Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to Prefatory Language in Chapter 21 (ISE Stock Exchange LLC Trading Rules), 75596-75597 [E6-21373]

Download as PDF 75596 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 241 / Friday, December 15, 2006 / Notices Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–SE–2006–68 and should be submitted on or before January 5, 2007. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.17 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–21361 Filed 12–14–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54896; File No. SR–ISE– 2006–74] Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to Prefatory Language in Chapter 21 (ISE Stock Exchange LLC Trading Rules) December 8, 2006. mstockstill on PROD1PC61 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 December 5, 2006, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘ISE’’ 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 Exchange. On December 6, 2006, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.3 The Exchange filed the proposed rule change as a ‘‘noncontroversial’’ rule change under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) under the Act,4 which rendered the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons. 17 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Amendment No. 1 clarified that the Exchange proposes to delete the prefatory language in Chapter 21 of the ISE Rules. 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:47 Dec 14, 2006 Jkt 211001 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to remove the lead-in paragraph to Chapter 21 of the ISE Rules (ISE Stock Exchange LLC Trading Rules). The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site, http:// www.iseoptions.com, at the Exchange’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 Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for 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 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 On September 8, 2006, the ISE launched trading in equity securities through its Midpoint Match system pursuant to Form PILOT.5 On September 28, 2006, the Commission approved a full set of rules (Chapter 21 ISE Stock Exchange LLC Trading Rules) related to the trading of equity securities on the ISE Stock Exchange, including rules governing both the operating Midpoint Match system and a displayed market that was not yet operational.6 To address the fact that the ISE would be launching the displayed market sometime in the future, the Exchange included prefatory language in Chapter 21 stating that the rules governing trading in Midpoint Match were operative, while the rules governing trading in the displayed market were approved, but would not become operative until trading commenced in the displayed market. The ISE proposes to delete this prefatory language effective December 8, 2006, the date on which trading will commence in the displayed market. 5 See File No. PILOT–ISE–2006–01 (July 28, 2006). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54528, 71 FR 58650 (October 4, 2006) (SR–ISE–2006–48). PO 00000 Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,7 in that 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 believes that the proposed rule change would impose no 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 The Exchange did not solicit or receive any written comments with respect to the proposal. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the proposed rule change: (i) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) by its terms, does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 8 and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.9 As required under Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii),10 the Exchange provided the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of the filing of the proposed rule change. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission believes that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, because this filing will enable previously approved rules to become operative. For this reason, the 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 9 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 10 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 8 15 E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 241 / Friday, December 15, 2006 / Notices Commission designates the proposal to be operative on December 8, 2006.11 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 the furtherance of the purposes of the Act.12 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: mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 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–ISE–2006–74 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–ISE–2006–74. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted 11 For the purposes only of accelerating the operative date of this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 12 See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:47 Dec 14, 2006 Jkt 211001 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–ISE–2006–74 and should be submitted on or before January 5, 2007. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–21373 Filed 12–14–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54901; File No. SR–NASD– 2006–126] Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Integrate Brut and INET Facilities December 8, 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 13, 2006, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (‘‘NASD’’), through its subsidiary, The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (‘‘Nasdaq’’), 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 Nasdaq. On November 22, 2006, Nasdaq submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. Nasdaq has filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder,4 which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 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 Nasdaq proposes to fully integrate its Brut and INET execution systems. Nasdaq states that this would result in the termination of operations of the Brut system and the elimination of 13 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)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00123 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75597 applicable system rules from NASD’s rule manual. Nasdaq has designated this proposal as non-controversial and has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay period contained in Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act.5 If such waiver is granted, Nasdaq would implement the migration in two phases: (1) A group of up to 20 test stocks beginning on or after November 13, 2006,6 and (2) the remaining stocks on November 20, 2006. The text of the proposed rule change, as amended, is available on NASD’s Web site (http://www.nasd.com), at NASD’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, Nasdaq included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change, as amended, and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change, as amended. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. Nasdaq 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 On January 13, 2006, the Commission issued an order conditionally approving Nasdaq’s registration as a national securities exchange.7 In July of 2006, Nasdaq satisfied the conditions set forth in the Exchange Approval Order with respect to the trading of stocks listed on Nasdaq. On August 1, 2006, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq LLC’’) began operating as an exchange for the trading of Nasdaq-listed stocks. Nasdaq has not yet satisfied the conditions set forth in the Exchange Approval Order with respect to the trading of stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’) and the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’). Therefore, Nasdaq continues to operate as a facility of the NASD with respect to the trading of NYSE and Amex stocks. Nasdaq states that this 5 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). conversation between Jeffrey Davis, Vice President—Deputy General Counsel, Nasdaq, and Theodore Venuti, Attorney, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, on December 7, 2006. 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53128 (January 13, 2006), 71 FR 3550 (January 23, 2006) (‘‘Exchange Approval Order’’). 6 Telephone E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 241 (Friday, December 15, 2006)]
[Notices]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-54896; File No. SR-ISE-2006-74]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, 
LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule 
Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to Prefatory Language in 
Chapter 21 (ISE Stock Exchange LLC Trading Rules)

