Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating to Listing Standards for Broad-Based Index Options, 41853-41856 [E6-11682]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 141 / Monday, July 24, 2006 / Notices each member may designate only one ACATS-Fund/SERV Agent. A member must notify NSCC of its designation of an ACATS-Fund/SERV Agent in such form and within such timeframe as is acceptable to NSCC, and the ACATS-Fund/SERV Agent must acknowledge to NSCC its consent to this designation. The receiving member must acknowledge to NSCC that the receiving member shall at all times continue to be responsible for all provisions of NSCC’s Rules, specifically with regard to ACATS and ACATSFund/SERV transactions, including any and all actions taken by its ACATSFund/SERV Agent. NSCC will maintain a relationship table of those members that designate an ACATS-Fund/SERV Agent. In instances where an ACATS-Fund/SERV Agent has been appointed, NSCC will substitute the receiving member’s clearing number and member name on registration/ transfer instructions transmitted to the delivering member with those of the ACATS-Fund/SERV Agent. Conversely, on acknowledgements/instructions from the delivering member, NSCC will replace the ACATS-Fund/SERV Agent’s clearing number and member name with those of the receiving member. No additional ACATS or ACATS-Fund/ SERV fees will be incurred in connection with this process. NSCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act 7 and the rules thereunder because it will further automate and facilitate the customer account transfer process, which can be expected to reduce processing errors and delays that are typically associated with manual processes. These changes would foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in account transfers and furthers the protection of investors and the public interest. (B) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition NSCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose any burden on competition. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES (C) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not yet been solicited or received. NSCC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by NSCC. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 8 and Rule 19b–4(f)(4) 9 thereunder because the proposed rule effects a change in an existing service of NSCC that (i) does not adversely affect the safeguarding of securities or funds in the custody or control of the clearing agency or for which it is responsible and (ii) does not significantly affect the respective rights or obligations of the clearing agency or persons using the service. At any time within sixty days of the filing of such 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 Number SR–NSCC–2006–06 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NSCC–2006–06. 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 8 7 15 U.S.C. 78q–1. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:54 Jul 21, 2006 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(i). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(1). 9 17 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41853 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 Section, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of NSCC and on NSCC’s Web site at http:// www.nscc.com. 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–NSCC–2006–06 and should be submitted on or before August 14, 2006. For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–11681 Filed 7–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54158; File No. SR–Phlx– 2006–17] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating to Listing Standards for Broad-Based Index Options July 17, 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 March 1, 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. On April 12, 2006, the Phlx filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.3 On July 14, 2006, the Phlx filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change.4 The 10 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Amendment No. 1 replaced and superseded the original filing in its entirety. 4 In Amendment No. 2, the Phlx made technical and clarifying changes to the proposal. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 41854 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 141 / Monday, July 24, 2006 / Notices Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons and is approving the proposal on an accelerated basis. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Phlx Rules 1000A (Applicability and Definitions), 1001A (Position Limits) and 1009A (Designation of the Index) to adopt ‘‘generic’’ listing standards pursuant to Rule 19b–4(e) under the Act 5 and position limits for broad-based index options. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Phlx’s Web site (http://www.phlx.com), at the Phlx’s Office of the Secretary and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. 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 III 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 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 1. Purpose The Phlx proposes to adopt Phlx Rule 1009A(d) to establish initial listing standards for broad-based index options. The proposal will allow the Phlx to list and trade, pursuant to Rule 19b–4(e) under the Act,6 broad-based index options that meet the listing standards in Phlx Rule 1009A(d). The listing standards require, among other things, that the underlying index be broad-based, as defined in Phlx Rule 1000A(b)(11); 7 that options on the index be a.m.-settled; that the index be capitalization-weighted, price-weighted, modified capitalization-weighted, or equal dollar-weighted; and that the index be comprised of at least 50 securities, all of which must be ‘‘NMS stocks,’’ as defined in Rule 600 of 5 17 CFR 240.19b–4(e). 