Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Establishment of a Maximum Number of Quoting Participants Permitted in a Particular Option on the Exchange, 75798-75800 [E6-21449]

Download as PDF 75798 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 242 / Monday, December 18, 2006 / Notices SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54810A; File No. SR– NYSE–2005–90] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto and Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval to Amendment No. 2 Thereto To Allow Certain Institutional Customers To Elect Not To Receive Account Statements December 8, 2006. Correction In FR Doc. No. E6–20227, beginning on page 69165 for Wednesday, November 29, 2006, a request for comment on Amendment No. 2 was inadvertently omitted. Accordingly, the following should be inserted immediately before the Conclusion of the document: ‘‘Solicitation of Comments on Amendment No. 2 Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning Amendment No. 2, including whether such amendment is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 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–NYSE–2005–90 and should be submitted on or before January 8, 2007.’’ For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.1 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–21479 Filed 12–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Release No. 34–54914; File No. SR–Phlx– 2006–81] jlentini on PROD1PC65 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–NYSE–2005–90 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Establishment of a Maximum Number of Quoting Participants Permitted in a Particular Option on the Exchange 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–NYSE–2005–90. 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 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 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 substantially prepared by the Phlx. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:16 Dec 15, 2006 Jkt 211001 December 11, 2006. 1 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Phlx proposes to amend Phlx Rule 507,3 which governs the assignment of options to Streaming Quote Traders (‘‘SQTs’’) 4 and Remote Streaming Quote Traders (’’RSQTs’’),5 by adding commentary to the rule establishing a maximum number of quoting participants that may be assigned to a particular equity option at any one time. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Phlx’s Web site at 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 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 Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of the proposed rule change is to enable the Exchange to manage its quotation traffic and bandwidth capacity by limiting the number of streaming quote market participants that may be assigned to a particular option at a given point in time. The proposed amendments to Phlx Rule 507 would establish: (i) A maximum number of quoters (‘‘MNQ’’) 3 Phlx Rule 507 sets forth the process by which the Committee assigns or reassigns options to eligible Streaming Quote Traders and Remote Streaming Quote Traders. See Phlx Rule 507. 4 An SQT is an Exchange Registered Options Trader (‘‘ROT’’) who has received permission from the Exchange to generate and submit options quotations electronically through AUTOM in eligible options to which such SQT is assigned. An SQT may only submit such quotations while such SQT is physically present on the floor of the Exchange. See Phlx Rule 1014(b)(ii)(A). 5 An RSQT is a ROT that is a member or member organization with no physical trading floor presence who has received permission from the Exchange to generate and submit option quotations electronically through AUTOM in eligible options to which such RSQT has been assigned. An RSQT may only submit such quotations electronically from off the floor of the Exchange. See Phlx Rule 1014(b)(ii)(B). E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 242 / Monday, December 18, 2006 / Notices in equity options based on each option’s monthly trading volume; (ii) a process for recalculating the MNQ based upon changes in an option’s monthly trading volume; (iii) an increase to the MNQ due to exceptional circumstances; (iv) the process by which the Exchange will notify market participants of changes to the MNQ; and (v) additional criteria relating to the process by which the Exchange will assign SQT and/or RSQT applicants in options in the event that there are more applicants for assignment in a particular option than there are positions. The Exchange proposes to limit the number of participants that may be assigned to a particular equity option at any one time based upon each option’s monthly national volume. Proposed Commentary .02 to Phlx Rule 507 sets forth tiered MNQ levels providing for 20 participants for the top 5% most actively traded options; 15 participants for next 10% most actively traded options, and 10 market participants for all other options. The ranking is based upon the preceding month’s national volumes. The MNQ would be recalculated within the first five days of each month based on the previous month’s trading volume (‘‘new MNQ’’). Proposed Commentary .03 to Phlx Rule 507 provides the process by which the Exchange will administer a decrease in the previous month’s MNQ. The Exchange will immediately implement the new MNQ if the number of assigned participants in the option on the last day of the month equals or is less than the new MNQ. Under circumstances in which the number of assigned participants is greater than the new MNQ, the option will have an ‘‘increased’’ MNQ equal to the number of assigned participants quoting electronically in that option on the last day of the month. The ‘‘increased’’ MNQ will automatically decrease if an assigned participant changes or ceases the assignment in the option. The ‘‘increased’’ MNQ will continue to decrease until the number of assigned participants equals the new MNQ, at which point the number of assigned participants in the option may not exceed the new MNQ. The Exchange will be able to increase the MNQ in exceptional circumstances. The Exchange’s Options Allocation, Evaluation and Securities Committee (‘‘OAESC’’) 6 may increase the MNQ when the circumstances warrant. Proposed Commentary .04 to Phlx Rule 507 describes the events that may be considered ‘‘exceptional’’ including substantial trading volume (whether actual or expected), a major news event or corporate event. The Exchange may reduce the MNQ following the cessation of the exceptional circumstances, but the Exchange must follow the same procedures for decreases to the MNQ outlined above. When relying on this provision, the Exchange would submit a rule filing to the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act.7 The Exchange will inform market participants of changes to the MNQ via Exchange circular. The Exchange may increase the MNQ levels (meaning the 20, 15, and 10 number established in Commentary .02(a)–(c)) by submitting to the Commission a rule filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act.8 The Exchange may also decrease the MNQ levels upon Commission approval of a rule filing submitted pursuant to 19(b)(2) of the Act. The Exchange is also proposing to amend Phlx Rule 507 by adding additional criteria for the OAESC to consider when determining whether to assign an option to a member in the situation where there are more applicants for assignment in a particular option than there are positions available. In this situation, proposed paragraph (b)(iii) of Phlx Rule 507 would require the OAESC to consider: (i) The financial and technical resources available to the applicant; (ii) the applicant’s experience and expertise in market making or options trading; and (iii) the applicant’s prior performance as a specialist, SQT or RSQT, based on evaluations conducted pursuant to Phlx Rule 510, which includes quantified measures of performance. The purpose of this provision is to enable the OAESC to use these criteria to select the most qualified applicant in the event that there are more applicants for assignment in a particular option than there are positions available. The Exchange believes that the consideration of financial and technical capacity, as well as prior performance, will assist the OAESC in determining the most beneficial assignment of options for the Exchange and the public. Finally, the Exchange represents that members that are assigned in a particular option as of the date of Commission approval of this proposed 6 See Phlx By-Law Article X, Section 10–7. The OAESC has jurisdiction over, among other things: The appointment of specialists on the options and foreign currency options trading floors; allocation, retention and transfer of privileges to deal in options on the trading floors; and administration of the 500 series of Phlx rules. 7 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:16 Dec 15, 2006 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75799 rule change will be guaranteed a position as a quoting participant in the particular option. 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 the proposed rule change 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 by allowing the Exchange to manage resources by fairly allocating limited bandwidth capacity. 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 Written comments on the proposed rule change were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve such proposed rule change, or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. 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: 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 10 15 E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 75800 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 242 / Monday, December 18, 2006 / 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 No. SR–Phlx–2006–81 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 No. SR–Phlx–2006–81. 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 at 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 No. SR–Phlx–2006–81 and should be submitted on or before January 8, 2007. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Florence E. 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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Release No. 34-54914; File No. SR-Phlx-2006-81]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange Inc.; 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Establishment 
of a Maximum Number of Quoting Participants Permitted in a Particular 
Option on the Exchange

