Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Section 902.02 of the Listed Company Manual To Exempt Companies Transferring From NYSE Arca From Initial Listing Fees and the Annual Fee for the Year of Such Transfer, 36370-36372 [E6-9984]

Download as PDF 36370 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 122 / Monday, June 26, 2006 / Notices III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing 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 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 investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 10 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.11 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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. Nasdaq has asked that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay contained in Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act.12 The Commission believes such waiver is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, for it will allow Nasdaq to modify the methodology for distributing transaction credits under NASD Rule 7010(c)(2) in such a way as to remain competitive within the marketplace. For these reasons, the Commission designates the proposal to be effective and operative upon filing with the Commission.13 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 Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NASD–2006–067. 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 NASD. 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–NASD–2006–067 and should be submitted on or before July 17, 2006. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–9983 Filed 6–23–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P • 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–NASD–2006–067 on the subject line. 11 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:00 Jun 23, 2006 Jkt 208001 [Release No. 34–54008; File No. SR–NYSE– 2006–43] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Section 902.02 of the Listed Company Manual To Exempt Companies Transferring From NYSE Arca From Initial Listing Fees and the Annual Fee for the Year of Such Transfer June 16, 2006. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on June 7, 2006, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (the ‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘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 NYSE. 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 NYSE proposes to amend Section 902.02 of its Listed Company Manual (‘‘Manual’’) to provide that there shall be no initial listing and no prorated annual fee payable with respect to the first partial calendar year of listing for any company listed on NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’) that transfers the listing of its primary class of common shares to the Exchange. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Commission, at NYSE, and at http:// www.nyse.com. 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. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. NYSE has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. 10 15 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 12 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 13 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay of this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 1 15 14 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2 17 E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 26JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 122 / Monday, June 26, 2006 / Notices rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose New York Stock Exchange, Inc. and Archipelago Holdings, Inc. merged on March 7, 2006, leading to the creation of a new public holding company, NYSE Group, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Group’’). As a result of the merger, NYSE Group is the ultimate parent of two national securities exchanges, the Exchange and NYSE Arca.3 NYSE Group expects that companies that do not yet meet the Exchange’s initial listing criteria will list first on NYSE Arca and will subsequently transfer their listing to the Exchange if and when they qualify to do so. Consistent with this approach, the Exchange proposes to amend Section 902.02 of the Manual to grant companies transferring the listing of their primary class of common shares to the Exchange from NYSE Arca a waiver of the Exchange’s initial listing fees and the prorated annual listing fee payable in connection with the first partial calendar year of listing on the Exchange. The Exchange believes this is appropriate as companies transferring to the Exchange from NYSE Arca will already have paid annual continued listing fees to NYSE Arca for the calendar year in which they transfer, as well as the initial listing fee payable under NYSE Arca’s rules at the time of initial listing on NYSE Arca. In addition, the Exchange notes that NYSE Regulation performs listed company regulation for both the Exchange and NYSE Arca, including a substantial review of companies upon original listing. Companies transferring from NYSE Arca will be subjected to the same rigorous regulatory review as any other applicant for listing on the Exchange. However, the Exchange expects that, on average, the review of companies transferring from NYSE Arca to the Exchange will be less costly than the review of a transfer from the Nasdaq National Market (‘‘Nasdaq’’) or the American Stock Exchange, as NYSE Regulation will