Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change to Trade Units of the United States 12 Month Oil Fund, LP and the United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund, LP Pursuant to Unlisted Trading Privileges, 67328-67332 [E7-23112]

Download as PDF 67328 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 228 / Wednesday, November 28, 2007 / Notices 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 FINRA. 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–FINRA–2007–023 and should be submitted on or before December 19, 2007. 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: For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.17 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–23113 Filed 11–27–07; 8:45 am] 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–FINRA–2007–023 on the subject line. ebenthall on PRODPC61 with NOTICES consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because if SR–NASD–2007–041 is approved by the Commission, it would allow firms sufficient time to make the required technological changes. For these reasons, the Commission designates the proposed rule change as operative upon filing.16 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such 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 the furtherance of the purposes of the Act. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 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–FINRA–2007–023. 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 16 For the purposes only of waiving the operative date of this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Nov 27, 2007 Jkt 214001 BILLING CODE 8011–01–P [Release No. 34–56832; File No. SR– NYSEArca–02007–102] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change to Trade Units of the United States 12 Month Oil Fund, LP and the United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund, LP Pursuant to Unlisted Trading Privileges November 21, 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 2, 2007, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’), through its wholly owned subsidiary, NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca Equities’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. This order provides notice of the proposed rule change and approves the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to trade pursuant to unlisted trading privileges 17 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (‘‘UTP’’) units (‘‘Units’’) of the United States 12 Month Oil Fund, LP (‘‘12 Month Oil Fund’’) and the United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund, LP (‘‘12 Month Natural Gas Fund’’) (each, a ‘‘Partnership,’’ and collectively, the ‘‘Partnerships’’). The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange’s principal office, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http://www.nyse.com. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item III below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose Under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300, which sets forth criteria to permit the trading of Partnership Units 3 either by listing or pursuant to UTP, the Exchange proposes to trade pursuant to UTP the Units of each Partnership. The Commission has approved the listing and trading of such Units on the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’).4 Ownership of each Partnership Unit represents a fractional undivided unit of a beneficial interest in the net assets of the applicable Partnership.5 The net assets of each of the Partnerships will consist primarily of investments in futures contracts for crude oil, heating oil, gasoline, natural gas, and other petroleum-based fuels that are traded on 3 NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300(b)(2) defines Partnership Units as securities issued by a partnership that invests in any combination of futures contracts, options on futures contracts, forward contracts, commodities, and/or securities and that are redeemed daily in specified aggregate amounts at net asset value (‘‘NAV’’). 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56831 (November 21, 2007) (SR–Amex–2007–98) (granting approval to list and trade the Units on Amex); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56719 (October 29, 2007), 72 FR 62277 (November 2, 2007) (SR– Amex–2007–98) (providing notice of Amex’s proposal to list and trade the Units) (‘‘Amex Notice’’). 5 Each Partnership is a commodity pool that will issue Units that may be purchased and sold on the Exchange. E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 228 / Wednesday, November 28, 2007 / Notices ebenthall on PRODPC61 with NOTICES the New York Mercantile Exchange (‘‘NYMEX’’), Intercontinental Exchange (‘‘ICE Futures’’), or other U.S. and foreign exchanges (collectively, the ‘‘Futures Contracts’’). In the case of the 12 Month Oil Fund, the predominant investments are expected to be based on, or related to, crude oil. Similarly, for the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund, the predominant investments are expected to be based on, or related to, natural gas. The investment objective of the 12 Month Oil Fund is for the changes in percentage terms of a Unit’s NAV to reflect the changes in percentage terms of the price of light, sweet crude oil delivered to Cushing, Oklahoma, as measured by the changes in the average prices of 12 crude oil futures contracts traded on NYMEX (the ‘‘Oil Benchmark Futures Contracts’’), less the 12 Month Oil Fund’s expenses. The investment objective of the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund is for changes in percentage terms of a Unit’s NAV to reflect the changes in percentage terms of the price of natural gas delivered to Henry Hub, Louisiana, as measured by the changes in the average of the prices of 12 futures contracts on natural gas traded on NYMEX (the ‘‘Natural Gas Benchmark Futures Contracts’’), less the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund’s expenses.6 The Exchange represents that quotes and last-sale information for the Futures Contracts are widely disseminated through a variety of market data vendors worldwide. The daily settlement prices for the NYMEX-traded Futures Contracts are publicly available on the NYMEX Web site at http:// www.nymex.com, and real-time futures data is available by subscription from various financial information services. NYMEX also provides delayed futures information on current and past trading sessions and market news free of charge on its Web site. The specific contract specifications for the Futures Contracts 6 A detailed discussion of the crude oil, gasoline, heating oil, and natural gas markets; futures regulation and the structure and regulation of the Partnerships; investment strategies (including specific crude oil- and natural gas-related investments), objectives, procedures, and policies; impact of accountability and position limits on the Futures Contracts; creations and redemptions of baskets of Units; arbitrage; Partnership termination events; and calculation methodology of the NAV for the Units, among others, can be found in the Amex Notice. In addition, information regarding the Partnerships and the investment manager for each Partnership, the manner in which the Units will be offered and sold, and the investment strategy of the 12 Month Oil Fund and the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund is included in respective registration statements of the Partnerships regarding the offering of the Units filed with the Commission under the Securities Act of 1933. See 12 Month Oil Fund Form S–1 filed July 5, 2007, as amended (File No. 333–144348); 12 Month Natural Gas Fund Form S– 1 filed July 6, 2007 (File No. 333–144409). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Nov 27, 2007 Jkt 214001 are also available on the NYMEX Web site and the ICE Futures Web site at http://www.icefutures.com. Amex will disseminate through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association (‘‘CTA’’) an updated Indicative Partnership Value (‘‘Indicative Partnership Value’’). The Indicative Partnership Value for each Partnership will be disseminated on a per-Unit basis at least every 15 seconds during the regular trading hours from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time (‘‘ET’’). The Indicative Partnership Value is based on open-outcry trading of the relevant Oil or Natural Gas Benchmark Futures Contracts on NYMEX. Open outcry trading on NYMEX closes daily at 2:30 p.m. ET, while NYMEX’s energy futures contracts are traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s CME Globex electronic trading platform on a 24-hour basis.7 After the close of open outcry on NYMEX at 2:30 p.m. ET, the Indicative Partnership Value will reflect changes to the relevant Benchmark Futures Contracts as provided for through CME Globex. The value of the relevant Benchmark Futures Contracts will be available on a 15-second delayed basis from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET. While NYMEX is open for trading, the Indicative Partnership Value can be expected to closely approximate the value per Unit of the Basket Amount. However, during Exchange trading hours when the Futures Contracts have ceased trading in NYMEX’s open outcry, spreads and resulting premiums or discounts may widen and, therefore, increase the difference between the price of the Units and the NAV of the Units. The Exchange submits that the Indicative Partnership Value disseminated from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET, on a per-Unit basis, should not be viewed as a real-time update of the NAV, which is calculated only once daily. Amex will make available on its Web site at http://www.amex.com the following information: (1) The prior business day’s NAV and the reported closing price; (2) the mid-point of the bid-ask price in relation to the NAV as of the time the NAV is calculated (‘‘BidAsk Price’’); 8 (3) calculation of the premium or discount of such price 7 CME Globex (‘‘Globex’’) is an open-access marketplace that operates virtually 24 hours each trading day. Electronic trading on Globex is conducted from 6 p.m. ET Sunday through 5:15 p.m. ET Friday each week. There is a 45-minute break each day between 5:15 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET. 8 The Bid-Ask Price of Units is determined using the highest bid and lowest offer as of the time of calculation of the NAV. PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67329 against such NAV; (4) data in chart form displaying the frequency distribution of discounts and premiums of the Bid-Ask Price against the NAV, within appropriate ranges for each of the four previous calendar quarters; (5) the prospectus and the most recent periodic reports filed with the Commission or required by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘CFTC’’); and (6) other applicable quantitative information. The total portfolio composition of the 12 Month Oil Fund and the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund will be disclosed each business day that Amex is open for trading on their respective Web sites at http://www.unitedstates 12monthoilfund.com and http:// www.unitedstates12monthnatural gasfund.com. The 12 Month Oil Fund’s Web site disclosure of portfolio holdings will be made daily and will include, as applicable, the name and value of each Futures Contract and other crude oilrelated investments (‘‘Crude Oil Interests’’), the specific types and characteristics of the Crude Oil Interests, short-term obligations of the United States of two years or less (‘‘Treasuries’’), and the amount of cash and cash equivalents held in the portfolio of the 12 Month Oil Fund. The 12 Month Natural Gas Fund’s Web site disclosure of portfolio holdings will be made daily and will include, as applicable, the name and value of each Futures Contract and other natural gasrelated investments (‘‘Natural Gas Interests’’), the specific types and characteristics of the Natural Gas Interests, Treasuries, and the amount of cash and cash equivalents held in the portfolio of the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund. The public Web site disclosure of the portfolio composition of each of the 12 Month Oil Fund and the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund will coincide with the disclosure on each business day of the NAV for the applicable Units and the Basket Amount 9 (for orders placed during the day) for each Partnership. Therefore, the same portfolio information will be provided on the public Web site for each Partnership as well as in the facsimile or e-mail 9 A ‘‘Basket Amount’’ is the amount equal to the NAV per Unit, times 100,000 Units (each such aggregation of Units, a ‘‘Basket’’) calculated for the purpose of issuing Baskets to Authorized Purchasers. See Amex Notice, supra note 4, 72 FR at 62283. An ‘‘Authorized Purchaser’’ is a person, who, at the time of submitting an order to create or redeem Units, is (1) a registered broker-dealer or other market participant, such as a bank or other financial institution, that is exempt from brokerdealer registration; and (2) a Depository Trust Company participant. See Amex Notice, supra note 4, 72 FR at 62282 n.14. E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 67330 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 228 / Wednesday, November 28, 2007 / Notices ebenthall on PRODPC61 with NOTICES message to Authorized Purchasers containing the NAV and Basket Amount (‘‘Daily Dissemination’’). The format of the public Web site disclosure and the Daily Dissemination will differ because the public Web site will list all portfolio holdings while the Daily Dissemination will provide the portfolio holdings in a format appropriate for Authorized Purchasers, i.e., the exact components of a Creation Unit. Each Partnership’s NAV will be calculated and disseminated daily.10 Amex disseminates for each Partnership on a daily basis by means of the CTA/ Consolidated Quote (‘‘CQ’’) High Speed Lines information with respect to the Indicative Partnership Value, recent NAV, Units outstanding, Basket Amount, and Deposit Amount.11 Amex will also make available on its Web site daily trading volume, closing prices, and the NAV for the Units. The Exchange represents that it will cease trading the Units of a Partnership if the listing market stops trading the Units. The Exchange states further that UTP trading in the Units is governed by the trading halts provisions of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34 relating to temporary interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of an Indicative Partnership Value or the value of the applicable underlying Benchmark Futures Contracts.12 In addition, the Exchange may consider all relevant factors in exercising its discretion to halt or suspend trading in the Units. Trading may be halted because of market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the Exchange, make trading in the Units inadvisable. These may include: (1) The extent to which trading is not occurring in the underlying Futures Contracts; or (2) whether other unusual conditions or circumstances detrimental to the 10 Amex will obtain a representation from each Partnership that the respective NAV per Unit will be calculated daily and made available to all market participants at the same time. See Amex Notice, supra note 4, 72 FR at 62283 n.18. 11 The ‘‘Deposit Amount’’ is the amount transferred from a purchaser to Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. for the purpose of purchasing a Basket of Units. See Amex Notice, supra note 4, 72 FR at 62283. 12 The Exchange states that NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a) literally addresses temporary interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of the Indicative Intra-Day Value and the value of an underlying index. The Units of each Partnership, however, do not have an underlying index, but have underlying Benchmark Futures Contracts. Therefore, the Exchange hereby represents that the provisions in NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a) that address interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of the value of an underlying index shall also apply, in this case, to interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of the value of the underlying Benchmark Futures Contracts. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Nov 27, 2007 Jkt 214001 maintenance of a fair and orderly market are present. In addition, trading in the Units could be halted pursuant to the Exchange’s ‘‘circuit breaker’’ rule 13 or by the halt or suspension of trading of the underlying securities. The Exchange deems the Units to be equity securities, thus rendering trading in the Units subject to the Exchange’s existing rules governing the trading of equity securities. Units will trade on the Exchange from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET in accordance with NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34 (Opening, Core, and Late Trading Sessions). The Exchange represents that it has appropriate rules to facilitate transactions in the Units during all trading sessions. The Exchange intends to utilize its existing surveillance procedures applicable to derivative products to monitor trading in the Units. The Exchange represents that these procedures are adequate to properly monitor Exchange trading of the Units in all trading sessions and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules. The Exchange notes that NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300(e) sets forth certain restrictions on ETP Holders 14 acting as registered Market Makers in Units to facilitate surveillance. The Exchange may obtain information via the Intermarket Surveillance Group (‘‘ISG’’) from other exchanges who are members or affiliates of the ISG. In addition, the Exchange has an information sharing agreement in place with each of NYMEX and ICE Futures for the purpose of providing information in connection with trading in or related to futures contracts traded on NYMEX and ICE Futures, respectively. To the extent that a Partnership invests in Crude Oil Interests or Natural Gas Interests traded on other exchanges, the Exchange will seek to enter into information sharing agreements with those particular exchanges. Prior to the commencement of trading, the Exchange will inform its ETP Holders in an Information Bulletin (‘‘Bulletin’’) of the special characteristics and risks associated with trading the Units. Specifically, the Bulletin will discuss the following: (1) The risks involved in trading the Units during the Opening and Late Trading Sessions when an updated Indicative Partnership Value will not be calculated 13 See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.12. Holder’’ means a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or other organization in good standing that has been issued an Equity Trading Permit or ‘‘ETP.’’ An ETP Holder must be a registered broker or dealer pursuant to Section 15 of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78o(b). 14 ‘‘ETP PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 or publicly disseminated; 15 (2) the procedures for purchases and redemptions of Units in Baskets (and that Units are not individually redeemable); (3) NYSE Arca Equities Rule 9.2(a), which imposes a duty of due diligence on its ETP Holders to learn the essential facts relating to every customer prior to trading the Units; (4) how information regarding the Indicative Partnership Value is disseminated; (5) the requirement that ETP Holders deliver a prospectus to investors purchasing newly issued Units prior to or concurrently with the confirmation of a transaction; and (6) trading information. In addition, the Bulletin will reference that each Partnership is subject to various fees and expenses described in the relevant registration statement; there is no regulated source of last-sale information regarding physical commodities; the Commission has no jurisdiction over the trading of crude oil, natural gas, heating oil, gasoline, or other petroleum-based fuels; and the CFTC has regulatory jurisdiction over the trading of crudeoil-based and natural-gas-based futures contracts and related options. The Bulletin will also discuss any exemptive, no-action, or interpretive relief granted by the Commission from any rules under the Act. The Bulletin will also disclose that the NAV for the Units will be calculated after 4 p.m. ET each trading day. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,16 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,17 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system. In addition, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Rule 12f–5 under the Act 18 because the Exchange deems the Units to be equity securities, thus rendering trading in the Units subject to the Exchange’s existing rules governing the trading of equity securities. 15 See NYSE Arca Equities rule 7.34(e) (Customer Disclosures). 16 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 17 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 18 17 CFR 240.12f–5. E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 228 / Wednesday, November 28, 2007 / Notices notes that it has approved the original listing and trading of the Units on Amex.24 The Commission finds that the The Exchange does not believe that proposal is consistent with Rule 12f–5 the proposed rule change will impose under the Act,25 which provides that an any burden on competition that is not exchange shall not extend UTP to a necessary or appropriate in furtherance security unless the exchange has in of the purposes of the Act. effect a rule or rules providing for C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s transactions in the class or type of Statement on Comments on the security to which the exchange extends Proposed Rule Change Received From UTP. The Exchange has represented that it meets this requirement because it Members, Participants or Others IV. Commission’s Findings and Order deems the Units to be equity securities, Written comments on the proposed Granting Accelerated Approval of the thus rendering trading in the Units rule change were neither solicited nor Proposed Rule Change subject to the Exchange’s existing rules received. After careful review, the Commission governing the trading of equity finds that the proposed rule change is III. Solicitation of Comments securities. consistent with the requirements of the The Commission further believes that Interested persons are invited to Act and the rules and regulations the proposal is consistent with Section submit written data, views, and thereunder applicable to a national 11A(a)(1)(C)(iii) of the Act,26 which sets arguments concerning the foregoing, securities exchange.19 In particular, the forth Congress’ finding that it is in the including whether the proposed rule Commission finds that the proposed public interest and appropriate for the change is consistent with the Act. rule change is consistent with Section protection of investors and the Comments may be submitted by any of 6(b)(5) of the Act,20 which requires that maintenance of fair and orderly markets the following methods: an exchange have rules designed, among to assure the availability to brokers, other things, to promote just and dealers, and investors of information Electronic Comments equitable principles of trade, to remove with respect to quotations for and • Use the Commission’s Internet impediments to and perfect the transactions in securities. Quotations for comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ mechanism of a free and open market and last-sale information regarding the rules/sro.shtml); or and a national market system, and, in Units will be disseminated through the • Send an e-mail to rulegeneral, to protect investors and the Consolidated Quotation System and comments@sec.gov. Please include File public interest. The Commission CTA, respectively.27 In addition, Amex Number SR–NYSEArca–2007–102 on believes that this proposal should will disseminate a variety of the subject line. benefit investors by increasing information for each Partnership on a competition among markets that trade daily basis through the facilities of the Paper Comments the Units. The Commission notes that it CTA/CQ High Speed Lines including • Send paper comments in triplicate previously approved for trading on the the Indicative Partnership Value on a to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Exchange pursuant to UTP Partnership per-Unit basis, at least every 15 seconds Securities and Exchange Commission, Units issued by the United States Oil during regular Amex trading hours, the 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC Fund, LP and the United States Natural recent NAV, the number of Units 20549–1090. Gas Fund, LP, which are similar to the outstanding, the Basket Amount, and All submissions should refer to File Units that the Exchange proposes to the Deposit Amount. The daily closing Number SR–NYSEArca–2007–102. This trade herein.21 and settlement prices for the NYMEXfile number should be included on the In addition, the Commission finds traded Futures Contracts held by each subject line if e-mail is used. To help the that the proposal is consistent with Partnership, delayed futures 22 which permits Commission process and review your Section 12(f) of the Act, information on current and past trading comments more efficiently, please use an exchange to trade, pursuant to UTP, sessions, and market news are publicly only one method. The Commission will a security that is listed and registered on available on the NYMEX Web site. post all comments on the Commission’s another exchange.23 The Commission Quotations and last-sale information for Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ the Futures Contracts are widely 19 In approving this rule change, the Commission rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the disseminated through a variety of notes that it has considered the proposed rule’s submission, all subsequent market data vendors worldwide. Amex’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital amendments, all written statements Web site contains information related to formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). with respect to the proposed rule 20 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). the NAV, the premium or discount of change that are filed with the 21 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53875 the Bid-Ask Price against the NAV, the (May 25, 2006), 71 FR 32164 (June 2, 2006) (SR– Commission, and all written prospectus and other periodically-filed NYSEArca–2006–11) (approving NYSE Arca communications relating to the reports, daily trading volume data, Unit Equities Rule 8.300 and the trading of Partnership proposed rule change between the Units of the United States Oil Fund, LP pursuant Commission and any person, other than to UTP); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56042 When an exchange extends UTP to a security, it allows its members to trade the security as if it were (July 11, 2007), 72 FR 39118 (July 17, 2007) (SR– those that may be withheld from the listed and registered on the exchange even though NYSEArca–2007–45) (approving the trading of public in accordance with the it is not so listed and registered. Partnership Units of the United States Natural Gas provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be 24 See supra note 4. Fund, LP pursuant to UTP). available for inspection and copying in 25 17 CFR 240.12f–5. 