Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Sections 703.22 and 802.01D of the Exchange's Listed Company Manual Regarding the Listing and Trading of Index-Linked Securities, 47107-47109 [E7-16555]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 162 / Wednesday, August 22, 2007 / 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–2007–69 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES All submissions should refer to File No. SR–ISE–2007–69. 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 will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of ISE. 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–2007–69 and should be submitted on or before September 12, 2007. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.17 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–16527 Filed 8–21–07; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION most significant aspects of such statements. [Release No. 34–56271; File No. SR–NYSE– 2007–74] A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Sections 703.22 and 802.01D of the Exchange’s Listed Company Manual Regarding the Listing and Trading of Index-Linked Securities August 16, 2007. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that on August 3, 2007, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule changes as described in Items I and II below, which items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule changes from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Section 703.22 of its Listed Company Manual (‘‘Manual’’) to permit the listing of securities that do not meet the one million unit initial distribution requirement but are redeemable on at least a weekly basis at the option of the holders. The filing also amends Section 802.01D of the Manual to apply the continued listing standards under the heading ‘‘Specialized Securities’’ to securities listed under Section 703.22. 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 NYSE has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B and C below, of the BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 2 15 17 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:26 Aug 21, 2007 Jkt 211001 47107 PO 00000 Frm 00156 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend Section 703.22 of the Manual to permit the listing of securities that do not meet the one million unit initial distribution requirement but are redeemable on at least a weekly basis at the option of the holders. Section 703.22 is the Exchange’s generic listing standards for equity index-linked securities (‘‘Equity Index-Linked Securities’’), commoditylinked securities (‘‘Commodity-Linked Securities’’), and currency-linked securities (‘‘Currency-Linked Securities’’ and, together with Equity Index-Linked Securities and Commodity-Linked Securities, ‘‘IndexLinked Securities’’). Section 703.22 of the Manual currently exempts a new listing of Index-Linked Securities from the otherwise applicable requirement that the issue have 400 holders upon listing, but only if the issue provides for the redemption of securities at the option of the holders on at least a weekly basis. The Exchange believes that, where there is such a weekly redemption right, the same justification exists for an exemption from the requirement to have one million units issued at the time of listing as applies to the 400 holder requirement. The Exchange believes that a weekly redemption right will ensure a strong correlation between the market price of the Index-Linked Securities and the performance of the underlying index, as holders will be unlikely to sell their securities for less than their redemption value if they have a weekly right to be redeemed for their full value. In addition, in the case of those IndexLinked Securities with a weekly redemption feature that are currently listed, as well as all of those that are currently proposed to be listed, the issuer has the ability to issue new Index-Linked Securities from time to time at the indicative value at the time of such sale. This provides a ready supply of new Index-Linked Securities, thereby lessening the possibility that the market price of such securities will be affected by a scarcity of available IndexLinked Securities for sale. The Exchange believes that it also assists in maintaining a strong correlation between the market price and the indicative value, as investors will be unlikely to pay more than the indicative value in the open market if they can E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 47108 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 162 / Wednesday, August 22, 2007 / Notices acquire Index-Linked Securities from the issuer at that price. The Exchange states that the ability to list Index-Linked Securities with these characteristics without any minimum number of holders is important to the successful listing of such securities. Issuers issuing these types of IndexLinked Securities generally do not intend to do so by way of an underwritten offering. Rather, the distribution arrangement is analogous to that of an exchange traded fund issuance, in that the issue is launched without any significant distribution event and the float increases over time as investors purchase additional securities from the issuer at the then indicative value. Investors will generally seek to purchase the securities at a point when the underlying index is at a level that they perceive as providing an attractive growth opportunity. In the context of such a distribution arrangement, it is difficult for an issuer to guarantee its ability to sell a specific number of units on the listing date. However, the Exchange believes that this difficulty in ensuring the sale of one million units on the listing date is not indicative of a likely long-term lack of liquidity in the securities or, for the reasons set forth in the prior paragraph, of a difficulty in establishing a pricing equilibrium in the securities or a successful two-sided market. The Exchange also proposes to amend Section 802.01D of the Manual to apply the continued listing standards under the heading ‘‘Specialized Securities’’ to securities listed under Section 703.22. These continued listing standards require that the securities be delisted when: • The number of publicly-held securities is less than 100,000. • The number of holders is less than 100. • The aggregate market value of securities outstanding is less than $1,000,000. • For specialized securities that are debt, the issuer is not able to meet its obligations on such debt. The Exchange proposes to exempt from the 100 holders requirement IndexLinked Securities that are redeemable at the option of the holder on at least a weekly basis. The Exchange believes this exemption is appropriate because the securities in question are not subject to any minimum holder requirement at the time of initial listing. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:26 Aug 21, 2007 Jkt 211001 Section 6(b) of the Act,4 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,5 in particular in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, 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 were neither solicited nor received. 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 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–2007–74 and should be submitted by September 12, 2007. IV. Commission’s Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of the Proposed Rule Change III. Solicitation of Comments After careful consideration, the Commission finds that the proposed Interested persons are invited to rule change is consistent with the submit written data, views and requirements of the Act and the rules arguments concerning the foregoing, and regulations thereunder applicable to including whether the proposed rule a national securities exchange 6 and, in change is consistent with the Act. particular, the requirements of Section 6 Comments may be submitted by any of of the Act.7 Specifically, the the following methods: Commission finds that the proposed Electronic Comments rule change is consistent with Section • Use the Commission’s Internet 6(b)(5) of the Act,8 which requires, comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ among other things, that the rules of a rules/sro.shtml); or national securities exchange be • Send e-mail to ruledesigned to promote just and equitable comments@sec.gov. Please include File principles of trade, to foster cooperation Number SR–NYSE–2007–74 on the and coordination with persons engaged subject line. in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, Paper Comments and facilitating transactions in • Send paper comments in triplicate securities, to remove impediments to to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, and perfect the mechanism of a free and Securities and Exchange Commission, open market and a national market 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC system, and, in general, to protect 20549–1090. investors and the public interest. The Commission believes that this All submissions should refer to File proposal should benefit investors by Number SR–NYSE–2007–74. This file providing an exception to the minimum number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the public distribution requirements for Index-Linked Securities with a weekly Commission process and review your redemption right. The Commission comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will believes that the market price of Indexpost all comments on the Commission’s Linked Securities with a weekly redemption right should exhibit a strong Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the 6 In approving this proposed rule change, the submission, all subsequent Commission has considered the proposed rule’s amendments, all written statements impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 7 15 U.S.C. 78f. 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 4 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 Frm 00157 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 162 / Wednesday, August 22, 2007 / Notices correlation to the performance of the relevant underlying index, since holders of such securities will be unlikely to sell them for less than their redemption value if they have a weekly right to be redeemed for their full value. The Commission believes that this exception is reasonable and should allow for the listing and trading of certain IndexLinked Securities that would otherwise not be able to be listed and traded on the Exchange. The Commission further finds that the Exchange’s proposal to amend Section 802.01D of the Manual to apply the continued listing standards under the heading ‘‘Specialized Securities’’ to securities listed under Section 703.22 will clarify the applicable continued listing criteria for Index-Linked Securities. Moreover, the Commission believes that the proposed exemption for Index-Linked Securities that are redeemable at the option of the holder on at least a weekly basis from an ongoing distribution requirement is consistent with the rationale underlying the exemption from the initial listing standards in Section 703.22 of the Manual. The Commission finds good cause for approving the proposed rule change prior to the 30th day after the date of publication of the notice of filing thereof in the Federal Register. The Commission does not believe that NYSE’s proposal raises any novel regulatory issues and, therefore, that good cause exists for approving the filing on an expedited basis. Therefore, accelerating approval of this proposal should benefit investors by creating, without undue delay, additional competition in the market for such securities. Therefore, the Commission finds good cause, consistent with Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,9 to approve the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. V. Conclusion jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,10 that the proposed rule change (SR–NYSE–2007– 74) be, and it hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–16555 Filed 8–21–07; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56270; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2007–74] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSEArca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 7.34(e) and Clarifying Certain Customer Disclosures Relating to ETF Trading August 15, 2007. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on August 13, 2007, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘NYSEArca’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been substantially prepared by NYSEArca. The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change as one constituting a stated policy, practice, or interpretation with respect to the meaning, administration, or enforcement of an existing rule under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(1) thereunder,4 which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange, through its wholly owned subsidiary, NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca Equities’’ or ‘‘Corporation’’), proposes to amend NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(e) (the ‘‘Rule’’). The changes described in this rule proposal clarify the customer disclosures ETP Holders must make to non-ETP Holders. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http:// www.nysearca.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 BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(1). 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 10 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 11 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:26 Aug 21, 2007 2 17 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00158 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47109 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 Pursuant to the Rule, ETP Holders may not accept orders from Non-ETP Holders for execution in the Opening or Late Trading Sessions without first disclosing certain risks. To facilitate extended hours trading and enhance customer disclosures, the Exchange proposes to require ETP Holders to disclose to their Non-ETP Holder customers an additional risk associated with extended trading hours in exchange-traded funds (‘‘ETFs’’).5 Specifically, the Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(e)(3) and 7.34(e)(3)(7) by addressing the risk associated with the lack of calculation or dissemination of the underlying index value or Intraday Indicative Value (‘‘IIV’’). For ETFs, an updated underlying index value or IIV may not be calculated or publicly disseminated in extended trading hours. Since the underlying index value and IIV are not calculated or widely disseminated during the Opening and Late Trading Sessions, an investor who is unable to calculate implied values for certain derivative securities products in those sessions may be at a disadvantage to market professionals. The Exchange believes that requiring ETP Holders to disclose this risk to Non-ETP Holders will facilitate informed participation in extended hours trading. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange 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)(5) of the Act 7 in particular, because it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and 5 ETFs include securities described in NYSE Arca Equities Rules 5.1(b)(13), 5.2(j)(3), 5.2(j)(6), 8.100, 8.200, 8.201, 8.202, 8.203, 8.300, and 8.400, which relate to Unit Investment Trusts, Investment Company Units, Index-Linked Securities, Portfolio Depositary Receipts, Trust Issued Receipts, Commodity-Based Trust Shares, Currency Trust Shares, Commodity Index Trust Shares, Partnership Units, and Paired Trust Securities, respectively. 6 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 162 (Wednesday, August 22, 2007)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-56271; File No. SR-NYSE-2007-74]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed 
Rule Change To Amend Sections 703.22 and 802.01D of the Exchange's 
Listed Company Manual Regarding the Listing and Trading of Index-Linked 
Securities

