Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change to Amend Existing Rules for Investment Company Units, 9820-9822 [E7-3739]

Download as PDF 9820 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 42 / Monday, March 5, 2007 / Notices the Commission believe [sic] that SROs and their members also should be free to distribute their trades independently.’’ 9 The Commission rescinded the prohibition in recognition of the fact that competition in the realm of SRO trade-report distribution would produce market forces and innovation that would benefit the investing public. By means of the pilot program, the Exchange would allow internet service providers and traditional vendors to test the viability of an alternative market data fee structure that does not exist today and to do so without the burden of the reporting, contracting and other administrative obligations associated with most other market data services. If they believe that the proposed fees would enable them to make market data available in the most cost-effective manner for them and their subscribers and customers, they will embrace the pilot program’s proposed fees. If not, they will continue to make consolidated last sale prices available pursuant to the Network A fees currently in effect under the CTA Plan. Given that the pilot program proposes to provide an alternative to existing fees and does not alter or rescind any existing fees, the Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 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 The Exchange has discussed the proposed rules change with those entities that the Exchange believes would be the most likely to take advantage of the proposed NYSE RealTime Trade Prices service by becoming NYSE–Only Vendors. While those entities have not submitted formal, written comments on the proposal, the Exchange has incorporated some of their ideas into the proposal and the proposed rule change reflects their input. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested parties. erjones on PRODPC74 with NOTICES 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) 9 See Footnote 638 to Regulation NMS (Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808; File No. S7–10– 04 (June 9, 2005), 70 FR 37495 (June 29, 2005)). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:17 Mar 02, 2007 Jkt 211001 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 NYSE 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: 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–NYSE–2007–04 on the subject line. Number SR–NYSE–2007–04 and should be submitted on or before March 26, 2007. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–3750 Filed 3–2–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–55339; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2007–14] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change to Amend Existing Rules for Investment Company Units February 23, 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 February Paper Comments 8, 2007, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’ • Send paper comments in triplicate or ‘‘Exchange’’), through its wholly to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, owned subsidiary NYSE Arca Equities, Securities and Exchange Commission, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca Equities’’), filed with Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., the Securities and Exchange Washington, DC 20549–1090. Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the All submissions should refer to File proposed rule change as described in Number SR–NYSE–2007–04. This file Items I, II and III below, which Items number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is Commission process and review your publishing this notice and order to comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will solicit comment on the proposed rule post all comments on the Commission’s change from interested persons. Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the Statement of the Terms of Substance of submission, all subsequent the Proposed Rule Change amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule NYSE Arca, proposes to modify its change that are filed with the listing standards applicable to Commission, and all written Investment Company Units communications relating to the (‘‘Investment Company Units’’ or proposed rule change between the ‘‘ICUs’’) by amending Commentary Commission and any person, other than .01(b)(1) to NYSE Arca Equities Rule those that may be withheld from the 5.2(j)(3) to eliminate the requirement public in accordance with the that the calculation methodology for the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be index underlying a series of ICUs must available for inspection and copying in be one of those enumerated in the the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be commentary. The text of the proposed rule change is available at NYSE Arca, available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http://www.nysearca.com/ comments received will be posted regulation/filings.asp. without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You 10 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). should submit only information that 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). you wish to make publicly available. All 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. submissions should refer to File PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 42 / Monday, March 5, 2007 / Notices 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 erjones on PRODPC74 with NOTICES The Exchange proposes to eliminate the requirement that the prescribed calculation methodology for the index underlying a series of ICUs must be one of those enumerated in Commentary .01(b)(1) of Rule 5.2(j)(3). The proposed rule change is based on proposed rule changes of both the American Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange.3 The Exchange has adopted listing standards applicable to ICUs which are consistent with the listing criteria currently used by other national securities exchanges, and trading standards pursuant to which the Exchange may either list and trade ICUs or trade such ICUs on the Exchange on an unlisted trading privileges (‘‘UTP’’) basis.4 An Investment Company Unit is defined in NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.1(b)(15) as a security representing an interest in a registered investment company that could be organized as a unit investment trust, an open-end management investment company or a similar entity. A registered investment company is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940.5 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55240 (February 5, 2007), 72 FR 06624 (Februrary 12, 2007). See also SR–NYSE–2007–12 (submitted to the Commission). 