December 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, 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 substantially prepared by the 
Phlx. 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 proposes to amend Phlx Rule 507,\3\ which governs the 
assignment of options to Streaming Quote Traders (``SQTs'') \4\ and 
Remote Streaming Quote Traders (''RSQTs''),\5\ by adding commentary to 
the rule establishing a maximum number of quoting participants that may 
be assigned to a particular equity option at any one time.
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    \3\ Phlx Rule 507 sets forth the process by which the Committee 
assigns or reassigns options to eligible Streaming Quote Traders and 
Remote Streaming Quote Traders. See Phlx Rule 507.
    \4\ An SQT is an Exchange Registered Options Trader (``ROT'') 
who has received permission from the Exchange to generate and submit 
options quotations electronically through AUTOM in eligible options 
to which such SQT is assigned. An SQT may only submit such 
quotations while such SQT is physically present on the floor of the 
Exchange. See Phlx Rule 1014(b)(ii)(A).
    \5\ An RSQT is a ROT that is a member or member organization 
with no physical trading floor presence who has received permission 
from the Exchange to generate and submit option quotations 
electronically through AUTOM in eligible options to which such RSQT 
has been assigned. An RSQT may only submit such quotations 
electronically from off the floor of the Exchange. See Phlx Rule 
1014(b)(ii)(B).
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    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Phlx's Web 
site at 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 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 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The purpose of the proposed rule change is to enable the Exchange 
to manage its quotation traffic and bandwidth capacity by limiting the 
number of streaming quote market participants that may be assigned to a 
particular option at a given point in time. The proposed amendments to 
Phlx Rule 507 would establish: (i) A maximum number of quoters 
(``MNQ'')