22 15 U.S.C. 78l(f). 26 15 U.S.C. 78k–1(a)(1)(C)(iii). the Commission’s Public Reference 23 Section 12(a) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78l(a), 27 E-mail from Timothy J. Malinowski, Director, generally prohibits a broker-dealer from trading a Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, security on a national securities exchange unless NYSE Euronext, to Edward Cho, Special Counsel, DC 20549, on official business days registered on that between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the security isof the Act. Section exchange pursuant Division of Trading and Markets, Commission, to Section 12 12(f) of the Act dated November 15, 2007 (confirming the Copies of such filing also will be excludes from this restriction trading in any dissemination of information concerning quotations and last-sale information). security to which an exchange ‘‘extends UTP.’’ available for inspection and copying at B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition ebenthall on PRODPC61 with NOTICES the principal offices of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSEArca–2007–102 and should be submitted on or before December 19, 2007. 67331 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Nov 27, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 67332 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 228 / Wednesday, November 28, 2007 / Notices ebenthall on PRODPC61 with NOTICES closing prices, and other quantitative information. Finally, the 12 Month Oil Fund and the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund’s Web sites will disclose, on each business day that the Amex is open for trading, the total portfolio composition. The Commission also believes that the Exchange’s trading halt rules are reasonably designed to prevent trading in the Units when transparency is impaired. Existing NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a)(4), which will apply to the trading of the Units, provides that, if the Benchmark Futures Contract or Indicative Partnership Value is no longer calculated or disseminated as required (a) during the Opening Session (4 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET), the Exchange may continue to trade the Units for the remainder of the Opening Session; (b) during the Core Trading Session (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET), the Exchange must halt trading in the Units; and (c) during the Late Trading Session (4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET), the Exchange may continue trading in the Units only if the original listing market traded such Units until the close of its regular trading session without halt. If the Benchmark Futures Contract or Indicative Partnership Value continues not to be calculated or disseminated as of the next business day’s Opening Session, the Exchange will not commence trading in the Units in such Opening Session.28 The Commission notes that, if the Units should be delisted by the listing exchange, the Exchange would no longer have authority to trade the Units pursuant to this order. In support of this proposal, the Exchange has made the following representations: (1) The Exchange’s surveillance procedures are adequate to properly monitor the trading of the Units on a UTP basis during all trading sessions. (2) The Exchange would inform its ETP Holders in an Information Bulletin of the special characteristics and risks associated with trading the Units, including risks inherent with trading the Units during the Opening and Late Trading Sessions when the updated Indicative Partnership Value is not calculated and disseminated and suitability recommendation requirements. (3) The Exchange would require its members to deliver a prospectus to investors purchasing Units prior to or concurrently with a transaction in such Units and will note this prospectus 28 The Exchange may resume trading in the Units only if the calculation and dissemination of the Benchmark Futures Contract or Indicative Partnership Value resumes, or trading in the Units resumes in the original listing market. See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a)(4)(C)(2). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Nov 27, 2007 Jkt 214001 delivery requirement in the Information Bulletin. This approval order is based on the Exchange’s representations. The Commission finds good cause for approving this proposal before the thirtieth day after the publication of notice thereof in the Federal Register. As noted above, the Commission has approved the original listing and trading of the Units on Amex.29 The Commission presently is not aware of any regulatory issue that should cause it to revisit that finding or would preclude the trading of the Units on the Exchange pursuant to UTP. Accelerating approval of this proposal should benefit investors by creating, without undue delay, additional competition in the market for such Units. V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,30 that the proposed rule change (SR–NYSEArca– 2007–102) be, and it hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.31 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–23112 Filed 11–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56828; File No. SR–Phlx– 2007–87] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Trading Sessions for Selected ETFs 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder,4 which renders it 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 Phlx proposes to update the list in Phlx Rule 101 of securities eligible to trade in one or more, but not all three, of the Exchange’s trading sessions. The securities to be added are: (1) iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund; (2) iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund; (3) iShares MSCI EAFE Value Index Fund; (4) iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund; (5) iShares MSCI S&P Europe 350 Index Fund; (6) SPDR DJ Global Titans ETF; and (7) Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF.5 The text of the proposed rule change is available at Phlx’s principal office, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http:// www.phlx.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, Phlx 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 those 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 parts of such statements. November 20, 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 November 19, 2007, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Phlx’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by Phlx. The Exchange filed the proposal as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 29 See supra note 4. U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 31 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 30 15 PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 5 Recently, NYSEArca, Inc. (‘‘NYSEArca’’) filed and received approval for a proposed rule change to expand the trading hours of the securities of certain exchange-traded funds (‘‘ETFs’’) traded on the NYSE Arca Marketplace to include all three trading sessions. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56627 (October 5, 2007), 72 FR 58145 (October 12, 2007) (SR–NYSEArca–2007–75). Phlx is not proposing to adopt these changes at this time. Prior to this, NYSEArca restricted the trading of certain ETFs, including those referred to in this proposed rule change, to one or two, but not all three, of its trading sessions. In this proposed rule change, Phlx is proposing to adopt the same restricted sessions that NYSEArca had for the named ETFs prior to the approval of SR– NYSEArca–2007–75. 4 17 E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 228 (Wednesday, November 28, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 67328-67332]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-56832; File No. SR-NYSEArca-02007-102]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change to 
Trade Units of the United States 12 Month Oil Fund, LP and the United 
States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund, LP Pursuant to Unlisted Trading 
Privileges

November 21, 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 2, 2007, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ``Exchange''), through its 
wholly owned subsidiary, NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. (``NYSE Arca 
Equities''), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I and 
II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. 
