Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change to Exclude from Its Earnings Standard Gains or Losses From Extinguishment of Debt Prior to Maturity on a Six Month Pilot Basis, 44904-44906 [E7-15546]

Download as PDF 44904 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 153 / Thursday, August 9, 2007 / Notices of the Act,7 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 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. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others Written comments on the proposed rule change were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve such proposed rule change, or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: mstockstill on PROD1PC66 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 No. SR–ISE–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 No. SR–ISE–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 at http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml. Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File No. SR–ISE–2007–45 and should be submitted on or before August 30, 2007. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–15549 Filed 8–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56195; File No. SR–NYSE– 2007–71] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change to Exclude from Its Earnings Standard Gains or Losses From Extinguishment of Debt Prior to Maturity on a Six Month Pilot Basis August 2, 2007. Pursuant to section 19(b)(1)1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Exchange Act’’),2 and Rule 19b–4 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend the earnings standard of section 102.01C(I) of the Exchange’s Listed Company Manual (the ‘‘Manual’’) on a six-month pilot program basis. The amendment will enable the Exchange to adjust the earnings of companies for purposes of its pre-tax earnings standard by excluding gains or losses recognized in connection with the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http:// www.nyse.com), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the 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 amend the earnings standard of section 102.01C(I) of the Manual on a six-month pilot U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:37 Aug 08, 2007 Jkt 211001 8 17 3 17 1 15 7 15 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that on July 27, 2007, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (the ‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘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 the Exchange. The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as a ‘‘noncontroversial’’ rule change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act4 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder,5 which renders the proposed rule change effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule changes from interested persons. 4 15 PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 CFR 240.19b–4. U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 5 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 153 / Thursday, August 9, 2007 / Notices program basis (the ‘‘Pilot Program’’). The amendment will enable the Exchange to adjust the earnings of companies for purposes of its pre-tax earnings standard by excluding gains or losses recognized in connection with the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity. The adjustment will relate only to gains or losses incurred in the three-year period under examination for purposes of the earnings standard. Prior to the promulgation of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 145 (‘‘SFAS No. 145’’) in 2002, Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 4 (‘‘FASB No. 4’’) required that gains and losses from the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity that were included in the determination of net income be aggregated and, if material, classified as an extraordinary item, net of related income tax effect. SFAS No. 145 rescinded FASB No. 4 and, as a result, gains or losses in connection with the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity are now generally included in the calculation of operating earnings under generally accepted accounting principles (‘‘GAAP’’). As a result, some companies that would not otherwise be qualified to list may qualify as a result of the inclusion in pre-tax income of gains from the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity. In addition, some prospective listed companies whose operating earnings would have met the requirements of the Exchange’s pre-tax earnings test prior to 2002 are now not qualified to list as they are required to include losses from the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity in pre-tax income. In the Exchange’s experience, these gains and losses are primarily non-cash in nature, and, generally, represent the accelerated accrual of original issue discount, while the losses generally represent the remaining unamortized portion of costs incurred at the time of initial borrowing. The Exchange believes that it is appropriate to return to its pre-2002 approach of excluding gains and losses from debt extinguishment from pre-tax earnings as calculated for purposes of its earnings standard. The purpose of the earnings standard is to determine the suitability for listing of companies on a forward-looking basis in light of a sustained demonstration of strong earnings. As such, the Exchange does not believe that it is relevant to include in pre-tax earnings gains and losses from the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity that are principally nonrecurring in nature. Additionally, the Exchange notes that the analyst community also routinely exclude these gains and losses from their analyses in VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Aug 08, 2007 Jkt 211001 making recommendations as to the desirability of investing in companies’ publicly-traded equity securities. The Exchange believes that adjusting company earnings for gains and losses from the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity is consistent with the adjustments that are currently permitted under section 102.01C for a number of other nonrecurring charges to earnings that are included in net income as recorded under GAAP, such as the exclusion of impairment charges on long-lived assets, the exclusion of gains and losses on sales of a subsidiary’s or investee’s stock and the exclusion of inprocess purchased research and development charges. The Exchange also believes that this adjustment is reasonable given the purpose of the earnings standard, which is to determine the suitability for listing of companies on a forward-looking basis. 