Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to New Hours of Business on the Exchange's Foreign Currency Options Floor, 68875-68876 [E6-20127]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 228 / Tuesday, November 28, 2006 / Notices indemnification of OCC by PBOT based on claims of infringement of intellectual property rights or similar claims in connection with commodity contracts governed by the Clearing Agreement; and provide for the transfer of open positions from OCC to a successor clearing organization in the event PBOT makes alternative clearing arrangements. OCC is proposing to make several other less significant changes to the Clearing Agreement, many of which are designed to conform the Clearing Agreement to the agreement between OCC and CFE. OCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A of the Act because it is designed to permit OCC to clear certain commodity futures transactions without creating any adverse impact upon the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of transactions in securities. The proposed rule change is not inconsistent with the existing rules of OCC, including any other rules proposed to be amended. (B) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose any burden on competition. (C) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments were not and are not intended to be solicited with respect to the proposed rule change, and none have been received. ycherry on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 6 and Rule 19b–4(f)(4) 7 promulgated thereunder because the proposal effects a change in an existing service of OCC that (A) does not adversely affect the safeguarding of securities or funds in the custody or control of OCC or for which it is responsible and (B) does not significantly affect the respective rights or obligations of OCC or persons using the service. At any time within sixty days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, 6 15 7 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(4). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:42 Nov 27, 2006 Jkt 211001 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: 68875 For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–20050 Filed 11–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Electronic Comments [Release No. 34–54802; File No. SR–Phlx– 2006–72] • 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–OCC–2006–18 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to New Hours of Business on the Exchange’s Foreign Currency Options Floor Paper Comments November 21, 2006. • 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–OCC–2006–18. 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 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 OCC and on OCC’s Web site at http:// www.optionsclearing.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-OCC–2006–18 and should be submitted on or before December 19, 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 November 8, 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, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Phlx, pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,4 proposes to modify its hours of business for dealings on the Exchange to change the opening of foreign currency options (‘‘FCOs’’) trading from 2:30 a.m. Eastern Time (‘‘ET’’) to 7:30 a.m. ET. The change would become effective on December 1, 2006. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Phlx’s Web site (http://www.phlx.com), at the Phlx’s principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. 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, 8 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 68876 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 228 / Tuesday, November 28, 2006 / Notices the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposal. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Phlx has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose ycherry on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES The purpose of the proposed rule change is to make the Exchange’s FCO floor more cost effective by reducing the duration of the foreign currency option trading session. Currently, Phlx Rule 101, Hours of Business, states that FCO trading sessions shall be conducted at such times as the Exchange’s Board of Governors (‘‘Board’’) shall specify between 6 p.m., Sundays and 3 p.m., Fridays. Accordingly, the Board adopted the current hours for FCO trading sessions, opening at 2:30 a.m. ET and closing at 2:30 p.m. ET.5 The Exchange proposes to adopt a reduced time period for foreign currency option trading sessions by specifying that, beginning December 1, 2006, foreign currency option trading sessions would open at 7:30 a.m. ET and close at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Exchange represents that a significant majority of trades in foreign currency options occur during this time period, and thus the Exchange believes that it would be more cost effective to reduce the duration of the trading session with little or no impact on volume in FCOs. In connection with the proposed rule change adopting Phlx Rule 101, the Exchange committed to make future filings under section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act,6 any time it expands or changes FCO trading hours in connection with 5 In 1993, the Exchange filed a proposed rule change to amend Phlx Rule 101 to provide that all FCO trading, except FCOs on the Canadian dollar, will be conducted between 1:30 a.m. ET and 2:30 p.m. ET each business day. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 33246 (November 24, 1993), 58 FR 63421 (December 1, 1993) (SR–Phlx–93–42). Subsequently, the trading hours were modified to move the opening of FCO trading from 1:30 a.m. ET to 2:30 a.m. ET for all Exchange-listed FCOs except the Canadian dollar. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34898 (October 26, 1994), 59 FR 54651 (November 1, 1994) (File No. SR–Phlx–94–47). In May 2004, the Exchange expanded the trading hours for options on the Canadian dollar to conform to the trading hours for all other FCOs on the Exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 49690 (May 12, 2004), 69 FR 28972 (May 19, 2004) (SR–Phlx–2004–24). Thus, all Exchange-listed FCOs currently trade on the Exchange from 2:30 a.m. ET until 2:30 p.m. ET. 6 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:42 Nov 27, 2006 Jkt 211001 Phlx Rule 101.7 The Exchange intends to notify its membership of the change in trading hours for FCOs by issuing a circular to members. The new trading hours for FCOs would be in effect beginning December 1, 2006. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 8 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 9 in particular, because it is designed 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. 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 solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as a practice with respect to the administration of an existing rule, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act 10 and Rule 19b–4(f)(1) thereunder.11 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 26087 (September 16, 1988), 53 FR 36930 (September 22, 1988) (File No. SR–Phlx–88–25). 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 10 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(i). 11 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(1). PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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–2006–72 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–2006–72. 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 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 2006–72 and should be submitted on or before December 19, 2006. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–20127 Filed 11–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 12 17 E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 28NON1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-54802; File No. SR-Phlx-2006-72]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change 
Relating to New Hours of Business on the Exchange's Foreign Currency 
Options Floor

