Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change and Amendments No. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating to the Exchange's Obvious Error Rule, 28060-28062 [E6-7323]

Download as PDF 28060 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 93 / Monday, May 15, 2006 / Notices A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange has amended, through the Pilot Program,5 Section 102.01A of the Manual regarding minimum numerical standards. The Exchange has also filed a proposed rule change 6 seeking to make permanent the Pilot Program’s amendments to Section 102.01A of the Manual. The Pilot Program is due to expire on May 31, 2006. The Exchange proposes to extend the Pilot Program until the earlier of: (i) August 21, 2006; or (ii) the Commission’s approval of the proposed permanent amendment to Section 102.01A of the Manual. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirement under Section 6(b)(5) 7 of the Act that an Exchange have rules that are designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, 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. 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 were neither solicited nor received. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (1) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) impose any significant burden on competition; and (3) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52887 (December 5, 2005), 70 FR 73501 (December 12, 2005) (SR–NYSE–2005–82). 6 See SR–NYSE–2006–22, filed with the Commission on March 20, 2006. 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:54 May 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 8 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.9 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. 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–2006–27 and should be submitted on or before June 5, 2006. 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: BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 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–2006–27 on the subject line. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–7322 Filed 5–12–06; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–53776; File No. SR–Phlx– 2005–73] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change and Amendments No. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating to the Exchange’s Obvious Error Rule May 9, 2006. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Paper Comments (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on November • Send paper comments in triplicate 14, 2005, the Philadelphia Stock to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Phlx’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) Securities and Exchange Commission, filed with the Securities and Exchange 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the 20549–1090. proposed rule change as described in All submissions should refer to File Items I, II, and III below, which Items Number SR–NYSE–2006–27. This file have been prepared by the Exchange. number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the On November 18, 2005, the Phlx submitted Amendment No. 1 to the Commission process and review your proposed rule change.3 On April 6, comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will 2006, the Phlx submitted Amendment post all comments on the Commission’s No. 2 to the proposed rule change.4 The Commission is publishing this notice to Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ solicit comments on the proposed rule rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the change, as amended, from interested submission, all subsequent persons. amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s change that are filed with the Statement of the Terms of Substance of Commission, and all written the Proposed Rule Change communications relating to the The Phlx proposes to amend proposed rule change between the Exchange Rule 1092 (Obvious Errors). Commission and any person, other than The proposed amendments to Phlx Rule those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 10 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). available for inspection and copying in 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. the Commission’s Public Reference 3 Amendment No. 1 corrected technical errors in Room. Copies of such filing also will be the proposed rule text. 4 Amendment No. 2 deleted the proposed available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All revisions to Rule 1092(c) that related to an erroneous print disseminated by the underlying comments received will be posted market which is later cancelled or corrected by the underlying market and an erroneous quote in the underlying market. Thus, the Exchange does not propose to make any changes to Rule 1092(c). 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 9 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 93 / Monday, May 15, 2006 / Notices 1092 would: (1) change the definition of ‘‘obvious error’’ to mean a transaction that occurs at an execution price that differs from the Theoretical Price by at least the maximum allowable bid/ask differential; and (2) change the definition of ‘‘Theoretical Price’’ for purposes of determining whether an execution price constitutes an ‘‘obvious error.’’ Below is the text of the proposed rule change, as amended. Proposed new language is in italics; proposed deletions are in [brackets]. * * * * * jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Obvious Errors Rule 1092. The Exchange shall either nullify a transaction or adjust the execution price of a transaction that results in an Obvious Error as provided in this Rule. (a) Definition of Obvious Error. For purposes of this Rule only, an Obvious Error will be deemed to have occurred when the execution price of a transaction is higher or lower than the Theoretical Price for a series by an amount equal to at least the amount shown below: amount equal to at least three times the maximum bid/ask spread allowed for the series, so long as such amount is 50 cents or more.] (b) Definition of Theoretical Price. For purposes of this Rule only, the [t] Theoretical Price of an option is: (i) If the series is traded on at least one other options exchange, the [last bid or offer] mid-point of the National Best Bid and Offer (‘‘NBBO’’), just prior to the transaction [, on the exchange that has the most total volume in that option over the most recent 60 calendar days]; or (ii) If there are no quotes for comparison purposes, as determined by two Floor Officials and designated personnel in the Exchange’s Market Surveillance Department. (c)–(f) No change. Commentary: .01 No change. .02 [ The Theoretical Price will be determined under paragraph (b)(i) of this Rule as follows: (i) the bid price from the exchange providing the most total volume in the option over the most recent 60 calendar days will be used with respect to an erroneous bid price Minimum entered on the Exchange, and (ii) the Theoretical price amount offer price from the exchange providing the most total volume in the option over Below $2 ....................................... $.25 the most recent 60 calendar days will be $2 to $5 ........................................ $.40 used with respect to an erroneous offer Above $5 to $10 ........................... $.50 Above $10 to $20 ......................... $.80 price entered on the Exchange. .03 ] The price to which a transaction Above $20 .................................... $1.00 is adjusted under paragraph (c)(ii) of this Rule will be determined as follows: [(i) If the Theoretical Price of the (i) the bid price from the exchange option is less than $3.00: disseminating the National Best Bid for (A) During regular market conditions the series at the time of the transaction (including rotations), the execution that was the result of an obvious error price of a transaction is higher or lower will be used with respect to an than the Theoretical Price for the series erroneous offer price entered on the by an amount of 35 cents or more; or, (B) During unusual market conditions Exchange, and (ii) the offer price from (i.e., the Exchange has declared an the exchange disseminating the National unusual market condition status for the Best Offer for the series at the time of option in question), the execution price the transaction that was the result of an of a transaction is higher or lower than obvious error will be used with respect the Theoretical Price for the series by an to an erroneous bid price entered on the amount of 50 cents or more. (ii) If the Exchange. If there are no quotes for Theoretical Price of the option is $3.00 comparison purposes, the adjustment or more: price will be determined by two Floor (A) During regular market conditions Officials and Market Surveillance. (including rotations), the execution II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s price of a transaction is higher or lower Statement of the Purpose of, and than the Theoretical Price for the series by an amount equal to at least two times Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change the maximum bid/ask spread allowed In its filing with the Commission, the for the series, so long as such amount Exchange included statements is 50 cents or more; or (B) During unusual market conditions concerning the purpose of and basis for (i.e., the Exchange has declared an the proposed rule change and discussed unusual market condition status for the any comments it received on the option in question), the execution price proposed rule change. The text of these of a transaction is higher or lower than statements may be examined at the the Theoretical Price for the series by an places specified in Item IV below. The VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:54 May 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28061 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 Exchange states that the purpose of the proposed rule change, as amended, is to modernize the Exchange’s Obvious Error rule so that it addresses issues raised by the increasingly electronic options marketplace. Definition of Obvious Error Currently, Exchange Rule 1092(a) defines ‘‘obvious error’’ as the execution price of a transaction that is higher or lower than the Theoretical Price (if the Theoretical Price is less than $3.00) for the series by an amount of 35 cents or more; or, during unusual market conditions (i.e., the Exchange has declared an unusual market