2. Statutory Basis The basis under the Exchange Act for this proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(5)6 that an exchange have rules that are designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Exchange Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the proposed rule change: (i) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) does not become operative for 30 days after the date of the filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to section 6 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44905 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 7 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder.8 A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b–4(f)(6) under the Act 9 normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of its filing. However, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) 10 permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission hereby grants the request.11 The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because the proposed rule change is consistent with other adjustments the Exchange makes when evaluating applicants on a forwardlooking, post-IPO basis under the existing earnings standard in section 102.01C(I) of the Listed Company Manual, and the proposal will take effect as a Pilot Program, allowing the Commission to evaluate the suitability of the proposal during the pilot period. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate the rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NYSE–2007–71 on the subject line. 7 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). Pursuant to Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act, the Exchange is required to give the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied the five-day pre-filing requirement. 9 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 10 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 11 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 8 17 E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1 44906 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 153 / Thursday, August 9, 2007 / Notices Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56200; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2007–77] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed All submissions should refer to File Rule Change, as Modified by Number SR–NYSE–2007–71. This file Amendment No. 1 Thereto, Relating to number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Exchange Fees and Charges Commission process and review your August 3, 2007. comments more efficiently, please use Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the only one method. The Commission will Securities Exchange Act of 1934 post all comments on the Commission’s (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on July 27, Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ 2007, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’ or rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities submission, all subsequent and Exchange Commission amendments, all written statements (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule with respect to the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and change that are filed with the III below, which Items have been Commission, and all written substantially prepared by NYSE Arca. communications relating to the On August 1, 2007, the Exchange filed proposed rule change between the Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule Commission and any person, other than change. The Exchange has designated those that may be withheld from the this proposal as one establishing or public in accordance with the changing a due, fee or other charge provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be imposed by the Exchange under section available for inspection and copying in 19(b)(3)(A) 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) the Commission’s Public Reference thereunder,4 which renders the proposal Room, on official business days between effective upon filing with the the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies Commission. The Commission is of the filing also will be available for publishing this notice to solicit inspection and copying at the principal comments on the proposed rule change, office of the Exchange. All comments as amended, from interested persons. received will be posted without change; I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s the Commission does not edit personal Statement of the Terms of Substance of identifying information from the Proposed Rule Change submissions. You should submit only NYSE Arca proposes to amend its information that you wish to make Schedule of Fees and Charges for available publicly. All submissions Exchange Services (‘‘Schedule’’) in should refer to File Number SR–NYSE– order to revise the operative period for 2007–71 and should be submitted on or transactions fees that are applicable to before August 30, 2007. issues that trade as part of the Penny For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–15546 Filed 8–8–07; 8:45 am] mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES BILLING CODE 8010–01–P Pilot.5 The text of the proposed rule change is available at http:// www.nysearca.com, at the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, NYSE Arca included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55156 (January 23, 2007) 72 FR 4759 (February 1, 2007) (SR–NYSEArca–2006–73). 2 17 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Aug 08, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposal. 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 purpose of this filing is to revise the existing NYSE Arca Schedule in conjunction with the extension of the Penny Pilot. On June 18, 2007, the Exchange filed SR–NYSEArca–2007–56, a proposal to extend the pilot program, under which the Exchange trades options on a limited number of underlying issues that are quoted in one-cent and five-cent increments (‘‘Penny Pilot’’). On July 23, 2007, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1, which replaced the original proposal in its entirety. On July 25, 2007, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 2, which made non-substantive changes to the proposal. The amended proposal, which extends the operative date of the Penny Pilot until September 27, 2007, was effective upon filing. NYSE Arca charges certain fees on transactions occurring in issues that trade as part of the Penny Pilot. The Exchange now proposes to extend the operative date for these fees until September 27, 2007, to coincide with the dates of the Penny Pilot. 2. Statutory Basis NYSE Arca believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,6 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,7 in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of dues, fees and other charges among its members. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition NYSE Arca does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. 6 15 7 15 E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 09AUN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-56195; File No. SR-NYSE-2007-71]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change to 
Exclude from Its Earnings Standard Gains or Losses From Extinguishment 
of Debt Prior to Maturity on a Six Month Pilot Basis

