Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change to Amend Rules Relating to the Execution of Odd Lot Market Orders, 70627 [E7-23965]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 12, 2007 / Notices SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56900; File No. SR–CHX– 2007–22] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change to Amend Rules Relating to the Execution of Odd Lot Market Orders December 5, 2007. On October 2, 2007, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘CHX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend rules relating to the execution of odd lot market orders. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on October 31, 2007.3 The Commission received no comments on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change. Under CHX’s existing rules, odd lot orders execute in the Matching System without regard to the protected quotations of other markets.4 The Exchange states that this is because such orders are not subject to the Regulation NMS Order Protection Rule 5 and can trade through better prices in other markets.6 Through this filing, the Exchange proposes to amend its rules to provide that market odd lot orders would execute like round lot orders (i.e., they would execute as if they were subject to the Regulation NMS Order Protection Rule), while odd lot limit orders and odd lot crosses could continue to execute through better prices on other markets.7 The Exchange believes that this proposal will provide appropriate protections to odd lot market orders, while allowing participants to choose to U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b-4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56703 (October 25, 2007), 72 FR 61696. 4 See CHX Rules, Article 20, Rule 5(b). 5 17 CFR 242.611. 6 The Exchange states that its handling of the execution of odd lot orders is consistent with the requirements of Regulation NMS. See Division of Market Regulation: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 611 and Rule 610 of Regulation NMS, FAQ 7.03 (confirming that Rule 611 does not apply to odd lot orders). 7 The Exchange believes that a participant that submits an odd lot cross seeks to have that order executed at a particular price, without regard to prices in other markets. Similarly, if a participant submits an odd lot limit order, that participant likely only seeks the protection of the order’s limit price and does not anticipate that the order would be protected against better prices in other markets. have odd lot limit orders and odd lot crosses executed at other prices.8 After a careful review of the proposed rule change, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange,9 in particular, Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,10 which requires that the rules of an exchange be designed 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 the proposed rule change promotes just and equitable principles of trade and will benefit investors and the public interest by providing additional trade-through protection, beyond the requirements of the Order Protection Rule, for investors’ odd lot market orders that are submitted to the Exchange. It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,11 that the proposed rule change (SR–CHX–2007– 22) be, and hereby is, approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–23965 Filed 12–11–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 15:54 Dec 11, 2007 Jkt 214001 Release No. 34–56916; File No. SR–NASD– 2007–044] Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (n/k/a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc.); Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1 Thereto, To Expand the Class of Entities Permitted To Use the Delta Hedging Exemption From Equity Options Position Limits December 6, 2007. On June 29, 2007, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (‘‘NASD’’) (n/k/a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’)1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend Rule 2860 to expand the class of entities permitted to use the delta hedging exemption from equity options position limits.3 The Commission published the proposed rule change for comment in the Federal Register on August 13, 2007.4 On October 15, 2007, FINRA filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.5 The Commission received one comment letter on the proposed rule change.6 This order approves the proposed rule change as modified by Amendment No. 1. In 2004, the Commission approved amendments to Rule 2860 that provide a delta hedging exemption from stock U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b-4. 3 On July 26, 2007, the Commission approved a proposed rule change filed by NASD to amend NASD’s Certificate of Incorporation to reflect its name change to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., or FINRA, in connection with the consolidation of the member firm regulatory functions of NASD and NYSE Regulation, Inc. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56146 (July 26, 2007), 72 FR 42190 (August 1, 2007). 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56207 (August 6, 2007), 72 FR 45284. 5 In Amendment No. 1, FINRA made technical revisions to the proposal. This is a technical amendment and is not subject to notice and comment. In Amendment No. 1, FINRA noted that the effective date of the proposal will be February 1, 2008, or such later date as may be necessary to ensure completion of the required technology changes by the Options Clearing Corporation and the Securities Industry Automation Corporation. 6 See letter to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Commission, from John R. Vitha, Esq., Chairman, Derivative Products Committee, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, dated September 25, 2007. The commenter supported the proposed rule change. 2 17 2 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 1 15 1 15 8 Odd lot market orders that would trade through the protected quotations of other markets would be rejected from the Exchange’s Matching System and either routed to another appropriate market or, if designated as ‘‘do not route,’’ automatically cancelled. See CHX Rules, Article 20, Rule 5(a). 9 In approving the proposed rule change, the Commission notes that it as considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 10 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70627 E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1

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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; 
Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change to Amend Rules Relating 
to the Execution of Odd Lot Market Orders

 December 5, 2007.
    On October 2, 2007, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (``CHX'' or 
``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission''), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities 
Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ a 
proposed rule change to amend rules relating to the execution of odd 
lot market orders. The proposed rule change was published for comment 
in the Federal Register on October 31, 2007.\3\ The Commission received 
no comments on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule 
change.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56703 (October 25, 
2007), 72 FR 61696.
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    Under CHX's existing rules, odd lot orders execute in the Matching 
System without regard to the protected quotations of other markets.\4\ 
The Exchange states that this is because such orders are not subject to 
the Regulation NMS Order Protection Rule \5\ and can trade through 
better prices in other markets.\6\ Through this filing, the Exchange 
proposes to amend its rules to provide that market odd lot orders would 
execute like round lot orders (i.e., they would execute as if they were 
subject to the Regulation NMS Order Protection Rule), while odd lot 
limit orders and odd lot crosses could continue to execute through 
better prices on other markets.\7\
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    \4\ See CHX Rules, Article 20, Rule 5(b).
    \5\ 17 CFR 242.611.
    \6\ The Exchange states that its handling of the execution of 
odd lot orders is consistent with the requirements of Regulation 
NMS. See Division of Market Regulation: Responses to Frequently 
Asked Questions Concerning Rule 611 and Rule 610 of Regulation NMS, 
FAQ 7.03 (confirming that Rule 611 does not apply to odd lot 
orders).
    \7\ The Exchange believes that a participant that submits an odd 
lot cross seeks to have that order executed at a particular price, 
without regard to prices in other markets. Similarly, if a 
participant submits an odd lot limit order, that participant likely 
only seeks the protection of the order's limit price and does not 
anticipate that the order would be protected against better prices 
in other markets.
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    The Exchange believes that this proposal will provide appropriate 
protections to odd lot market orders, while allowing participants to 
choose to have odd lot limit orders and odd lot crosses executed at 
other prices.\8\
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    \8\ Odd lot market orders that would trade through the protected 
quotations of other markets would be rejected from the Exchange's 
Matching System and either routed to another appropriate market or, 
if designated as ``do not route,'' automatically cancelled. See CHX 
Rules, Article 20, Rule 5(a).
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    After a careful review of the proposed rule change, the Commission 
finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements 
of the Act and the regulations thereunder applicable to a national 
securities exchange,\9\ in particular, Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\10\ 
which requires that the rules of an exchange be designed 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 the proposed rule change promotes just and 
equitable principles of trade and will benefit investors and the public 
interest by providing additional trade-through protection, beyond the 
requirements of the Order Protection Rule, for investors' odd lot 
market orders that are submitted to the Exchange.
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    \9\ In approving the proposed rule change, the Commission notes 
that it as considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, 
competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\11\ that the proposed rule change (SR-CHX-2007-22) be, and hereby 
is, approved.
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
    \12\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\12\
Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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