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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 160 / Friday, August 18, 2006 / Notices interim member, will provide relief to members who encounter serious emergencies, as well as offer a financial incentive for interim members to enter into special transfer agreements. IV. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,13 that the proposed rule change (SR–Amex–2006– 27), as amended, is approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–13636 Filed 8–17–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54310; File No. SR–Amex– 2006–71] Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Floor Broker HandHeld Terminals August 11, 2006. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 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 August 2, 2006, the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’ 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 substantially prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change 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 adopt Commentary .02 to Amex Rule 935— ANTE to clarify that floor brokers, when interacting with orders and quotes in the ANTE System, are required to use their handheld terminals. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at (http://www.amex.com), at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference 13 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 18:35 Aug 17, 2006 Rule 935—ANTE. Allocation of Executed Contracts (a)–(b) No Change. Commentary .01 No Change .02 Floor brokers when interacting with orders and quotes in the ANTE system are required to use their handheld terminals. * * * * * 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 III below. The Exchange 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 the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to add new Commentary .02 to Amex Rule 935— ANTE to clarify that Exchange floor brokers are required to use their handheld terminals when interacting with orders and quotes in accessing the Exchange’s electronic options marketplace or ‘‘ANTE.’’ The market depth at the Exchange in ANTE and the trading crowd may differ, due to the differences inherent in an automatic execution system and an auction market. With the recent approval and near-term implementation of a remote market maker program (i.e., Remote Registered Options Traders (‘‘RROTs’’) and Supplemental Registered Options Traders (‘‘SROTs’’)),3 as well as the ‘‘hybrid’’ market structure for options at the Exchange, a floor broker may receive different execution sizes based on whether the order is routed electronically or walked into the trading crowd. As a result, the Exchange believes that in order to maintain a fair and orderly market, a floor broker who desires to access the ANTE system 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 53652 (April 13, 2006), 71 FR 20422 (April 20, 2006) and 53635 (April 12, 2006), 71 FR 20144 (April 19, 2006). 14 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 Room. The text of the proposed rule change is set forth below. Proposed new language is italicized. Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47833 should be required to use his or her handheld terminal. In today’s options marketplace, orders are increasingly routed to and executed on the Amex and the other options exchanges electronically. At the Exchange, the ANTE system provides for the automatic matching and execution of market and marketable limit orders within eligible size limit parameters (i.e., the ‘‘auto-match size’’). The auto-match size is the maximum order size that can be automatically matched with orders on the book or the disseminated quote. Orders for less than the auto-match size are automatically matched at the disseminated price up to the disseminated size. The ANTE system then allocates the executed contracts among the participants to the trade, pursuant to the algorithm set forth in Amex Rule 935—ANTE. Floor brokers, in order to receive an ANTE allocation for transactions in ANTE, are required to use their handheld terminals so that the order trades against the ANTE Central Book. Floor brokers that execute orders in the trading crowd are accordingly outside the ANTE system. Therefore, the ANTE or electronic marketplace and the trading crowd may have different depth of market at any particular point in time. The Exchange believes that this is the nature of the ‘‘hybrid’’ market model that currently exists. As a result, a floor broker who desires to access the depth of market available in ANTE by interacting with orders and quotes, must submit his or her order through the handheld terminal. Working an order in the trading crowd does not access the depth of market that may exist in the ANTE system. In addition, the introduction of RROTs and SROTs further necessitates direct floor broker access to the ANTE market, since the specialist is unable to match a trade in the trading crowd with an RROT or SROT quote. Therefore, the Exchange proposes to adopt Commentary .02 to Amex Rule 935—ANTE to clarify that a floor broker accessing the electronic marketplace available through ANTE by interacting with orders and quotes must submit such order(s) via his or her handheld terminal. