Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Resolving Uncompared Transactions, 58693-58694 [E7-20363]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 199 / Tuesday, October 16, 2007 / Notices 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–Amex–2007–108 and should be submitted on or before November 6, 2007. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.7 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–20362 Filed 10–15–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56635; File No. SR–Amex– 2007–56] Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Resolving Uncompared Transactions October 10, 2007. mmaher on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 notice is hereby given that on June 4, 2007, the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) and on September 18, 2007, amended the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by Amex. 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 Amex proposes to amend Rule 724 (‘‘Agents to Resolve DKs’’) and the corresponding Commentary to require each member to designate a representative away from the Amex’s trading floor that is authorized to 7 17 1 15 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). VerDate Aug<31>2005 04:12 Oct 16, 2007 resolve uncompared transactions (‘‘DKs’’) on the members’ behalf. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, Amex 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. Amex 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 the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change Currently, Amex Rule 724 requires each member that executes transactions on Amex’s trading floor (‘‘Floor’’) to designate another member on the Floor to act for it in its absence to resolve questions and to receive or sign DK notices relating to transactions it executes. Amex wishes to amend this requirement in order to accommodate members with limited resources and members that can handle their own DKs. Amex believes this proposal will benefit associate members that access Amex electronically and do not have the requisite personnel on the Floor. Amex states that it is not appropriate to require such firms to rely on an individual affiliated with another firm for this purpose. Specifically, this proposal would make it optional for a Floor member to designate another Floor member to act on its behalf regarding DK notices but would require each member to designate a member firm, allied member, registered representative, or any other person required to be registered as a broker-dealer under the Act that is physically located away from the Floor to act in this DK resolution capacity by means of telephone, e-mail, or fax submission. Amex states that it believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6 of the Act 2 in general and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) 3 in particular because the rule change is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, promote just and equitable principles of trade, foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, 2 15 3 15 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f. U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58693 and remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition Amex believes that the proposed rule change does not 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 Amex has not solicited or received written comments with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within thirty-five 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 ninety days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve such proposed rule change or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–Amex–2007–56 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–Amex–2007–56. 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 E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1 58694 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 199 / Tuesday, October 16, 2007 / Notices 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 Amex’s principal office and on Amex’s Web site (http://www.amex.com). 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–Amex–2007–56 and should be submitted on or before November 6, 2007. For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation pursuant to delegated authority.4 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–20363 Filed 10–15–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56632; File No. SR–CBOE– 2007–82] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change as Modified by Amendment No. 1 Thereto To Allow the Exchange To List Up to Seven Expiration Months for Broad-Based Security Index Options Upon Which the Exchange Calculates a Constant Three-Month Volatility Index mmaher on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES October 9, 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 July 17, 2007, the Chicago Board Options 4 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 04:12 Oct 16, 2007 Jkt 214001 Exchange, Incorporated ( ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘CBOE’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. On September 19, 2007, CBOE filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 24.9(a)(2), Terms of Index Option Contracts, to allow the Exchange to list up to seven expiration months for broad-based security index options upon which the Exchange calculates a constant three-month volatility index. The Exchange also proposes to remove outdated rule text from Rule 24.9(a)(2). The text of the rule proposal is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http:// www.cboe.org/legal), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, CBOE 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. CBOE 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 rule filing is to amend Rule 24.9(a)(2), Terms of Index Options, to allow the Exchange to list up to seven expiration months for broad-based security index options upon which the Exchange calculates a constant three-month volatility index. Currently, Rule 24.9(a)(2) permits the Exchange to list only six expiration months in any index options at any one time. Volatility products offer investors a unique set of tools for speculating and hedging. For example, CBOE Volatility Index (‘‘VIX’’) options, first introduced PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in February 2006, have proven to be one of the Exchange’s most successful new products ever listed, currently averaging over 90,000 contracts traded per day. The Exchange plans to introduce new volatility products and new volatility indexes in the near future. One such index is the CBOE S&P 500 ThreeMonth Volatility Index (‘‘VXV’’).3 Similar to the VIX, the VXV is a measure of S&P 500 implied volatility— the volatility implied by S&P option prices—but instead of reflecting a constant 1-month implied volatility period, VXV is designed to reflect the implied volatility of an option with a constant 3 months to expiration. Since there is only one day on which an option has exactly 3 months to expiration, VXV is calculated as a weighted average of options expiring immediately before and immediately after the three-month standard. Accordingly, the Exchange would need to use four consecutive expiration months in order to calculate a constant three-month volatility index. Under the current application of CBOE Rule 24.9(a)(2), the Exchange generally lists three consecutive near term months and three months on a quarterly expiration cycle. One of the three consecutive near term months is always a quarterly month; however, that near term contract month (which is also a quarterly month) is not included as part of the three months listed on a quarterly expiration cycle. Therefore, in order to permit the addition of four consecutive near term months under current Rule 24.9(a)(2), the Exchange would only be able to list two months on a quarterly expiration cycle. Because of customer demand and other investment strategy reasons for having three months on a quarterly expiration cycle, the Exchange is seeking to increase, from six to seven, the number of expiration months for broad-based security index options upon which the Exchange calculates a constant threemonth volatility index. Without this proposed rule change, if the Exchange calculated a three-month volatility using only three consecutive near term months, this would result in the VXV being calculated with options expiring three months apart about onethird of the time. Another one-third of the time, VXV would be calculated with options expiring two months apart. And the final one-third of the time, VXV 3 The Exchange calculates volatility indexes on other broad-based security indexes, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average index (‘‘DJX’’), the Nasdaq-100 index (‘‘NDX’’), and the Russell 2000 index (‘‘RUT’’). The Exchange may calculate a constant three-month volatility index on DJX, NDX or RUT in the future. E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-56635; File No. SR-Amex-2007-56]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Resolving 
Uncompared Transactions