4 In October 1999, the Commission approved NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(3), which sets forth the rules related to listing and trading criteria for Investment Company Units. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 41983 (October 6, 1999), 64 FR 56008 (October 15, 1999) (SR–PCX–1998–29). In July 2001, the Commission also approved the Exchange’s generic listing standards for listing and trading, or the trading pursuant to UTP, of Investment Company Units under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(3). See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 44551 (July 12, 2001), 66 FR 37716 (July 19, 2001) (SR–PCX–2001–14). 5 15 U.S.C. 80a. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:17 Mar 02, 2007 Jkt 211001 The ‘‘generic’’ listing criteria of Commentary .01 to Rule 5.2(j)(3) permits listing or trading pursuant to UTP of ICUs that satisfy such criteria in reliance upon Rule 19b–4(e) under the Act,6 without a separate filing. Commentary .01(b)(1) to Rule 5.2(j)(3) currently requires that where a series of ICUs approved for trading (including pursuant to UTP) on the Exchange in reliance upon Rule 19b–4(e) of the Act, the index underlying the series of ICUs must be calculated based on either the market capitalization, modified market capitalization, price, equal-dollar or modified equal-dollar weighting methodology or a methodology weighting components of the index based on any, some or all of the following: Sales, cash flow, book value, and dividends.7 The Exchange proposes to delete Commentary .01(b)(1) to Rule 5.2(j)(3) and thereby eliminate the calculation methodology limitation. In recent years, academics and market professionals have explored and defined a growing list of innovations in index construction. Most recently, the Commission approved amendments to the generic listing criteria to accommodate new index weighting methodologies based on ranking companies by financial data such as sales, cash flow, book value and dividends.8 The Exchange believes there are multiple ways for indexes to be constructed to serve useful market purposes. Additional methodologies are under active development by academics and market professionals and permitting only certain specified index weighting methods does not take into account the rapid innovation in this area. The Exchange believes that, with respect to ICUs listed pursuant to Rule 19b–4(e) under the Act, applying the numerical weighting and liquidity criteria and index dissemination requirements set forth in the remainder of Commentary .01 to Rule 5.2(j)(3), without imposing constraints on the index methodology, will provide greater flexibility to indexers and ICU issuers to develop indexes that meet the investment objectives of investors. In addition, the proposed rule change would allow ICUs based on a non-traditional weighting methodology to be brought to market more quickly, thereby reducing burdens 6 17 CFR 240.19b–4(e). Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54490 (September 22, 2006), 71 FR 58034 (October 2, 2006) (SR–NYSEArca–2006–61) (approving underlying index weightings for: sales, cash flow, book value and dividends). 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54649 (October 24, 2006); 71 FR 63816 (October 31, 2006) (SR–NYSE–2006–88). 7 See PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9821 on ICU issuers and other market participants and promoting competition. The Exchange notes that the numerical criteria in Commentary .01 already define the concentration limits, diversity requirements and liquidity requirements of the companies in the underlying index. For example, the generic listing standards for domestic indexes require, among other things, that an index include at least 13 stocks, that the most heavily weighted component stock of an index cannot exceed 30% of the index or portfolio weight, and the five most heavily weighted component stocks of an index cannot exceed 65% of the index or portfolio weight. ICUs and their underlying indexes would continue to be subject to all other requirements of Rule 5.2(j)(3) and Commentary .01. Under these circumstances, the Exchange believes that removal of the index weighting requirements of Commentary .01(b)(1) will not compromise investor protection. 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) 9 of the Act, in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) 10 in particular in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system. 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 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 10 15 E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1 9822 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 42 / Monday, March 5, 2007 / Notices 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 self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve the proposed modifications, or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. The Exchange has requested accelerated approval of this proposed rule change. The Commission has determined that a 15-day comment period is appropriate in this case. 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–NYSEArca–2007–14 and should be submitted on or before March 20, 2007. 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: SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION erjones on PRODPC74 with NOTICES Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml) or • Send an e-mail to rulescomments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR–NYSEArca–2007–14 on the subject line. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–3739 Filed 3–2–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P [Release No. 34–55340; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2007–18] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Clarifying the Operative Date of Rules Relating to Regulation NMS February 23, 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 February 22, 2007, the NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Paper Comments Arca’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the • Send paper comments in triplicate Securities and Exchange Commission to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule Securities and Exchange Commission, change as described in Items I and II 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC below, which Items have been 20549–1090. substantially prepared by NYSE Arca. All submissions should refer to File No. The Exchange has filed the proposal as SR–NYSEArca–2007–14. This file a ‘‘non-controversial’’ rule change number should be included on the pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder,4 Commission process and review your which renders it effective upon filing comments more efficiently, please use with the Commission. The Commission only one method. The Commission will is publishing this notice to solicit post all comments on the Commission’s comments on the proposed rule change Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ from interested persons. rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s submission, all subsequent Statement of the Terms of Substance of amendments, all written statements the Proposed Rule Change with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the NYSE Arca proposes to clarify the Commission, and all written operative date of the rule changes made communications relating to the in connection with Regulation NMS,5 proposed rule change between the from February 4, 2007 to March 5, Commission and any person, other than 2007.6 There is no new rule text. those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 11 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. available for inspection and copying in 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). the Commission’s Public Reference 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). Room. Copies of such filing also will be 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54549 available for inspection and copying at (September 29, 2006), 71 FR 59179 (October 6, the principal offices of the Exchange. 2006) (SR–NYSEArca–2006–59). All comments received will be posted 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55160 (January 24, 2007), 72 FR 4202 (January 30, 2007). without change; the Commission does VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:17 Mar 02, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 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 proposed rule change clarifies the operative date of the rule changes made in connection with Regulation NMS 7 from February 4, 2007 to March 5, 2007. This clarification stems in part from the Commission’s extension of the Trading Phase Date of Regulation NMS to March 5, 2007.8 2. Statutory Basis NYSE Arca believes 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 it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system. 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 either solicited or received. 7 See supra note 5. supra note 6. 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 10 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 8 See E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-55339; File No. SR-NYSEArca-2007-14]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
of Proposed Rule Change to Amend Existing Rules for Investment Company 
Units

February 23, 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 February 8, 2007, NYSE Arca, Inc. (``NYSE Arca'' or ``Exchange''), 
through its wholly owned subsidiary NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. (``NYSE 
Arca Equities''), 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 
Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice and order to solicit 
comment on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    NYSE Arca, proposes to modify its listing standards applicable to 
Investment Company Units (``Investment Company Units'' or ``ICUs'') by 
amending Commentary .01(b)(1) to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(3) to 
eliminate the requirement that the calculation methodology for the 
index underlying a series of ICUs must be one of those enumerated in 
the commentary. The text of the proposed rule change is available at 
NYSE Arca, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and http://
www.nysearca.com/regulation/filings.asp.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for 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 Exchange proposes to eliminate the requirement that the 
prescribed calculation methodology for the index underlying a series of 
ICUs must be one of those enumerated in Commentary .01(b)(1) of Rule 
5.2(j)(3). The proposed rule change is based on proposed rule changes 
of both the American Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange.\3\
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    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55240 (February 5, 
2007), 72 FR 06624 (Februrary 12, 2007). See also SR-NYSE-2007-12 
(submitted to the Commission).
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    The Exchange has adopted listing standards applicable to ICUs which 
are consistent with the listing criteria currently used by other 
national securities exchanges, and trading standards pursuant to which 
the Exchange may either list and trade ICUs or trade such ICUs on the 
Exchange on an unlisted trading privileges (``UTP'') basis.\4\ An 
Investment Company Unit is defined in NYSE Arca Equities Rule 
5.1(b)(15) as a security representing an interest in a registered 
investment company that could be organized as a unit investment trust, 
an open-end management investment company or a similar entity. A 
registered investment company is registered under the Investment 
Company Act of 1940.\5\
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    \4\ In October 1999, the Commission approved NYSE Arca Equities 
Rule 5.2(j)(3), which sets forth the rules related to listing and 
trading criteria for Investment Company Units. See Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 41983 (October 6, 1999), 64 FR 56008 
(October 15, 1999) (SR-PCX-1998-29). In July 2001, the Commission 
also approved the Exchange's generic listing standards for listing 
and trading, or the trading pursuant to UTP, of Investment Company 
Units under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(3). See Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 44551 (July 12, 2001), 66 FR 37716 (July 
19, 2001) (SR-PCX-2001-14).