17 CFR 240.19b–4(e). 7 The Exchange is also proposing to amend Phlx Rule 1000A to clarify the definitions of broad-based (market) indexes as well as narrow-based (industry) indexes. 6 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:54 Jul 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 Regulation NMS.8 In addition, Phlx Rule 1009A(d) requires that the index’s component securities meet certain minimum market capitalization and average daily trading volume requirements; that no single component account for more than 10% of the weight of the index and that the five highest weighted components represent no more than 33% of the weight of the index; that the index value be widely disseminated at least every 15 seconds; and that the Phlx have written surveillance procedures in place with respect to the index options. Phlx Rule 1009A(d) also provides that non-U.S. index components that are not subject to a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement between the Phlx and the primary market(s) trading the index components may comprise no more than 20% of the weight of the index. The Phlx represents that its surveillance procedures are adequate to properly monitor the trading of broad-based index options and that it intends to apply its existing surveillance procedures for index options to monitor trading in broad-based index options listed pursuant to Phlx Rule 1009A(d). Additionally, the Exchange must reasonably believe that it has adequate system capacity to support the trading of any index options listed pursuant to Phlx Rule 1000A(d). The Phlx also proposes to adopt Phlx Rule 1009A(e), which establishes maintenance standards for broad-based index options listed pursuant to Phlx Rule 1009A(d). In addition, the Phlx proposes to amend Phlx Rule 1001A(a) to establish a position limit of 25,000 contracts on the same side of the market for broad-based index options listed pursuant to Phlx Rule 1009A(d). 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that 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) of the Act,10 in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable 8 Rule 600 of Regulation NMS defines an ‘‘NMS stock’’ to mean ‘‘any NMS security other than an option.’’ An ‘‘NMS security’’ is ‘‘any security or class of securities for which transaction reports are collected, processed, and made available pursuant to an effective transaction reporting plan, or an effective national market system plan for reporting transactions in listed options.’’ See 17 CFR 242.600. For purposes of consistency, the Exchange is also proposing to amend Phlx Rule 1009A(b)(8), which indicates conditions that an underlying index must satisfy for the Exchange to list narrow-based index options pursuant to the generic Rule 19b–4(e) listing standards, to reference ‘‘NMS stock’’ as defined in Rule 600 of Regulation NMS under the Act. 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 10 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general to protect investors and the public interest. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others No written comments were either solicited or received. III. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–Phlx–2006–17 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Phlx–2006–17. 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 E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 141 / Monday, July 24, 2006 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will 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 you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Phlx–2006–17 and should be submitted on or before August 14, 2006. IV. Commission’s Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of the Proposed Rule Change After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.11 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,12 which requires, among other things, that the rules of a national securities exchange be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. To list options on a particular broadbased index, the Phlx currently must file a proposed rule change with the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Act and Rule 19b–4 thereunder. However, Rule 19b–4(e) provides that the listing and trading of a new derivative securities product by a self-regulatory organization (‘‘SRO’’) will not be deemed a proposed rule change pursuant to Rule 19b–4(c)(1) if the Commission has approved, pursuant to Section 19(b) of the Act, the SRO’s trading rules, procedures, and listing standards for the product class that would include the new derivative securities product, and the SRO has a surveillance program for the product class. As described more fully above, the Phlx proposes to establish listing standards for broad-based index options. The Commission’s approval of the Phlx’s listing standards for broadbased index options will allow options that satisfy the listing standards to begin 11 In approving this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 12 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:54 Jul 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 trading pursuant to Rule 19b–4(e), without constituting a proposed rule change within the meaning of Section 19(b) of the Act and Rule 19b–4, for which notice and comment and Commission approval is necessary.13 The Phlx’s ability to rely on Rule 19b– 4(e) to list broad-based index options that meet the requirements of Phlx Rule 1009A(d) potentially reduces the time frame for bringing these securities to the market, thereby promoting competition and making new broad-based index options available to investors more quickly. The Commission notes that the Phlx has represented that it has adequate trading rules, procedures, listing