Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Number 1 Thereto Relating to Participant Fees and Credits, 67616-67618 [E7-23170]

Download as PDF 67616 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 229 / Thursday, November 29, 2007 / Notices III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which CBOE consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve such proposed rule change, or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–CBOE–2007–134 on the subject line. rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2007–134. 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. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:52 Nov 28, 2007 Jkt 211001 Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of CBOE. 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–CBOE– 2007–134 and should be submitted on or before December 20, 2007. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–23168 Filed 11–28–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56833; File No. SR–CHX– 2007–26] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Number 1 Thereto Relating to Participant Fees and Credits 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 31, 2007, The Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘CHX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. On November 19, 2007, CHX filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. The Exchange has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange under Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 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, as amended, from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The CHX proposes to amend its Schedule of Participant Fees and Credits (the ‘‘Fee Schedule’’) to: (a) Provide that port fees would not be charged to participant firms that provide a certain amount of liquidity to the ‘‘Matching System’’ 5; (b) modify the ‘‘provide’’ credits associated with trades in Tape B securities to create an incentive to send orders in these and other securities to the Matching System; (c) modify the fees for the receipt of orders through the CHX Connect network; and (d) add new fees in connection with the processing of away-market trades that are sent to clearing through the Exchange’s facilities. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange’s Web site, http://www.chx.com/rules/ proposed_rules.htm, the Exchange, and the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, CHX included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. CHX 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 Through this filing, the Exchange would amend its Fee Schedule in several ways. First, the Exchange would amend the Fee Schedule to provide that port fees would not be charged to participant firms that provide a certain amount of liquidity to the Matching System.6 Specifically, port fees would not be charged to a participant firm for any month in which that firm executes an average daily volume of 5 million or more provide shares in the Matching 5 See generally, CHX Rules, Article 20. the Exchange’s Fee Schedule, port charges of $400 per month currently are assessed for each participant give-up that has access through a participant connection to the Matching System. Port charges are not assessed for access to the Matching System through the Exchange’s Brokerplex system. 6 Under 8 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 229 / Thursday, November 29, 2007 / Notices rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES System.7 The Exchange believes that it is appropriate to eliminate the port fees charged to participant firms that send a high level of volume to the Matching System because the Exchange’s costs of providing services to these firms are offset by the revenues produced by the firms’ trading activity on the Exchange. As its second Fee Schedule change, the Exchange would modify the provide credits associated with trades in Tape B securities to create an incentive for CHX participants to send orders in these and other securities to the Matching System. Under the current Fee Schedule, the Exchange charges a $.0029/share take fee and pays a $.0026/share credit in connection with the execution of singlesided orders of 100 or more shares in the Exchange’s Matching System. The Exchange proposes to increase, to $.0036/share, the credit paid for trades in Tape B securities, for any participant firm that executes an average daily volume of 5 million or more provide shares in Tape A and/or C securities in the Exchange’s Matching System. The Exchange also proposes to increase, to $.0032/share, the credit paid for trades in Tape B securities, for any participant firm that executes an average daily volume of fewer than 5 million provide shares in Tape A and/or C securities.8 These increases in the credit paid for trades in Tape B securities are in direct response to price changes announced by other market centers and are designed to create an incentive for CHX participants to send orders in Tape B securities to the CHX, rather than to other markets.9 Another proposed change to the Fee Schedule would modify the fees for the receipt of orders through the CHX Connect network.10 Under the current 7 A ‘‘provide’’ share is one that is given a provide credit under the take/provide provisions of the Exchange’s Fee Schedule. See Fee Schedule, Section E(1). In calculating a firm’s average daily volume, the Exchange would not count activity on days when the Exchange closes early. 8 In calculating a firm’s average daily volume, the Exchange would not count trading activity on days when the Exchange closes early. The Exchange calculates a firm’s ADV based on the total number of provide shares executed in the Exchange’s Matching System for each full trading day in a month, divided by the number of full trading days. 9 The Exchange’s proposal to make the top tier of the credit available to firms that execute at least a certain number of shares in Tape A and C securities similarly is designed to create an incentive for firms to send orders in these securities to the Exchange. 10 The Exchange’s CHX Connect system is a communications service that allows its participants to route orders to any destination connected to the CHX’s network, including (1) the CHX Matching System; (2) CHX institutional brokers; (3) market makers or other broker-dealers connected to the CHX’s network, which provide order handling and execution services in the over-the-counter market; and (4) other destinations (including order-routing vendors) that are connected to the CHX’s network. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54846 VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:52 Nov 28, 2007 Jkt 211001 Fee Schedule, the Exchange charges a $5,000 per month fee to any participant firm that receives orders through the CHX Connect network. The Exchange proposes to increase this fee to $10,000/ month and charge an additional fee of $.0004/share for executions that are processed by the network. These changes are designed to help cover the costs of providing the network. The Exchange, however, proposes to reduce the base fee from $10,000 per month to as low as $5,000 per month, by applying a credit of $.0004 for each provide share executed in the Exchange’s Matching System.11 This credit would create an incentive for users of the CHX Connect network to send orders to the Exchange’s Matching System. The last proposed change to the Fee Schedule would add new fees in connection with the processing of certain away-market trades that are sent to clearing through the Exchange’s facilities. Under the Exchange’s existing Fee Schedule, the Exchange charges a $.0015/share fee for the clearing-related processing of away-market trades in securities that are not listed or traded pursuant to unlisted trading privileges on the Exchange. The Exchange proposes to increase this fee to $.0035/ share for clearing reports in Tape A and B securities and to $.0025/share for clearing reports in Tape C securities up to a maximum of $100 per side.12 The Exchange also proposes to apply the fees to trades in all securities, instead of limiting the fee to securities that are not listed or traded on the Exchange, to better allocate the Exchange’s costs across all of these clearing-only reports.13 These fee changes are designed to help offset the Exchange’s costs of processing these transactions for clearing. All of the proposed fee changes, except the change to the CHX Connect fees, would take effect November 1, 2007. The proposed changes to the CHX (November 30, 2006), 71 FR 71003 (December 7, 2006) (SR–CHX–2006–34). Fees are charged under the Fee Schedule to participants that receive orders through this service. 