already have performed a substantial review of any NYSE Arca listed company and will be able to rely on that prior work as a baseline in qualifying the company for listing on the Exchange. The primary purpose of the proposed fee waiver is to assist in the 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53382 (SR–NYSE–2005–77) (February 27, 2006), 71 FR 11251 (March 6, 2006) (SR–NYSE–2005–77) (approving organizational changes in connection with the merger). VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:24 Jun 23, 2006 Jkt 208001 development of NYSE Arca as a listing market. NYSE Group intends to build NYSE Arca into an alternative listing venue for companies whose only realistic listing option is currently Nasdaq because they do not meet the Exchange’s own listing standards due to their small size or insufficient operating history. NYSE Arca intends to adopt a new set of listing standards with thresholds broadly comparable to those of Nasdaq and expects to compete directly with Nasdaq for initial public offerings that do not qualify for the Exchange. However, NYSE Group recognizes that, as a new market, NYSE Arca will initially face difficulties in attracting new listings. NYSE Group believes that NYSE Arca’s affiliation with the Exchange through their common parent is highly attractive to companies considering listing on NYSE Arca. Companies whose ultimate objective is to list on the Exchange can associate themselves with NYSE Group by listing on NYSE Arca at the time of their initial public offerings. NYSE Group believes that many companies will consider this preferable to listing initially on Nasdaq and then transferring to the Exchange upon achieving the Exchange’s listing standards and that the Exchange’s proposed fee waiver will appeal to companies considering listing on NYSE Arca because of its association with the Exchange. By increasing NYSE Arca’s attractiveness as a listing venue, the Exchange believes the fee waiver will lead to greater competition for new listings, as it will help NYSE Arca become a viable alternative to Nasdaq, which does not currently have any meaningful competition for new listings that do not qualify for the Exchange. NYSE Group is willing to forego the listing fee revenues from NYSE Arca transfers because it believes that a significant market opportunity exists for NYSE Arca to compete successfully with Nasdaq. However, NYSE Group does not wish to waive transfer fees for transfers from all other markets as it views initial listing fees as an important source of revenue. If the Exchange decides to reimpose these fees with respect to transfers from NYSE Arca in the future, it will do so by filing a proposed rule change with the Commission. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(4) 4 and 6(b)(5) of the Act 5 that an exchange 4 15 5 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36371 have rules that (i) provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities and (ii) are designed to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and are not designed to permit unfair discrimination between issuers. The Exchange believes that the proposed fee waiver does not render the allocation of its listing fees inequitable or unfairly discriminatory. The Exchange expects that, on average, the review of companies transferring from NYSE Arca to the Exchange will be less costly than the review of a transfer from Nasdaq or the American Stock Exchange, as NYSE Regulation will already have performed a substantial review of any NYSE Arca listed company and will be able to rely on that prior work as a baseline in qualifying the company for listing on the Exchange. The Exchange believes that, by making NYSE Arca a more attractive listing venue, the proposed fee waiver will assist NYSE Arca in competing with Nasdaq for listings and is therefore designed to perfect the mechanism of a free and open market. 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 by NYSE. 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 such proposed rule change, or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 36372 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 122 / Monday, June 26, 2006 / Notices 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 Number SR–NYSE–2006–43 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54013; File No. SR–NYSE– 2006–17] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto, and Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval To Amendment No. 2, Relating to Listing and Trading Shares of the iShares GSCI Commodity Indexed Trust Under New Rules 1300B and 1301B, et seq. June 16, 2006. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES On March 7, 2006, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act All submissions should refer to File of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 Number SR–NYSE–2006–43. This file thereunder,2 a proposal to adopt rules number should be included on the that would provide for and govern the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the trading of Commodity Trust Shares, Commission process and review your including shares (‘‘Shares’’) of the comments more efficiently, please use iShares GSCI Commodity—Indexed only one method. The Commission will Trust (‘‘Trust’’). On March 24, 2006, the post all comments on the Commission’s Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ proposed rule change. The proposed rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the