condition status for the option in question), by an amount of 50 cents or more. Where the Theoretical Price is $3.00 or more, ‘‘obvious error’’ is defined as the execution price of a transaction that is higher or lower than the Theoretical Price for the series by an amount equal to at least two times the allowable maximum bid/ask spread for the series, so long as the amount is 50 cents or more, and three times the allowable bid/ ask spread during unusual market conditions. The proposed rule change would redefine ‘‘obvious error’’ by deeming an ‘‘obvious error’’ to have occurred when the execution price of a transaction is higher or lower than the Theoretical Price for a series by an amount equal to at least the amount shown below: Theoretical price Below $2 ....................................... $2 to $5 ........................................ Above $5 to $10 ........................... Above $10 to $20 ......................... Above $20 .................................... Minimum amount $.25 $.40 $.50 $.80 $1.00 The Exchange believes that the proposed new definition of ‘‘obvious error’’ would facilitate the efficient determination by Floor Officials as to whether a trade resulted from an obvious error by setting minimum amounts by which the transaction price differs from the Theoretical Price without requiring such Floor Officials to conduct an inquiry into the volume of all exchanges each time they review a E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 28062 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 93 / Monday, May 15, 2006 / Notices transaction under the rule. The proposed definition of ‘‘obvious error’’ would apply during both normal and unusual market conditions, thus further streamlining the Floor Officials’ review process. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Definition of Theoretical Price Currently, Phlx Rule 1092(b) defines ‘‘Theoretical Price’’ as the last bid or offer, just prior to the transaction, on the exchange that has the most total volume in that option over the most recent 60 calendar days; or if there are no quotes for comparison purposes, as determined by two Floor Officials and designated personnel in the Exchange’s Market Surveillance Department. The proposed rule change would define ‘‘Theoretical Price’’ as, respecting series traded on at least one other options exchange, the mid-point of the National Best Bid and Offer (‘‘NBBO’’) just prior to the transaction. The Phlx notes that currently, all options exchanges, including the Phlx, have rules permitting specialists and market makers to disseminate electronic quotations with a bid/ask differential of up to $5.00, regardless of the price of the bid.5 For the most part, the Phlx believes that such quotations do not reflect the NBBO. Under the current Exchange rule, the Theoretical Price, defined as the last bid or offer just prior to the transaction on the market with the highest volume, could differ from the NBBO by a significant amount if the bid/ask differential on such market in the series is $5.00 wide. In order to account for this potential discrepancy between the Theoretical Price as established by rule and the actual NBBO, the proposal would re-define the term ‘‘Theoretical Price’’ to mean the mid-point of the NBBO just prior to the transaction. This should provide Exchange Floor Officials with a more accurate measure of the price on which to base their determination that a transaction resulted from an obvious error, based on the actual NBBO instead of a quotation with a bid/ask differential of $5.00. For consistency, the Exchange proposes to delete Commentary .02 to Phlx Rule 1092, which references the Theoretical Price as currently defined, from the Rule. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that this proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 6, in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,7 5 See, e.g., Exchange Rule 1014(c)(i)(A)(2). U.S.C. 78f(b). 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 6 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:54 May 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest, by establishing objective definitions of Theoretical Price and ‘‘obvious error’’ that address issues raised by the increasingly electronic options marketplace. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change, as amended, 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 No written comments were solicited or received by the Exchange on this proposal, as amended. 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 Exchange consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve the proposed rule change, as amended, or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change, as amended, should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–Phlx–2005–73 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Phlx–2005–73. 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). 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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-53776; File No. SR-Phlx-2005-73]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; 
Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change and Amendments No. 1 and 2 
Thereto Relating to the Exchange's Obvious Error Rule