standards, and surveillance program for broad-based index options. Phlx’s existing index option trading rules and procedures will apply to broad-based index options listed pursuant to Phlx Rule 1009A(d). Other existing Phlx rules, including provisions addressing sales practices and margin requirements, also will apply to these options. In addition, the Phlx proposes to establish position and exercise limits of 25,000 contracts on the same side of the market for broad-based index options listed pursuant to Phlx Rule 1009A(d).14 The Commission believes that the proposed position and exercise limits should serve to minimize potential manipulation concerns. The Phlx represents that its surveillance procedures are adequate to properly monitor the trading of broadbased index options and that it intends to apply its existing surveillance procedures for index options to monitor trading in broad-based index options listed pursuant to Phlx Rule 1009A(d). In addition, because Phlx Rule 1009A(d) requires that each component of an index be an ‘‘NMS stock,’’ as defined in Rule 600 of Regulation NMS under the Act, each index component must trade on a registered national securities exchange or through Nasdaq.15 13 When relying on Rule 19b–4(e), the SRO must submit Form 19b–4(e) to the Commission within five business days after the SRO begins trading the new derivative securities product. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 40761 (December 8, 1998), 63 FR 70952 (December 22, 1998) (File No. S7–13–98). 14 Under Phlx Rule 1002A, exercise limits for index option contracts are equivalent to the position limits described in Phlx Rule 1001A. 15 Recently, the Commission approved The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC’s application to become a registered national securities exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53128 (January 13, 2006), 71 FR 3550 (January 23, 2006). At the time of the Commission’s consideration of this matter, The NASDAQ Stock Market is still operating as a subsidiary of the National Association of Securities Dealers (‘‘NASD’’), a registered national securities association. PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41855 Accordingly, the Phlx will have access to information concerning trading activity in the component securities of an underlying index through the Intermarket Surveillance Group (‘‘ISG’’).16 Phlx Rule 1009A(d) also provides that non-U.S. index components that are not subject to a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement between the Phlx and the primary market(s) trading the index components may comprise no more than 20% of the weight of the index.17 The Commission believes that these requirements will help to ensure that the Phlx has the ability to monitor trading in broad-based index options listed pursuant to Phlx Rule 1009A(d) and in the component securities of the underlying indexes. The Commission believes that the requirements in Phlx Rule 1009A(d) regarding, among other things, the minimum market capitalization, trading volume, and relative weightings of an underlying index’s component stocks are designed to ensure that the markets for the index’s component stocks are adequately capitalized and sufficiently liquid, and that no one stock dominates the index. In addition, Phlx Rule 1009A(d) requires that the underlying index be ‘‘broad-based,’’ as defined in Phlx Rule 1000A(b)(11).18 The Commission believes that these requirements minimize the potential for manipulating the underlying index. The Commission believes that the requirement in Phlx Rule 1009A(d) that the current index value be widely disseminated at least once every 15 seconds by one or more major market data vendors 19 during the time an index option trades on the Phlx should provide transparency with respect to current index values and contribute to the transparency of the market for 16 The ISG was formed on July 14, 1983, to, among other things, coordinate more effectively surveillance and investigative information sharing arrangements in the stock and options markets. All of the registered national securities exchanges and NASD are members of the ISG. In addition, futures exchanges and non-U.S. exchanges and associations are affiliate members of the ISG. 17 However, such non-U.S. index components, as ‘‘NMS stocks,’’ would be registered under Section 12 of the Act and listed and traded on a national securities exchange or Nasdaq, where there is last sale reporting. 18 Phlx Rule 1000A(b)(11) defines ‘‘broad-based index’’ to mean ‘‘an index designed to be representative of a stock market as a whole or of a range of companies in unrelated industries.’’ 19 The Phlx stated that ‘‘ ‘[m]ajor market data vendor’ for the purposes of Phlx Rule 1009A(d)(11) includes, but is not limited to, the Options Price Reporting Authority, the Consolidated Tape Association (administers the Consolidated Tape and Consolidated Quotation Plans), Nasdaq Index Dissemination Service, and securities information vendors such as Bloomberg and Reuters.’’ E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 41856 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 141 / Monday, July 24, 2006 / Notices broad-based index options. In addition, the Commission believes, as it has noted in other contexts, that the requirement in Phlx Rule 1009A(d) that an index option be settled based on the opening prices of the index’s component securities, rather than on closing prices, could help to reduce the potential impact of expiring index options on the market for the index’s component securities.20 The Commission finds good cause for approving the proposed rule change, as amended, prior to the 30th day after the date of publication of the notice of filing in the Federal Register. The Exchange has requested accelerated approval of the proposed rule change. The proposal implements listing and maintenance standards and position and exercise limits for broad-based index options substantially identical to those recently approved for the International Securities Exchange, Inc., the American Stock Exchange LLC and the CBOE.21 The Commission does not believe that the Exchange’s proposal raises any novel regulatory issues. Therefore, the Commission finds good cause, consistent with Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,22 to approve the proposed rule change, as amended, on an accelerated basis. V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,23 that the proposed rule change (SR–Phlx–2006– 17), as amended, is hereby approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.24 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–11682 Filed 7–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [Disaster Declaration # 10528] California Disaster # CA–00034 Declaration of Economic Injury Small Business Administration. Amendment 2. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This is an amendment of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration for the State of California Disaster #CA–00034 dated 07/06/2006. Incident: Fishery Resource Disaster. Incident Period: 05/01/2006 through 08/31/2006. Effective Date: 07/13/2006. EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: 04/06/2007. ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan applications to: Small Business Administration, National Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, SW., Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for the fishery resource disaster under 308(b) of Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act of 1986, as amended, to help West Coast fishing communities in Oregon and California as determined by the Secretary of Commerce, is hereby amended to correct the incident period. The incident period is 05/01/2006 through 08/31/2006. All other information in the original declaration remains unchanged. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers 59002) Herbert L. Mitchell, Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. [FR Doc. E6–11620 Filed 7–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION See, e.g., Securities Exchange Act Release No. 30944 (July 21, 1992), 57 FR 33376 (July 28, 1992) (order approving a Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’) proposal to establish opening price settlement for S&P 500 Index options). 21 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 52578 (October 7, 2005), 70 FR 60590 (October 18, 2005) (SR–ISE–2005–27); 52781 (November 16, 2005), 70 FR 70898 (November 23, 2005) (SR– Amex–2005–069); and 53266 (February 9, 2006), 71 FR 8321 (February 16, 2006) (SR–CBOE–2005–59). 22 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 23 Id. 24 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 20 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:54 Jul 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 [Disaster Declaration # 10527] Oregon Disaster # OR–00013 Declaration of Economic Injury Small Business Administration. Amendment 2. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This is an amendment of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration for the State of Oregon Disaster # OR–00013 dated 07/06/2006. Incident: Fishery Resource Disaster. Incident Period: 05/01/2006 through 08/31/2006. PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Effective Date: 07/13/2006. EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: 04/06/2007. ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan applications to: Small Business Administration, National Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, SW., Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for the fishery resource disaster under 308(b) of Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act of 1986, as amended, to help West Coast fishing communities in Oregon and California as determined by the Secretary of Commerce, is hereby amended to correct the incident period. The incident period is 05/01/2006 through 08/31/2006. All other information in the original declaration remains unchanged. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers 59002) Herbert L. Mitchell, Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. [FR Doc. E6–11639 Filed 7–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 5473] Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: ‘‘Enduring Myth: The Tragedy of Hippolytos & Phaidra’’ Summary: Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the object to be included in the exhibition ‘‘Enduring Myth: The Tragedy of Hippolytos & Phaidra,’’ imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, is of cultural significance. The object is imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign owner or custodian. I also determine that the exhibition or display E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-54158; File No. SR-Phlx-2006-17]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; 
Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a Proposed 
Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating to Listing 
Standards for Broad-Based Index Options

July 17, 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 March 1, 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. On April 12, 
2006, the Phlx filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.\3\ On 
July 14, 2006, the Phlx filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule 
change.\4\ The

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Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons and is 
approving the proposal on an accelerated basis.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ Amendment No. 1 replaced and superseded the original filing 
in its entirety.
