Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change To Trade Units of the United States Natural Gas Fund, LP Pursuant to Unlisted Trading Privileges, 39118-39121 [E7-13750]

Download as PDF 39118 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 17, 2007 / Notices previously approved the original listing and trading of the Shares on Amex and the trading of the Shares pursuant to UTP on the Exchange.32 The Commission presently is not aware of any regulatory issue that should cause it to revisit those findings or would preclude the listing and trading of the Shares on the Exchange. Accelerating approval of this proposed rule change would allow the Shares to be listed on the Exchange without undue delay and continuously traded without interruption, to the benefit of investors. V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,33 that the proposed rule change (SR–NYSEArca– 2007–43) be, and it hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.34 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–13749 Filed 7–16–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P [Release No. 34–56042; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2007–45] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change To Trade Units of the United States Natural Gas Fund, LP Pursuant to Unlisted Trading Privileges sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES July 11, 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 May 15, 2007, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘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 and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. This order provides notice of the proposed rule change and approves the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. supra notes 6 and 7. U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 34 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 33 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:40 Jul 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 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 III 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 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 32 See I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange, through NYSE Arca Equities, proposes to trade partnership units (‘‘Units’’) of the United States Natural Gas Fund, LP (‘‘USNG’’ or ‘‘Partnership’’) pursuant to unlisted trading privileges (‘‘UTP’’). The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http:// www.nyse.com. 1. Purpose Under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300, which permits the trading of Partnership Units either by listing or pursuant to UTP,3 the Exchange proposes to trade pursuant to UTP the Units of the Partnership. Each Unit represents ownership of a fractional undivided beneficial interest in the net assets of USNG.4 The Commission has approved the listing and trading of the Units on the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’).5 The net assets of USNG consist of investments in futures contracts based on natural gas, crude oil, heating oil, gasoline, and other petroleum-based fuels traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange (‘‘NYMEX’’), 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53875 (May 25, 2006), 71 FR 32164 (June 2, 2006) (SR– NYSEArca–2006–11) (approving NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300 and the trading of Partnership Units of the United States Oil Fund, LP pursuant to UTP). 4 USNG is a commodity pool that issues Units that would be purchased and sold on the Exchange. 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55632 (April 13, 2007), 72 FR 19987 (April 20, 2007) (SR– Amex–2006–112) (granting approval to list and trade the Units on Amex); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55372 (February 28, 2007), 72 FR 10267 (March 7, 2007) (SR–Amex–2006–112) (providing notice of Amex’s proposal to list and trade the Units) (‘‘Amex Notice’’). PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Intercontinental Exchange (‘‘ICE Futures’’), or other U.S. and foreign exchanges (such futures contracts collectively referred to herein as ‘‘Futures Contracts’’). USNG may also invest in other natural-gas-related investments such as cash-settled options on Futures Contracts; forward contracts for natural gas; over-the-counter instruments that are based on the price of natural gas, oil, and other petroleumbased fuels; Futures Contracts; and indices based on the foregoing (collectively referred to herein as ‘‘Other Natural Gas Related Investments,’’ and together with Futures Contracts, ‘‘Natural Gas Interests’’). A detailed discussion of the natural gas, crude oil, heating oil, and gasoline markets; futures regulation and the regulation of USNG; investment strategy; creations and redemptions of baskets of Units; and calculation methodology of the net asset value (‘‘NAV’’) for the Units, among others, can be found in the Amex Notice.6 The Web site for Amex at http:// www.amex.com, which is publicly accessible at no charge, contains the following information: (1) The prior business day’s NAV and the reported closing price; (2) the mid-point of the bid-ask price in relation to the NAV as of the time the NAV is calculated (‘‘BidAsk Price’’); 7 (3) calculation of the premium or discount of such price against such NAV; (4) data in chart form displaying the frequency distribution of discounts and premiums of the Bid-Ask Price against the NAV, within appropriate ranges for each of the four previous calendar quarters; (5) the prospectus and the most recent periodic reports filed with the Commission or required by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and (6) other applicable quantitative information. The NAV for USNG is calculated and disseminated daily.8 Amex disseminates for USNG on a daily basis through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association (CTA/CQ High Speed Lines) information with respect to the Indicative Partnership Value (as discussed below), recent NAV, Units outstanding, the Basket Amount,9 and 6 See id. Bid-Ask Price of Units is determined using the highest bid and lowest offer as of the time of calculation of the NAV. 8 See Amex Notice, 72 FR at 10273 n.18 (confirming that a representation would be obtained from USNG that its NAV per Unit will be calculated daily and made available to all market participants at the same time). 