May 9, 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 November 14, 2005, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (``Phlx'' 
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 
November 18, 2005, the Phlx submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed 
rule change.\3\ On April 6, 2006, the Phlx submitted Amendment No. 2 to 
the proposed rule change.\4\ The Commission is publishing this notice 
to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from 
interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ Amendment No. 1 corrected technical errors in the proposed 
rule text.
    \4\ Amendment No. 2 deleted the proposed revisions to Rule 
1092(c) that related to an erroneous print disseminated by the 
underlying market which is later cancelled or corrected by the 
underlying market and an erroneous quote in the underlying market. 
Thus, the Exchange does not propose to make any changes to Rule 
1092(c).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Phlx proposes to amend Exchange Rule 1092 (Obvious Errors). The 
proposed amendments to Phlx Rule

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1092 would: (1) change the definition of ``obvious error'' to mean a 
transaction that occurs at an execution price that differs from the 
Theoretical Price by at least the maximum allowable bid/ask 
differential; and (2) change the definition of ``Theoretical Price'' 
for purposes of determining whether an execution price constitutes an 
``obvious error.''
    Below is the text of the proposed rule change, as amended. Proposed 
new language is in italics; proposed deletions are in [brackets].
* * * * *
Obvious Errors
    Rule 1092. The Exchange shall either nullify a transaction or 
adjust the execution price of a transaction that results in an Obvious 
Error as provided in this Rule.
    (a) Definition of Obvious Error. For purposes of this Rule only, an 
Obvious Error will be deemed to have occurred when the execution price 
of a transaction is higher or lower than the Theoretical Price for a 
series by an amount equal to at least the amount shown below:

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                                                                Minimum
                      Theoretical price                          amount
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Below $2.....................................................       $.25
$2 to $5.....................................................       $.40
Above $5 to $10..............................................       $.50
Above $10 to $20.............................................       $.80
Above $20....................................................      $1.00
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    [(i) If the Theoretical Price of the option is less than $3.00:
    (A) During regular market conditions (including rotations), the 
execution price of a transaction is higher or lower than the 
Theoretical Price for the series by an amount of 35 cents or more; or,
    (B) During unusual market conditions (i.e., the Exchange has 
declared an unusual market condition status for the option in 
question), the execution price of a transaction is higher or lower than 
the Theoretical Price for the series by an amount of 50 cents or more. 
(ii) If the Theoretical Price of the option is $3.00 or more:
    (A) During regular market conditions (including rotations), the 
execution price of a transaction is higher or lower than the 
Theoretical Price for the series by an amount equal to at least two 
times the maximum bid/ask spread allowed for the series, so long as 
such amount is 50 cents or more; or
    (B) During unusual market conditions (i.e., the Exchange has 
declared an unusual market condition status for the option in 
question), the execution price of a transaction is higher or lower than 
the Theoretical Price for the series by an amount equal to at least 
three times the maximum bid/ask spread allowed for the series, so long 
as such amount is 50 cents or more.]
    (b) Definition of Theoretical Price. For purposes of this Rule 
only, the [t] Theoretical Price of an option is:
    (i) If the series is traded on at least one other options exchange, 
the [last bid or offer] mid-point of the National Best Bid and Offer 
(``NBBO''), just prior to the transaction [, on the exchange that has 
the most total volume in that option over the most recent 60 calendar 
days]; or
    (ii) If there are no quotes for comparison purposes, as determined 
by two Floor Officials and designated personnel in the Exchange's 
Market Surveillance Department.
    (c)-(f) No change.
Commentary:
    .01 No change.
    .02 [ The Theoretical Price will be determined under paragraph 
(b)(i) of this Rule as follows: (i) the bid price from the exchange 
providing the most total volume in the option over the most recent 60 
calendar days will be used with respect to an erroneous bid price 
entered on the Exchange, and (ii) the offer price from the exchange 
providing the most total volume in the option over the most recent 60 
calendar days will be used with respect to an erroneous offer price 
entered on the Exchange.
    .03 ] The price to which a transaction is adjusted under paragraph 
(c)(ii) of this Rule will be determined as follows: (i) the bid price 
from the exchange disseminating the National Best Bid for the series at 
the time of the transaction that was the result of an obvious error 
will be used with respect to an erroneous offer price entered on the 
Exchange, and (ii) the offer price from the exchange disseminating the 
National Best Offer for the series at the time of the transaction that 
was the result of an obvious error will be used with respect to an 
erroneous bid price entered on the Exchange. If there are no quotes for 
comparison purposes, the adjustment price will be determined by two 
Floor Officials and Market Surveillance.