This order provides notice of the proposed rule change and approves the 
proposed rule change on an accelerated basis.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to trade pursuant to unlisted trading 
privileges (``UTP'') units (``Units'') of the United States 12 Month 
Oil Fund, LP (``12 Month Oil Fund'') and the United States 12 Month 
Natural Gas Fund, LP (``12 Month Natural Gas Fund'') (each, a 
``Partnership,'' and collectively, the ``Partnerships''). The text of 
the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange's principal 
office, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and http://
www.nyse.com.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item III below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in 
Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such 
statements.

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

1. Purpose
    Under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300, which sets forth criteria to 
permit the trading of Partnership Units \3\ either by listing or 
pursuant to UTP, the Exchange proposes to trade pursuant to UTP the 
Units of each Partnership. The Commission has approved the listing and 
trading of such Units on the American Stock Exchange LLC (``Amex'').\4\
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    \3\ NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300(b)(2) defines Partnership 
Units as securities issued by a partnership that invests in any 
combination of futures contracts, options on futures contracts, 
forward contracts, commodities, and/or securities and that are 
redeemed daily in specified aggregate amounts at net asset value 
(``NAV'').
    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56831 (November 21, 
2007) (SR-Amex-2007-98) (granting approval to list and trade the 
Units on Amex); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56719 (October 
29, 2007), 72 FR 62277 (November 2, 2007) (SR-Amex-2007-98) 
(providing notice of Amex's proposal to list and trade the Units) 
(``Amex Notice'').
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    Ownership of each Partnership Unit represents a fractional 
undivided unit of a beneficial interest in the net assets of the 
applicable Partnership.\5\ The net assets of each of the Partnerships 
will consist primarily of investments in futures contracts for crude 
oil, heating oil, gasoline, natural gas, and other petroleum-based 
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the New York Mercantile Exchange (``NYMEX''), Intercontinental Exchange 
(``ICE Futures''), or other U.S. and foreign exchanges (collectively, 
the ``Futures Contracts''). In the case of the 12 Month Oil Fund, the 
predominant investments are expected to be based on, or related to, 
crude oil. Similarly, for the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund, the 
predominant investments are expected to be based on, or related to, 
natural gas.
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    \5\ Each Partnership is a commodity pool that will issue Units 
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    The investment objective of the 12 Month Oil Fund is for the 
changes in percentage terms of a Unit's NAV to reflect the changes in 
percentage terms of the price of light, sweet crude oil delivered to 
Cushing, Oklahoma, as measured by the changes in the average prices of 
12 crude oil futures contracts traded on NYMEX (the ``Oil Benchmark 
Futures Contracts''), less the 12 Month Oil Fund's expenses. The 
investment objective of the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund is for changes in 
percentage terms of a Unit's NAV to reflect the changes in percentage 
terms of the price of natural gas delivered to Henry Hub, Louisiana, as 
measured by the changes in the average of the prices of 12 futures 
contracts on natural gas traded on NYMEX (the ``Natural Gas Benchmark 
Futures Contracts''), less the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund's expenses.\6\
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    \6\ A detailed discussion of the crude oil, gasoline, heating 
oil, and natural gas markets; futures regulation and the structure 
and regulation of the Partnerships; investment strategies (including 
specific crude oil- and natural gas-related investments), 
objectives, procedures, and policies; impact of accountability and 
position limits on the Futures Contracts; creations and redemptions 
of baskets of Units; arbitrage; Partnership termination events; and 
calculation methodology of the NAV for the Units, among others, can 
be found in the Amex Notice. In addition, information regarding the 
Partnerships and the investment manager for each Partnership, the 
manner in which the Units will be offered and sold, and the 
investment strategy of the 12 Month Oil Fund and the 12 Month 
Natural Gas Fund is included in respective registration statements 
of the Partnerships regarding the offering of the Units filed with 
the Commission under the Securities Act of 1933. See 12 Month Oil 
Fund Form S-1 filed July 5, 2007, as amended (File No. 333-144348); 
12 Month Natural Gas Fund Form S-1 filed July 6, 2007 (File No. 333-
144409).
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    The Exchange represents that quotes and last-sale information for 
the Futures Contracts are widely disseminated through a variety of 
market data vendors worldwide. The daily settlement prices for the 
NYMEX-traded Futures Contracts are publicly available on the NYMEX Web 
site at http://www.nymex.com, and real-time futures data is available 
by subscription from various financial information services. NYMEX also 
provides delayed futures information on current and past trading 
sessions and market news free of charge on its Web site. The specific 
contract specifications for the Futures Contracts are also available on 
the NYMEX Web site and the ICE Futures Web site at http://
www.icefutures.com.
