Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend Until June 5, 2007, a Pilot Program for Listing Options on Selected Stocks Trading Below $20 at One-Point Intervals, 34178-34180 [E6-9155]

Download as PDF 34178 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 113 / Tuesday, June 13, 2006 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.18 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–9154 Filed 6–12–06; 8:45 am] The Phlx also may list $1 strike prices on any options classes selected by other options exchanges that have adopted similar pilot programs.5 The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Phlx’s Web site (http://www.phlx.com), at the Phlx’s principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–53938; File No. SR–Phlx– 2006–36] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend Until June 5, 2007, a Pilot Program for Listing Options on Selected Stocks Trading Below $20 at One-Point Intervals June 5, 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 May 25, 2006, 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 and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Phlx. The Phlx filed the 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. 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 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES The Phlx proposes to amend Commentary .05 to Phlx Rule 1012, ‘‘Series of Options Open for Trading,’’ to extend until June 5, 2007, its pilot program for listing options series on selected stocks trading below $20 at one-point intervals (‘‘Pilot Program’’). As set forth in Phlx Rule 1012, Commentary .05, the Pilot Program allows the Phlx to list options classes overlying five individual stocks with strike price intervals of $1 where, among other things, the underlying stock closes below $20 on its primary market on the day before the Phlx selects the stock for the Pilot Program. 18 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 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). 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:34 Jun 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 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 extend the Pilot Program for one year so that the Exchange may continue to list options at $1 strike price intervals within the parameters specified in Phlx Rule 1012, Commentary .05. The Commission approved the Pilot Program allowing the listing of strike prices for options at $1 intervals for securities trading under $20, and extended it twice through June 5, 2006.6 The Exchange proposes to extend the Pilot Program for a period of one year, through June 5, 2007. The Pilot Program will remain unchanged so that, under the terms of the Pilot Program, the Phlx may establish $1 strike price intervals on options classes overlying no more than five individual stocks designated by the Exchange where the underlying stock closes below $20 on its primary market on the trading day before the Exchange selects the stock for the Pilot 5 The Commission approved the Phlx’s Pilot Program on June 11, 2003, and extended it twice through June 5, 2006. See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 48013 (June 11, 2003), 68 FR 35933 (June 17, 2003) (order approving File No. SR–Phlx– 2002–55) (approving the Pilot Program through June 5, 2004) (‘‘Phlx Approval Order’’); 49801 (June 3, 2004), 69 FR 32652 (June 10, 2004) (notice of filing and immediate effectiveness of File No. SR–Phlx– 2004–38) (extending the Pilot Program through June 5, 2005); and 51768 (May 31, 2005), 70 FR 33250 (June 7, 2005) (notice of filing and immediate effectiveness of File No. SR–Phlx–2005–35) (extending the Pilot Program through June 5, 2006) (collectively, ‘‘Phlx Pilot Extensions’’). 6 See Phlx Approval Order and Phlx Pilot Extensions, supra note 5. PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Program. Under the terms of the Pilot Program, the strike prices listed pursuant to the Pilot Program must be between $3 and $20 and may be no more than $5 above or below the closing price of the underlying stock on the preceding day. In addition, strike prices listed pursuant to the Pilot Program may not be listed within $.50 of an existing $2.50 strike price, and $1 strike prices are not applied to long term options series (‘‘LEAPS’’). Pursuant to the Pilot Program, the Exchange may list $1 strike prices on options classes selected by other options exchanges for inclusion in their $1 strike price pilot programs. In July 2003, the Phlx chose and listed five options classes with $1 strike price intervals, and thereafter listed $1 strike prices in options classes selected by other options exchanges for inclusion in their $1 strike price pilot programs. The Phlx currently lists 22 options classes with $1 strike prices.7 According to the Phlx, the Exchange’s ability to list options at $1 strike price intervals pursuant to the Pilot Program has given investors the opportunity to more closely and effectively tailor their options investments to the price of the underlying stock, has allowed the Exchange to take advantage of competitive opportunities to list options at $1 strike prices, and has stimulated price competition among the options exchanges in these options. In the Phlx Pilot Extensions, the Commission indicated that if the Phlx sought to extend, expand, or request permanent approval of the Pilot Program, it would be required to include a Pilot Program report with its filing.8 The Phlx’s Pilot Program Report (‘‘Pilot Program Report’’), included as Exhibit 3 to the proposal, reviews the Exchange’s experience with the Pilot Program. According to the Phlx, the Pilot Program Report clearly supports the Exchange’s belief that extension of the Pilot Program is proper. Among other things, the Phlx believes that the Pilot Program Report shows the strength and efficacy of the Pilot Program on the Exchange, as reflected by the increase in the percentage of $1 strikes in comparison to total options volume traded on the Phlx at $1 strike price intervals as compared to other options volume and the continuing robust open interest of options traded on the Phlx at $1 strike price intervals. The Phlx believes that the Pilot Program Report establishes that the Pilot Program has 7 The Phlx continues to list the $1 strike prices in the options classes that it initially chose for the Pilot Program: TYCO International, LTD (TYC), Micron Tech. (MU), Oracle Co. (ORQ), Brocade Comm. (UBF), and Juniper Networks (JUP). 