Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Establishment of a Pilot Program That Increases Position and Exercise Limits for Options on the iShares® Russell 2000® Index Fund, 5481-5483 [E7-1829]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 6, 2007 / Notices Electronic Comments C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing proposed rule change is subject to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 9 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder 10 because the proposal: (i) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) does not become operative prior to 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.11 NASD has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay in this case. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because such waiver will allow the benefits of the multiple MPID pilots to continue uninterrupted. For this reason, the Commission designates the proposed rule change to be operative upon filing with the Commission.12 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 11 Rule 19b–4(f)(6) also requires the selfregulatory organization to give the Commission 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 filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. NASD has satisfied the five-day prefiling requirement. 12 For the purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 10 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:03 Feb 05, 2007 Jkt 211001 • 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–NASD–2007–008 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. 5481 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–55185; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2007–10] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Establishment of a Pilot Program That Increases Position and Exercise Limits for Options on the iShares Russell 2000 Index Fund January 29, 2007. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 All submissions should refer to File notice is hereby given that on January Number SR–NASD–2007–008. This file 25, 2007, the NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE number should be included on the Arca’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Securities and Exchange Commission Commission process and review your (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule comments more efficiently, please use change as described in Items I and II only one method. The Commission will below, which Items have been post all comments on the Commission’s substantially prepared by NYSE Arca. Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ NYSE Arca has filed the proposal rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the submission, all subsequent Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder,4 amendments, all written statements which renders the proposal effective with respect to the proposed rule upon filing with the Commission. The change that are filed with the Commission is publishing this notice to Commission, and all written solicit comments on the proposed rule communications relating to the change from interested persons. proposed rule change between the I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Commission and any person, other than Statement of the Terms of Substance of those that may be withheld from the the Proposed Rule Change public in accordance with the NYSE Arca proposes to amend Rule provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be 6.8 to exempt options on the iShares available for inspection and copying in Russell 2000 Index Fund (‘‘IWM’’) the Commission’s Public Reference from the position and exercise limits Room. Copies of the filing also will be provided for under the Rule 6.8 Pilot available for inspection and copying at Program and to increase the standard the principal office of NASD. All position and exercise limits for IWM as comments received will be posted part of an approximately six-month without change; the Commission does pilot (‘‘Rule 6.8 IWM Pilot Program’’).5 not edit personal identifying The text of the proposed rule change is information from submissions. You available at NYSE Arca, the should submit only information that Commission’s Public Reference Room, you wish to make available publicly. All and www.nysearca.com. submissions should refer to File II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Number SR–NASD–2007–008 and Statement of the Purpose of, and should be submitted on or before Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule February 27, 2007. Change For the Commission, by the Division of In its filing with the Commission, Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated NYSE Arca included statements 13 authority. concerning the purpose of and basis for Florence E. Harmon, the proposed rule change and discussed Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–1859 Filed 2–5–07; 8:45 am] 13 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 5 Due to the effective date of this filing, the duration of the pilot will actually be slightly less than six months so that the expiration date of the pilot may coincide with similar pilot programs in effect at other options exchanges. 2 17 BILLING CODE 8010–01–P Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06FEN1.SGM 06FEN1 5482 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 6, 2007 / Notices 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. NYSE Arca has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend Commentary .06 to Rule 6.8 on an approximately six-month pilot basis to exempt options on IWM from the Rule 6.8 Pilot Program. Under the Rule 6.8 Pilot Program, the position and exercise limits for IWM would be reduced on January 22, 2007 from 500,000 to 250,000 contracts. The Exchange now proposes to allow position and exercise limits for options on IWM to remain at 500,000 contracts on a pilot basis, from January 25, 2007 through July 22, 2007. In June 2005, as a result of a 2-for-1 stock split, the position limit for IWM options was temporarily increased from 250,000 contracts (covering 25,000,000 shares) to 500,000 contracts (covering 50,000,000 