11 No credits will be carried over from month to month. 12 These fees would be assessed only on awaymarket trades that are reported to the tape, but not to clearing, in another market. The fees would be charged for each report that is submitted to clearing through the Exchange’s systems. 13 With the introduction of the Exchange’s electronic book and its move to its new trading model, the Exchange has begun trading more securities pursuant to unlisted trading privileges, leaving fewer issues that are neither listed nor traded on the Exchange. The Exchange believes it is no longer appropriate to assess these processing fees only on a subset of the reports that are sent to clearing. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67617 Connect fees would take effect December 1, 2007. 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act 14 in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members. B. Self Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule changes will impose any burden on competition. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others No written comments were either solicited or received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing proposed rule change is filed pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 15 and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder 16 because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge applicable only to a member imposed by a self-regulatory organization. Accordingly, the proposal is effective upon Commission receipt of the filing. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the 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 furtherance of the purposes of the Act.17 IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or 14 15 U.S.C. 78(f)(b)(4). U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 16 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 17 For purposes of calculating the 60-day period within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change under Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers the period to commence on November 19, 2007, the date on which CHX filed Amendment No. 1. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C). 15 15 E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 67618 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 229 / Thursday, November 29, 2007 / Notices • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–CHX–2007–26 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–CHX–2007–26. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of CHX. 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–CHX–2007–26 and should be submitted on or before December 20, 2007. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.18 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–23170 Filed 11–28–07; 8:45 am] rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56836; File No. SR–Phlx– 2007–55] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Elimination of the Short Sale Price Test November 21, 2007. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’), 1 and Rule 19b–4 2 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on July 31, 2007, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Phlx’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Phlx. Phlx has designated the proposed rule change as constituting a ‘‘noncontroversial’’ rule change under paragraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 under the Act.3 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Phlx, pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Act 4 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,5 proposes to amend Phlx Rules 185, 455, 785 and 1072 to reflect the elimination of the short sale price test, including any tick or bid test of any self-regulatory organization (‘‘Price Test’’) and the elimination of the ‘‘short exempt’’ marking requirement.6 The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, on the Exchange’s Web site at http:// www.Phlx.com, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the 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 these statements may be examined at the places specified 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 4 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 5 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55970 (June 28, 2007). 2 17 18 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:52 Nov 28, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in Item IV below. The Phlx has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of the proposed rule change is to conform Phlx Rules to Rules 200(g) and 201(b) of Regulation SHO.7 On June 28, 2007, the SEC approved final rules deleting the price test of Rule 10a–1 8 and amending Regulation SHO to prohibit any SRO from having a price test in place. In addition, Rule 200(g) of Regulation SHO was modified to remove the requirement upon broker-dealers to mark sell orders as ‘‘short exempt.’’ Phlx Rules 185, 455, 785 and 1072 contain language regarding the Price Test and the ‘‘short exempt’’ marking requirement. Phlx Rule 185 contains language regarding the entry, display and execution of sell short orders on XLE, Phlx’s electronic equity trading system, that are subject to the Price Test. With the elimination of the Price Test, sell short orders will not be handled any differently by XLE and the amendments to this rule will so reflect. Phlx Rule 455 stated that XLE will not execute a sell order unless effected in compliance with Rule 10a–1. Rule 10a–1 contained the Price Test and is being eliminated. The amendments to Phlx Rule 455 will reflect this. Phlx Rule 785 requires member organizations to make an automated submission of trading data, including marking orders as short exempt, where appropriate. Phlx Rule 785 will be amended to reflect the elimination of the ‘‘short exempt’’ marking requirement. Phlx Rule 1072 outlines the requirements on options specialists and Registered Options Traders (‘‘ROTs’’) regarding their use of an exception to the NASD (n/k/a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.) bid test (which was a type of Price Test) available to hedging options transactions. The elimination of the Price Test extended to the NASD bid test and therefore options specialist and ROTs will not need the exemption outlined in Phlx Rule 1072. Phlx Rule 1072 will be deleted. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) 7 17 8 17 CFR 242.200(g) and 17 CFR 242.201(b). CFR 240.10a–1. E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-56833; File No. SR-CHX-2007-26]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change 
and Amendment Number 1 Thereto Relating to Participant Fees and Credits