8 See Phlx Pilot Extensions, supra note 5. E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 113 / Tuesday, June 13, 2006 / Notices not created and in the future should not create capacity problems for the systems of the Exchange or the Options Price Reporting Authority (‘‘OPRA’’). In addition, the Pilot Program Report explains that most delistings of $1 strike price options series occurred to ensure that the chosen $1 strike price issues remained within the parameters of the Pilot Program. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act,9 in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(5),10 in particular, in that it is designed to perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, to protect investors and the public interest, and to promote just an equitable principles of trade. The Phlx believes the proposal would achieve this by allowing the continued listing of options at $1 strike price intervals within certain parameters, thereby stimulating customer interest in options overlying the lowest tier of stocks and creating greater trading opportunities and flexibility and providing customers with the ability to more closely tailor investment strategies to the precise movement of the underlying stocks. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Phlx does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any inappropriate 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 No written comments were either solicited or received. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The Phlx has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 11 and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.12 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) by its terms does not become operative for 30 days after the date of this filing, or such shorter time as the 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 12 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 10 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:34 Jun 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder. A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing. However, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. In addition, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) requires a self-regulatory organization to provide the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Phlx has asked the Commission to waive the five-day prefiling notice requirement and the 30-day operative delay to allow the Exchange to continue listing $1 strike prices without a lapse in the operation of the Pilot Program. The Commission waives the five-day pre-filing notice requirement. In addition, the Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because it will permit the Pilot Program to continue without interruption through June 5, 2007.13 For this reason, the Commission designates that the proposal become operative on June 5, 2006.14 13 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 14 As set forth in the Commission’s initial approval of the Pilot Program, if the Phlx proposes to: (1) Extend the Pilot Program; (2) expand the number of options eligible for inclusion in the Pilot Program; or (3) seek permanent approval of the Pilot Program, it must submit a Pilot Program report to the Commission along with the filing of its proposal to extend, expand, or seek permanent approval of the Pilot Program. The Phlx must file any such proposal and the Pilot Program report with the Commission at least 60 days prior to the expiration of the Pilot Program. The Pilot Program report must cover the entire time the Pilot Program was in effect and must include: (1) Data and written analysis on the open interest and trading volume for options (at all strike price intervals) selected for the Pilot Program; (2) delisted options series (for all strike price intervals) for all options selected for the Pilot Program; (3) an assessment of the appropriateness of $1 strike price intervals for the options the Phlx selected for the Pilot Program; (4) an assessment of the impact of the Pilot Program on the capacity of the Phlx’s, OPRA’s, and vendors’ automated systems; (5) any capacity problems or other problems that arose during the operation of the Pilot Program and how the Phlx addressed them; (6) any complaints that the Phlx received during the operation of the Pilot Program and how the Phlx PO 00000 Frm 00128 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34179 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. 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: 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 No. SR–Phlx–2006–36 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 No. SR–Phlx–2006–36. 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 will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Phlx. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that addressed them; and (7) any additional information that would help to assess the operation of the Pilot Program. See Phlx Approval Order, supra note 5. E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 34180 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 113 / Tuesday, June 13, 2006 / Notices you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File No. SR–Phlx–2006–36 and should be submitted on or before July 5, 2006. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–9155 Filed 6–12–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request, Comment Request, Notice of Office of Management and Budget Approval The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of information collection packages that will require clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with Public Law 104–13, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, effective October 1, 1995. The information collection packages that may be included in this notice are for new information collections, approval of existing information collections, revisions to OMB-approved information collections, and extensions (no change) of OMBapproved information collections. SSA is soliciting comments on the accuracy of the agency’s burden estimate; the need for the information; its practical utility; ways to enhance its quality, utility, and clarity; and on ways to minimize burden on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments and recommendations regarding the information collection(s) should be submitted to the OMB Desk Officer and the SSA Reports Clearance Officer. The information can be mailed and/or faxed to the individuals at the addresses and fax numbers listed below: (OMB), Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA. Fax: 202–395–6974. (SSA), Social Security Administration, DCFAM, Attn: Reports Clearance Officer, 1333 Annex Building, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235. Fax: 410–965–6400. I. The information collections listed below are pending at SSA and will be submitted to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice. Therefore, your comments should be submitted to SSA within 60 days from the date of thispublication. You can obtain copies of the collection instruments by calling the SSA Reports Clearance Officer at 410–965–0454 or by writing to the address listed above. 1. Application for Widow’s or Widower’s Insurance Benefits—20 CFR 404.335–404.338, 404.603—0960–0004. SSA uses the information collected on the SSA–10–BK to determine whether the applicant meets the statutory and regulatory conditions for entitlement to widow(er)’s Social Security Title II benefits. The respondents are applicants for widow’s or widower’s insurance benefits. Type of Request: Extension of an OMB-approved information collection. Number of respondents Collection method Estimated completion time Burden hours 324,482 17,078 14–15 minutes ....... 15 minutes ............. 78,416 4,270 Totals ............................................................................................................................ jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Personal Interview (Modernized Claims System) ............................................................... Paper ................................................................................................................................... 341,560 ................................ 82,686 2. Waiver of Right to AppearDisability Hearing—20 CFR 404.913– 404.914, 404.916(b)(5), 416.1413– 416.1414, 416.1416(b)(5)—0960–0534. The SSA–773–U4 is used by claimants or their representatives to officially waive the right to appear at a disability hearing. The disability hearing officer uses the signed form as a basis for not holding a hearing and for preparing a written decision based solely on the evidence of the record. The respondents are claimants for disability under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act, or their representatives, who wish to officially waive their right to appear at a disability hearing. Type of Request: Extension of an OMB-approved information collection. Number of Respondents: 200. Frequency of Response: 1. Average Burden per Response: 3 minutes. Estimated Annual Burden: 10 hours. 3. Childhood Disability Evaluation Form—20 CFR 416.924(g)—0960–0568. The information collected on the SSA– 538–F6 is used by SSA and the State Disability Determination Services 15 17 (DDSs) to record medical and functional findings concerning the severity of impairments of children claiming Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits based on disability. The SSA– 538–F6 is used for initial determinations of SSI eligibility; appeals; and in initial continuing disability reviews. The respondents are DDSs which make disability determinations on behalf of SSA under Title XVI of the Social Security Act. Type of Request: Extension of an OMB-approved information collection. Number of Respondents: 750,000. Frequency of Response: 1. Average Burden per Response: 25 minutes. Estimated Annual Burden: 312,500 hours. 4. Medical Consultant’s Review of Physical Residual Functional Capacity Assessment—20 CFR 404.1545–.1546, 404.1640, 404.1643, 404.1645, 416.945– .946—0960–0680. The SSA–392 is used by SSA’s regional review component to facilitate the medical consultant’s review of the Physical Residual Functional Capacity Assessment form (RFC). The SSA–392 records the reviewing medical consultant’s assessment of the RFC prepared by the adjudicating component. The medical consultant only completes an SSA–392 when the adjudicating component’s RFC is in the claims file. The SSA–392 is required for each RFC completed. Respondents are medical consultants who review the adjudicating component’s completion of the RFC for quality purposes. Type of Request: Extension of an OMB-approved information collection. Number of Respondents: 256. Frequency of Response: 359. Number of Responses: 91,904. Average Burden per Response: 12 minutes. Estimated Annual Burden: 18,380 hours. 5. You Can Make Your Payment By Credit Card—0960–0462. The SSA–4588 and SSA–4589 are used by SSA to update an individual’s record to reflect that a payment has been made on their overpayment and to effectuate payment through the appropriate credit card company. The SSA–4588 is sent to CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:34 Jun 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 113 (Tuesday, June 13, 2006)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-53938; File No. SR-Phlx-2006-36]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To 
Extend Until June 5, 2007, a Pilot Program for Listing Options on 
Selected Stocks Trading Below $20 at One-Point Intervals

June 5, 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 May 25, 2006, 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 and 
II below, which Items have been prepared by the Phlx. The Phlx filed 
the 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. The Commission is publishing this notice to 
solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \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).