August 16, 2007.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (``Act''),\2\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\3\ notice is hereby given 
that on August 3, 2007, New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' or 
``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule changes as described in Items I and 
II below, which items have been prepared by the Exchange. 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.
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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 Section 703.22 of its Listed Company 
Manual (``Manual'') to permit the listing of securities that do not 
meet the one million unit initial distribution requirement but are 
redeemable on at least a weekly basis at the option of the holders. The 
filing also amends Section 802.01D of the Manual to apply the continued 
listing standards under the heading ``Specialized Securities'' to 
securities listed under Section 703.22.
    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 NYSE 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 Section 703.22 of the Manual to 
permit the listing of securities that do not meet the one million unit 
initial distribution requirement but are redeemable on at least a 
weekly basis at the option of the holders. Section 703.22 is the 
Exchange's generic listing standards for equity index-linked securities 
(``Equity Index-Linked Securities''), commodity-linked securities 
(``Commodity-Linked Securities''), and currency-linked securities 
(``Currency-Linked Securities'' and, together with Equity Index-Linked 
Securities and Commodity-Linked Securities, ``Index-Linked 
Securities'').
    Section 703.22 of the Manual currently exempts a new listing of 
Index-Linked Securities from the otherwise applicable requirement that 
the issue have 400 holders upon listing, but only if the issue provides 
for the redemption of securities at the option of the holders on at 
least a weekly basis. The Exchange believes that, where there is such a 
weekly redemption right, the same justification exists for an exemption 
from the requirement to have one million units issued at the time of 
listing as applies to the 400 holder requirement. The Exchange believes 
that a weekly redemption right will ensure a strong correlation between 
the market price of the Index-Linked Securities and the performance of 
the underlying index, as holders will be unlikely to sell their 
securities for less than their redemption value if they have a weekly 
right to be redeemed for their full value. In addition, in the case of 
those Index-Linked Securities with a weekly redemption feature that are 
currently listed, as well as all of those that are currently proposed 
to be listed, the issuer has the ability to issue new Index-Linked 
Securities from time to time at the indicative value at the time of 
such sale. This provides a ready supply of new Index-Linked Securities, 
thereby lessening the possibility that the market price of such 
securities will be affected by a scarcity of available Index-Linked 
Securities for sale. The Exchange believes that it also assists in 
maintaining a strong correlation between the market price and the 
indicative value, as investors will be unlikely to pay more than the 
indicative value in the open market if they can