shares). At the time of the split, the furthest IWM option expiration date was January 2007. Therefore, the temporary increase of the IWM position limit will revert to the pre-split level (as provided for in connection with the Rule 6.8 Pilot Program) of 250,000 contracts after expiration in January 2007, or on January 22, 2007. The Exchange believes that a position limit of 250,000 contracts is too low and may be a deterrent to the successful trading of IWM options. Importantly, options on IWM are 1/10th the size of options on the Russell 2000 Index (‘‘RUT’’), which are presently listed on both the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated and the International Securities Exchange, LLC, have a position limit of 50,000 contracts.6 Traders on NYSE Arca who trade IWM options to hedge positions in RUT options would likely find a position limit of 250,000 contracts in IWM options too restrictive and insufficient to properly hedge. For example, if a trader held 50,000 RUT options and wanted to hedge that position with IWM options, the trader would need—at a minimum-500,000 6 See CBOE Rule 24.4(a) and ISE Rule 2004(a). While options on the RUT are presently not listed on NYSE Arca, the Exchange has looked into the feasibility of listing this product and may propose to do so in a future filing. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:03 Feb 05, 2007 Jkt 211001 IWM options to properly hedge the position. Therefore, the Exchange believes that a position limit of 250,000 contracts is too low and may adversely affect market participants’ ability to provide liquidity in this product. Additionally, IWM options have grown to become one of the largest options contracts in terms of trading volume. For example, the volume in options on IWM set a new single-day record on June 8, 2006, when 760,803 contracts (120,229 calls and 640,574 puts) traded on that day. This record level volume beat the previous singleday high of 727,521 contracts on May 17, 2006. As a result, the Exchange proposes that options on IWM be subject to position and exercise limits of 500,000 contracts on a pilot basis to run from January 25, 2007 through July 22, 2007.7 The Exchange believes that increasing position and exercise limits for IWM options will lead to a more liquid and more competitive market environment for IWM options that will benefit customers interested in this product. The Exchange would require that each member or member organization that maintains a position on the same side of the market in excess of 10,000 contracts in the IWM option class, for its own account or for the account of a customer, report certain information.8 This data would include, but would not be limited to, the option position, whether such position is hedged and if so, a description of the hedge, and if applicable, the collateral used to carry the position. Exchange market-makers (including LMMs) would continue to be exempt from this reporting requirement as market-maker information can be accessed through the Exchange’s market surveillance systems. In addition, the general reporting requirement for customer accounts that maintain a position in excess of 200 contracts will remain at this level for IWM options.9 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,10 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 7 Pursuant to Commentary .03 to NYSE Arca Rule 6.9, the exercise limit established under Rule 6.9 for IWM options shall be equivalent to the position limit prescribed for IWM options in Commentary .06 under Rule 6.8. The increased exercise limits would only be in effect during the pilot period, to run from January 25, 2007 through July 22, 2007. 8 See NYSE Arca Rule 6.6(b). 9 See NYSE Arca Rule 6.6(a). 10 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 forgoing rule change does not: (1) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) impose any significant burden on competition; and (3) become operative for 30 days after the date of this filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 11 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder.12 A proposed rule change filed under 19b–4(f)(6) normally may not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.13 However, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) 14 permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because such waiver would permit position and exercise limits for options on IWM to continue at 500,000 option contracts for an approximately sixmonth pilot period. For this reason, the Commission designates the proposed rule change to be effective and operative upon filing with the Commission.15 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 13 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). In addition, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) requires that a self-regulatory organization submit to the Commission 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 filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Commission has decided to waive the five-day pre-filing notice requirement. 14 Id. 15 For the purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the 12 17 E:\FR\FM\06FEN1.SGM 06FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 6, 2007 / Notices At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSEArca–2007–10 and should be submitted on or before February 27, 2007. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.16 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–1829 Filed 2–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–55186; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2007–08] sroberts on PROD1PC70 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–NYSEArca–2007–10 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Further Extending the Time Period by Which the Exchange Will Enter Into the NASD/ NYSE Arca Options Agreement Pursuant to Rule 17d–2 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–NYSEArca–2007–10. 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 the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of NYSEArca. 