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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 Commentary .05 to Phlx Rule 1012, 
``Series of Options Open for Trading,'' to extend until June 5, 2007, 
its pilot program for listing options series on selected stocks trading 
below $20 at one-point intervals (``Pilot Program''). As set forth in 
Phlx Rule 1012, Commentary .05, the Pilot Program allows the Phlx to 
list options classes overlying five individual stocks with strike price 
intervals of $1 where, among other things, the underlying stock closes 
below $20 on its primary market on the day before the Phlx selects the 
stock for the Pilot Program. The Phlx also may list $1 strike prices on 
any options classes selected by other options exchanges that have 
adopted similar pilot programs.\5\ The text of the proposed rule change 
is available on the Phlx's Web site (http://www.phlx.com), at the 
Phlx's principal office, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.
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    \5\ The Commission approved the Phlx's Pilot Program on June 11, 
2003, and extended it twice through June 5, 2006. See Securities 
Exchange Act Release Nos. 48013 (June 11, 2003), 68 FR 35933 (June 
17, 2003) (order approving File No. SR-Phlx-2002-55) (approving the 
Pilot Program through June 5, 2004) (``Phlx Approval Order''); 49801 
(June 3, 2004), 69 FR 32652 (June 10, 2004) (notice of filing and 
immediate effectiveness of File No. SR-Phlx-2004-38) (extending the 
Pilot Program through June 5, 2005); and 51768 (May 31, 2005), 70 FR 
33250 (June 7, 2005) (notice of filing and immediate effectiveness 
of File No. SR-Phlx-2005-35) (extending the Pilot Program through 
June 5, 2006) (collectively, ``Phlx Pilot Extensions'').
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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 extend the Pilot 
Program for one year so that the Exchange may continue to list options 
at $1 strike price intervals within the parameters specified in Phlx 
Rule 1012, Commentary .05.
    The Commission approved the Pilot Program allowing the listing of 
strike prices for options at $1 intervals for securities trading under 
$20, and extended it twice through June 5, 2006.\6\ The Exchange 
proposes to extend the Pilot Program for a period of one year, through 
June 5, 2007. The Pilot Program will remain unchanged so that, under 
the terms of the Pilot Program, the Phlx may establish $1 strike price 
intervals on options classes overlying no more than five individual 
stocks designated by the Exchange where the underlying stock closes 
below $20 on its primary market on the trading day before the Exchange 
selects the stock for the Pilot Program. Under the terms of the Pilot 
Program, the strike prices listed pursuant to the Pilot Program must be 
between $3 and $20 and may be no more than $5 above or below the 
closing price of the underlying stock on the preceding day. In 
addition, strike prices listed pursuant to the Pilot Program may not be 
listed within $.50 of an existing $2.50 strike price, and $1 strike 
prices are not applied to long term options series (``LEAPS''). 
Pursuant to the Pilot Program, the Exchange may list $1 strike prices 
on options classes selected by other options exchanges for inclusion in 
their $1 strike price pilot programs.
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    In July 2003, the Phlx chose and listed five options classes with 
$1 strike price intervals, and thereafter listed $1 strike prices in 
options classes selected by other options exchanges for inclusion in 
their $1 strike price pilot programs. The Phlx currently lists 22 
options classes with $1 strike prices.\7\ According to the Phlx, the 
Exchange's ability to list options at $1 strike price intervals 
pursuant to the Pilot Program has given investors the opportunity to 
more closely and effectively tailor their options investments to the 
price of the underlying stock, has allowed the Exchange to take 
advantage of competitive opportunities to list options at $1 strike 
prices, and has stimulated price competition among the options 
exchanges in these options.
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    \7\ The Phlx continues to list the $1 strike prices in the 
options classes that it initially chose for the Pilot Program: TYCO 
International, LTD (TYC), Micron Tech. (MU), Oracle Co. (ORQ), 
Brocade Comm. (UBF), and Juniper Networks (JUP).
