Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change To Lower the Minimum Display Size Requirement for Specialists To Maintain Undisplayed Reserve Interest at the Exchange Best Bid or Offer in the NYSE Hybrid Market, 38953 [E6-10716]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 131 / Monday, July 10, 2006 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.26 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–10718 Filed 7–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54086; File No. SR–NYSE– 2006–24] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change To Lower the Minimum Display Size Requirement for Specialists To Maintain Undisplayed Reserve Interest at the Exchange Best Bid or Offer in the NYSE Hybrid Market June 30, 2006. On April 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 of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend Exchange Rule 104(d)(i) to provide that specialists shall have the ability to maintain undisplayed reserve interest on behalf of the dealer account at the Exchange best bid or offer (‘‘BBO’’), provided at least 1,000 shares of dealer interest is displayed at that price, on the same side of the market as the reserve interest. This proposed rule change would lower the specialist’s minimum display size requirement from at least 2,000 shares to at least 1,000 shares at the Exchange BBO and would conform the minimum display requirements for reserve interest for specialists and floor brokers.3 In addition, the Exchange proposes to make a conforming change to Exchange Rule 104(d)(ii) to require that after an execution at the Exchange BBO that does not exhaust the specialist’s interest, the specialist’s displayed interest would be automatically replenished from its reserve interest, if any, so that at least a minimum of 1,000 shares is displayed (or whatever amount remains if the reserve interest is less than 1,000 shares). The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on May 16, 2006.4 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 NYSE permits floor brokers to maintain undisplayed reserve interest at the Exchange BBO, provided floor brokers display at least 1,000 shares. See NYSE Rule 70.20(c)(ii). 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53780 (May 10, 2006), 71 FR 28398. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:10 Jul 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 The Commission received no comments 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 a national securities exchange, and, in particular, with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.5 Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 6 in that it is designed, among other things, to promote just and equitable principle 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. The Commission previously approved NYSE’s proposal to permit specialists and floor brokers to maintain undisplayed reserve interest at the Exchange BBO, provided that they display a minimum number of shares and yield priority to all displayed interest.7 In the Hybrid Market Order, the Commission found it to be consistent with the requirements of the Act to allow specialists to place reserve interest in the Display Book system because it could increase the liquidity available for execution at the Exchange BBO. The Commission specifically noted that the minimum size requirement and the priority of displayed interest over undisplayed reserve interest should help ensure that market participants continue to have an incentive to display quotes or orders on NYSE. The Commission stated that, taken together, these requirements could promote additional depth at the Exchange BBO, while preserving incentives for investors to display limit orders. Since NYSE’s proposal would retain the requirements that specialists display a minimum amount of size at the BBO in order to maintain undisplayed reserve interest and that undisplayed reserve interest yield priority to displayed interest at that price, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change remains consistent with the requirements of the Act. It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,8 that the 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 6 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53539 (March 22, 2006), 71 FR 16353 (March 31, 2006) (‘‘Hybrid Market Order’’). 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38953 proposed rule change (SR–NYSE–2006– 24) is hereby approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–10716 Filed 7–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54078; File No. SR–PCX– 2005–54] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc., Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto Requiring OTP Holders and OTP Firms To Participate in the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do-Not-Call Registry June 30, 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 May 18, 2006, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) 3 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘SEC’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. On May 26, 2006, NYSE Arca filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.4 On June 21, 2006, NYSE Arca filed Amendment No. 2 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 NYSE Arca proposes to amend NYSE Arca Rule 9.20. The proposed rule change would require OTP Holders and 9 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 On March 6, 2006, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. filed a rule proposal, effective upon filing, to amend its rules to reflect these name changes: from Pacific Exchange, Inc. to NYSE Arca, Inc.; from PCX Equities, Inc. to NYSE Arca Equities, Inc.; from PCX Holdings, Inc., to NYSE Arca Holdings, Inc.; and from the Archipelago Exchange, L.L.C. to NYSE Arca, L.L.C. See File No. SR–PCX–2006–24 (March 6, 2006). This proposal has been amended to reflect these name changes. 4 In Amendment No. 1, NYSE Arca partially amended the text of proposed amended NYSE Arca Rule 9.20 and made conforming and technical changes to the original filing. 5 In Amendment No. 2, NYSE Arca made additional changes to the text of proposed amended NYSE Arca Rule 9.20 and to the original filing. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1

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[Release No. 34-54086; File No. SR-NYSE-2006-24]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Order 
Approving Proposed Rule Change To Lower the Minimum Display Size 
Requirement for Specialists To Maintain Undisplayed Reserve Interest at 
the Exchange Best Bid or Offer in the NYSE Hybrid Market

June 30, 2006.
    On April 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 of 1934 (``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ a 
proposed rule change to amend Exchange Rule 104(d)(i) to provide that 
specialists shall have the ability to maintain undisplayed reserve 
interest on behalf of the dealer account at the Exchange best bid or 
offer (``BBO''), provided at least 1,000 shares of dealer interest is 
displayed at that price, on the same side of the market as the reserve 
interest. This proposed rule change would lower the specialist's 
minimum display size requirement from at least 2,000 shares to at least 
1,000 shares at the Exchange BBO and would conform the minimum display 
requirements for reserve interest for specialists and floor brokers.\3\ 
In addition, the Exchange proposes to make a conforming change to 
Exchange Rule 104(d)(ii) to require that after an execution at the 
Exchange BBO that does not exhaust the specialist's interest, the 
specialist's displayed interest would be automatically replenished from 
its reserve interest, if any, so that at least a minimum of 1,000 
shares is displayed (or whatever amount remains if the reserve interest 
is less than 1,000 shares). The proposed rule change was published for 
comment in the Federal Register on May 16, 2006.\4\ The Commission 
received no comments regarding the proposal.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ NYSE permits floor brokers to maintain undisplayed reserve 
interest at the Exchange BBO, provided floor brokers display at 
least 1,000 shares. See NYSE Rule 70.20(c)(ii).
    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53780 (May 10, 
2006), 71 FR 28398.
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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 a national securities exchange, and, in 
particular, with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.\5\ 
Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is 
consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act \6\ in that it is designed, 
among other things, to promote just and equitable principle 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.
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). In approving this proposed rule change, 
the Commission considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, 
competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Commission previously approved NYSE's proposal to permit 
specialists and floor brokers to maintain undisplayed reserve interest 
at the Exchange BBO, provided that they display a minimum number of 
shares and yield priority to all displayed interest.\7\ In the Hybrid 
Market Order, the Commission found it to be consistent with the 
requirements of the Act to allow specialists to place reserve interest 
in the Display Book system because it could increase the liquidity 
available for execution at the Exchange BBO. The Commission 
specifically noted that the minimum size requirement and the priority 
of displayed interest over undisplayed reserve interest should help 
ensure that market participants continue to have an incentive to 
display quotes or orders on NYSE. The Commission stated that, taken 
together, these requirements could promote additional depth at the 
Exchange BBO, while preserving incentives for investors to display 
limit orders. Since NYSE's proposal would retain the requirements that 
specialists display a minimum amount of size at the BBO in order to 
maintain undisplayed reserve interest and that undisplayed reserve 
interest yield priority to displayed interest at that price, the 
Commission finds that the proposed rule change remains consistent with 
the requirements of the Act.
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    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53539 (March 22, 
2006), 71 FR 16353 (March 31, 2006) (``Hybrid Market Order'').
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    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\8\ that the proposed rule change (SR-NYSE-2006-24) is hereby 
approved.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
    \9\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\9\
Nancy M. Morris,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E6-10716 Filed 7-7-06; 8:45 am]
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