    \4\ In Amendment No. 2, the Phlx made technical and clarifying 
changes to the proposal.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend Phlx Rules 1000A (Applicability and 
Definitions), 1001A (Position Limits) and 1009A (Designation of the 
Index) to adopt ``generic'' listing standards pursuant to Rule 19b-4(e) 
under the Act \5\ and position limits for broad-based index options. 
The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Phlx's Web 
site (http://www.phlx.com), at the Phlx's Office of the Secretary and 
at the Commission's Public Reference Room.
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    \5\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(e).
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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 III 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 Phlx proposes to adopt Phlx Rule 1009A(d) to establish initial 
listing standards for broad-based index options. The proposal will 
allow the Phlx to list and trade, pursuant to Rule 19b-4(e) under the 
Act,\6\ broad-based index options that meet the listing standards in 
Phlx Rule 1009A(d). The listing standards require, among other things, 
that the underlying index be broad-based, as defined in Phlx Rule 
1000A(b)(11); \7\ that options on the index be a.m.-settled; that the 
index be capitalization-weighted, price-weighted, modified 
capitalization-weighted, or equal dollar-weighted; and that the index 
be comprised of at least 50 securities, all of which must be ``NMS 
stocks,'' as defined in Rule 600 of Regulation NMS.\8\ In addition, 
Phlx Rule 1009A(d) requires that the index's component securities meet 
certain minimum market capitalization and average daily trading volume 
requirements; that no single component account for more than 10% of the 
weight of the index and that the five highest weighted components 
represent no more than 33% of the weight of the index; that the index 
value be widely disseminated at least every 15 seconds; and that the 
Phlx have written surveillance procedures in place with respect to the 
index options. Phlx Rule 1009A(d) also provides that non-U.S. index 
components that are not subject to a comprehensive surveillance sharing 
agreement between the Phlx and the primary market(s) trading the index 
components may comprise no more than 20% of the weight of the index. 
The Phlx represents that its surveillance procedures are adequate to 
properly monitor the trading of broad-based index options and that it 
intends to apply its existing surveillance procedures for index options 
to monitor trading in broad-based index options listed pursuant to Phlx 
Rule 1009A(d). Additionally, the Exchange must reasonably believe that 
it has adequate system capacity to support the trading of any index 
options listed pursuant to Phlx Rule 1000A(d).
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    \6\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(e).
    \7\ The Exchange is also proposing to amend Phlx Rule 1000A to 
clarify the definitions of broad-based (market) indexes as well as 
narrow-based (industry) indexes.
    \8\ Rule 600 of Regulation NMS defines an ``NMS stock'' to mean 
``any NMS security other than an option.'' An ``NMS security'' is 
``any security or class of securities for which transaction reports 
are collected, processed, and made available pursuant to an 
effective transaction reporting plan, or an effective national 
market system plan for reporting transactions in listed options.'' 
See 17 CFR 242.600.
    For purposes of consistency, the Exchange is also proposing to 
amend Phlx Rule 1009A(b)(8), which indicates conditions that an 
underlying index must satisfy for the Exchange to list narrow-based 
index options pursuant to the generic Rule 19b-4(e) listing 
standards, to reference ``NMS stock'' as defined in Rule 600 of 
Regulation NMS under the Act.
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    The Phlx also proposes to adopt Phlx Rule 1009A(e), which 
establishes maintenance standards for broad-based index options listed 
pursuant to Phlx Rule 1009A(d). In addition, the Phlx proposes to amend 
Phlx Rule 1001A(a) to establish a position limit of 25,000 contracts on 
the same side of the market for broad-based index options listed 
pursuant to Phlx Rule 1009A(d).
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that 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) of the Act,\10\ in particular, in that it 
is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to 
prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts, 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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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

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

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

    No written comments were either solicited or received.

III. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-Phlx-2006-17 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-Phlx-2006-17. 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 
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the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will 
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 you wish to make 
available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-
Phlx-2006-17 and should be submitted on or before August 14, 2006.