9 A ‘‘Basket Amount’’ is the amount equal to the NAV per Unit, times 100,000 Units (each such aggregation of Units, a ‘‘Basket’’) calculated for the purpose of issuing Baskets to Authorized Purchasers. See Amex Notice, 72 FR at 10271. An 7 The E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 17, 2007 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES the Deposit Amount.10 Amex also makes available on its Web site daily Unit trading volume and closing prices. To provide updated information relating to USNG for use by investors, professionals, and persons wishing to create or redeem the Units, Amex disseminates through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association an updated Indicative Partnership Value (‘‘Indicative Partnership Value’’). The Indicative Partnership Value is disseminated on a per-Unit basis at least every 15 seconds during the regular trading hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time (‘‘ET’’). The Indicative Partnership Value is calculated based on the Cash 11 required for creations and redemptions (i.e., NAV per limit × 100,000 Units) and adjusted to reflect the price changes of the Benchmark Futures Contract.12 The Indicative Partnership Value does not reflect price changes to the price of the Benchmark Futures Contract between the close of open-outcry trading of such contract on NYMEX at 2:30 p.m. ET and the open of trading on the NYMEX ACCESS market at 3:15 p.m. ET.13 The Indicative Partnership Value after 3:15 p.m. ET will reflect changes to the Benchmark Futures Contract as provided for through NYMEX ACCESS. The value of a Unit may accordingly be influenced by nonconcurrent trading hours between the NYSE Arca Marketplace and NYMEX. While the Units will trade on the NYSE Arca Marketplace in accordance with NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34 (4 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET), the Benchmark Futures Contract will trade, in open-outcry, on NYMEX from 10 a.m. to 2:30 pm ET and ‘‘Authorized Purchaser’’ is a person, who, at the time of submitting an order to create or redeem Units, is (1) A registered broker-dealer or other market participant, such as a bank or other financial institution, that is exempt from broker-dealer registration, (2) a Depository Trust Company participant, and (3) a party to a valid Authorized Purchaser agreement. See id. 10 The ‘‘Deposit Amount’’ is the amount transferred from a purchaser to the Administrator for the purpose of purchasing a Basket of Units. See Amex Notice, 72 FR at 10272. The ‘‘Administrator’’ is Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., performing or supervising the performance of services necessary for the operation and administration of USNG. See Amex Notice, 72 FR at 10269. 11 ‘‘Cash’’ includes short-term obligations of the United States, cash equivalents, and cash. 12 The ‘‘Benchmark Futures Contract,’’ which is used to measure changes in percentage terms of a Unit’s NAV, is the natural gas futures contract traded on NYMEX reflecting the price and change in price of natural gas delivered at the Henry Hub, Louisiana. 13 NYMEX ACCESS, an electronic trading system, is open for price discovery on the Benchmark Futures Contract each Monday through Thursday at 3:15 p.m. ET through the following morning at 9:30 a.m. ET, and from 7 p.m. Sunday night until Monday morning 9:30 a.m. ET. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:40 Jul 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 NYMEX ACCESS from 3:15 p.m. through the following morning 9:30 a.m. ET. While NYMEX is open for trading, the Indicative Partnership Value can be expected to closely approximate the value per Unit of the Basket Amount. However, during trading hours when the Futures Contracts have ceased trading, spreads and resulting premiums or discounts may widen, and therefore, increase the difference between the price of the Units and the NAV of the Units. The Indicative Partnership Value on a per-Unit basis disseminated from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET should not be viewed as a real-time update of the NAV, which is calculated only once a day. The Exchange represents that it will cease trading the Units of USNG if: (1) The original listing market stops trading the Units; or (b) the original listing market delists the Units. Additionally, the Exchange may cease trading the Units if such other event shall occur or condition exists which, in the opinion of the Exchange, makes further dealings on the Exchange inadvisable.14 UTP trading in the Units is also governed by the trading halts provisions of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34 relating to temporary interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of the Indicative Partnership Value or the value of the Benchmark Futures Contract.15 The Exchange deems the Units to be equity securities, thus rendering trading in the Units subject to the Exchange’s existing rules governing the trading of equity securities. Units will trade on the NYSE Arca Marketplace from 4 a.m. ET until 8 p.m. ET in accordance with NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34 (Opening, 14 With respect to trading halts, the Exchange may consider all relevant factors in exercising its discretion to halt or suspend trading in the Units. These may include (1) the extent to which trading is not occurring in the underlying Futures Contracts, or (2) whether other unusual conditions or circumstances detrimental to the maintenance of a fair and orderly market are present. In addition, trading in the Units could be halted pursuant to the Exchange’s ‘‘circuit breaker’’ rule or by the halt or suspension of trading of the underlying securities. See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.12 (Trading Halts Due to Extraordinary Market Volatility). 15 The Exchange states that NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a) literally addresses temporary interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of the Indicative Intra-Day Value and the value of an underlying index. The Units, however, do not have an underlying index, but have an underlying Benchmark Futures Contract. Therefore, the Exchange represents that the provisions in NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a) that address interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of the value of an underlying index shall also apply, in this case, to interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of the value of the underlying Benchmark Futures Contract. See infra PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39119 Core, and Late Trading Sessions). The Exchange states that it has appropriate rules to facilitate transactions in the Units during all trading sessions. The Exchange intends to utilize its existing surveillance procedures applicable to derivative products to monitor trading in the Units. The Exchange represents that these procedures are adequate to properly monitor Exchange trading of the Units in all trading sessions and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules. The Exchange may also obtain information via the Intermarket Surveillance Group (‘‘ISG’’) from other exchanges who are members or affiliate members of ISG. In addition, the Exchange has information sharing agreements in place with NYMEX and ICE Futures for the purpose of providing information in connection with trading in or related to futures contracts traded on NYMEX and ICE Futures, respectively. To the extent that USNG invests in Natural Gas Interests traded on other exchanges, the Exchange will seek to enter into information sharing agreements with those particular exchanges. In addition, the Exchange also has a general policy prohibiting the distribution of material, non-public information by its employees. Prior to the commencement of trading, the Exchange will inform its ETP Holders 16 in an Information Bulletin (‘‘Bulletin’’) of the special characteristics and risks associated with trading the Units. Specifically, the Bulletin will discuss the following: (1) The risks involved in trading the Units during the Opening and Late Trading Sessions when an updated Indicative Partnership Value will not be calculated or publicly disseminated; 17 (2) the procedures for purchases and redemptions of Units in Baskets (and that Units are not individually redeemable); (3) NYSE Arca Equities Rule 9.2(a), which imposes a duty of due diligence on its ETP Holders to learn the essential facts relating to every customer prior to trading the Units; (4) how and when information regarding the Indicative Partnership Value and NAV is disseminated; (5) the requirement that ETP Holders deliver a prospectus to investors purchasing newly issued Units prior to or concurrently with the confirmation of a transaction; and (6) other relevant 16 16 An ETP Holder is a registered broker or dealer that has been issued an Equity Trading Permit (ETP) by NYSE Arca Equities. 