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    In the Phlx Pilot Extensions, the Commission indicated that if the 
Phlx sought to extend, expand, or request permanent approval of the 
Pilot Program, it would be required to include a Pilot Program report 
with its filing.\8\ The Phlx's Pilot Program Report (``Pilot Program 
Report''), included as Exhibit 3 to the proposal, reviews the 
Exchange's experience with the Pilot Program. According to the Phlx, 
the Pilot Program Report clearly supports the Exchange's belief that 
extension of the Pilot Program is proper. Among other things, the Phlx 
believes that the Pilot Program Report shows the strength and efficacy 
of the Pilot Program on the Exchange, as reflected by the increase in 
the percentage of $1 strikes in comparison to total options volume 
traded on the Phlx at $1 strike price intervals as compared to other 
options volume and the continuing robust open interest of options 
traded on the Phlx at $1 strike price intervals. The Phlx believes that 
the Pilot Program Report establishes that the Pilot Program has

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not created and in the future should not create capacity problems for 
the systems of the Exchange or the Options Price Reporting Authority 
(``OPRA''). In addition, the Pilot Program Report explains that most 
delistings of $1 strike price options series occurred to ensure that 
the chosen $1 strike price issues remained within the parameters of the 
Pilot Program.
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
section 6(b) of the Act,\9\ in general, and furthers the objectives of 
section 6(b)(5),\10\ in particular, in that it is designed to perfect 
the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, 
to protect investors and the public interest, and to promote just an 
equitable principles of trade. The Phlx believes the proposal would 
achieve this by allowing the continued listing of options at $1 strike 
price intervals within certain parameters, thereby stimulating customer 
interest in options overlying the lowest tier of stocks and creating 
greater trading opportunities and flexibility and providing customers 
with the ability to more closely tailor investment strategies to the 
precise movement of the underlying stocks.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Phlx does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose 
any inappropriate 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

    No written comments were either solicited or received.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for 
Commission Action

    The Phlx has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \11\ and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-4 
thereunder.\12\ 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) by its terms does not become operative for 30 days after the 
date of this filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may 
designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public 
interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to 
section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) normally does 
not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing. However, 
Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a shorter 
time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and 
the public interest. In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) requires a 
self-regulatory organization to provide the Commission with written 
notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a 
brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five 
business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, 
or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Phlx has 
asked the Commission to waive the five-day pre-filing notice 
requirement and the 30-day operative delay to allow the Exchange to 
continue listing $1 strike prices without a lapse in the operation of 
the Pilot Program.
    The Commission waives the five-day pre-filing notice requirement. 
In addition, the Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative 
delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public 
interest because it will permit the Pilot Program to continue without 
interruption through June 5, 2007.\13\ For this reason, the Commission 
designates that the proposal become operative on June 5, 2006.\14\
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    \13\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, 
the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \14\ As set forth in the Commission's initial approval of the 
Pilot Program, if the Phlx proposes to: (1) Extend the Pilot 
Program; (2) expand the number of options eligible for inclusion in 
the Pilot Program; or (3) seek permanent approval of the Pilot 
Program, it must submit a Pilot Program report to the Commission 
along with the filing of its proposal to extend, expand, or seek 
permanent approval of the Pilot Program. The Phlx must file any such 
proposal and the Pilot Program report with the Commission at least 
60 days prior to the expiration of the Pilot Program. The Pilot 
Program report must cover the entire time the Pilot Program was in 
effect and must include: (1) Data and written analysis on the open 
interest and trading volume for options (at all strike price 
intervals) selected for the Pilot Program; (2) delisted options 
series (for all strike price intervals) for all options selected for 
the Pilot Program; (3) an assessment of the appropriateness of $1 
strike price intervals for the options the Phlx selected for the 
Pilot Program; (4) an assessment of the impact of the Pilot Program 
on the capacity of the Phlx's, OPRA's, and vendors' automated 
systems; (5) any capacity problems or other problems that arose 
during the operation of the Pilot Program and how the Phlx addressed 
them; (6) any complaints that the Phlx received during the operation 
of the Pilot Program and how the Phlx addressed them; and (7) any 
additional information that would help to assess the operation of 
the Pilot Program. See Phlx Approval Order, supra note 5.
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    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.

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:

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 No. SR-Phlx-2006-36 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 No. SR-Phlx-2006-36. 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 will also be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of the Phlx. All comments received will be posted 
without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying 
information from submissions. You should submit only information that

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you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to 
File No. SR-Phlx-2006-36 and should be submitted on or before July 5, 
2006.
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    \15\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\15\
Jill M. Peterson,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. E6-9155 Filed 6-12-06; 8:45 am]
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