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in equity options based on each option's monthly trading volume; (ii) a 
process for recalculating the MNQ based upon changes in an option's 
monthly trading volume; (iii) an increase to the MNQ due to exceptional 
circumstances; (iv) the process by which the Exchange will notify 
market participants of changes to the MNQ; and (v) additional criteria 
relating to the process by which the Exchange will assign SQT and/or 
RSQT applicants in options in the event that there are more applicants 
for assignment in a particular option than there are positions.
    The Exchange proposes to limit the number of participants that may 
be assigned to a particular equity option at any one time based upon 
each option's monthly national volume. Proposed Commentary .02 to Phlx 
Rule 507 sets forth tiered MNQ levels providing for 20 participants for 
the top 5% most actively traded options; 15 participants for next 10% 
most actively traded options, and 10 market participants for all other 
options. The ranking is based upon the preceding month's national 
volumes.
    The MNQ would be recalculated within the first five days of each 
month based on the previous month's trading volume (``new MNQ''). 
Proposed Commentary .03 to Phlx Rule 507 provides the process by which 
the Exchange will administer a decrease in the previous month's MNQ. 
The Exchange will immediately implement the new MNQ if the number of 
assigned participants in the option on the last day of the month equals 
or is less than the new MNQ. Under circumstances in which the number of 
assigned participants is greater than the new MNQ, the option will have 
an ``increased'' MNQ equal to the number of assigned participants 
quoting electronically in that option on the last day of the month. The 
``increased'' MNQ will automatically decrease if an assigned 
participant changes or ceases the assignment in the option. The 
``increased'' MNQ will continue to decrease until the number of 
assigned participants equals the new MNQ, at which point the number of 
assigned participants in the option may not exceed the new MNQ.
    The Exchange will be able to increase the MNQ in exceptional 
circumstances. The Exchange's Options Allocation, Evaluation and 
Securities Committee (``OAESC'') \6\ may increase the MNQ when the 
circumstances warrant. Proposed Commentary .04 to Phlx Rule 507 
describes the events that may be considered ``exceptional'' including 
substantial trading volume (whether actual or expected), a major news 
event or corporate event. The Exchange may reduce the MNQ following the 
cessation of the exceptional circumstances, but the Exchange must 
follow the same procedures for decreases to the MNQ outlined above. 
When relying on this provision, the Exchange would submit a rule filing 
to the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act.\7\
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    \6\ See Phlx By-Law Article X, Section 10-7. The OAESC has 
jurisdiction over, among other things: The appointment of 
specialists on the options and foreign currency options trading 
floors; allocation, retention and transfer of privileges to deal in 
options on the trading floors; and administration of the 500 series 
of Phlx rules.
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
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    The Exchange will inform market participants of changes to the MNQ 
via Exchange circular. The Exchange may increase the MNQ levels 
(meaning the 20, 15, and 10 number established in Commentary .02(a)-
(c)) by submitting to the Commission a rule filing pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act.\8\ The Exchange may also decrease the MNQ 
levels upon Commission approval of a rule filing submitted pursuant to 
19(b)(2) of the Act.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
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    The Exchange is also proposing to amend Phlx Rule 507 by adding 
additional criteria for the OAESC to consider when determining whether 
to assign an option to a member in the situation where there are more 
applicants for assignment in a particular option than there are 
positions available.
    In this situation, proposed paragraph (b)(iii) of Phlx Rule 507 
would require the OAESC to consider: (i) The financial and technical 
resources available to the applicant; (ii) the applicant's experience 
and expertise in market making or options trading; and (iii) the 
applicant's prior performance as a specialist, SQT or RSQT, based on 
evaluations conducted pursuant to Phlx Rule 510, which includes 
quantified measures of performance.
    The purpose of this provision is to enable the OAESC to use these 
criteria to select the most qualified applicant in the event that there 
are more applicants for assignment in a particular option than there 
are positions available. The Exchange believes that the consideration 
of financial and technical capacity, as well as prior performance, will 
assist the OAESC in determining the most beneficial assignment of 
options for the Exchange and the public.
    Finally, the Exchange represents that members that are assigned in 
a particular option as of the date of Commission approval of this 
proposed rule change will be guaranteed a position as a quoting 
participant in the particular option.
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 
the proposed rule change 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 by allowing the 
Exchange to manage resources by fairly allocating limited bandwidth 
capacity.
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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

    Written comments on the proposed rule change were neither solicited 
nor received.

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

    Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may 
designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to 
be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to 
which the Exchange consents, the Commission will:
    (A) By order approve such proposed rule change, or
    (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.

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:

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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 No. SR-Phlx-2006-81 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 No. SR-Phlx-2006-81. 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 at 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 No. SR-Phlx-2006-81 and should be submitted on or before January 
8, 2007.
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    \11\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\11\
Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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