17 E-mail from Timothy J. Malinowski, Director, NYSE Group, Inc., to Edward Cho, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated July 9, 2007 (confirming that such risks will be disclosed in the Bulletin). E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 39120 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 17, 2007 / Notices trading information. In addition, the Bulletin will reference that the Partnership is subject to various fees and expenses and that there is no regulated source of last-sale information regarding physical commodities. The Bulletin will also discuss any exemptive, no-action, and/or interpretive relief granted by the Commission from any rules under the Act. 2. Statutory Basis The proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,18 in general, and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,19 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. In addition, the proposal is consistent with Rule 12f–5 under the Act 20 because the Exchange deems the Units to be equity securities, thus rendering trading in the Units subject to the Exchange’s existing rules governing the trading of equity securities. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition 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 purpose 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 neither solicited nor received written comments on the proposed rule change. III. 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: 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 18 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 20 17 CFR 240.12f–5. 19 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:40 Jul 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market Paper Comments and a national market system, and, in • Send paper comments in triplicate general, to protect investors and the to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, public interest. The Commission Securities and Exchange Commission, believes that this proposal should 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC benefit investors by increasing 20549–1090. competition among markets that trade the Units. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSEArca–2007–45. This In addition, the Commission finds file number should be included on the that the proposal is consistent with subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Section 12(f) of the Act,23 which permits Commission process and review your an exchange to trade, pursuant to UTP, comments more efficiently, please use a security that is listed and registered on only one method. The Commission will another exchange.24 The Commission post all comments on the Commission’s notes that it previously approved the Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ original listing and trading of the Units rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the on Amex.25 The Commission finds that submission, all subsequent the proposal is consistent with Rule amendments, all written statements 12f–5 under the Act,26 which provides with respect to the proposed rule that an exchange shall not extend UTP change that are filed with the to a security unless the exchange has in Commission, and all written effect a rule or rules providing for communications relating to the transactions in the class or type of proposed rule change between the security to which the exchange extends Commission and any person, other than UTP. The Exchange has represented that those that may be withheld from the it meets this requirement because it public in accordance with the deems the Units to be equity securities, provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be thus rendering trading in the Units available for inspection and copying in subject to the Exchange’s existing rules the Commission’s Public Reference governing the trading of equity Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, securities. The Commission notes that it DC 20549, on official business days previously approved for trading on the between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Exchange pursuant to UTP Partnership Copies of such filing also will be Units issued by the United States Oil available for inspection and copying at Fund, LP, which are similar to the Units the principal offices of the Exchange. issued by USNG.27 All comments received will be posted The Commission further believes that without change; the Commission does the proposal is consistent with Section not edit personal identifying 11A(a)(1)(C)(iii) of the Act,28 which sets information from submissions. You forth Congress’ finding that it is in the should submit only information that public interest and appropriate for the you wish to make available publicly. All protection of investors and the submissions should refer to File maintenance of fair and orderly markets Number SR–NYSEArca–2007–45 and to assure the availability to brokers, should be submitted on or before dealers, and investors of information August 7, 2007. with respect to quotations for and IV. Commission’s Findings and Order transactions in securities. Quotations for Granting Accelerated Approval of the and last-sale information regarding the Proposed Rule Change Units will be disseminated through the Consolidated Quotation System and the After careful review, the Commission Consolidated Tape Association, finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the 23 15 U.S.C. 78l(f). Act and the rules and regulations 24 Section 12(a) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78l(a), thereunder applicable to a national generally prohibits a broker-dealer from trading a 21 In particular, the securities exchange. security on a national securities exchange unless the security is registered on that exchange pursuant Commission finds that the proposed to Section 12 of the Act. Section 12(f) of the Act rule change is consistent with Section excludes from this restriction trading in any 6(b)(5) of the Act,22 which requires that security to which an exchange ‘‘extends UTP.’’ an exchange have rules designed, among When an exchange extends UTP to a security, it allows its members to trade the security as if it were other things, to promote just and Number SR–NYSEArca–2007–45 on the subject line. approving this rule change, the Commission notes that it has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 22 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 21 In Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 listed and registered on the exchange even though it is not so listed and registered. 