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 January 29, 2007. proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:03 Feb 05, 2007 Jkt 211001 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 January 23, 2007, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’ 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. The Exchange filed the proposal as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ rule change 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.5 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange is proposing to amend its undertaking 6 to extend for 90 days from the date of this filing the time 16 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). 5 The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 5-day pre-filing notice requirement and the 30-day operative delay. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A), 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54238 (July 28, 2006), 71 FR 44758 (August 7, 2006) (SR– NYSEArca–2006–13) (OX Approval Order). See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54690 (November 2, 2006), 71 FR 66211 (November 13, 2006) (SR–NYSEArca–2006–79) (90-Day Extension). 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5483 period by which the Exchange will enter into an agreement with the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (‘‘NASD’’) pursuant to Rule 17d–2 under the Act 7 (the ‘‘NASD/NYSE Arca Options Agreement’’ or ‘‘Agreement’’). The Agreement would expand the allocation to NASD of regulatory responsibility to encompass all the regulatory oversight and enforcement responsibilities with respect to the options activities of Archipelago Securities, L.L.C. (‘‘Archipelago Securities’’),8 except for ‘‘real-time market surveillance.’’ 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 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 In connection with the Commission’s approval of the Exchange’s new electronic options trading platform, OX, Archipelago Securities became a routing broker for OX options orders on the Exchange.9 In Amendment No. 3 to its filing seeking approval of the OX platform,10 the Exchange proposed to 7 17 CFR 240.17d–2. Securities, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Archipelago Holdings, Inc. and a registered broker-dealer, acts as the outbound order router for the NYSE Arca Marketplace (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange) and, as such, is regulated as an exchange ‘‘facility’’ of NYSE Arca and NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(2). As such, any proposed rule change relating to Archipelago Securities’ order-routing function must be filed with the Commission, and must operate in a manner that is consistent with the provisions of the Act applicable to exchanges and with NYSE Arca rules. 9 See OX Approval Order, supra note 6. Pursuant to NYSE Arca Rule 6.1A(a)(15), which was adopted in connection with the establishment of the new OX trading platform, the term ‘‘OX Routing Broker’’ refers to the broker-dealer affiliate of the Exchange that acts as agent for routing orders entered into OX of OTP Holders, OTP Firms and OTP Firms’ Sponsored Participants to other Market Centers for execution whenever such routing is permitted by Exchange Rules. Archipelago Securities is the Exchange’s only OX Routing Broker. 10 See OX Approval Order, supra note 6. 8 Archipelago E:\FR\FM\06FEN1.SGM 06FEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-55185; File No. SR-NYSEArca-2007-10]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the 
Establishment of a Pilot Program That Increases Position and Exercise 
Limits for Options on the iShares[supreg] Russell 2000[supreg] Index 
Fund

January 29, 2007.
    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 January 25, 2007, the NYSE Arca, Inc. (``NYSE Arca'' 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 NYSE Arca. 
NYSE Arca 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 from 
interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 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).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    NYSE Arca proposes to amend Rule 6.8 to exempt options on the 
iShares[supreg] Russell 2000[supreg] Index Fund (``IWM'') from the 
position and exercise limits provided for under the Rule 6.8 Pilot 
Program and to increase the standard position and exercise limits for 
IWM as part of an approximately six-month pilot (``Rule 6.8 IWM Pilot 
Program'').\5\ The text of the proposed rule change is available at 
NYSE Arca, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and 
www.nysearca.com.
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    \5\ Due to the effective date of this filing, the duration of 
the pilot will actually be slightly less than six months so that the 
expiration date of the pilot may coincide with similar pilot 
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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, NYSE Arca included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed

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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. 
NYSE Arca 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 Exchange proposes to amend Commentary .06 to Rule 6.8 on an 
approximately six-month pilot basis to exempt options on IWM from the 
Rule 6.8 Pilot Program. Under the Rule 6.8 Pilot Program, the position 
and exercise limits for IWM would be reduced on January 22, 2007 from 
500,000 to 250,000 contracts. The Exchange now proposes to allow 
position and exercise limits for options on IWM to remain at 500,000 
contracts on a pilot basis, from January 25, 2007 through July 22, 
2007.
    In June 2005, as a result of a 2-for-1 stock split, the position 
limit for IWM options was temporarily increased from 250,000 contracts 
(covering 25,000,000 shares) to 500,000 contracts (covering 50,000,000 
shares). At the time of the split, the furthest IWM option expiration 
date was January 2007. Therefore, the temporary increase of the IWM 
position limit will revert to the pre-split level (as provided for in 
connection with the Rule 6.8 Pilot Program) of 250,000 contracts after 
expiration in January 2007, or on January 22, 2007.
