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Download as PDF 3188 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 15 / Wednesday, January 24, 2007 / Notices provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of the 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–2006–31 and should be submitted on or before February 14, 2007. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.16 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–977 Filed 1–23–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–55111; File No. SR–Phlx– 2006–59] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change as Modified by Amendments No. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating to an Amendment to a Philadelphia Board of Trade Market Data Distribution Network Fee January 16, 2007. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES I. Introduction On September 26, 2006, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Phlx’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposal to increase a fee assessed by the Exchange’s wholly owned subsidiary, the Philadelphia Board of Trade (‘‘PBOT’’), on market data vendors for certain index values that subscribers receive over PBOT’s Market Data Distribution Network (‘‘MDDN’’). The Phlx filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change on November 1, 2006 and filed Amendment No. 2 on December 6, 2006. The proposed rule change, as amended, was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 13, 16 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:44 Jan 23, 2007 Jkt 211001 2006.3 The Commission received no comments regarding the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change, as amended. II. Description of the Proposal The Phlx proposes to amend one of the fees charged by the PBOT for certain market data disseminated over the MDDN.4 The Phlx has licensed the current and closing index values underlying most of the Phlx’s proprietary indexes to PBOT for the purpose of selling, reproducing, and distributing the index values over PBOT’s MDDN. On each trading day, the Exchange or its third party designee calculates and makes available to PBOT a real-time index value every 15 seconds and a closing index value at the end of the day. In exchange for subscriber fees paid to PBOT, market data vendors are allowed to widely disseminate this market data for all the values of Phlx’s proprietary indexes to their subscribers.5 As approved by the Commission, the market data fees charged by PBOT included a $.00025 per request fee for ‘‘snapshot data,’’ which is essentially market data that is refreshed no more frequently than once every 60 seconds.6 The Exchange is now proposing to increase that fee from $.00025 to $.0025 per request for snapshot data.7 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54890 (December 7, 2006), 71 FR 74975. 4 The MDDN is an internet protocol multicast network developed by PBOT and SAVVIS Communications. 5 Approximately 65 vendors, including for example Bloomberg L.P., Telekurs Financial Information Ltd. and Thomson Financial, have already entered into such market data agreements with PBOT. The PBOT has contracted with one or more major Market Data Vendors to receive realtime and closing index values over the MDDN and promptly redistribute such values. At least three of the vendors have elected to offer only the continuous real-time market data and will not offer snapshot or delayed data. The fees described in this proposed rule change cover values of all the indexes disseminated over the MDDN. 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53790 (May 11, 2006), 71 FR 28738 (May 17, 2006) (‘‘Original Approval Order’’). The subscriber fees are set out in agreements that PBOT executed with various market data vendors for the right to receive, store, and retransmit the current and closing index values transmitted over the MDDN. In its original proposal, the Exchange stated that, under these vendor agreements PBOT may change any of the fees enumerated in the agreement by giving the vendor or subvendor advance written notice of such changes. The Commission conditioned any such fee change on the submission by Phlx of a proposed rule change under Section 19(b) of the Act, and approval of such proposal. See 71 FR at 28740. 7 The Commission notes that all market data vendors which provide market data to 200,000 or more Devices in any month qualify for a 15% Administrative Fee credit for that month, to be deducted from the monthly Subscriber Fees that they collect and are obligated to pay PBOT under the Vendor/Subvendor Agreement. PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 III. Discussion After careful consideration, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange 8 and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6 of the Act.9 Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,10 which requires, among other things, that the rules of a national securities exchange be 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. The Commission continues to believe that Phlx’s proposal is consistent with Rule 603 under the Act.11 In this regard, the Commission notes that the Exchange represented that PBOT’s proposed fee increase reflects a more accurate valuation of the value of snapshot data to investors than the original snapshot data fee did, consistent with Rule 603 under the Act.12 The Commission believes that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,13 in that the proposed rule change provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among the Exchange’s members and issuers and other persons using its facilities. IV. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,14 that the proposed rule change (SR–Phlx–2006– 59), as amended, is hereby approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–958 Filed 1–23–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 8 In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 9 15 U.S.C. 78f. 10 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 11 17 CFR 242.603. See Original Approval Order, 71 FR at 28739, supra note 6, noting that the subscriber fees were consistent with Rule 603 under the Act. 12 17 CFR 242.603. 13 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 14 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 15 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). E:\FR\FM\24JAN1.SGM 24JAN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-55111; File No. SR-Phlx-2006-59]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; 
Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change as Modified by 
Amendments No. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating to an Amendment to a 
Philadelphia Board of Trade Market Data Distribution Network Fee

January 16, 2007.