August 2, 2007.
    Pursuant to section 19(b)(1)\1\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (the ``Exchange Act''),\2\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\3\ notice is 
hereby given that on July 27, 2007, the New York Stock Exchange LLC 
(the ``NYSE'' or the ``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 the Exchange. The Exchange has designated the proposed rule 
change as a ``non-controversial'' rule change pursuant to section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act\4\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder,\5\ which 
renders the proposed rule change effective upon filing with the 
Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit 
comments on the proposed rule changes from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78a.
    \3\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \5\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend the earnings standard of section 
102.01C(I) of the Exchange's Listed Company Manual (the ``Manual'') on 
a six-month pilot program basis. The amendment will enable the Exchange 
to adjust the earnings of companies for purposes of its pre-tax 
earnings standard by excluding gains or losses recognized in connection 
with the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity. The text of the 
proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site (http://
www.nyse.com), at the Exchange's Office of the Secretary, and at the 
Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, the 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 amend the earnings standard of section 
102.01C(I) of the Manual on a six-month pilot

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program basis (the ``Pilot Program''). The amendment will enable the 
Exchange to adjust the earnings of companies for purposes of its pre-
tax earnings standard by excluding gains or losses recognized in 
connection with the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity. The 
adjustment will relate only to gains or losses incurred in the three-
year period under examination for purposes of the earnings standard.
    Prior to the promulgation of Statement of Financial Accounting 
Standards No. 145 (``SFAS No. 145'') in 2002, Financial Accounting 
Standards Board Statement No. 4 (``FASB No. 4'') required that gains 
and losses from the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity that 
were included in the determination of net income be aggregated and, if 
material, classified as an extraordinary item, net of related income 
tax effect. SFAS No. 145 rescinded FASB No. 4 and, as a result, gains 
or losses in connection with the extinguishment of debt prior to its 
maturity are now generally included in the calculation of operating 
earnings under generally accepted accounting principles (``GAAP''). As 
a result, some companies that would not otherwise be qualified to list 
may qualify as a result of the inclusion in pre-tax income of gains 
from the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity. In addition, 
some prospective listed companies whose operating earnings would have 
met the requirements of the Exchange's pre-tax earnings test prior to 
2002 are now not qualified to list as they are required to include 
losses from the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity in pre-tax 
income. In the Exchange's experience, these gains and losses are 
primarily non-cash in nature, and, generally, represent the accelerated 
accrual of original issue discount, while the losses generally 
represent the remaining unamortized portion of costs incurred at the 
time of initial borrowing.
    The Exchange believes that it is appropriate to return to its pre-
2002 approach of excluding gains and losses from debt extinguishment 
from pre-tax earnings as calculated for purposes of its earnings 
standard. The purpose of the earnings standard is to determine the 
suitability for listing of companies on a forward-looking basis in 
light of a sustained demonstration of strong earnings. As such, the 
Exchange does not believe that it is relevant to include in pre-tax 
earnings gains and losses from the extinguishment of debt prior to its 
maturity that are principally non-recurring in nature. Additionally, 
the Exchange notes that the analyst community also routinely exclude 
these gains and losses from their analyses in making recommendations as 
to the desirability of investing in companies' publicly-traded equity 
securities. The Exchange believes that adjusting company earnings for 
gains and losses from the extinguishment of debt prior to its maturity 
is consistent with the adjustments that are currently permitted under 
section 102.01C for a number of other nonrecurring charges to earnings 
that are included in net income as recorded under GAAP, such as the 
exclusion of impairment charges on long-lived assets, the exclusion of 
gains and losses on sales of a subsidiary's or investee's stock and the 
exclusion of in-process purchased research and development charges. The 
Exchange also believes that this adjustment is reasonable given the 
purpose of the earnings standard, which is to determine the suitability 
for listing of companies on a forward-looking basis.
2. Statutory Basis
    The basis under the Exchange Act for this proposed rule change is 
the requirement under Section 6(b)(5)\6\ that an exchange have rules 
that are designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and 
practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove 
impediments to, and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market 
and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Exchange Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

    Because the proposed rule change: (i) Does not significantly affect 
the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) does not 
impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) does not become 
operative for 30 days after the date of the filing, or such shorter 
time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection 
of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has 
become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \7\ and 
Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\8\
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \8\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). Pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) 
under the Act, the Exchange is required to give the Commission 
written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along 
with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at 
least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed 
rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. 
The Exchange has satisfied the five-day pre-filing requirement.
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    A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the 
Act \9\ normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date 
of its filing. However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) \10\ permits the 
Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent 
with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange 
has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. The 
Commission hereby grants the request.\11\ The Commission believes that 
waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest because the proposed rule change is 
consistent with other adjustments the Exchange makes when evaluating 
applicants on a forward-looking, post-IPO basis under the existing 
earnings standard in section 102.01C(I) of the Listed Company Manual, 
and the proposal will take effect as a Pilot Program, allowing the 
Commission to evaluate the suitability of the proposal during the pilot 
period.
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    \9\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \10\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \11\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, 
the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission may summarily abrogate the rule change if it 
appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate 
in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSE-2007-71 on the subject line.

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Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2007-71. 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, on official business 
days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also 
will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of 
the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the 
Commission does not edit personal identifying information from 
submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make 
available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-
NYSE-2007-71 and should be submitted on or before August 30, 2007.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\12\
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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