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Download as PDF 65116 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 222 / Monday, November 19, 2007 / Notices The Commission has been willing to allow an exchange to rely on a memorandum of understanding entered into between regulators where the listing SRO finds it impossible to enter into an information sharing agreement. 19 In this case, Amex has attempted unsuccessfully to reach such an agreement with Bolsa. Consequently, the Commission has determined to approve Amex’s listing and trading of the Fund Options and to allow Amex to rely on the MOU 20 with respect to the underlying Fund components trading on Bolsa. The Commission believes that, regardless of the Commission’s willingness to permit reliance on the MOU, Amex should continue to use its best efforts to obtain a comprehensive surveillance agreement with Bolsa, which shall reflect the following: (1) Express language addressing market trading activity, clearing activity, and customer identity; (2) the Bolsa’s reasonable ability to obtain access to and produce requested information; and (3) based on the CSSA and other information provided by the Bolsa, the absence of existing rules, law or practices that would impede the Exchange from obtaining foreign information relating to market activity, clearing activity, or customer identity, or in the event such rules, laws, or practices exist, they would not materially impede the production of customer or other information. The Exchange has requested accelerated approval of the proposed rule change. The Commission finds good cause, consistent with section 19(b)(2) of the Act, 21 for approving this proposed rule change before the thirtieth day after the publication of notice thereof in the Federal Register because it will enable the Exchange to immediately consider listing and trading the Fund Options, similar to products already traded on the Exchange, 22 and because it does not raise any new regulatory issues. V. Conclusion rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, 23 that the proposed rule change (SR–Amex–2007– 100) be, and it hereby is approved on an accelerated basis. 19 See supra note 10; See also New Product Release, supra note 13. 20 See supra note 10. 21 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 22 See supra note 14. 23 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:17 Nov 16, 2007 Jkt 214001 For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority. 24 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–22482 Filed 11–16–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56781; File No. SR–ISE– 2007–93] Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a Proposed Rule Change To Send P/A Orders Through Linkage Prior to the Opening of Trading November 13, 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 October 1, 2007, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘ISE’’) 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 ISE. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons and is approving the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The ISE proposes to amend ISE Rule 701 to permit the sending of Principal Acting as Agent Orders (‘‘P/A Orders’’)3 through the Intermarket Options Linkage (‘‘Linkage’’) prior to the opening of trading. This proposal would conform ISE Rule 701 to Joint Amendment No. 23 4 of the Linkage Plan.5 The text of the proposed rule 24 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(l). 2 17 CFR 240. 19b–4. 3 See Section 2(16)(a) of the Plan for the Purpose of Creating and Operating an Intermarket Option Linkage (‘‘Linkage Plan’’). 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56780 (November 13, 2007) (File No. 4–429). 5 On July 28, 2000, the Commission approved a national market system plan for the purpose of creating and operating an intermarket options market linkage proposed by the Amex, CBOE, and ISE. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 43086 (July 28, 2000), 65 FR 48023 (August 4, 2000). Subsequently, Phlx, Pacific Exchange, Inc. (n/k/a NYSE Arca, Inc.), and BSE joined the Linkage Plan. See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 43573 (November 16, 2000), 65 FR 70851 (November 28, 2000); 43574 (November 16, 2000), 65 FR 70850 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00131 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 change is available at the ISE, at the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and at http://www.ise.