Options Price Reporting Authority; Notice of Filing and Order Approving on a Temporary Basis Not To Exceed 120 Days a Proposed Amendment to the Plan for Reporting of Consolidated Options Last Sale Reports and Quotation Information, as Modified by Amendment No. 1 Thereto, To Modify Various Provisions of the OPRA Plan and the OPRA Fee Schedule To Reflect the Elimination of Separate Fees for Access to Market Data Concerning Certain Foreign Currency Options, 71720-71722 [E7-24484]

Download as PDF 71720 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2007 / Notices ‘‘Standard Review Plan on Antitrust Reviews’’ (NUREG–1574, published December 1997) have been omitted from NUREG–1574, Rev. 2. New guidance has been incorporated on the appropriate disposition of existing antitrust license conditions during direct license transfers and on the review of applications to amend antitrust license conditions outside of license transfers. NUREG–1574, Rev. 2 also provides guidance regarding the NRC’s responsibility to refer certain antitrust matters to the Attorney General, and regarding the NRC’s enforcement of antitrust license conditions. NUREG– 1574, Rev. 2 supersedes the Standard Review Plan on Antitrust Reviews, NUREG–1574, in its entirety. Notice of the availability of the draft version of NUREG–1574, Rev. 2 for public comment was published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2007 (72 FR 31627). Comments were received from the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) dated July 9, 2007. NEI stated that the draft NUREG–1574, Rev. 2 correctly focuses the NRC staff’s evaluation of antitrust issues as it conducts limited reviews of existing antitrust license conditions in the context of certain license transfers and license amendment requests related to existing antitrust license conditions. According to NEI, the nuclear energy industry believes the draft of NUREG– 1574, Rev. 2 accurately sets forth the state of the law as it applies to NRC licensees. NEI recommended no changes to the draft NUREG–1574, Rev. 2. No other comments were received. With the exception of some minor editorial changes, the text of the draft NUREG–1574, Rev. 2 was carried over to the final NUREG–1574, Rev. 2. Congressional Review Act (CRA) Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 12th day of December, 2007. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. yshivers on PROD1PC62 with NOTICES Michael J. Case, Director, Division of Policy and Rulemaking, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. E7–24471 Filed 12–17–07; 8:45 am] VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Dec 17, 2007 Jkt 214001 [Release No. 34–56949; File No. SR–OPRA– 2007–03] Options Price Reporting Authority; Notice of Filing and Order Approving on a Temporary Basis Not To Exceed 120 Days a Proposed Amendment to the Plan for Reporting of Consolidated Options Last Sale Reports and Quotation Information, as Modified by Amendment No. 1 Thereto, To Modify Various Provisions of the OPRA Plan and the OPRA Fee Schedule To Reflect the Elimination of Separate Fees for Access to Market Data Concerning Certain Foreign Currency Options December 12, 2007. I. Introduction Pursuant to section 11A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 608 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on October 9, 2007, the Options Price Reporting Authority (‘‘OPRA’’) submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) an amendment to the Plan for Reporting of Consolidated Options Last Sale Reports and Quotation Information (‘‘OPRA Plan’’).3 The proposed amendment would amend various provisions of the OPRA Plan in order to reflect the elimination of the separate fees for access to market data concerning Foreign Currency Options (‘‘FCOs’’) that currently apply to certain FCOs traded on the Phlx. The OPRA Fee Schedule would similarly be revised to reflect the elimination of the separate FCO service access fees. On November 14, 2007, OPRA submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposal.4 On December 11, 2007, OPRA submitted a revised version of Exhibit II to Amendment No. 1 to the 1 15 Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) of 1996, the NRC has determined that this action is not a major rule and has verified this determination with the Office of Management and Budget. BILLING CODE 7590–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION U.S.C. 78k–1. CFR 242.608. 3 The OPRA Plan is a national market system plan approved by the Commission pursuant to Section 11A of the Act and Rule 608 thereunder (formerly Rule 11Aa3–2). See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 17638 (March 18, 1981), 22 S.E.C. Docket 484 (March 31, 1981). The full text of the OPRA Plan is available at http:// www.opradata.com. The OPRA Plan provides for the collection and dissemination of last sale and quotation information on options that are traded on the participant exchanges. The six participants to the OPRA Plan are the American Stock Exchange LLC, the Boston Stock Exchange, Inc., the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘ISE’’), NYSE Arca, Inc., and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Phlx’’). 