rule change, as amended, was published submission, all subsequent for comment in the Federal Register on amendments, all written statements April 24, 2006.3 On June 15, 2006, the with respect to the proposed rule Exchange filed Amendment No. 2 to the change that are filed with the proposed rule change.4 The Commission Commission, and all written received one comment letter.5 On May 12, 2006, the Exchange filed a response communications relating to the to those comments.6 This order proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than approves the proposed rule change, as amended by Amendment No. 1. those that may be withheld from the Simultaneously, the Commission public in accordance with the provides notice of filing of Amendment provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). the Commission’s Public Reference 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. Room. Copies of such filing also will be 3 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53659 available for inspection and copying at (April 17, 2006), 71 FR 21074 (‘‘Notice’’). 4 In Amendment No. 2, the Exchange states that: the principal office of the Exchange. All (1) The Sponsor (defined below) has informed the comments received will be posted Exchange that the Trustee (also defined below) for without change; the Commission does the Trust will make the net asset value (‘‘NAV’’) for not edit personal identifying the Trust available to all market participants at the same time; (2) if the NAV is not disseminated to all information from submissions. You market participants at the same time, the Exchange should submit only information that will halt trading in the Shares; and (3) if the NAV you wish to make available publicly. All is not disseminated to all market participants at the same time, the Exchange will immediately contact submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2006–43 and should the Commission staff to discuss measures that may be appropriate under the circumstances. be submitted on or before July 17, 2006. 5 See letter from Kevin Rich, Director and Chief For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.6 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–9984 Filed 6–23–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 6 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:00 Jun 23, 2006 Jkt 208001 Executive Officer, DB Commodity Services LLC (‘‘DB’’), to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Commission, dated March 17, 2006 (‘‘Rich Letter’’). That letter is available for review on the Commission’s Web site at: http://www.sec.gov/ comments/sr-nyse-2006-17/srnyse200617-1.pdf. 6 See letter from Mary Yeager, Assistant Secretary, NYSE, to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Commission, dated May 12, 2006 (‘‘Yeager Letter’’). That letter also is available for review on the Commission’s Web site at: http://www.sec.gov/comments/sr-nyse2006-17/myeager051206.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 No. 2, grants accelerated approval of Amendment No. 2, and solicits comments from interested persons on Amendment No. 2. I. Description of Proposal The NYSE proposes to adopt rules that would provide for and govern the trading of Commodity Trust Shares. A Commodity Trust Share is defined as A security that: (a) Is issued by a trust (‘‘Trust’’) which (i) is a commodity pool that is managed by a commodity pool operator registered as such with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and (ii) which holds positions in futures contracts on a specified commodity index, or interests in a commodity pool which, in turn, holds such positions; (b) when aggregated in some specified minimum number may be surrendered to the Trust by the beneficial owner to receive positions in futures contracts on a specified index and cash or short term securities. Proposed NYSE Rule 1300B(a). In addition, Proposed NYSE Rule 1301B sets forth guidelines for specialists in Commodity Trust Shares and other products whose price is based, in whole or in part, on: (a) The price of a commodity or commodities; (b) any futures contracts or other derivatives based on a commodity or commodities; or any indexed based on either (a) or (b), above. Pursuant to Proposed NYSE Rule 1300B, et seq., the Exchange proposes to list and trade Shares, which fall within the definition of Commodity Trust Shares (as mentioned above) and are linked to the performance of the GSCI Total Return Index (‘‘Index’’ or ‘‘GSCI– TR’’). Description of the Shares The Shares will constitute units of beneficial interest representing fractional undivided beneficial interests in the net assets of the Trust (described below). The performance of the Shares is designed to correspond generally to the performance of the Index before payment of the Trust’s and the Investing Pool’s expenses and liabilities. The investment objective of the Trust is for the performance of the Shares to correspond to the performance of the Index before payment of the Trust’s and Investing Pool’s expenses and liabilities. As discussed below, the value of the Index reflects the value of an investment in the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (‘‘GSCI’’), a production-weighted index of the prices of a diversified group of futures contracts on physical commodities, together with a Treasury bill rate of interest that could be earned on funds committed to the trading of the E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1