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, its 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 The Exchange is proposing to amend ISE Rule 701 to conform it to a proposed amendment to section 7(a)(i) of the Linkage Plan. The proposed rule change will permit the use of Linkage prior to the opening of trading. Prior to the Commission’s approval of Joint Amendment No. 23 to the Linkage Plan, the Linkage Plan did not permit use of Linkage before an exchange opens for trading and disseminates a quotation in an options series. In addition, there was no trade-through protection for opening trades. As a result, if there was a better market away at the time a Participant opens its market, the ISE Primary Market Maker (‘‘PMM’’), responsible both for the opening and for protecting customer orders, could not access that market for a customer. The customer thus could receive a price inferior to the national best bid and offer. This amendment to ISE Rule 701 will allow the sending of Linkage P/A Orders prior to the opening, allowing the PMM to access better markets on behalf of customers prior to the ISE’s opening. In implementing this proposed rule change, the Exchange will ensure that customers always receive the best price for their orders. Under the Linkage Plan, a receiving market has five seconds to respond to a P/A Order,6 and the receiving market can reject a response it receives more than five seconds after sending the order.7 In the unlikely event that the ISE opens its market during this five-second period, it is possible that the (November 28, 2000); and 49198 (February 5, 2004), 69 FR 7029 (February 12, 2004). 6 See Linkage Plan Section 7(a)(ii)(B)(1)(a). 7 See Linkage Plan Section 7(a)(iii). E:\FR\FM\19NON1.SGM 19NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 222 / Monday, November 19, 2007 / Notices opening price could differ from the price of an executed P/A Order (either higher or lower). In that case, the ISE represents that it will ensure that the PMM provides the customer with the most advantageous price. Thus, the proposed rule change only can benefit customers by providing them with possible price improvement at the opening. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations under the Act applicable to national securities exchanges and, in particular, the requirements of section 6(b) of the Act.8 Specifically, the Exchanges believe the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of section 6(b)(5) of the Act 9 that the rules of an exchange be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts, 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 believes that the proposed rule change would impose no burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others The Exchange has neither solicited nor received comments on this proposal. 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: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 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 Number SR–ISE–2007–93 on the subject line. 8 15 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:17 Nov 16, 2007 Jkt 214001 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–ISE–2007–93. 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 submissions, 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 filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal offices of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File No. SR–ISE–2007–93 and should be submitted on or before December 10, 2007. IV. Commission’s Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Changes 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 national securities exchanges.10 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with the provisions of section 6(b)(5) of the Act 11 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 10 In approving this proposal, the Commission has considered its impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See U.S.C. 78c(f). 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 Frm 00132 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65117 and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission believes that allowing the Exchange to send P/A Orders to the Linkage prior to the opening should facilitate investors’ intermarket access to superior prices. The Commission finds good cause for approving the proposed rule change before the 30th day after the date of publication of notice of filing thereof in the Federal Register. Granting accelerated approval would facilitate the implementation of the proposed rule change in conjunction with the Join Amendment No. 23 to the Linkage Plan.12 In addition, the Commission notes that the Exchange has committed to ensuring that, for Linkage P/A Orders sent prior to the opening, PMMs will provide customers with the most advantageous price in the event that the ISE opens its market while the Exchange is awaiting a response to such a P/A Order. Therefore, the Commission finds good cause, consistent with section 19(b)(2) of the Act,13 to approve the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act 14, that the proposed rule change (SR–ISE–2007–93) be, and it hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–22552 Filed 11–16–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56777; File No. SR–NYSE– 2007–87] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1 Thereto, to Incorporate Certain Definitions of Exchange Act Rules 13d–1 and 13d–3 Into NYSE Rule 460 November 9, 2007. Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 12 See supra note 4. U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 14 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 15 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 13 15 E:\FR\FM\19NON1.SGM 19NON1