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,4 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,5 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to 4 15 5 15 E:\FR\FM\18AUN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 18AUN1 47834 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 160 / Friday, August 18, 2006 / Notices promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms 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 Exchanges believes that the proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Amex. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Amex–2006–71 and should be submitted on or before September 8, 2006. IV. Commission’s Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder III. Solicitation of Comments applicable to a national securities exchange.6 In particular, the Interested persons are invited to Commission finds that the proposed submit written data, views and rule change is consistent with Section arguments concerning the foregoing, 6(b)(5) of the Act,7 which requires that including whether the proposed rule an exchange have rules designed, among change is consistent with the Act. other things, to promote just and Comments may be submitted by any of equitable principles of trade, to remove the following methods: impediments to and perfect the Electronic Comments mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in • Use the Commission’s Internet general, to protect investors and the comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ public interest. The Commission rules/sro.shtml); or believes that the proposal should help • Send an e-mail to ruleto promote just and equitable principles comments@sec.gov. Please include File of trade and remove impediments to and Number SR–Amex–2006–71 on the perfect the mechanisms of a free and subject line. open market by clarifying current Paper Comments requirements for floor broker access to • Send paper comments in triplicate the liquidity on ANTE, the Exchange’s to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, electronic options marketplace. Securities and Exchange Commission, The Commission finds good cause for Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., approving this proposed rule change Washington, DC 20549–1090. before the thirtieth day after the All submissions should refer to File publication of notice thereof in the Number SR–Amex–2006–71. This file Federal Register pursuant to Section number should be included on the 19(b)(2) of the Act.8 The proposal does subject line if e-mail is used. To help the not raise any new or novel regulatory Commission process and review your issues and merely codifies a current comments more efficiently, please use requirement for floor broker access to only one method. The Commission will ANTE. post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ V. Conclusion rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the It is therefore ordered, pursuant to submission, all subsequent Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,9 that the amendments, all written statements proposed rule change (SR–Amex–2006– with respect to the proposed rule 71) is hereby approved on an change that are filed with the accelerated basis. Commission, and all written communications relating to the 6 In approving this rule change, the Commission proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than notes that it has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital those that may be withheld from the formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). public in accordance with the 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). available for inspection and copying in VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:35 Aug 17, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–13637 Filed 8–17–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54311; File No. SR–CBOE– 2005–103] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto To Amend CBOE Rules Relating to the Electronic Designated Primary Market Maker Program August 11, 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 December 5, 2005, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’ or ‘‘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 CBOE. On August 11, 2006, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend CBOE rules relating to the Electronic Designated Primary Market Maker (‘‘eDPM’’) Program. The text of the proposed rule change is set forth below. Proposed additions are in italics, and proposed deletions are in brackets. * * * * * Rule 8.92. Electronic DPM Program (a)–(b) No change. (c) Allocation of Option Classes. The Board of Directors or a committee designated by the Board of Directors shall grant e-DPMs allocations in option classes. Factors to be considered in granting allocations include performance, capacity, performance commitments, efficiency, competitiveness, and operational 10 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\18AUN1.SGM 18AUN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-54310; File No. SR-Amex-2006-71]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed 
Rule Change Relating to Floor Broker HandHeld Terminals