4 Amendment No. 1 did not make any substantive changes to the text of the proposed OPRA Plan amendment, but instead provided a revised Exhibit I to the original filing and offered a new Exhibit II to the proposal. Amendment No. 1 replaced the original filing in its entirety. 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00106 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposal, which it requested be substituted for the original version of Exhibit II.5 This order approves the proposal as modified by Amendment No. 1 for a temporary period not to exceed 120 days, and solicits comment on the proposal from interested persons. II. Description and Purpose of the Amendment Effective March 14, 1995, the OPRA Plan was amended to authorize the imposition of separate, unbundled access charges for market information pertaining to FCOs.6 Subsequently, effective January 1, 1996, separate access charges for market information were imposed by OPRA, and subject to the exception described below, such separate charges have remained in effect since that time.7 More recently, OPRA adopted a temporary exception to the separate FCO access fees for ‘‘new’’ FCOs first listed on any exchange on or after December 6, 2005, pursuant to which access to market information pertaining to such securities has been included within OPRA’s basic information service, and has required payment only of OPRA’s basic service access fees.8 This temporary exception, which is set forth in Section VIII(c)(iii) of the OPRA Plan, is scheduled to expire by its terms on December 31, 2007, at which time, absent further action, all FCOs would become subject to separate FCO service access fees. Currently, certain classes of FCOs traded on the Phlx are subject to the separate FCO access fees, while other classes of FCOs traded on that exchange (those first listed on or after December 6, 2005) are subject to OPRA’s basic service access fees. The only other exchange currently trading FCOs is the ISE, where all of the FCOs were listed subsequent to December 6, 2005, and thus are subject only to OPRA’s basic service access fees. Phlx recently informed OPRA that for business reasons it has ceased listing new series of physical delivery FCOs to replace expiring series, and instead provides a market for foreign currency derivative securities through the listing of new classes of U.S. dollar-settled 5 The revised Exhibit II made technical changes to the original and corrected an outdated reference to the ‘‘NASD,’’ which is now called ‘‘FINRA.’’ 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 35487 (March 14, 1995), 60 FR 14984 (March 21, 1995) (File No. S7–8–90). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 36613 (December 20, 1995), 60 FR 67144 (December 28, 1995) (SR–OPRA–95–5). 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 52901 (December 6, 2005), 70 FR 74061 (December 14, 2005) (SR–OPRA–2005–03) and 55049 (January 5, 2007), 72 FR 1568 (January 12, 2007) (SR–OPRA– 2006–02). E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 yshivers on PROD1PC62 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2007 / Notices FCOs, sometimes referred to as World Currency Options. Under the current OPRA Plan, access to market data concerning all options, including the new U.S. dollar-settled FCOs as well as individual equity options and cashsettled index options, is subject to OPRA’s basic service access fees. In the case of U.S. dollar-settled FCOs, this reflects the temporary exception described above, whereas in the case of equity and index options it is because OPRA has never adopted separate access fees for its index option service, but instead has made index options subject to the same basic service access fees that apply to equity options. The purpose of this proposed amendment is to maintain this same fee structure after the temporary exception for FCOs expires at the end of 2007. Trading in existing classes of physical delivery FCOs on Phlx will be restricted to closing transactions until the last outstanding class expires on March 14, 2008, if the remaining positions in these classes are not closed out sooner. Thus by that date, if not sooner, there will no longer be any physical delivery FCOs traded on the Phlx that are subject to the existing separate FCO service access fees. At that time, assuming the effectiveness of this proposed amendment, access to market data for all options, including U.S. dollar-settled FCOs and all other FCO securities, will require payment only of OPRA’s basic service access fees. As noted, pursuant to the temporary exception in the OPRA Plan for ‘‘new’’ FCOs, all of the FCOs currently traded on ISE are subject only to OPRA’s basic service access fees, and none are subject to the separate FCO service access fees. However, unless the OPRA Plan is amended to eliminate the separate access fees for FCOs, upon the expiration of the temporary exception, FCOs traded on ISE would become subject to the separate FCO service access