    Amex will disseminate through the facilities of the Consolidated 
Tape Association (``CTA'') an updated Indicative Partnership Value 
(``Indicative Partnership Value''). The Indicative Partnership Value 
for each Partnership will be disseminated on a per-Unit basis at least 
every 15 seconds during the regular trading hours from 9:30 a.m. to 
4:15 p.m. Eastern Time (``ET''). The Indicative Partnership Value is 
based on open-outcry trading of the relevant Oil or Natural Gas 
Benchmark Futures Contracts on NYMEX. Open outcry trading on NYMEX 
closes daily at 2:30 p.m. ET, while NYMEX's energy futures contracts 
are traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange's CME Globex[reg] 
electronic trading platform on a 24-hour basis.\7\ After the close of 
open outcry on NYMEX at 2:30 p.m. ET, the Indicative Partnership Value 
will reflect changes to the relevant Benchmark Futures Contracts as 
provided for through CME Globex[reg]. The value of the relevant 
Benchmark Futures Contracts will be available on a 15-second delayed 
basis from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET.
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    \7\ CME Globex[reg] (``Globex'') is an open-access marketplace 
that operates virtually 24 hours each trading day. Electronic 
trading on Globex is conducted from 6 p.m. ET Sunday through 5:15 
p.m. ET Friday each week. There is a 45-minute break each day 
between 5:15 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET.
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    While NYMEX is open for trading, the Indicative Partnership Value 
can be expected to closely approximate the value per Unit of the Basket 
Amount. However, during Exchange trading hours when the Futures 
Contracts have ceased trading in NYMEX's open outcry, spreads and 
resulting premiums or discounts may widen and, therefore, increase the 
difference between the price of the Units and the NAV of the Units. The 
Exchange submits that the Indicative Partnership Value disseminated 
from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET, on a per-Unit basis, should not be 
viewed as a real-time update of the NAV, which is calculated only once 
daily.
    Amex will make available on its Web site at http://www.amex.com the 
following information: (1) The prior business day's NAV and the 
reported closing price; (2) the mid-point of the bid-ask price in 
relation to the NAV as of the time the NAV is calculated (``Bid-Ask 
Price''); \8\ (3) calculation of the premium or discount of such price 
against such NAV; (4) data in chart form displaying the frequency 
distribution of discounts and premiums of the Bid-Ask Price against the 
NAV, within appropriate ranges for each of the four previous calendar 
quarters; (5) the prospectus and the most recent periodic reports filed 
with the Commission or required by the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission (``CFTC''); and (6) other applicable quantitative 
information.
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    \8\ The Bid-Ask Price of Units is determined using the highest 
bid and lowest offer as of the time of calculation of the NAV.
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    The total portfolio composition of the 12 Month Oil Fund and the 12 
Month Natural Gas Fund will be disclosed each business day that Amex is 
open for trading on their respective Web sites at http://
www.unitedstates12monthoilfund.com and http://
www.unitedstates12monthnaturalgasfund.com. The 12 Month Oil Fund's Web 
site disclosure of portfolio holdings will be made daily and will 
include, as applicable, the name and value of each Futures Contract and 
other crude oil-related investments (``Crude Oil Interests''), the 
specific types and characteristics of the Crude Oil Interests, short-
term obligations of the United States of two years or less 
(``Treasuries''), and the amount of cash and cash equivalents held in 
the portfolio of the 12 Month Oil Fund. The 12 Month Natural Gas Fund's 
Web site disclosure of portfolio holdings will be made daily and will 
include, as applicable, the name and value of each Futures Contract and 
other natural gas-related investments (``Natural Gas Interests''), the 
specific types and characteristics of the Natural Gas Interests, 
Treasuries, and the amount of cash and cash equivalents held in the 
portfolio of the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund.
    The public Web site disclosure of the portfolio composition of each 
of the 12 Month Oil Fund and the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund will 
coincide with the disclosure on each business day of the NAV for the 
applicable Units and the Basket Amount \9\ (for orders placed during 
the day) for each Partnership. Therefore, the same portfolio 
information will be provided on the public Web site for each 
Partnership as well as in the facsimile or e-mail

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message to Authorized Purchasers containing the NAV and Basket Amount 
(``Daily Dissemination''). The format of the public Web site disclosure 
and the Daily Dissemination will differ because the public Web site 
will list all portfolio holdings while the Daily Dissemination will 
provide the portfolio holdings in a format appropriate for Authorized 
Purchasers, i.e., the exact components of a Creation Unit.
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    \9\ A ``Basket Amount'' is the amount equal to the NAV per Unit, 
times 100,000 Units (each such aggregation of Units, a ``Basket'') 
calculated for the purpose of issuing Baskets to Authorized 
Purchasers. See Amex Notice, supra note 4, 72 FR at 62283. An 
``Authorized Purchaser'' is a person, who, at the time of submitting 
an order to create or redeem Units, is (1) a registered broker-
dealer or other market participant, such as a bank or other 
financial institution, that is exempt from broker-dealer 
registration; and (2) a Depository Trust Company participant. See 
Amex Notice, supra note 4, 72 FR at 62282 n.14.
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    Each Partnership's NAV will be calculated and disseminated 
daily.\10\ Amex disseminates for each Partnership on a daily basis by 
means of the CTA/Consolidated Quote (``CQ'') High Speed Lines 
information with respect to the Indicative Partnership Value, recent 
NAV, Units outstanding, Basket Amount, and Deposit Amount.\11\ Amex 
will also make available on its Web site daily trading volume, closing 
prices, and the NAV for the Units.
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    \10\ Amex will obtain a representation from each Partnership 
that the respective NAV per Unit will be calculated daily and made 
available to all market participants at the same time. See Amex 
Notice, supra note 4, 72 FR at 62283 n.18.
    \11\ The ``Deposit Amount'' is the amount transferred from a 
purchaser to Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. for the purpose of 
purchasing a Basket of Units. See Amex Notice, supra note 4, 72 FR 
at 62283.