    The Exchange believes that a position limit of 250,000 contracts is 
too low and may be a deterrent to the successful trading of IWM 
options. Importantly, options on IWM are 1/10th the size of options on 
the Russell 2000[supreg] Index (``RUT''), which are presently listed on 
both the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated and the 
International Securities Exchange, LLC, have a position limit of 50,000 
contracts.\6\ Traders on NYSE Arca who trade IWM options to hedge 
positions in RUT options would likely find a position limit of 250,000 
contracts in IWM options too restrictive and insufficient to properly 
hedge. For example, if a trader held 50,000 RUT options and wanted to 
hedge that position with IWM options, the trader would need--at a 
minimum-500,000 IWM options to properly hedge the position. Therefore, 
the Exchange believes that a position limit of 250,000 contracts is too 
low and may adversely affect market participants' ability to provide 
liquidity in this product.
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    \6\ See CBOE Rule 24.4(a) and ISE Rule 2004(a). While options on 
the RUT are presently not listed on NYSE Arca, the Exchange has 
looked into the feasibility of listing this product and may propose 
to do so in a future filing.
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    Additionally, IWM options have grown to become one of the largest 
options contracts in terms of trading volume. For example, the volume 
in options on IWM set a new single-day record on June 8, 2006, when 
760,803 contracts (120,229 calls and 640,574 puts) traded on that day. 
This record level volume beat the previous single-day high of 727,521 
contracts on May 17, 2006.
    As a result, the Exchange proposes that options on IWM be subject 
to position and exercise limits of 500,000 contracts on a pilot basis 
to run from January 25, 2007 through July 22, 2007.\7\ The Exchange 
believes that increasing position and exercise limits for IWM options 
will lead to a more liquid and more competitive market environment for 
IWM options that will benefit customers interested in this product.
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    \7\ Pursuant to Commentary .03 to NYSE Arca Rule 6.9, the 
exercise limit established under Rule 6.9 for IWM options shall be 
equivalent to the position limit prescribed for IWM options in 
Commentary .06 under Rule 6.8. The increased exercise limits would 
only be in effect during the pilot period, to run from January 25, 
2007 through July 22, 2007.
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    The Exchange would require that each member or member organization 
that maintains a position on the same side of the market in excess of 
10,000 contracts in the IWM option class, for its own account or for 
the account of a customer, report certain information.\8\ This data 
would include, but would not be limited to, the option position, 
whether such position is hedged and if so, a description of the hedge, 
and if applicable, the collateral used to carry the position. Exchange 
market-makers (including LMMs) would continue to be exempt from this 
reporting requirement as market-maker information can be accessed 
through the Exchange's market surveillance systems. In addition, the 
general reporting requirement for customer accounts that maintain a 
position in excess of 200 contracts will remain at this level for IWM 
options.\9 \
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\10\ 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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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 forgoing rule change does not: (1) Significantly affect 
the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) impose any 
significant burden on competition; and (3) become operative for 30 days 
after the date of this filing, or such shorter time as the Commission 
may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 
of the Act \11\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\12\
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
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    A proposed rule change filed under 19b-4(f)(6) normally may not 
become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.\13\ 
However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) \14\ permits the Commission to designate 
a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the 
Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission believes 
that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest because such waiver 
would permit position and exercise limits for options on IWM to 
continue at 500,000 option contracts for an approximately six-month 
pilot period. For this reason, the Commission designates the proposed 
rule change to be effective and operative upon filing with the 
Commission.\15\
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    \13\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii). In addition, Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii) requires that a self-regulatory organization submit to 
the Commission 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 filing 
of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by 
the Commission. The Commission has decided to waive the five-day 
pre-filing notice requirement.
    \14\ Id.
    \15\ For the purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative 
delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).

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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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. 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-NYSEArca-2007-10 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-NYSEArca-2007-10. 
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 the 
filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of NYSEArca. 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-NYSEArca-2007-10 and should be submitted on or before 
February 27, 2007.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\16\
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    \16\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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