25 See supra note 5. 26 17 CFR 240.12f–5. 27 See supra note 3. 28 15 U.S.C. 78k–1(a)(1)(C)(iii). E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 17, 2007 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES respectively.29 In addition, Amex disseminates a variety of information through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association including the Indicative Partnership Value on a per-Unit basis at least every 15 seconds during regular Amex trading hours, the number of Units outstanding, the Basket Amount, and the Deposit Amount. Daily closing and settlement prices for the NYMEX-traded Futures Contracts held by USNG, delayed futures information on current and past trading sessions, and market news are publicly available on the NYMEX Web site. Quotations and last-sale information for the Futures Contracts are widely disseminated through a variety of market data vendors worldwide, including Bloomberg and Reuters. Amex’s Web site contains information related to the NAV, including the Bid-Ask Price, calculation information and other data of the premium or discount of the Bid-Ask Price against the NAV, the prospectus and other periodically-filed reports, trading volume data, Unit closing prices, and other applicable quantitative information. Finally, USNG’s Web site discloses on each business day that Amex is open for trading the total portfolio composition of USNG, including the name, value, type, and characteristics of the Natural Gas Interests and Cash held. The Commission also believes that the Exchange’s trading halt rules are reasonably designed to prevent trading in the Shares when transparency is impaired. Existing NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a)(4), which will apply to the trading of the Units, provides that, if the Benchmark Futures Contract or Indicative Partnership Value is no longer calculated or disseminated as required (a) during the Opening Session (4 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET), the Exchange may continue to trade the Units for the remainder of the Opening Session; (b) during the Core Trading Session (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET), the Exchange must halt trading in the Units; and (c) during the Late Trading Session (4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET), the Exchange may continue trading in the Units only if the original listing market traded such Units until the close of its regular trading session without halt.30 If the Benchmark Futures Contract or Indicative Partnership Value continues not to be calculated or disseminated as of the 29 E-mail from Timothy J. Malinowski, Director, NYSE Group, Inc., to Edward Cho, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated July 9, 2007 (confirming the method of dissemination of quotations and last-sale information regarding the Units). 30 See supra note 15 and accompanying text. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:40 Jul 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 next business day’s Opening Session, the Exchange will not commence trading in the Units in such Opening Session.31 The Commission notes that, if the Units should be delisted by the listing exchange, the Exchange would no longer have authority to trade the Units pursuant to this order. In support of this proposal, the Exchange has made the following representations: (1) The Exchange’s surveillance procedures are adequate to address any concerns associated with the trading of the Units on a UTP basis. (2) The Exchange would inform its members in an Information Bulletin of the special characteristics and risks associated with trading the Units, including risks inherent with trading the Units during the Opening and Late Trading Sessions when the updated Indicative Partnership Value is not calculated and disseminated and suitability recommendation requirements. (3) The Exchange would require its members to deliver a prospectus or product description to investors purchasing Units prior to or concurrently with a transaction in such Units and will note this prospectus delivery requirement in the Information Bulletin. This approval order is conditioned on the Exchange’s adherence to these representations. The Commission finds good cause for approving this proposal before the thirtieth day after the publication of notice thereof in the Federal Register. As noted above, the Commission previously approved the original listing and trading of the Units on Amex and the trading of Partnership Units issued by the United States Oil Fund, LP, which are similar to the Partnership Units issued by the Partnership, pursuant to UTP on the Exchange. The Commission presently is not aware of any regulatory issue that should cause it to revisit those findings or would preclude the trading of the Units on the Exchange pursuant to UTP. Accelerating approval of this proposal should benefit investors by creating, without undue delay, additional competition in the market for such Units. 31 The Exchange may resume trading in the Units only if the calculation and dissemination of the Benchmark Futures Contract or Indicative Partnership Value resumes, or trading in the Units resumes in the original listing market. See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a)(4)(C)(2). PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39121 V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,32 that the proposed rule change (SR–NYSEArca– 2007–45) be, and it hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.33 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–13750 Filed 7–16–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56049; File No. SR–Phlx– 2007–20] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a Proposed Rule Change as Modified by Amendment No. 1 Thereto Adopting Generic Listing Standards for Exchange-Traded Funds Based on International or Global Indexes or Indexes Described in Exchange Rules Previously Approved by the Commission as Underlying Benchmarks for Derivative Securities July 11, 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 March 9, 2007, 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 and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by Phlx. On June 18, 2007, Phlx filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposal. This order provides notice of the proposal, as amended, and approves the proposal on an accelerated basis. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Phlx proposes to revise its listing standards, adopted pursuant to Rule 19b–4(e),3 in Phlx Rule 803 to include generic listing standards for Trust Shares and Index Fund Shares (‘‘IFSs’’) (which together with Trust Shares are referred to as ‘‘exchange-traded funds’’ or ‘‘ETFs’’) that are based on 32 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4(e). 33 17 E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-56042; File No. SR-NYSEArca-2007-45]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change To 
Trade Units of the United States Natural Gas Fund, LP Pursuant to 
Unlisted Trading Privileges

 July 11, 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 May 15, 2007, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ``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 and 
II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. 