December 8, 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, 2006, the International Securities Exchange, LLC 
(``ISE'' 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 Exchange. 
On December 6, 2006, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed 
rule change.\3\ The Exchange filed the proposed rule change as a ``non-
controversial'' rule change under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the Act,\4\ 
which rendered the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 
The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ Amendment No. 1 clarified that the Exchange proposes to 
delete the prefatory language in Chapter 21 of the ISE Rules.
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to remove the lead-in paragraph to Chapter 21 
of the ISE Rules (ISE Stock Exchange LLC Trading Rules). The text of 
the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site, 
http://www.iseoptions.com, at the Exchange'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 Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for 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 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
    On September 8, 2006, the ISE launched trading in equity securities 
through its Midpoint Match system pursuant to Form PILOT.\5\ On 
September 28, 2006, the Commission approved a full set of rules 
(Chapter 21 ISE Stock Exchange LLC Trading Rules) related to the 
trading of equity securities on the ISE Stock Exchange, including rules 
governing both the operating Midpoint Match system and a displayed 
market that was not yet operational.\6\ To address the fact that the 
ISE would be launching the displayed market sometime in the future, the 
Exchange included prefatory language in Chapter 21 stating that the 
rules governing trading in Midpoint Match were operative, while the 
rules governing trading in the displayed market were approved, but 
would not become operative until trading commenced in the displayed 
market. The ISE proposes to delete this prefatory language effective 
December 8, 2006, the date on which trading will commence in the 
displayed market.
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    \5\ See File No. PILOT-ISE-2006-01 (July 28, 2006).
    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54528, 71 FR 58650 
(October 4, 2006) (SR-ISE-2006-48).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\7\ in that 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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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change would impose no 
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

    The Exchange did not solicit or receive any written comments with 
respect to the proposal.

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

    Because the proposed rule change: (i) Does not significantly affect 
the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) does not 
impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) by its terms, 
does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing, or such 
shorter time as the Commission may designate, if consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule 
change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 
\8\ and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.\9\
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \9\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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    As required under Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii),\10\ the Exchange provided 
the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed 
rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed 
rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of the 
filing of the proposed rule change. The Exchange has requested that the 
Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission believes 
that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest, because this filing 
will enable previously approved rules to become operative. For this 
reason, the

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Commission designates the proposal to be operative on December 8, 
2006.\11\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \11\ For the purposes only of accelerating the operative date of 
this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's 
impact on efficiency, competition and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
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    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 the furtherance of the purposes of the Act.\12\
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    \12\ See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).
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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-ISE-2006-74 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-ISE-2006-74. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/
sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and 
copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such 
filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted 
without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying 
information from submissions. You should submit only information that 
you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to 
File Number SR-ISE-2006-74 and should be submitted on or before January 
5, 2007. 

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\13\
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    \13\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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