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    The Exchange represents that it will cease trading the Units of a 
Partnership if the listing market stops trading the Units. The Exchange 
states further that UTP trading in the Units is governed by the trading 
halts provisions of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34 relating to temporary 
interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of an Indicative 
Partnership Value or the value of the applicable underlying Benchmark 
Futures Contracts.\12\ In addition, the Exchange may consider all 
relevant factors in exercising its discretion to halt or suspend 
trading in the Units. Trading may be halted because of market 
conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the Exchange, make 
trading in the Units inadvisable. These may include: (1) The extent to 
which trading is not occurring in the underlying Futures Contracts; or 
(2) whether other unusual conditions or circumstances detrimental to 
the maintenance of a fair and orderly market are present. In addition, 
trading in the Units could be halted pursuant to the Exchange's 
``circuit breaker'' rule \13\ or by the halt or suspension of trading 
of the underlying securities.
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    \12\ The Exchange states that NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a) 
literally addresses temporary interruptions in the calculation or 
wide dissemination of the Indicative Intra-Day Value and the value 
of an underlying index. The Units of each Partnership, however, do 
not have an underlying index, but have underlying Benchmark Futures 
Contracts. Therefore, the Exchange hereby represents that the 
provisions in NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a) that address 
interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of the value 
of an underlying index shall also apply, in this case, to 
interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of the value 
of the underlying Benchmark Futures Contracts.
    \13\ See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.12.
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    The Exchange deems the Units to be equity securities, thus 
rendering trading in the Units subject to the Exchange's existing rules 
governing the trading of equity securities. Units will trade on the 
Exchange from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET in accordance with NYSE Arca Equities 
Rule 7.34 (Opening, Core, and Late Trading Sessions). The Exchange 
represents that it has appropriate rules to facilitate transactions in 
the Units during all trading sessions.
    The Exchange intends to utilize its existing surveillance 
procedures applicable to derivative products to monitor trading in the 
Units. The Exchange represents that these procedures are adequate to 
properly monitor Exchange trading of the Units in all trading sessions 
and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules. The Exchange 
notes that NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300(e) sets forth certain 
restrictions on ETP Holders \14\ acting as registered Market Makers in 
Units to facilitate surveillance.
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    \14\ ``ETP Holder'' means a sole proprietorship, partnership, 
corporation, limited liability company, or other organization in 
good standing that has been issued an Equity Trading Permit or 
``ETP.'' An ETP Holder must be a registered broker or dealer 
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    The Exchange may obtain information via the Intermarket 
Surveillance Group (``ISG'') from other exchanges who are members or 
affiliates of the ISG. In addition, the Exchange has an information 
sharing agreement in place with each of NYMEX and ICE Futures for the 
purpose of providing information in connection with trading in or 
related to futures contracts traded on NYMEX and ICE Futures, 
respectively. To the extent that a Partnership invests in Crude Oil 
Interests or Natural Gas Interests traded on other exchanges, the 
Exchange will seek to enter into information sharing agreements with 
those particular exchanges.
    Prior to the commencement of trading, the Exchange will inform its 
ETP Holders in an Information Bulletin (``Bulletin'') of the special 
characteristics and risks associated with trading the Units. 
Specifically, the Bulletin will discuss the following: (1) The risks 
involved in trading the Units during the Opening and Late Trading 
Sessions when an updated Indicative Partnership Value will not be 
calculated or publicly disseminated; \15\ (2) the procedures for 
purchases and redemptions of Units in Baskets (and that Units are not 
individually redeemable); (3) NYSE Arca Equities Rule 9.2(a), which 
imposes a duty of due diligence on its ETP Holders to learn the 
essential facts relating to every customer prior to trading the Units; 
(4) how information regarding the Indicative Partnership Value is 
disseminated; (5) the requirement that ETP Holders deliver a prospectus 
to investors purchasing newly issued Units prior to or concurrently 
with the confirmation of a transaction; and (6) trading information. In 
addition, the Bulletin will reference that each Partnership is subject 
to various fees and expenses described in the relevant registration 
statement; there is no regulated source of last-sale information 
regarding physical commodities; the Commission has no jurisdiction over 
the trading of crude oil, natural gas, heating oil, gasoline, or other 
petroleum-based fuels; and the CFTC has regulatory jurisdiction over 
the trading of crude-oil-based and natural-gas-based futures contracts 
and related options. The Bulletin will also discuss any exemptive, no-
action, or interpretive relief granted by the Commission from any rules 
under the Act. The Bulletin will also disclose that the NAV for the 
Units will be calculated after 4 p.m. ET each trading day.
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act,\16\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\17\ in particular, in that it 
is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 
to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster 
cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating 
transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect 
the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system. 
In addition, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is 
consistent with Rule 12f-5 under the Act \18\ because the Exchange 
deems the Units to be equity securities, thus rendering trading in the 
Units subject to the Exchange's existing rules governing the trading of 
equity securities.
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    \16\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \17\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \18\ 17 CFR 240.12f-5.

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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
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. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSEArca-2007-102 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSEArca-2007-102. This 
file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. 
To help the Commission process and review your comments more 
efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all 
comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/
rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, 
all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that 
are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating 
to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, 
other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance 
with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection 
and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, 
NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours 
of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal offices of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSEArca-2007-102 and should 
be submitted on or before December 19, 2007.

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

    After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and 
regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities 
exchange.\19\ In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed 
rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\20\ which 
requires that an exchange have rules designed, among other things, to 
promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments 
to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national 
market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public 
interest. The Commission believes that this proposal should benefit 
investors by increasing competition among markets that trade the Units. 
The Commission notes that it previously approved for trading on the 
Exchange pursuant to UTP Partnership Units issued by the United States 
Oil Fund, LP and the United States Natural Gas Fund, LP, which are 
similar to the Units that the Exchange proposes to trade herein.\21\
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    \19\ In approving this rule change, the Commission notes that it 
has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, 
competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \20\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \21\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53875 (May 25, 
2006), 71 FR 32164 (June 2, 2006) (SR-NYSEArca-2006-11) (approving 
NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300 and the trading of Partnership Units 
of the United States Oil Fund, LP pursuant to UTP); Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 56042 (July 11, 2007), 72 FR 39118 (July 
17, 2007) (SR-NYSEArca-2007-45) (approving the trading of 
Partnership Units of the United States Natural Gas Fund, LP pursuant 
to UTP).