This order provides notice of the proposed rule change and approves the 
proposed rule change on an accelerated basis.
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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 Exchange, through NYSE Arca Equities, proposes to trade 
partnership units (``Units'') of the United States Natural Gas Fund, LP 
(``USNG'' or ``Partnership'') pursuant to unlisted trading privileges 
(``UTP''). The text of the proposed rule change is available at the 
Exchange, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and http://
www.nyse.com.

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 III 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
    Under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300, which permits the trading of 
Partnership Units either by listing or pursuant to UTP,\3\ the Exchange 
proposes to trade pursuant to UTP the Units of the Partnership. Each 
Unit represents ownership of a fractional undivided beneficial interest 
in the net assets of USNG.\4\ The Commission has approved the listing 
and trading of the Units on the American Stock Exchange LLC 
(``Amex'').\5\
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    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53875 (May 25, 
2006), 71 FR 32164 (June 2, 2006) (SR-NYSEArca-2006-11) (approving 
NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300 and the trading of Partnership Units 
of the United States Oil Fund, LP pursuant to UTP).
    \4\ USNG is a commodity pool that issues Units that would be 
purchased and sold on the Exchange.
    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55632 (April 13, 
2007), 72 FR 19987 (April 20, 2007) (SR-Amex-2006-112) (granting 
approval to list and trade the Units on Amex); Securities Exchange 
Act Release No. 55372 (February 28, 2007), 72 FR 10267 (March 7, 
2007) (SR-Amex-2006-112) (providing notice of Amex's proposal to 
list and trade the Units) (``Amex Notice'').
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    The net assets of USNG consist of investments in futures contracts 
based on natural gas, crude oil, heating oil, gasoline, and other 
petroleum-based fuels traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange 
(``NYMEX''), Intercontinental Exchange (``ICE Futures''), or other U.S. 
and foreign exchanges (such futures contracts collectively referred to 
herein as ``Futures Contracts''). USNG may also invest in other 
natural-gas-related investments such as cash-settled options on Futures 
Contracts; forward contracts for natural gas; over-the-counter 
instruments that are based on the price of natural gas, oil, and other 
petroleum-based fuels; Futures Contracts; and indices based on the 
foregoing (collectively referred to herein as ``Other Natural Gas 
Related Investments,'' and together with Futures Contracts, ``Natural 
Gas Interests''). A detailed discussion of the natural gas, crude oil, 
heating oil, and gasoline markets; futures regulation and the 
regulation of USNG; investment strategy; creations and redemptions of 
baskets of Units; and calculation methodology of the net asset value 
(``NAV'') for the Units, among others, can be found in the Amex 
Notice.\6\
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    \6\ See id.
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    The Web site for Amex at http://www.amex.com, which is publicly 
accessible at no charge, contains the following information: (1) The 
prior business day's NAV and the reported closing price; (2) the mid-
point of the bid-ask price in relation to the NAV as of the time the 
NAV is calculated (``Bid-Ask Price''); \7\ (3) calculation of the 
premium or discount of such price against such NAV; (4) data in chart 
form displaying the frequency distribution of discounts and premiums of 
the Bid-Ask Price against the NAV, within appropriate ranges for each 
of the four previous calendar quarters; (5) the prospectus and the most 
recent periodic reports filed with the Commission or required by the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and (6) other applicable 
quantitative information.
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    \7\ The Bid-Ask Price of Units is determined using the highest 
bid and lowest offer as of the time of calculation of the NAV.
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    The NAV for USNG is calculated and disseminated daily.\8\ Amex 
disseminates for USNG on a daily basis through the facilities of the 
Consolidated Tape Association (CTA/CQ High Speed Lines) information 
with respect to the Indicative Partnership Value (as discussed below), 
recent NAV, Units outstanding, the Basket Amount,\9\ and

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the Deposit Amount.\10\ Amex also makes available on its Web site daily 
Unit trading volume and closing prices.
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    \8\ See Amex Notice, 72 FR at 10273 n.18 (confirming that a 
representation would be obtained from USNG that its NAV per Unit 
will be calculated daily and made available to all market 
participants at the same time).
    \9\ A ``Basket Amount'' is the amount equal to the NAV per Unit, 
times 100,000 Units (each such aggregation of Units, a ``Basket'') 
calculated for the purpose of issuing Baskets to Authorized 
Purchasers. See Amex Notice, 72 FR at 10271. An ``Authorized 
Purchaser'' is a person, who, at the time of submitting an order to 
create or redeem Units, is (1) A registered broker-dealer or other 
market participant, such as a bank or other financial institution, 
that is exempt from broker-dealer registration, (2) a Depository 
Trust Company participant, and (3) a party to a valid Authorized 
Purchaser agreement. See id.