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 31, 2007, The Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (``CHX'' or 
``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 
``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, 
and III below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the 
Exchange. On November 19, 2007, CHX filed Amendment No. 1 to the 
proposed rule change. The Exchange has designated this proposal as one 
establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the 
Exchange under Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) 
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, as amended, from interested 
persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The CHX proposes to amend its Schedule of Participant Fees and 
Credits (the ``Fee Schedule'') to: (a) Provide that port fees would not 
be charged to participant firms that provide a certain amount of 
liquidity to the ``Matching System'' \5\; (b) modify the ``provide'' 
credits associated with trades in Tape B securities to create an 
incentive to send orders in these and other securities to the Matching 
System; (c) modify the fees for the receipt of orders through the CHX 
Connect network; and (d) add new fees in connection with the processing 
of away-market trades that are sent to clearing through the Exchange's 
facilities. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the 
Exchange's Web site, http://www.chx.com/rules/proposed_rules.htm, the 
Exchange, and the Commission's Public Reference Room.
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    \5\ See generally, CHX Rules, Article 20.
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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, CHX included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. CHX 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
    Through this filing, the Exchange would amend its Fee Schedule in 
several ways. First, the Exchange would amend the Fee Schedule to 
provide that port fees would not be charged to participant firms that 
provide a certain amount of liquidity to the Matching System.\6\ 
Specifically, port fees would not be charged to a participant firm for 
any month in which that firm executes an average daily volume of 5 
million or more provide shares in the Matching