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[Release No. 34-56781; File No. SR-ISE-2007-93]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, 
LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a 
Proposed Rule Change To Send P/A Orders Through Linkage Prior to the 
Opening of Trading

November 13, 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 October 1, 2007, the International Securities Exchange, LLC 
(``Exchange'' or ``ISE'') 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 ISE. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments 
on the proposed rule change from interested persons and is approving 
the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(l).
    \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 ISE proposes to amend ISE Rule 701 to permit the sending of 
Principal Acting as Agent Orders (``P/A Orders'')\3\ through the 
Intermarket Options Linkage (``Linkage'') prior to the opening of 
trading. This proposal would conform ISE Rule 701 to Joint Amendment 
No. 23 \4\ of the Linkage Plan.\5\ The text of the proposed rule change 
is available at the ISE, at the Commission's Public Reference Room, and 
at http://www.ise.com.
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    \3\ See Section 2(16)(a) of the Plan for the Purpose of Creating 
and Operating an Intermarket Option Linkage (``Linkage Plan'').
    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56780 (November 13, 
2007) (File No. 4-429).
    \5\ On July 28, 2000, the Commission approved a national market 
system plan for the purpose of creating and operating an intermarket 
options market linkage proposed by the Amex, CBOE, and ISE. See 
Securities Exchange Act Release No. 43086 (July 28, 2000), 65 FR 
48023 (August 4, 2000). Subsequently, Phlx, Pacific Exchange, Inc. 
(n/k/a NYSE Arca, Inc.), and BSE joined the Linkage Plan. See 
Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 43573 (November 16, 2000), 65 
FR 70851 (November 28, 2000); 43574 (November 16, 2000), 65 FR 70850 
(November 28, 2000); and 49198 (February 5, 2004), 69 FR 7029 
(February 12, 2004).
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II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of, and basis for, its 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
    The Exchange is proposing to amend ISE Rule 701 to conform it to a 
proposed amendment to section 7(a)(i) of the Linkage Plan. The proposed 
rule change will permit the use of Linkage prior to the opening of 
trading. Prior to the Commission's approval of Joint Amendment No. 23 
to the Linkage Plan, the Linkage Plan did not permit use of Linkage 
before an exchange opens for trading and disseminates a quotation in an 
options series. In addition, there was no trade-through protection for 
opening trades. As a result, if there was a better market away at the 
time a Participant opens its market, the ISE Primary Market Maker 
(``PMM''), responsible both for the opening and for protecting customer 
orders, could not access that market for a customer. The customer thus 
could receive a price inferior to the national best bid and offer. This 
amendment to ISE Rule 701 will allow the sending of Linkage P/A Orders 
prior to the opening, allowing the PMM to access better markets on 
behalf of customers prior to the ISE's opening.
    In implementing this proposed rule change, the Exchange will ensure 
that customers always receive the best price for their orders. Under 
the Linkage Plan, a receiving market has five seconds to respond to a 
P/A Order,\6\ and the receiving market can reject a response it 
receives more than five seconds after sending the order.\7\ In the 
unlikely event that the ISE opens its market during this five-second 
period, it is possible that the

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opening price could differ from the price of an executed P/A Order 
(either higher or lower). In that case, the ISE represents that it will 
ensure that the PMM provides the customer with the most advantageous 
price. Thus, the proposed rule change only can benefit customers by 
providing them with possible price improvement at the opening.
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    \6\ See Linkage Plan Section 7(a)(ii)(B)(1)(a).
    \7\ See Linkage Plan Section 7(a)(iii).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the Act and the rules and regulations under the Act applicable to 
national securities exchanges and, in particular, the requirements of 
section 6(b) of the Act.\8\ Specifically, the Exchanges believe the 
proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of section 
6(b)(5) of the Act \9\ that the rules of an exchange be designed to 
prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts, 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.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change would impose no 
burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

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

    The Exchange has neither solicited nor received comments on this 
proposal.

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-ISE-2007-93 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-ISE-2007-93. 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 submissions, 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 filings also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal offices of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File No. SR-ISE-2007-93 and should be 
submitted on or before December 10, 2007.

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

    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 national securities 
exchanges.\10\ In particular, the Commission finds that the proposal is 
consistent with the provisions of section 6(b)(5) of the Act \11\ 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. The Commission believes that allowing the Exchange to 
send P/A Orders to the Linkage prior to the opening should facilitate 
investors' intermarket access to superior prices.
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    \10\ In approving this proposal, the Commission has considered 
its impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 
U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Commission finds good cause for approving the proposed rule 
change before the 30th day after the date of publication of notice of 
filing thereof in the Federal Register. Granting accelerated approval 
would facilitate the implementation of the proposed rule change in 
conjunction with the Join Amendment No. 23 to the Linkage Plan.\12\ In 
addition, the Commission notes that the Exchange has committed to 
ensuring that, for Linkage P/A Orders sent prior to the opening, PMMs 
will provide customers with the most advantageous price in the event 
that the ISE opens its market while the Exchange is awaiting a response 
to such a P/A Order. Therefore, the Commission finds good cause, 
consistent with section 19(b)(2) of the Act,\13\ to approve the 
proposed rule change on an accelerated basis.
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    \12\ See supra note 4.
    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
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V. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act 
\14\, that the proposed rule change (SR-ISE-2007-93) be, and it hereby 
is, approved on an accelerated basis.
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    \14\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\15\
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    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. E7-22552 Filed 11-16-07; 8:45 am]
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