    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 80a.
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    The ``generic'' listing criteria of Commentary .01 to Rule 
5.2(j)(3) permits listing or trading pursuant to UTP of ICUs that 
satisfy such criteria in reliance upon Rule 19b-4(e) under the Act,\6\ 
without a separate filing. Commentary .01(b)(1) to Rule 5.2(j)(3) 
currently requires that where a series of ICUs approved for trading 
(including pursuant to UTP) on the Exchange in reliance upon Rule 19b-
4(e) of the Act, the index underlying the series of ICUs must be 
calculated based on either the market capitalization, modified market 
capitalization, price, equal-dollar or modified equal-dollar weighting 
methodology or a methodology weighting components of the index based on 
any, some or all of the following: Sales, cash flow, book value, and 
dividends.\7\
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    \6\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(e).
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54490 (September 22, 
2006), 71 FR 58034 (October 2, 2006) (SR-NYSEArca-2006-61) 
(approving underlying index weightings for: sales, cash flow, book 
value and dividends).
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    The Exchange proposes to delete Commentary .01(b)(1) to Rule 
5.2(j)(3) and thereby eliminate the calculation methodology limitation.
    In recent years, academics and market professionals have explored 
and defined a growing list of innovations in index construction. Most 
recently, the Commission approved amendments to the generic listing 
criteria to accommodate new index weighting methodologies based on 
ranking companies by financial data such as sales, cash flow, book 
value and dividends.\8\ The Exchange believes there are multiple ways 
for indexes to be constructed to serve useful market purposes. 
Additional methodologies are under active development by academics and 
market professionals and permitting only certain specified index 
weighting methods does not take into account the rapid innovation in 
this area. The Exchange believes that, with respect to ICUs listed 
pursuant to Rule 19b-4(e) under the Act, applying the numerical 
weighting and liquidity criteria and index dissemination requirements 
set forth in the remainder of Commentary .01 to Rule 5.2(j)(3), without 
imposing constraints on the index methodology, will provide greater 
flexibility to indexers and ICU issuers to develop indexes that meet 
the investment objectives of investors. In addition, the proposed rule 
change would allow ICUs based on a non-traditional weighting 
methodology to be brought to market more quickly, thereby reducing 
burdens on ICU issuers and other market participants and promoting 
competition.
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    \8\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54649 (October 24, 
2006); 71 FR 63816 (October 31, 2006) (SR-NYSE-2006-88).
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    The Exchange notes that the numerical criteria in Commentary .01 
already define the concentration limits, diversity requirements and 
liquidity requirements of the companies in the underlying index. For 
example, the generic listing standards for domestic indexes require, 
among other things, that an index include at least 13 stocks, that the 
most heavily weighted component stock of an index cannot exceed 30% of 
the index or portfolio weight, and the five most heavily weighted 
component stocks of an index cannot exceed 65% of the index or 
portfolio weight. ICUs and their underlying indexes would continue to 
be subject to all other requirements of Rule 5.2(j)(3) and Commentary 
.01. Under these circumstances, the Exchange believes that removal of 
the index weighting requirements of Commentary .01(b)(1) will not 
compromise investor protection.
2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) \9\ of the 
Act, in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) \10\ in 
particular in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and 
manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with 
persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to 
remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open 
market and a national market system.
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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

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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 self-
regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:
    (A) By order approve the proposed modifications, or
    (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.
    The Exchange has requested accelerated approval of this proposed 
rule change. The Commission has determined that a 15-day comment period 
is appropriate in this case.

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 rules-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File No. SR-NYSEArca-2007-14 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-NYSEArca-2007-14. 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 offices 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-NYSEArca-2007-14 and should be submitted on or before March 
20, 2007.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\11\
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    \11\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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