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    In addition, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent 
with Section 12(f) of the Act,\22\ which permits an exchange to trade, 
pursuant to UTP, a security that is listed and registered on another 
exchange.\23\ The Commission notes that it has approved the original 
listing and trading of the Units on Amex.\24\ The Commission finds that 
the proposal is consistent with Rule 12f-5 under the Act,\25\ which 
provides that an exchange shall not extend UTP to a security unless the 
exchange has in effect a rule or rules providing for transactions in 
the class or type of security to which the exchange extends UTP. The 
Exchange has represented that it meets this requirement because it 
deems the Units to be equity securities, thus rendering trading in the 
Units subject to the Exchange's existing rules governing the trading of 
equity securities.
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    \22\ 15 U.S.C. 78l(f).
    \23\ Section 12(a) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78l(a), generally 
prohibits a broker-dealer from trading a security on a national 
securities exchange unless the security is registered on that 
exchange pursuant to Section 12 of the Act. Section 12(f) of the Act 
excludes from this restriction trading in any security to which an 
exchange ``extends UTP.'' When an exchange extends UTP to a 
security, it allows its members to trade the security as if it were 
listed and registered on the exchange even though it is not so 
listed and registered.
    \24\ See supra note 4.
    \25\ 17 CFR 240.12f-5.
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    The Commission further believes that the proposal is consistent 
with Section 11A(a)(1)(C)(iii) of the Act,\26 \which sets forth 
Congress' finding that it is in the public interest and appropriate for 
the protection of investors and the maintenance of fair and orderly 
markets to assure the availability to brokers, dealers, and investors 
of information with respect to quotations for and transactions in 
securities. Quotations for and last-sale information regarding the 
Units will be disseminated through the Consolidated Quotation System 
and CTA, respectively.\27\ In addition, Amex will disseminate a variety 
of information for each Partnership on a daily basis through the 
facilities of the CTA/CQ High Speed Lines including the Indicative 
Partnership Value on a per-Unit basis, at least every 15 seconds during 
regular Amex trading hours, the recent NAV, the number of Units 
outstanding, the Basket Amount, and the Deposit Amount. The daily 
closing and settlement prices for the NYMEX-traded Futures Contracts 
held by each Partnership, delayed futures information on current and 
past trading sessions, and market news are publicly available on the 
NYMEX Web site. Quotations and last-sale information for the Futures 
Contracts are widely disseminated through a variety of market data 
vendors worldwide. Amex's Web site contains information related to the 
NAV, the premium or discount of the Bid-Ask Price against the NAV, the 
prospectus and other periodically-filed reports, daily trading volume 
data, Unit

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closing prices, and other quantitative information. Finally, the 12 
Month Oil Fund and the 12 Month Natural Gas Fund's Web sites will 
disclose, on each business day that the Amex is open for trading, the 
total portfolio composition.
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    \26\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1(a)(1)(C)(iii).
    \27\ E-mail from Timothy J. Malinowski, Director, NYSE Euronext, 
to Edward Cho, Special Counsel, Division of Trading and Markets, 
Commission, dated November 15, 2007 (confirming the dissemination of 
information concerning quotations and last-sale information).
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    The Commission also believes that the Exchange's trading halt rules 
are reasonably designed to prevent trading in the Units when 
transparency is impaired. Existing NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34(a)(4), 
which will apply to the trading of the Units, provides that, if the 
Benchmark Futures Contract or Indicative Partnership Value is no longer 
calculated or disseminated as required (a) during the Opening Session 
(4 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET), the Exchange may continue to trade the Units 
for the remainder of the Opening Session; (b) during the Core Trading 
Session (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET), the Exchange must halt trading in the 
Units; and (c) during the Late Trading Session (4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET), 
the Exchange may continue trading in the Units only if the original 
listing market traded such Units until the close of its regular trading 
session without halt. If the Benchmark Futures Contract or Indicative 
Partnership Value continues not to be calculated or disseminated as of 
the next business day's Opening Session, the Exchange will not commence 
trading in the Units in such Opening Session.\28\
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    \28\ The Exchange may resume trading in the Units only if the 
calculation and dissemination of the Benchmark Futures Contract or 
Indicative Partnership Value resumes, or trading in the Units 
resumes in the original listing market. See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 
7.34(a)(4)(C)(2).
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    The Commission notes that, if the Units should be delisted by the 
listing exchange, the Exchange would no longer have authority to trade 
the Units pursuant to this order.
    In support of this proposal, the Exchange has made the following 
representations:
    (1) The Exchange's surveillance procedures are adequate to properly 
monitor the trading of the Units on a UTP basis during all trading 
sessions.
    (2) The Exchange would inform its ETP Holders in an Information 
Bulletin of the special characteristics and risks associated with 
trading the Units, including risks inherent with trading the Units 
during the Opening and Late Trading Sessions when the updated 
Indicative Partnership Value is not calculated and disseminated and 
suitability recommendation requirements.
    (3) The Exchange would require its members to deliver a prospectus 
to investors purchasing Units prior to or concurrently with a 
transaction in such Units and will note this prospectus delivery 
requirement in the Information Bulletin.
    This approval order is based on the Exchange's representations.
    The Commission finds good cause for approving this proposal before 
the thirtieth day after the publication of notice thereof in the 
Federal Register. As noted above, the Commission has approved the 
original listing and trading of the Units on Amex.\29\ The Commission 
presently is not aware of any regulatory issue that should cause it to 
revisit that finding or would preclude the trading of the Units on the 
Exchange pursuant to UTP. Accelerating approval of this proposal should 
benefit investors by creating, without undue delay, additional 
competition in the market for such Units.
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    \29\ See supra note 4.
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V. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\30\ that the proposed rule change (SR-NYSEArca-2007-102) be, and 
it hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis.
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    \30\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\31\
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    \31\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E7-23112 Filed 11-27-07; 8:45 am]
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