    \10\ The ``Deposit Amount'' is the amount transferred from a 
purchaser to the Administrator for the purpose of purchasing a 
Basket of Units. See Amex Notice, 72 FR at 10272. The 
``Administrator'' is Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., performing or 
supervising the performance of services necessary for the operation 
and administration of USNG. See Amex Notice, 72 FR at 10269.
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    To provide updated information relating to USNG for use by 
investors, professionals, and persons wishing to create or redeem the 
Units, Amex disseminates through the facilities of the Consolidated 
Tape Association an updated Indicative Partnership Value (``Indicative 
Partnership Value''). The Indicative Partnership Value is disseminated 
on a per-Unit basis at least every 15 seconds during the regular 
trading hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time (``ET''). The 
Indicative Partnership Value is calculated based on the Cash \11\ 
required for creations and redemptions (i.e., NAV per limit x 100,000 
Units) and adjusted to reflect the price changes of the Benchmark 
Futures Contract.\12\
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    \11\ ``Cash'' includes short-term obligations of the United 
States, cash equivalents, and cash.
    \12\ The ``Benchmark Futures Contract,'' which is used to 
measure changes in percentage terms of a Unit's NAV, is the natural 
gas futures contract traded on NYMEX reflecting the price and change 
in price of natural gas delivered at the Henry Hub, Louisiana.
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    The Indicative Partnership Value does not reflect price changes to 
the price of the Benchmark Futures Contract between the close of open-
outcry trading of such contract on NYMEX at 2:30 p.m. ET and the open 
of trading on the NYMEX ACCESS market at 3:15 p.m. ET.\13\ The 
Indicative Partnership Value after 3:15 p.m. ET will reflect changes to 
the Benchmark Futures Contract as provided for through NYMEX ACCESS. 
The value of a Unit may accordingly be influenced by non-concurrent 
trading hours between the NYSE Arca Marketplace and NYMEX. While the 
Units will trade on the NYSE Arca Marketplace in accordance with NYSE 
Arca Equities Rule 7.34 (4 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET), the Benchmark Futures 
Contract will trade, in open-outcry, on NYMEX from 10 a.m. to 2:30 pm 
ET and NYMEX ACCESS from 3:15 p.m. through the following morning 9:30 
a.m. ET.
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    \13\ NYMEX ACCESS[supreg], an electronic trading system, is open 
for price discovery on the Benchmark Futures Contract each Monday 
through Thursday at 3:15 p.m. ET through the following morning at 
9:30 a.m. ET, and from 7 p.m. Sunday night until Monday morning 9:30 
a.m. ET.
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    While NYMEX is open for trading, the Indicative Partnership Value 
can be expected to closely approximate the value per Unit of the Basket 
Amount. However, during trading hours when the Futures Contracts have 
ceased trading, spreads and resulting premiums or discounts may widen, 
and therefore, increase the difference between the price of the Units 
and the NAV of the Units. The Indicative Partnership Value on a per-
Unit basis disseminated from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET should not be 
viewed as a real-time update of the NAV, which is calculated only once 
a day.
    The Exchange represents that it will cease trading the Units of 
USNG if: (1) The original listing market stops trading the Units; or 
(b) the original listing market delists the Units. Additionally, the 
Exchange may cease trading the Units if such other event shall occur or 
condition exists which, in the opinion of the Exchange, makes further 
dealings on the Exchange inadvisable.\14\ UTP trading in the Units is 
also governed by the trading halts provisions of NYSE Arca Equities 
Rule 7.34 relating to temporary interruptions in the calculation or 
wide dissemination of the Indicative Partnership Value or the value of 
the Benchmark Futures Contract.\15\
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    \14\ With respect to trading halts, the Exchange may consider 
all relevant factors in exercising its discretion to halt or suspend 
trading in the Units. These may include (1) the extent to which 
trading is not occurring in the underlying Futures Contracts, or (2) 
whether other unusual conditions or circumstances detrimental to the 
maintenance of a fair and orderly market are present. In addition, 
trading in the Units could be halted pursuant to the Exchange's 
``circuit breaker'' rule or by the halt or suspension of trading of 
the underlying securities. See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.12 (Trading 
Halts Due to Extraordinary Market Volatility).
    \15\ The Exchange states that NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a) 
literally addresses temporary interruptions in the calculation or 
wide dissemination of the Indicative Intra-Day Value and the value 
of an underlying index. The Units, however, do not have an 
underlying index, but have an underlying Benchmark Futures Contract. 