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acquire Index-Linked Securities from the issuer at that price.
    The Exchange states that the ability to list Index-Linked 
Securities with these characteristics without any minimum number of 
holders is important to the successful listing of such securities. 
Issuers issuing these types of Index-Linked Securities generally do not 
intend to do so by way of an underwritten offering. Rather, the 
distribution arrangement is analogous to that of an exchange traded 
fund issuance, in that the issue is launched without any significant 
distribution event and the float increases over time as investors 
purchase additional securities from the issuer at the then indicative 
value. Investors will generally seek to purchase the securities at a 
point when the underlying index is at a level that they perceive as 
providing an attractive growth opportunity. In the context of such a 
distribution arrangement, it is difficult for an issuer to guarantee 
its ability to sell a specific number of units on the listing date. 
However, the Exchange believes that this difficulty in ensuring the 
sale of one million units on the listing date is not indicative of a 
likely long-term lack of liquidity in the securities or, for the 
reasons set forth in the prior paragraph, of a difficulty in 
establishing a pricing equilibrium in the securities or a successful 
two-sided market.
    The Exchange also proposes to amend Section 802.01D of the Manual 
to apply the continued listing standards under the heading 
``Specialized Securities'' to securities listed under Section 703.22. 
These continued listing standards require that the securities be 
delisted when:
     The number of publicly-held securities is less than 
100,000.
     The number of holders is less than 100.
     The aggregate market value of securities outstanding is 
less than $1,000,000.
     For specialized securities that are debt, the issuer is 
not able to meet its obligations on such debt.
    The Exchange proposes to exempt from the 100 holders requirement 
Index-Linked Securities that are redeemable at the option of the holder 
on at least a weekly basis. The Exchange believes this exemption is 
appropriate because the securities in question are not subject to any 
minimum holder requirement at the time of initial listing.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act,\4\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\5\ in particular in that it 
is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to 
foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, 
clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and 
facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and 
perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market 
system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