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[Release No. 34-54008; File No. SR-NYSE-2006-43]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Section 902.02 of the 
Listed Company Manual To Exempt Companies Transferring From NYSE Arca 
From Initial Listing Fees and the Annual Fee for the Year of Such 
Transfer

June 16, 2006.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given 
that on June 7, 2006, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (the ``NYSE'' or 
the ``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 NYSE. The Commission 
is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule 
change from interested persons.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    NYSE proposes to amend Section 902.02 of its Listed Company Manual 
(``Manual'') to provide that there shall be no initial listing and no 
prorated annual fee payable with respect to the first partial calendar 
year of listing for any company listed on NYSE Arca, Inc. (``NYSE 
Arca'') that transfers the listing of its primary class of common 
shares to the Exchange. The text of the proposed rule change is 
available at the Commission, at NYSE, and at http://www.nyse.com.

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. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. NYSE has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, 
and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

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

1. Purpose
    New York Stock Exchange, Inc. and Archipelago Holdings, Inc. merged 
on March 7, 2006, leading to the creation of a new public holding 
company, NYSE Group, Inc. (``NYSE Group''). As a result of the merger, 
NYSE Group is the ultimate parent of two national securities exchanges, 
the Exchange and NYSE Arca.\3\
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    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53382 (SR-NYSE-2005-
77) (February 27, 2006), 71 FR 11251 (March 6, 2006) (SR-NYSE-2005-
77) (approving organizational changes in connection with the 
merger).
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    NYSE Group expects that companies that do not yet meet the 
Exchange's initial listing criteria will list first on NYSE Arca and 
will subsequently transfer their listing to the Exchange if and when 
they qualify to do so. Consistent with this approach, the Exchange 
proposes to amend Section 902.02 of the Manual to grant companies 
transferring the listing of their primary class of common shares to the 
Exchange from NYSE Arca a waiver of the Exchange's initial listing fees 
and the prorated annual listing fee payable in connection with the 
first partial calendar year of listing on the Exchange. The Exchange 
believes this is appropriate as companies transferring to the Exchange 
from NYSE Arca will already have paid annual continued listing fees to 
NYSE Arca for the calendar year in which they transfer, as well as the 
initial listing fee payable under NYSE Arca's rules at the time of 
initial listing on NYSE Arca. In addition, the Exchange notes that NYSE 
Regulation performs listed company regulation for both the Exchange and 
NYSE Arca, including a substantial review of companies upon original 
listing. Companies transferring from NYSE Arca will be subjected to the 
same rigorous regulatory review as any other applicant for listing on 
the Exchange. However, the Exchange expects that, on average, the 
review of companies transferring from NYSE Arca to the Exchange will be 
less costly than the review of a transfer from the Nasdaq National 
Market (``Nasdaq'') or the American Stock Exchange, as NYSE Regulation 
will already have performed a substantial review of any NYSE Arca 
listed company and will be able to rely on that prior work as a 
baseline in qualifying the company for listing on the Exchange.
    The primary purpose of the proposed fee waiver is to assist in the 
development of NYSE Arca as a listing market. NYSE Group intends to 
build NYSE Arca into an alternative listing venue for companies whose 
only realistic listing option is currently Nasdaq because they do not 
meet the Exchange's own listing standards due to their small size or 
insufficient operating history. NYSE Arca intends to adopt a new set of 
listing standards with thresholds broadly comparable to those of Nasdaq 
and expects to compete directly with Nasdaq for initial public 
offerings that do not qualify for the Exchange. However, NYSE Group 
recognizes that, as a new market, NYSE Arca will initially face 
difficulties in attracting new listings. NYSE Group believes that NYSE 
Arca's affiliation with the Exchange through their common parent is 
highly attractive to companies considering listing on NYSE Arca. 
Companies whose ultimate objective is to list on the Exchange can 
associate themselves with NYSE Group by listing on NYSE Arca at the 
time of their initial public offerings. NYSE Group believes that many 
companies will consider this preferable to listing initially on Nasdaq 
and then transferring to the Exchange upon achieving the Exchange's 
listing standards and that the Exchange's proposed fee waiver will 
appeal to companies considering listing on NYSE Arca because of its 
association with the Exchange. By increasing NYSE Arca's attractiveness 
as a listing venue, the Exchange believes the fee waiver will lead to 
greater competition for new listings, as it will help NYSE Arca become 
a viable alternative to Nasdaq, which does not currently have any 
meaningful competition for new listings that do not qualify for the 
Exchange. NYSE Group is willing to forego the listing fee revenues from 
NYSE Arca transfers because it believes that a significant market 
opportunity exists for NYSE Arca to compete successfully with Nasdaq. 
However, NYSE Group does not wish to waive transfer fees for transfers 
from all other markets as it views initial listing fees as an important 
source of revenue. If the Exchange decides to reimpose these fees with 
respect to transfers from NYSE Arca in the future, it will do so by 
filing a proposed rule change with the Commission.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the requirements of Section 6(b)(4) \4\ and 6(b)(5) of the Act \5\ 
that an exchange have rules that (i) provide for the equitable 
allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members 
and other persons using its facilities and (ii) are designed to remove 
impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and 
a national market system and are not designed to permit unfair 
discrimination between issuers. The Exchange believes that the proposed 
fee waiver does not render the allocation of its listing fees 
inequitable or unfairly discriminatory. The Exchange expects that, on 
average, the review of companies transferring from NYSE Arca to the 
Exchange will be less costly than the review of a transfer from Nasdaq 
or the American Stock Exchange, as NYSE Regulation will already have 
performed a substantial review of any NYSE Arca listed company and will 
be able to rely on that prior work as a baseline in qualifying the 
company for listing on the Exchange. The Exchange believes that, by 
making NYSE Arca a more attractive listing venue, the proposed fee 
waiver will assist NYSE Arca in competing with Nasdaq for listings and 
is therefore designed to perfect the mechanism of a free and open 
market.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received by NYSE.

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 such proposed rule change, or
    (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing,

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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 Number SR-NYSE-2006-43 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2006-43. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/
sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and 
copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such 
filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted 
without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying 
information from submissions. You should submit only information that 
you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to 
File Number SR-NYSE-2006-43 and should be submitted on or before July 
17, 2006.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\6\
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Nancy M. Morris,
Secretary.
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