November 21, 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 November 8, 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, II 
and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The 
Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Phlx, pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-
4 thereunder,\4\ proposes to modify its hours of business for dealings 
on the Exchange to change the opening of foreign currency options 
(``FCOs'') trading from 2:30 a.m. Eastern Time (``ET'') to 7:30 a.m. 
ET. The change would become effective on December 1, 2006. The text of 
the proposed rule change is available on the Phlx's Web site (http://
www.phlx.com), at the Phlx's principal office, and at the Commission's 
Public Reference Room.
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    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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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 Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of, and basis for,

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the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the 
proposal. The text of these statements may be examined at the places 
specified in Item IV below. The Phlx has prepared summaries, set forth 
in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such 
statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The purpose of the proposed rule change is to make the Exchange's 
FCO floor more cost effective by reducing the duration of the foreign 
currency option trading session. Currently, Phlx Rule 101, Hours of 
Business, states that FCO trading sessions shall be conducted at such 
times as the Exchange's Board of Governors (``Board'') shall specify 
between 6 p.m., Sundays and 3 p.m., Fridays. Accordingly, the Board 
adopted the current hours for FCO trading sessions, opening at 2:30 
a.m. ET and closing at 2:30 p.m. ET.\5\
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    \5\ In 1993, the Exchange filed a proposed rule change to amend 
Phlx Rule 101 to provide that all FCO trading, except FCOs on the 
Canadian dollar, will be conducted between 1:30 a.m. ET and 2:30 
p.m. ET each business day. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 
33246 (November 24, 1993), 58 FR 63421 (December 1, 1993) (SR-Phlx-
93-42). Subsequently, the trading hours were modified to move the 
opening of FCO trading from 1:30 a.m. ET to 2:30 a.m. ET for all 
Exchange-listed FCOs except the Canadian dollar. See Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 34898 (October 26, 1994), 59 FR 54651 
(November 1, 1994) (File No. SR-Phlx-94-47). In May 2004, the 
Exchange expanded the trading hours for options on the Canadian 
dollar to conform to the trading hours for all other FCOs on the 
Exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 49690 (May 12, 
2004), 69 FR 28972 (May 19, 2004) (SR-Phlx-2004-24). Thus, all 
Exchange-listed FCOs currently trade on the Exchange from 2:30 a.m. 
ET until 2:30 p.m. ET.
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    The Exchange proposes to adopt a reduced time period for foreign 
currency option trading sessions by specifying that, beginning December 
1, 2006, foreign currency option trading sessions would open at 7:30 
a.m. ET and close at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Exchange represents that a 
significant majority of trades in foreign currency options occur during 
this time period, and thus the Exchange believes that it would be more 
cost effective to reduce the duration of the trading session with 
little or no impact on volume in FCOs.
    In connection with the proposed rule change adopting Phlx Rule 101, 
the Exchange committed to make future filings under section 19(b)(3)(A) 
of the Act,\6\ any time it expands or changes FCO trading hours in 
connection with Phlx Rule 101.\7\ The Exchange intends to notify its 
membership of the change in trading hours for FCOs by issuing a 
circular to members. The new trading hours for FCOs would be in effect 
beginning December 1, 2006.
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 26087 (September 16, 
1988), 53 FR 36930 (September 22, 1988) (File No. SR-Phlx-88-25).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act \8\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act \9\ in particular, because it 
is designed 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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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \9\ 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 solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

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

    Because the foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as a 
practice with respect to the administration of an existing rule, it has 
become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act \10\ and 
Rule 19b-4(f)(1) thereunder.\11\ At any time within 60 days of the 
filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily 
abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such 
action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the 
protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of 
the Act.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(i).
    \11\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(1).
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-Phlx-2006-72 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-2006-72. 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 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 2006-72 and should be submitted on or before 
December 19, 2006.
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    \12\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\12\
Jill M. Peterson,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. E6-20127 Filed 11-27-06; 8:45 am]
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