August 11, 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 August 2, 2006, the American Stock Exchange LLC (``Amex'' 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 substantially prepared by the Exchange. 
The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change 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.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to adopt Commentary .02 to Amex Rule 935--
ANTE to clarify that floor brokers, when interacting with orders and 
quotes in the ANTE System, are required to use their handheld 
terminals.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Web site at (http://www.amex.com), at the principal office of the 
Exchange, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room. The text of 
the proposed rule change is set forth below. Proposed new language is 
italicized.
Rule 935--ANTE. Allocation of Executed Contracts
    (a)-(b) No Change.
Commentary
    .01 No Change
    .02 Floor brokers when interacting with orders and quotes in the 
ANTE system are required to use their handheld terminals.
* * * * *

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 III below. The Exchange 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 the 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to add new Commentary .02 to Amex Rule 935--
ANTE to clarify that Exchange floor brokers are required to use their 
handheld terminals when interacting with orders and quotes in accessing 
the Exchange's electronic options marketplace or ``ANTE.'' The market 
depth at the Exchange in ANTE and the trading crowd may differ, due to 
the differences inherent in an automatic execution system and an 
auction market. With the recent approval and near-term implementation 
of a remote market maker program (i.e., Remote Registered Options 
Traders (``RROTs'') and Supplemental Registered Options Traders 
(``SROTs'')),\3\ as well as the ``hybrid'' market structure for options 
at the Exchange, a floor broker may receive different execution sizes 
based on whether the order is routed electronically or walked into the 
trading crowd. As a result, the Exchange believes that in order to 
maintain a fair and orderly market, a floor broker who desires to 
access the ANTE system should be required to use his or her handheld 
terminal.
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    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 53652 (April 13, 
2006), 71 FR 20422 (April 20, 2006) and 53635 (April 12, 2006), 71 
FR 20144 (April 19, 2006).
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    In today's options marketplace, orders are increasingly routed to 
and executed on the Amex and the other options exchanges 
electronically. At the Exchange, the ANTE system provides for the 
automatic matching and execution of market and marketable limit orders 
within eligible size limit parameters (i.e., the ``auto-match size''). 
The auto-match size is the maximum order size that can be automatically 
matched with orders on the book or the disseminated quote. Orders for 
less than the auto-match size are automatically matched at the 
disseminated price up to the disseminated size. The ANTE system then 
allocates the executed contracts among the participants to the trade, 
pursuant to the algorithm set forth in Amex Rule 935--ANTE.
    Floor brokers, in order to receive an ANTE allocation for 
transactions in ANTE, are required to use their handheld terminals so 
that the order trades against the ANTE Central Book. Floor brokers that 
execute orders in the trading crowd are accordingly outside the ANTE 
system. Therefore, the ANTE or electronic marketplace and the trading 
crowd may have different depth of market at any particular point in 
time. The Exchange believes that this is the nature of the ``hybrid'' 
market model that currently exists. As a result, a floor broker who 
desires to access the depth of market available in ANTE by interacting 
with orders and quotes, must submit his or her order through the 
handheld terminal. Working an order in the trading crowd does not 
access the depth of market that may exist in the ANTE system. In 
addition, the introduction of RROTs and SROTs further necessitates 
direct floor broker access to the ANTE market, since the specialist is 
unable to match a trade in the trading crowd with an RROT or SROT 
quote. Therefore, the Exchange proposes to adopt Commentary .02 to Amex 
Rule 935--ANTE to clarify that a floor broker accessing the electronic 
marketplace available through ANTE by interacting with orders and 
quotes must submit such order(s) via his or her handheld terminal.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act,\4\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\5\ in particular, in that it 
is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 
to

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to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national 
market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public 
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    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchanges believes that the proposed rule change does not 
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 solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

III. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-Amex-2006-71 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-Amex-2006-71. 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 Amex. All comments received will be posted 
without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying 
information from submissions. You should submit only information that 
you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to 
File Number SR-Amex-2006-71 and should be submitted on or before 
September 8, 2006.

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

    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.\6\ In 
particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is 
consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\7\ which requires that an 
exchange have rules designed, among other things, to promote just and 
equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the 
mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system, and, 
in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The 
Commission believes that the proposal should help to promote just and 
equitable principles of trade and remove impediments to and perfect the 
mechanisms of a free and open market by clarifying current requirements 
for floor broker access to the liquidity on ANTE, the Exchange's 
electronic options marketplace.
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    \6\ In approving this rule change, the Commission notes that it 
has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, 
competition, and capital formation.  See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Commission finds good cause for approving this proposed rule 
change before the thirtieth day after the publication of notice thereof 
in the Federal Register pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act.\8\ The 
proposal does not raise any new or novel regulatory issues and merely 
codifies a current requirement for floor broker access to ANTE.
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    \8\ 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,\9\ that the proposed rule change (SR-Amex-2006-71) is hereby 
approved on an accelerated basis.
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\10\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Nancy M. Morris,
Secretary.
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