IV. Commission's Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of 
the Proposed Rule Change

    After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed rule 
change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act and 
the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national 
securities exchange.\11\ In particular, the Commission finds that the 
proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of 
the Act,\12\ which requires, among other things, that the rules of a 
national securities exchange be designed to prevent fraudulent and 
manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism 
of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, 
to protect investors and the public interest.
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    \11\ In approving this proposal, the Commission has considered 
the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital 
formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    To list options on a particular broad-based index, the Phlx 
currently must file a proposed rule change with the Commission pursuant 
to Section 19(b)(1) of the Act and Rule 19b-4 thereunder. However, Rule 
19b-4(e) provides that the listing and trading of a new derivative 
securities product by a self-regulatory organization (``SRO'') will not 
be deemed a proposed rule change pursuant to Rule 19b-4(c)(1) if the 
Commission has approved, pursuant to Section 19(b) of the Act, the 
SRO's trading rules, procedures, and listing standards for the product 
class that would include the new derivative securities product, and the 
SRO has a surveillance program for the product class.
    As described more fully above, the Phlx proposes to establish 
listing standards for broad-based index options. The Commission's 
approval of the Phlx's listing standards for broad-based index options 
will allow options that satisfy the listing standards to begin trading 
pursuant to Rule 19b-4(e), without constituting a proposed rule change 
within the meaning of Section 19(b) of the Act and Rule 19b-4, for 
which notice and comment and Commission approval is necessary.\13\ The 
Phlx's ability to rely on Rule 19b-4(e) to list broad-based index 
options that meet the requirements of Phlx Rule 1009A(d) potentially 
reduces the time frame for bringing these securities to the market, 
thereby promoting competition and making new broad-based index options 
available to investors more quickly.
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    \13\ When relying on Rule 19b-4(e), the SRO must submit Form 
19b-4(e) to the Commission within five business days after the SRO 
begins trading the new derivative securities product. See Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 40761 (December 8, 1998), 63 FR 70952 
(December 22, 1998) (File No. S7-13-98).
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    The Commission notes that the Phlx has represented that it has 
adequate trading rules, procedures, listing standards, and surveillance 
program for broad-based index options. Phlx's existing index option 
trading rules and procedures will apply to broad-based index options 
listed pursuant to Phlx Rule 1009A(d). Other existing Phlx rules, 
including provisions addressing sales practices and margin 
requirements, also will apply to these options. In addition, the Phlx 
proposes to establish position and exercise limits of 25,000 contracts 
on the same side of the market for broad-based index options listed 
pursuant to Phlx Rule 1009A(d).\14\ The Commission believes that the 
proposed position and exercise limits should serve to minimize 
potential manipulation concerns.
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    \14\ Under Phlx Rule 1002A, exercise limits for index option 
contracts are equivalent to the position limits described in Phlx 
Rule 1001A.
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    The Phlx represents that its surveillance procedures are adequate 
to properly monitor the trading of broad-based index options and that 
it intends to apply its existing surveillance procedures for index 
options to monitor trading in broad-based index options listed pursuant 
to Phlx Rule 1009A(d). In addition, because Phlx Rule 1009A(d) requires 
that each component of an index be an ``NMS stock,'' as defined in Rule 
600 of Regulation NMS under the Act, each index component must trade on 
a registered national securities exchange or through Nasdaq.\15\ 
Accordingly, the Phlx will have access to information concerning 
trading activity in the component securities of an underlying index 
through the Intermarket Surveillance Group (``ISG'').\16\ Phlx Rule 
1009A(d) also provides that non-U.S. index components that are not 
subject to a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement between the 
Phlx and the primary market(s) trading the index components may 
comprise no more than 20% of the weight of the index.\17\ The 
Commission believes that these requirements will help to ensure that 
the Phlx has the ability to monitor trading in broad-based index 
options listed pursuant to Phlx Rule 1009A(d) and in the component 
securities of the underlying indexes.
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    \15\ Recently, the Commission approved The NASDAQ Stock Market 
LLC's application to become a registered national securities 
exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53128 (January 13, 
2006), 71 FR 3550 (January 23, 2006). At the time of the 
Commission's consideration of this matter, The NASDAQ Stock Market 
is still operating as a subsidiary of the National Association of 
Securities Dealers (``NASD''), a registered national securities 
association.