October 10, 2007.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'') \1\ notice is hereby given that on June 4, 2007, the American 
Stock Exchange LLC (``Amex'') filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission'') and on September 18, 2007, amended the 
proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which 
Items have been prepared primarily by Amex. The Commission is 
publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change 
from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    Amex proposes to amend Rule 724 (``Agents to Resolve DKs'') and the 
corresponding Commentary to require each member to designate a 
representative away from the Amex's trading floor that is authorized to 
resolve uncompared transactions (``DKs'') on the members' behalf.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, Amex 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. Amex 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 the 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    Currently, Amex Rule 724 requires each member that executes 
transactions on Amex's trading floor (``Floor'') to designate another 
member on the Floor to act for it in its absence to resolve questions 
and to receive or sign DK notices relating to transactions it executes. 
Amex wishes to amend this requirement in order to accommodate members 
with limited resources and members that can handle their own DKs. Amex 
believes this proposal will benefit associate members that access Amex 
electronically and do not have the requisite personnel on the Floor. 
Amex states that it is not appropriate to require such firms to rely on 
an individual affiliated with another firm for this purpose.
    Specifically, this proposal would make it optional for a Floor 
member to designate another Floor member to act on its behalf regarding 
DK notices but would require each member to designate a member firm, 
allied member, registered representative, or any other person required 
to be registered as a broker-dealer under the Act that is physically 
located away from the Floor to act in this DK resolution capacity by 
means of telephone, e-mail, or fax submission.
    Amex states that it believes that the proposed rule change is 
consistent with Section 6 of the Act \2\ in general and furthers the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5) \3\ in particular because the rule change 
is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 
promote just and equitable principles of trade, foster cooperation and 
coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in 
securities, and remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a 
free and open market and a national market system.
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    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    Amex believes that the proposed rule change does not 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

    Amex has not solicited or received written comments with respect to 
the proposed rule change.

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

    Within thirty-five 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 ninety days of such date if it finds 
such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so 
finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, 
the Commission will:
    (A) By order approve such proposed rule change or
    (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-Amex-2007-56 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-Amex-2007-56. 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

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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 Amex's principal office and on Amex's Web site (http://
www.amex.com). 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-
Amex-2007-56 and should be submitted on or before November 6, 2007.

    For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation pursuant 
to delegated authority.\4\
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    \4\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E7-20363 Filed 10-15-07; 8:45 am]
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