Therefore, the Exchange represents that the provisions in NYSE Arca 
Equities Rule 7.34(a) that address interruptions in the calculation 
or wide dissemination of the value of an underlying index shall also 
apply, in this case, to interruptions in the calculation or wide 
dissemination of the value of the underlying Benchmark Futures 
Contract. See infra
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    The Exchange deems the Units to be equity securities, thus 
rendering trading in the Units subject to the Exchange's existing rules 
governing the trading of equity securities. Units will trade on the 
NYSE Arca Marketplace from 4 a.m. ET until 8 p.m. ET in accordance with 
NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34 (Opening, Core, and Late Trading 
Sessions). The Exchange states that it has appropriate rules to 
facilitate transactions in the Units during all trading sessions.
    The Exchange intends to utilize its existing surveillance 
procedures applicable to derivative products to monitor trading in the 
Units. The Exchange represents that these procedures are adequate to 
properly monitor Exchange trading of the Units in all trading sessions 
and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules. The Exchange may 
also obtain information via the Intermarket Surveillance Group 
(``ISG'') from other exchanges who are members or affiliate members of 
ISG. In addition, the Exchange has information sharing agreements in 
place with NYMEX and ICE Futures for the purpose of providing 
information in connection with trading in or related to futures 
contracts traded on NYMEX and ICE Futures, respectively. To the extent 
that USNG invests in Natural Gas Interests traded on other exchanges, 
the Exchange will seek to enter into information sharing agreements 
with those particular exchanges. In addition, the Exchange also has a 
general policy prohibiting the distribution of material, non-public 
information by its employees.
    Prior to the commencement of trading, the Exchange will inform its 
ETP Holders \16\ in an Information Bulletin (``Bulletin'') of the 
special characteristics and risks associated with trading the Units. 
Specifically, the Bulletin will discuss the following: (1) The risks 
involved in trading the Units during the Opening and Late Trading 
Sessions when an updated Indicative Partnership Value will not be 
calculated or publicly disseminated; \17\ (2) the procedures for 
purchases and redemptions of Units in Baskets (and that Units are not 
individually redeemable); (3) NYSE Arca Equities Rule 9.2(a), which 
imposes a duty of due diligence on its ETP Holders to learn the 
essential facts relating to every customer prior to trading the Units; 
(4) how and when information regarding the Indicative Partnership Value 
and NAV is disseminated; (5) the requirement that ETP Holders deliver a 
prospectus to investors purchasing newly issued Units prior to or 
concurrently with the confirmation of a transaction; and (6) other 
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trading information. In addition, the Bulletin will reference that the 
Partnership is subject to various fees and expenses and that there is 
no regulated source of last-sale information regarding physical 
commodities. The Bulletin will also discuss any exemptive, no-action, 
and/or interpretive relief granted by the Commission from any rules 
under the Act.
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    \16\ 16 An ETP Holder is a registered broker or dealer that has 
been issued an Equity Trading Permit (ETP) by NYSE Arca Equities.
    \17\ E-mail from Timothy J. Malinowski, Director, NYSE Group, 
Inc., to Edward Cho, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation, 
Commission, dated July 9, 2007 (confirming that such risks will be 
disclosed in the Bulletin).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,\18\ in 
general, and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\19\ 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. 
In addition, the proposal is consistent with Rule 12f-5 under the Act 
\20\ because the Exchange deems the Units to be equity securities, thus 
rendering trading in the Units subject to the Exchange's existing rules 
governing the trading of equity securities.
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    \18\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \19\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \20\ 17 CFR 240.12f-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 
result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or 
appropriate in furtherance of the purpose 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 neither solicited nor received written comments on 
the proposed rule change.

III. 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-2007-45 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-2007-45. 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, 100 F Street, 
NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours 
of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 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 Number SR-NYSEArca-2007-45 and should 
be submitted on or before August 7, 2007.

IV. Commission's Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of 
the Proposed Rule Change

    After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and 
regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities 
exchange.\21\ In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed 
rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\22\ which 
requires that an exchange have rules designed, among other things, 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 believes that this proposal should benefit 
investors by increasing competition among markets that trade the Units.
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    \21\ In approving this rule change, the Commission notes that it 
has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, 
competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \22\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    In addition, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent 
with Section 12(f) of the Act,\23\ which permits an exchange to trade, 
pursuant to UTP, a security that is listed and registered on another 
exchange.\24\ The Commission notes that it previously approved the 
original listing and trading of the Units on Amex.\25\ The Commission 
finds that the proposal is consistent with Rule 12f-5 under the 
Act,\26\ which provides that an exchange shall not extend UTP to a 
security unless the exchange has in effect a rule or rules providing 
for transactions in the class or type of security to which the exchange 
extends UTP. The Exchange has represented that it meets this 
requirement because it deems the Units to be equity securities, thus 
rendering trading in the Units subject to the Exchange's existing rules 
governing the trading of equity securities. The Commission notes that 
it previously approved for trading on the Exchange pursuant to UTP 
Partnership Units issued by the United States Oil Fund, LP, which are 
similar to the Units issued by USNG.\27\
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    \23\ 15 U.S.C. 78l(f).
    \24\ Section 12(a) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78l(a), generally 
prohibits a broker-dealer from trading a security on a national 
securities exchange unless the security is registered on that 
exchange pursuant to Section 12 of the Act. Section 12(f) of the Act 
excludes from this restriction trading in any security to which an 
exchange ``extends UTP.'' When an exchange extends UTP to a 
security, it allows its members to trade the security as if it were 
listed and registered on the exchange even though it is not so 
listed and registered.
