Self-Regulatory Organizations; Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change Relating to Restated Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, 29194-29195 [E6-7637]

Download as PDF 29194 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 97 / Friday, May 19, 2006 / Notices the Act and the rules and regulations under the Act applicable to a national securities exchange and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.7 Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 8 in that the rules of an exchange be designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition Amex does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended. 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. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change (1) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (3) does not become operative for thirty days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 9 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 10 thereunder. The Commission notes that the 30-day operative delay has elapsed and therefore the filing is effective. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change the Commission may summarily abrogate such proposed 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. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule U.S.C. 78f(b). 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 10 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Electronic Comments [Release No. 34–53804, File No. SR-MSRB– 2006–02] • 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 SR– Amex–2006–25 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change Relating to Restated Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws 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 No. SR–Amex–2006–25. 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 Amex. 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 No. SR–Amex–2006–25 and should be submitted on or before June 9, 2006. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–7642 Filed 5–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 7 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:37 May 18, 2006 11 17 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 May 15, 2006. On March 20, 2006, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (‘‘MSRB’’ or ‘‘Board’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘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 consisting of the MSRB’s Restated Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. The proposed rule change is intended to expand the indemnification provisions for Board members and employees and to make other revisions to the Board’s Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on April 14, 2006.3 The Commission received no comment letters regarding the proposal. The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to the MSRB 4 and, in particular, the requirements of Section 15B(b)(2)(C) of the Act 5 and the rules and regulations thereunder. Section 15B(b)(2)(C) of the Act requires, among other things, that the MSRB’s rules be 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 regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in municipal securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market in municipal securities, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.6 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change will clarify provisions 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53616 (April 7, 2006), 71 FR 19571 (April 14, 2006). 4 In approving this rule the Commission notes that it has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 5 15 U.S.C. 78o–4(b)(2)(C). 6 Id. 2 17 E:\FR\FM\19MYN1.SGM 19MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 97 / Friday, May 19, 2006 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–7637 Filed 5–18–06; 8:45 am] initial listing standards.6 Nasdaq will implement the proposed rule on July 1, 2006. The text of the proposed rule change is available on Nasdaq’s Web site (http://www.nasdaq.com), at Nasdaq’s principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. The text of the proposed rule change is included below. Proposed new language is italicized; deletions are [bracketed]. * * * * * BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 3350. Short Sale Rule relating to the operation and administration of the MSRB. It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,7 that the proposed rule change (SR–MSRB–2006– 02) be, and hereby is, approved. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–53799; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2006–007] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto to Create the Nasdaq Global Select Market and Rename the Nasdaq National Market May 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 April 17, 2006, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’), 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 Nasdaq. Nasdaq has filed this proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder,4 which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. On May 8, 2006, Nasdaq filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.5 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 Nasdaq proposes to rename the Nasdaq National Market as the Nasdaq Global Market and to create the Nasdaq Global Select Market, a new tier within the Nasdaq Global Market with higher wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 7 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 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 5 Amendment No. 1 replaced the original filing in its entirety. 8 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:37 May 18, 2006 Jkt 208001 (a) With respect to trades executed on Nasdaq, no member shall effect a short sale for the account of a customer or for its own account in a Nasdaq [National] Global Market security at or below the current best (inside) bid displayed in the Nasdaq Market Center when the current best (inside) bid is below the preceding best (inside) bid in the security. For purposes of this rule, the term ‘‘customer’’ includes a nonmember broker-dealer. (b)–(g) No change. (h)(1) A member shall be permitted, consistent with its quotation obligations, to execute a short sale for the account of an options market maker that would otherwise be in contravention of this Rule, if: (A) The options market maker is registered with a qualified options exchange as a qualified options market maker in a stock options class on a Nasdaq [National] Global Market security or an options class on a qualified stock index; and (B) No change. (2) For purposes of this paragraph: (A)(i) An ‘‘exempt hedge transaction,’’ in the context of qualified options market makers in stock options classes, shall mean a short sale in a Nasdaq [National] Global Market security that was effected to hedge, and in fact serves to hedge, an existing offsetting options position or an offsetting options position that was created in a transaction(s) contemporaneous with the short sale,1 provided that when establishing the short position the options market maker is eligible to receive(s) good faith margin pursuant to Section 220.12 of Regulation T under the Act for that transaction. 6 In various places in the purpose section, Nasdaq clarified that the higher listing standards apply to initial listing standards. Telephone conversation between Arnold Golub, Associate Vice President, Nasdaq, and Mia Zur, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation (‘‘Division’’), Commission, on May 10, 2006. 1 The phrase contemporaneously established includes transactions occurring simultaneously as well as transactions occurring within the same brief period of time. PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29195 (ii) A ‘‘exempt hedge transaction,’’ in the context of qualified options market makers in stock index options classes, shall mean a short sale in a Nasdaq [National] Global Market security that was effected to hedge, and in fact serves to hedge, an existing offsetting stock index options position or an offsetting stock index options position that was created in a transaction(s) contemporaneous with the short sale, provided that: a.–c. No change. (iii) No change. (B) A ‘‘qualified options market maker’’ shall mean an options market maker who has received an appointment as a ‘‘qualified options market maker’’ for certain classes of stock options on Nasdaq [National] Global Market securities and/or index options on qualified stock indexes pursuant to the rules of a qualified options exchange. (C) No change. (D) A ‘‘qualified stock index’’ shall mean any stock index that includes one or more Nasdaq [National] Global Market securities, provided that more than 10% of the weight of the index is accounted for by Nasdaq [National] Global Market securities and provided further that the qualification of an index as a qualified stock index shall be reviewed as of the end of each calendar quarter, and the index shall cease to qualify if the value of the index represented by one or more Nasdaq [National] Global Market securities is less than 8% at the end of any subsequent calendar quarter. (E)–(F) No change. (i)(1) No change. (2) For purposes of this paragraph, an ‘‘exempt hedge transaction’’ shall mean a short sale in a Nasdaq [National] Global Market security that was effected to hedge, and in fact serves to hedge, an existing offsetting warrant position or an offsetting warrant position that was created in a transaction(s) contemporaneous with the short sale.2 Notwithstanding any other provision of this paragraph, any transaction unrelated to normal warrant market making activity, such as index arbitrage or risk arbitrage that in either case is independent of a warrant market maker’s making functions, with not be considered an ‘‘exempt hedge transaction.’’ (3)–(4) No change. (j)–(k) No change. 2 The phrase contemporaneously established includes transactions occurring simultaneously as well as transactions occurring within the same brief period of time. E:\FR\FM\19MYN1.SGM 19MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 97 (Friday, May 19, 2006)]
[Notices]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-53804, File No. SR-MSRB-2006-02]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Municipal Securities Rulemaking 
Board; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change Relating to Restated 
Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws

May 15, 2006.
    On March 20, 2006, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board 
(``MSRB'' or ``Board''), filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``SEC'' or ``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 consisting of the MSRB's Restated 
Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. The proposed rule change is 
intended to expand the indemnification provisions for Board members and 
employees and to make other revisions to the Board's Articles of 
Incorporation and By-Laws. The proposed rule change was published for 
comment in the Federal Register on April 14, 2006.\3\ The Commission 
received no comment letters regarding the proposal.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53616 (April 7, 
2006), 71 FR 19571 (April 14, 2006).
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    The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations 
thereunder applicable to the MSRB \4\ and, in particular, the 
requirements of Section 15B(b)(2)(C) of the Act \5\ and the rules and 
regulations thereunder. Section 15B(b)(2)(C) of the Act requires, among 
other things, that the MSRB's rules be 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 regulating, clearing, settling, processing 
information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in municipal 
securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a 
free and open market in municipal securities, and, in general, to 
protect investors and the public interest.\6\ In particular, the 
Commission finds that the proposed rule change will clarify provisions

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relating to the operation and administration of the MSRB.
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    \4\ In approving this rule the Commission notes that it has 
considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition and 
capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-4(b)(2)(C).
    \6\ Id.
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    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\7\ that the proposed rule change (SR-MSRB-2006-02) be, and hereby 
is, approved.
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    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. E6-7637 Filed 5-18-06; 8:45 am]
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