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System.\7\ The Exchange believes that it is appropriate to eliminate 
the port fees charged to participant firms that send a high level of 
volume to the Matching System because the Exchange's costs of providing 
services to these firms are offset by the revenues produced by the 
firms' trading activity on the Exchange.
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    \6\ Under the Exchange's Fee Schedule, port charges of $400 per 
month currently are assessed for each participant give-up that has 
access through a participant connection to the Matching System. Port 
charges are not assessed for access to the Matching System through 
the Exchange's Brokerplex system.
    \7\ A ``provide'' share is one that is given a provide credit 
under the take/provide provisions of the Exchange's Fee Schedule. 
See Fee Schedule, Section E(1). In calculating a firm's average 
daily volume, the Exchange would not count activity on days when the 
Exchange closes early.
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    As its second Fee Schedule change, the Exchange would modify the 
provide credits associated with trades in Tape B securities to create 
an incentive for CHX participants to send orders in these and other 
securities to the Matching System. Under the current Fee Schedule, the 
Exchange charges a $.0029/share take fee and pays a $.0026/share credit 
in connection with the execution of single-sided orders of 100 or more 
shares in the Exchange's Matching System. The Exchange proposes to 
increase, to $.0036/share, the credit paid for trades in Tape B 
securities, for any participant firm that executes an average daily 
volume of 5 million or more provide shares in Tape A and/or C 
securities in the Exchange's Matching System. The Exchange also 
proposes to increase, to $.0032/share, the credit paid for trades in 
Tape B securities, for any participant firm that executes an average 
daily volume of fewer than 5 million provide shares in Tape A and/or C 
securities.\8\ These increases in the credit paid for trades in Tape B 
securities are in direct response to price changes announced by other 
market centers and are designed to create an incentive for CHX 
participants to send orders in Tape B securities to the CHX, rather 
than to other markets.\9\
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    \8\ In calculating a firm's average daily volume, the Exchange 
would not count trading activity on days when the Exchange closes 
early. The Exchange calculates a firm's ADV based on the total 
number of provide shares executed in the Exchange's Matching System 
for each full trading day in a month, divided by the number of full 
trading days.
    \9\ The Exchange's proposal to make the top tier of the credit 
available to firms that execute at least a certain number of shares 
in Tape A and C securities similarly is designed to create an 
incentive for firms to send orders in these securities to the 
Exchange.
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    Another proposed change to the Fee Schedule would modify the fees 
for the receipt of orders through the CHX Connect network.\10\ Under 
the current Fee Schedule, the Exchange charges a $5,000 per month fee 
to any participant firm that receives orders through the CHX Connect 
network. The Exchange proposes to increase this fee to $10,000/month 
and charge an additional fee of $.0004/share for executions that are 
processed by the network. These changes are designed to help cover the 
costs of providing the network. The Exchange, however, proposes to 
reduce the base fee from $10,000 per month to as low as $5,000 per 
month, by applying a credit of $.0004 for each provide share executed 
in the Exchange's Matching System.\11\ This credit would create an 
incentive for users of the CHX Connect network to send orders to the 
Exchange's Matching System.
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    \10\ The Exchange's CHX Connect system is a communications 
service that allows its participants to route orders to any 
destination connected to the CHX's network, including (1) the CHX 
Matching System; (2) CHX institutional brokers; (3) market makers or 
other broker-dealers connected to the CHX's network, which provide 
order handling and execution services in the over-the-counter 
market; and (4) other destinations (including order-routing vendors) 
that are connected to the CHX's network. See Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 54846 (November 30, 2006), 71 FR 71003 (December 7, 
2006) (SR-CHX-2006-34). Fees are charged under the Fee Schedule to 
participants that receive orders through this service.
    \11\ No credits will be carried over from month to month.
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    The last proposed change to the Fee Schedule would add new fees in 
connection with the processing of certain away-market trades that are 
sent to clearing through the Exchange's facilities. Under the 
Exchange's existing Fee Schedule, the Exchange charges a $.0015/share 
fee for the clearing-related processing of away-market trades in 
securities that are not listed or traded pursuant to unlisted trading 
privileges on the Exchange. The Exchange proposes to increase this fee 
to $.0035/share for clearing reports in Tape A and B securities and to 
$.0025/share for clearing reports in Tape C securities up to a maximum 
of $100 per side.\12\ The Exchange also proposes to apply the fees to 
trades in all securities, instead of limiting the fee to securities 
that are not listed or traded on the Exchange, to better allocate the 
Exchange's costs across all of these clearing-only reports.\13\ These 
fee changes are designed to help offset the Exchange's costs of 
processing these transactions for clearing.
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    \12\ These fees would be assessed only on away-market trades 
that are reported to the tape, but not to clearing, in another 
market. The fees would be charged for each report that is submitted 
to clearing through the Exchange's systems.
    \13\ With the introduction of the Exchange's electronic book and 
its move to its new trading model, the Exchange has begun trading 
more securities pursuant to unlisted trading privileges, leaving 
fewer issues that are neither listed nor traded on the Exchange. The 
Exchange believes it is no longer appropriate to assess these 
processing fees only on a subset of the reports that are sent to 
clearing.
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    All of the proposed fee changes, except the change to the CHX 
Connect fees, would take effect November 1, 2007. The proposed changes 
to the CHX Connect fees would take effect December 1, 2007.
2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the 
Act \14\ in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable 
dues, fees and other charges among its members.
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    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78(f)(b)(4).
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B. Self Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule changes will 
impose any burden on competition.

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

    No written comments were either solicited or received.

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

    The foregoing proposed rule change is filed pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act \15\ and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 
thereunder \16\ because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other 
charge applicable only to a member imposed by a self-regulatory 
organization. Accordingly, the proposal is effective upon Commission 
receipt of the filing. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the 
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 furtherance of the purposes of the Act.\17\
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    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
    \16\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).
    \17\ For purposes of calculating the 60-day period within which 
the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change under 
Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers the period 
to commence on November 19, 2007, the date on which CHX filed 
Amendment No. 1. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or

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     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-CHX-2007-26 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-CHX-2007-26. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/
sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and 
copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of CHX. 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-CHX-2007-26 and should be 
submitted on or before December 20, 2007.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\18\
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    \18\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Nancy M. Morris,
Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E7-23170 Filed 11-28-07; 8:45 am]
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