    \25\ See supra note 5.
    \26\ 17 CFR 240.12f-5.
    \27\ See supra note 3.
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    The Commission further believes that the proposal is consistent 
with Section 11A(a)(1)(C)(iii) of the Act,\28\ which sets forth 
Congress' finding that it is in the public interest and appropriate for 
the protection of investors and the maintenance of fair and orderly 
markets to assure the availability to brokers, dealers, and investors 
of information with respect to quotations for and transactions in 
securities. Quotations for and last-sale information regarding the 
Units will be disseminated through the Consolidated Quotation System 
and the Consolidated Tape Association,

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respectively.\29\ In addition, Amex disseminates a variety of 
information through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association 
including the Indicative Partnership Value on a per-Unit basis at least 
every 15 seconds during regular Amex trading hours, the number of Units 
outstanding, the Basket Amount, and the Deposit Amount. Daily closing 
and settlement prices for the NYMEX-traded Futures Contracts held by 
USNG, delayed futures information on current and past trading sessions, 
and market news are publicly available on the NYMEX Web site. 
Quotations and last-sale information for the Futures Contracts are 
widely disseminated through a variety of market data vendors worldwide, 
including Bloomberg and Reuters. Amex's Web site contains information 
related to the NAV, including the Bid-Ask Price, calculation 
information and other data of the premium or discount of the Bid-Ask 
Price against the NAV, the prospectus and other periodically-filed 
reports, trading volume data, Unit closing prices, and other applicable 
quantitative information. Finally, USNG's Web site discloses on each 
business day that Amex is open for trading the total portfolio 
composition of USNG, including the name, value, type, and 
characteristics of the Natural Gas Interests and Cash held.
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    \28\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1(a)(1)(C)(iii).
    \29\ E-mail from Timothy J. Malinowski, Director, NYSE Group, 
Inc., to Edward Cho, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation, 
Commission, dated July 9, 2007 (confirming the method of 
dissemination of quotations and last-sale information regarding the 
Units).
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    The Commission also believes that the Exchange's trading halt rules 
are reasonably designed to prevent trading in the Shares when 
transparency is impaired. Existing NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a)(4), 
which will apply to the trading of the Units, provides that, if the 
Benchmark Futures Contract or Indicative Partnership Value is no longer 
calculated or disseminated as required (a) during the Opening Session 
(4 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET), the Exchange may continue to trade the Units 
for the remainder of the Opening Session; (b) during the Core Trading 
Session (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET), the Exchange must halt trading in the 
Units; and (c) during the Late Trading Session (4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET), 
the Exchange may continue trading in the Units only if the original 
listing market traded such Units until the close of its regular trading 
session without halt.\30\ If the Benchmark Futures Contract or 
Indicative Partnership Value continues not to be calculated or 
disseminated as of the next business day's Opening Session, the 
Exchange will not commence trading in the Units in such Opening 
Session.\31\
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    \30\ See supra note 15 and accompanying text.
    \31\ The Exchange may resume trading in the Units only if the 
calculation and dissemination of the Benchmark Futures Contract or 
Indicative Partnership Value resumes, or trading in the Units 
resumes in the original listing market. See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 
7.34(a)(4)(C)(2).
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    The Commission notes that, if the Units should be delisted by the 
listing exchange, the Exchange would no longer have authority to trade 
the Units pursuant to this order.
    In support of this proposal, the Exchange has made the following 
representations:
    (1) The Exchange's surveillance procedures are adequate to address 
any concerns associated with the trading of the Units on a UTP basis.
    (2) The Exchange would inform its members in an Information 
Bulletin of the special characteristics and risks associated with 
trading the Units, including risks inherent with trading the Units 
during the Opening and Late Trading Sessions when the updated 
Indicative Partnership Value is not calculated and disseminated and 
suitability recommendation requirements.
    (3) The Exchange would require its members to deliver a prospectus 
or product description to investors purchasing Units prior to or 
concurrently with a transaction in such Units and will note this 
prospectus delivery requirement in the Information Bulletin.

This approval order is conditioned on the Exchange's adherence to these 
representations.
    The Commission finds good cause for approving this proposal before 
the thirtieth day after the publication of notice thereof in the 
Federal Register. As noted above, the Commission previously approved 
the original listing and trading of the Units on Amex and the trading 
of Partnership Units issued by the United States Oil Fund, LP, which 
are similar to the Partnership Units issued by the Partnership, 
pursuant to UTP on the Exchange. The Commission presently is not aware 
of any regulatory issue that should cause it to revisit those findings 
or would preclude the trading of the Units on the Exchange pursuant to 
UTP. Accelerating approval of this proposal should benefit investors by 
creating, without undue delay, additional competition in the market for 
such Units.

V. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\32\ that the proposed rule change (SR-NYSEArca-2007-45) be, and it 
hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis.
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    \32\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\33\
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    \33\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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