 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Nasdaq proposes to continue to provide, through February 8, 2006, broker-dealers that are not members of the NASD access to Nasdaq’s Brut facility. Nasdaq states that it would implement the proposed rule change, as amended, immediately. Nasdaq has designated this proposal as noncontroversial and has requested that the Commission waive the five-day prefiling requirement and the 30-day preoperative waiting period contained in Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act.6 The text of the proposed rule change, as amended, is below. Proposed new language is italicized; proposed deletions are in [brackets]. * * * * * 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Amendment No. 1 made technical changes to the proposed rule change. 4 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 5 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 6 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4901. 3909 Definitions (a) through (h) No Change. (i) The term ‘‘Participant’’ shall mean an NASD member that fulfills the obligations contained in Rule 4902 regarding participation in the System. Until [December 31, 2005,] February 8, 2006, the term ‘‘Participant’’ shall also include non-NASD [members] broker/ dealers that desire to use the System and otherwise meet all other requirements for System participation. (j) through (w) 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, as amended, and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change, as amended. 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 Under current NASD Rule 4901(i), entities that are not members of the NASD may use the Brut system until December 31, 2005. Nasdaq proposes to amend this provision so as to allow nonNASD member broker-dealers to use the Brut system through February 8, 2006.7 Nasdaq notes that the continued provision of such access impacts seven current Brut broker-dealer users (four active and three inactive), which Nasdaq believes is similar to access already being provided by the Arca Trading subsidiary of the Archipelago Exchange.8 Nasdaq commits that Brut will not accept any new broker-dealer subscribers to its system that are nonNASD members during the extended 7 Nasdaq states that non-NASD member entities that are not broker-dealers will not be able to use the Brut system beyond December 31, 2005. Nasdaq states that the February 8, 2006 date was selected to coincide with the current deadline for non-NASD member broker-dealers to leave Nasdaq’s INET Facility. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52902 (December 7, 2005); 70 FR 73810 (December 13, 2005) (SR–NASD–2005–128). Nasdaq states that the INET Facility is expected to be merged into the Brut broker-dealer in the near future. 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52497 (September 22, 2005); 70 FR 56949 (September 29, 2005) (SR–PCX–2005–90). E:\FR\FM\24JAN1.SGM 24JAN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-53135; File No. SR-CBOE-2005-83]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change Relating to the 
SizeQuote Mechanism

January 17, 2006.
    On October 11, 2005, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated (``CBOE'' or ``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and 
Exchange Commission (``Commission''), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of 
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 
thereunder,\2\ a proposed rule change to modify its pilot SizeQuote 
Mechanism for the execution of large-sized orders in open outcry.\3\ 
The proposed rule change was published for comment in the

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Federal Register on December 12, 2005.\4\ The Commission received no 
comments regarding the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule 
change.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ CBOE Rule 6.74(f), which sets forth the rules and procedures 
for use of the SizeQuote Mechanism, was approved by the Commission 
in February 2005 for adoption on a pilot basis. See Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 51205 (February 15, 2005), 70 FR 8647 
(February 22, 2005).
    In brief, a floor broker seeking to use the SizeQuote Mechanism 
to facilitate a customer's large-sized order (``SizeQuote Order) 
must request a ``SizeQuote'' from in-crowd market participants 
(``ICMPs''), who may respond with indications of the price and size 
at which they would be willing to trade with the order. ICMPs who 
respond at the best price have priority to trade with the order at 
that best price and at one trading increment better (the ``improved 
best price''). If the ICMPs do not execute the entire SizeQuote 
Order, the floor broker must be prepared to execute the remaining 
contracts against a facilitation order at the best price or the 
improved best price, as applicable. However, the floor broker has 
priority to facilitate the entire SizeQuote Order at a price two 
trading increments better than the best price provided by the ICMPs. 
For a more complete description, see Securities Exchange Act Release 
No. 50967 (January 5, 2005), 70 FR 2197 (January 12, 2005).
    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52888 (December 5, 
2005), 70 FR 73492.
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    The proposed rule change would establish that, in addition to a 
floor broker crossing a SizeQuote Order with a facilitation order in 
accordance with the SizeQuote Mechanism's procedures, a floor broker 
also may cross the SizeQuote order with one or more solicited orders or 
a combination of solicited and facilitation orders.
    The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations 
thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange, and, in 
particular, with the requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act.\5\ The 
Commission believes that, by giving floor brokers the alternative of 
crossing customers' SizeQuote Orders with solicited orders, the 
proposed rule change is intended to expand the potential benefits of 
the SizeQuote Mechanism. The Commission notes that the proposal does 
not alter the procedures a floor broker must follow in executing 
SizeQuote Orders.
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). In approving this proposed rule change, 
the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
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    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\6\ that the proposed rule change (SR-CBOE-2005-83) is approved 
until the expiration of the current SizeQuote pilot program on February 
15, 2006.\7\
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
    \7\ The Commission notes that the current SizeQuote pilot 
program expires on February 15, 2006. The Exchange has indicated to 
Commission staff its intent to propose an extension of the pilot 
program, as amended by the instant proposal, for an additional year. 
Telephone Conversation between Jennifer Lamie, Managing Senior 
Attorney, CBOE and Ira Brandriss, Special Counsel, Division of 
Market Regulation, Commission on January 13, 2006.
    \8\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\8\
Jill M. Peterson,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. E6-778 Filed 1-23-06; 8:45 am]
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