    \16\ The ISG was formed on July 14, 1983, to, among other 
things, coordinate more effectively surveillance and investigative 
information sharing arrangements in the stock and options markets. 
All of the registered national securities exchanges and NASD are 
members of the ISG. In addition, futures exchanges and non-U.S. 
exchanges and associations are affiliate members of the ISG.
    \17\ However, such non-U.S. index components, as ``NMS stocks,'' 
would be registered under Section 12 of the Act and listed and 
traded on a national securities exchange or Nasdaq, where there is 
last sale reporting.
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    The Commission believes that the requirements in Phlx Rule 1009A(d) 
regarding, among other things, the minimum market capitalization, 
trading volume, and relative weightings of an underlying index's 
component stocks are designed to ensure that the markets for the 
index's component stocks are adequately capitalized and sufficiently 
liquid, and that no one stock dominates the index. In addition, Phlx 
Rule 1009A(d) requires that the underlying index be ``broad-based,'' as 
defined in Phlx Rule 1000A(b)(11).\18\ The Commission believes that 
these requirements minimize the potential for manipulating the 
underlying index.
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    \18\ Phlx Rule 1000A(b)(11) defines ``broad-based index'' to 
mean ``an index designed to be representative of a stock market as a 
whole or of a range of companies in unrelated industries.''
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    The Commission believes that the requirement in Phlx Rule 1009A(d) 
that the current index value be widely disseminated at least once every 
15 seconds by one or more major market data vendors \19\ during the 
time an index option trades on the Phlx should provide transparency 
with respect to current index values and contribute to the transparency 
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broad-based index options. In addition, the Commission believes, as it 
has noted in other contexts, that the requirement in Phlx Rule 1009A(d) 
that an index option be settled based on the opening prices of the 
index's component securities, rather than on closing prices, could help 
to reduce the potential impact of expiring index options on the market 
for the index's component securities.\20\
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    \19\ The Phlx stated that `` `[m]ajor market data vendor' for 
the purposes of Phlx Rule 1009A(d)(11) includes, but is not limited 
to, the Options Price Reporting Authority, the Consolidated Tape 
Association (administers the Consolidated Tape and Consolidated 
Quotation Plans), Nasdaq Index Dissemination Service, and securities 
information vendors such as Bloomberg and Reuters.''
    \20\ See, e.g., Securities Exchange Act Release No. 30944 (July 
21, 1992), 57 FR 33376 (July 28, 1992) (order approving a Chicago 
Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (``CBOE'') proposal to 
establish opening price settlement for S&P 500 Index options).
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    The Commission finds good cause for approving the proposed rule 
change, as amended, prior to the 30th day after the date of publication 
of the notice of filing in the Federal Register. The Exchange has 
requested accelerated approval of the proposed rule change. The 
proposal implements listing and maintenance standards and position and 
exercise limits for broad-based index options substantially identical 
to those recently approved for the International Securities Exchange, 
Inc., the American Stock Exchange LLC and the CBOE.\21\ The Commission 
does not believe that the Exchange's proposal raises any novel 
regulatory issues. Therefore, the Commission finds good cause, 
consistent with Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,\22\ to approve the 
proposed rule change, as amended, on an accelerated basis.
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    \21\ See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 52578 (October 7, 
2005), 70 FR 60590 (October 18, 2005) (SR-ISE-2005-27); 52781 
(November 16, 2005), 70 FR 70898 (November 23, 2005) (SR-Amex-2005-
069); and 53266 (February 9, 2006), 71 FR 8321 (February 16, 2006) 
(SR-CBOE-2005-59).
    \22\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
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V. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\23\ that the proposed rule change (SR-Phlx-2006-17), as amended, 
is hereby approved on an accelerated basis.
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    \23\ Id.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\24\
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    \24\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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 Nancy M. Morris,
 Secretary.
[FR Doc. E6-11682 Filed 7-21-06; 8:45 am]
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