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

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

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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 e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include File 
Number SR-NYSE-2007-74 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-NYSE-2007-74. 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 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-2007-74 and should be 
submitted by September 12, 2007.

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

    After careful consideration, 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 \6\ and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6 of the 
Act.\7\ Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposed rule 
change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\8\ which 
requires, among other things, that the rules of a national securities 
exchange be designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, 
to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in 
regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, 
and facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to 
and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national 
market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public 
interest.
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    \6\ In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has 
considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, 
and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Commission believes that this proposal should benefit investors 
by providing an exception to the minimum public distribution 
requirements for Index-Linked Securities with a weekly redemption 
right. The Commission believes that the market price of Index-Linked 
Securities with a weekly redemption right should exhibit a strong

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correlation to the performance of the relevant underlying index, since 
holders of such securities will be unlikely to sell them for less than 
their redemption value if they have a weekly right to be redeemed for 
their full value. The Commission believes that this exception is 
reasonable and should allow for the listing and trading of certain 
Index-Linked Securities that would otherwise not be able to be listed 
and traded on the Exchange.
    The Commission further finds that the Exchange's proposal to amend 
Section 802.01D of the Manual to apply the continued listing standards 
under the heading ``Specialized Securities'' to securities listed under 
Section 703.22 will clarify the applicable continued listing criteria 
for Index-Linked Securities. Moreover, the Commission believes that the 
proposed exemption for Index-Linked Securities that are redeemable at 
the option of the holder on at least a weekly basis from an ongoing 
distribution requirement is consistent with the rationale underlying 
the exemption from the initial listing standards in Section 703.22 of 
the Manual.
    The Commission finds good cause for approving the proposed rule 
change prior to the 30th day after the date of publication of the 
notice of filing thereof in the Federal Register. The Commission does 
not believe that NYSE's proposal raises any novel regulatory issues 
and, therefore, that good cause exists for approving the filing on an 
expedited basis. Therefore, accelerating approval of this proposal 
should benefit investors by creating, without undue delay, additional 
competition in the market for such securities.
    Therefore, the Commission finds good cause, consistent with Section 
19(b)(2) of the Act,\9\ to approve the proposed rule change on an 
accelerated basis.
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V. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\10\ that the proposed rule change (SR-NYSE-2007-74) be, and it 
hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\11\
Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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    \11\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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 [FR Doc. E7-16555 Filed 8-21-07; 8:45 am]
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