I. Introduction

    On September 26, 2006, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. 
(``Phlx'' or ``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission''), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 
thereunder,\2\ a proposal to increase a fee assessed by the Exchange's 
wholly owned subsidiary, the Philadelphia Board of Trade (``PBOT''), on 
market data vendors for certain index values that subscribers receive 
over PBOT's Market Data Distribution Network (``MDDN''). The Phlx filed 
Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change on November 1, 2006 and 
filed Amendment No. 2 on December 6, 2006. The proposed rule change, as 
amended, was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 
13, 2006.\3\ The Commission received no comments regarding the 
proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change, as amended.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54890 (December 7, 
2006), 71 FR 74975.
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II. Description of the Proposal

    The Phlx proposes to amend one of the fees charged by the PBOT for 
certain market data disseminated over the MDDN.\4\ The Phlx has 
licensed the current and closing index values underlying most of the 
Phlx's proprietary indexes to PBOT for the purpose of selling, 
reproducing, and distributing the index values over PBOT's MDDN. On 
each trading day, the Exchange or its third party designee calculates 
and makes available to PBOT a real-time index value every 15 seconds 
and a closing index value at the end of the day. In exchange for 
subscriber fees paid to PBOT, market data vendors are allowed to widely 
disseminate this market data for all the values of Phlx's proprietary 
indexes to their subscribers.\5\
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    \4\ The MDDN is an internet protocol multicast network developed 
by PBOT and SAVVIS Communications.
    \5\ Approximately 65 vendors, including for example Bloomberg 
L.P., Telekurs Financial Information Ltd. and Thomson Financial, 
have already entered into such market data agreements with PBOT. The 
PBOT has contracted with one or more major Market Data Vendors to 
receive real-time and closing index values over the MDDN and 
promptly redistribute such values. At least three of the vendors 
have elected to offer only the continuous real-time market data and 
will not offer snapshot or delayed data. The fees described in this 
proposed rule change cover values of all the indexes disseminated 
over the MDDN.
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    As approved by the Commission, the market data fees charged by PBOT 
included a $.00025 per request fee for ``snapshot data,'' which is 
essentially market data that is refreshed no more frequently than once 
every 60 seconds.\6\ The Exchange is now proposing to increase that fee 
from $.00025 to $.0025 per request for snapshot data.\7\
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    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53790 (May 11, 
2006), 71 FR 28738 (May 17, 2006) (``Original Approval Order''). The 
subscriber fees are set out in agreements that PBOT executed with 
various market data vendors for the right to receive, store, and 
retransmit the current and closing index values transmitted over the 
MDDN. In its original proposal, the Exchange stated that, under 
these vendor agreements PBOT may change any of the fees enumerated 
in the agreement by giving the vendor or subvendor advance written 
notice of such changes. The Commission conditioned any such fee 
change on the submission by Phlx of a proposed rule change under 
Section 19(b) of the Act, and approval of such proposal. See 71 FR 
at 28740.
    \7\ The Commission notes that all market data vendors which 
provide market data to 200,000 or more Devices in any month qualify 
for a 15% Administrative Fee credit for that month, to be deducted 
from the monthly Subscriber Fees that they collect and are obligated 
to pay PBOT under the Vendor/Subvendor Agreement.
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III. Discussion

    After careful consideration, the Commission finds that the proposed 
rule change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act 
and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national 
securities exchange \8\ and, in particular, the requirements of Section 
6 of the Act.\9\ Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposed 
rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\10\ which 
requires, among other things, that the rules of a national securities 
exchange be 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\ In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has 
considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, 
and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Commission continues to believe that Phlx's proposal is 
consistent with Rule 603 under the Act.\11\ In this regard, the 
Commission notes that the Exchange represented that PBOT's proposed fee 
increase reflects a more accurate valuation of the value of snapshot 
data to investors than the original snapshot data fee did, consistent 
with Rule 603 under the Act.\12\ The Commission believes that the 
proposal is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,\13\ in that the 
proposed rule change provides for the equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among the Exchange's members 
and issuers and other persons using its facilities.
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    \11\ 17 CFR 242.603. See Original Approval Order, 71 FR at 
28739, supra note 6, noting that the subscriber fees were consistent 
with Rule 603 under the Act.
    \12\ 17 CFR 242.603.
    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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IV. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\14\ that the proposed rule change (SR-Phlx-2006-59), as amended, 
is hereby approved.
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    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\15\
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    \15\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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