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 Exchange states that the purpose of the proposed rule change, 
as amended, is to modernize the Exchange's Obvious Error rule so that 
it addresses issues raised by the increasingly electronic options 
marketplace.
Definition of Obvious Error
    Currently, Exchange Rule 1092(a) defines ``obvious error'' as the 
execution price of a transaction that is higher or lower than the 
Theoretical Price (if the Theoretical Price is less than $3.00) for the 
series by an amount of 35 cents or more; or, during unusual market 
conditions (i.e., the Exchange has declared an unusual market condition 
status for the option in question), by an amount of 50 cents or more. 
Where the Theoretical Price is $3.00 or more, ``obvious error'' is 
defined as the execution price of a transaction that is higher or lower 
than the Theoretical Price for the series by an amount equal to at 
least two times the allowable maximum bid/ask spread for the series, so 
long as the amount is 50 cents or more, and three times the allowable 
bid/ask spread during unusual market conditions.
    The proposed rule change would re-define ``obvious error'' by 
deeming an ``obvious error'' to have occurred when the execution price 
of a transaction is higher or lower than the Theoretical Price for a 
series by an amount equal to at least the amount shown below:

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                                                                Minimum
                      Theoretical price                          amount
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Below $2.....................................................       $.25
$2 to $5.....................................................       $.40
Above $5 to $10..............................................       $.50
Above $10 to $20.............................................       $.80
Above $20....................................................      $1.00
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed new definition of ``obvious 
error'' would facilitate the efficient determination by Floor Officials 
as to whether a trade resulted from an obvious error by setting minimum 
amounts by which the transaction price differs from the Theoretical 
Price without requiring such Floor Officials to conduct an inquiry into 
the volume of all exchanges each time they review a

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transaction under the rule. The proposed definition of ``obvious 
error'' would apply during both normal and unusual market conditions, 
thus further streamlining the Floor Officials' review process.
Definition of Theoretical Price
    Currently, Phlx Rule 1092(b) defines ``Theoretical Price'' as the 
last bid or offer, just prior to the transaction, on the exchange that 
has the most total volume in that option over the most recent 60 
calendar days; or if there are no quotes for comparison purposes, as 
determined by two Floor Officials and designated personnel in the 
Exchange's Market Surveillance Department. The proposed rule change 
would define ``Theoretical Price'' as, respecting series traded on at 
least one other options exchange, the mid-point of the National Best 
Bid and Offer (``NBBO'') just prior to the transaction.
    The Phlx notes that currently, all options exchanges, including the 
Phlx, have rules permitting specialists and market makers to 
disseminate electronic quotations with a bid/ask differential of up to 
$5.00, regardless of the price of the bid.\5\ For the most part, the 
Phlx believes that such quotations do not reflect the NBBO. Under the 
current Exchange rule, the Theoretical Price, defined as the last bid 
or offer just prior to the transaction on the market with the highest 
volume, could differ from the NBBO by a significant amount if the bid/
ask differential on such market in the series is $5.00 wide. In order 
to account for this potential discrepancy between the Theoretical Price 
as established by rule and the actual NBBO, the proposal would re-
define the term ``Theoretical Price'' to mean the mid-point of the NBBO 
just prior to the transaction. This should provide Exchange Floor 
Officials with a more accurate measure of the price on which to base 
their determination that a transaction resulted from an obvious error, 
based on the actual NBBO instead of a quotation with a bid/ask 
differential of $5.00.
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    \5\ See, e.g., Exchange Rule 1014(c)(i)(A)(2).
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    For consistency, the Exchange proposes to delete Commentary .02 to 
Phlx Rule 1092, which references the Theoretical Price as currently 
defined, from the Rule.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that this proposal is consistent with Section 
6(b) of the Act \6\, in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 
6(b)(5) of the Act,\7\ in particular, in that it is designed to promote 
just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and 
perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and national market 
system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest, 
by establishing objective definitions of Theoretical Price and 
``obvious error'' that address issues raised by the increasingly 
electronic options marketplace.
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \7\ 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, as 
amended, 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

    No written comments were solicited or received by the Exchange on 
this proposal, as amended.

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 Exchange consents, the Commission will:
    (A) By order approve the proposed rule change, as amended, or
    (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change, as amended, should be disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments may be 
submitted by any of the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-Phlx-2005-73 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-Phlx-2005-73. 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-Phlx-2005-73 and should be submitted on or before June 5, 2006.

    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. E6-7323 Filed 5-12-06; 8:45 am]
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