fees. In order to avoid making this change to the status quo on ISE, the effect of which would be to subject FCO subscribers to what for them would be a new, additional, access fee for continued access to FCO market information, ISE joined with Phlx in authorizing the elimination of the separate FCO access fees, and in requesting OPRA to amend the OPRA Plan to reflect the elimination of these separate fees. As proposed to be amended, the OPRA Plan will treat FCOs in exactly the same manner in which it now treats index options. Specifically, similar to index options, the OPRA Plan will continue to provide for a separate FCO accounting center and provide a VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Dec 17, 2007 Jkt 214001 framework for the possible future imposition of a separate access fees when and if authorized by the parties that provide a market in those securities, subject to satisfying the requirements of the Act. Because the proposed amendment cannot become effective until the elimination by expiration or by closing transaction of the last remaining open position in physical delivery FCOs traded on Phlx that are subject to the separate FCO service access fees, which could be as late as March 14, 2008, and because it is necessary to retain the temporary exception from the separate FCO service access charges until these separate charges no longer apply, OPRA proposes to extend the temporary exception, currently scheduled to expire on December 31, 2007, until as late as March 14, 2008. Accordingly, this proposed amendment includes an extension of the temporary exception provided for in section VIII(c)(iii) of the OPRA Plan until such time as there is no longer any open interest in physical delivery FCOs traded on the Phlx that are subject to the separate FCO service access fees. In no event will this be later than March 14, 2008. The Phlx has undertaken to advise OPRA when that last remaining open interest no longer exists, so that the separate FCO service access fees and the temporary exception can be removed from the OPRA Plan effective as of that time, in accordance with this proposed OPRA Plan amendment. The text of the proposed amendment to the OPRA Plan and the proposed changes to the OPRA Fee Schedule are available at OPRA, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http:// opradata.com/pdf/ proposed_amendments.pdf. III. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed OPRA Plan amendment 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 No. SR–OPRA–2007–03 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71721 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-OPRA–2007–03. 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 plan amendment that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed plan amendment 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 OPRA. 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–OPRA–2007–03 and should be submitted on or before January 8, 2008. IV. Discussion After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed OPRA Plan amendment, as modified by Amendment No. 1, is sufficient under the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder for temporary approval of not more than 120 days.9 Specifically, the Commission believes that the proposed OPRA Plan amendment, is sufficient under section 11A of the Act 10 and Rule 608(b)(4) 11 thereunder for temporary approval not to exceed 120 days in that it is in the public interest and appropriate for the protection of investors and the maintenance of fair and orderly markets to preserve the status quo by extending the deadline set forth in section VIII(c)(iii) of the OPRA Plan until such 9 In approving the proposed OPR Plan Amendment, the Commission has considered its impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 10 15 U.S.C. 78k–1. 11 17 CFR 242.608(b)(4). E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 71722 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2007 / Notices time as there is no longer any open interest in physical delivery FCOs traded on the Phlx that are subject to the separate FCO service access fee. The Commission believes that OPRA’s proposal, which would amend various provisions of the OPRA Plan and the OPRA Fee Schedule in order to reflect the elimination of the separate fees for access to market data concerning FCOs that currently apply to certain FCOs traded on the Phlx, is appropriate in light of Phlx’s decision to cease listing new series of physical delivery FCOs to replace expiring series. The proposed amendment would maintain the same fee structure after the temporary exception would otherwise expire on December 31, 2007. Further, once the remaining positions in existing classes of physical delivery FCOs listed on the Phlx are Phlx are closed-out, access to market data for all options, including dollar-settled FCOs and all other FCO securities will require payment of the same fee, OPRA’s basic service access fee. Finally, the Commission finds that it is appropriate to put the proposed OPRA Plan amendment, as modified by Amendment No.1, into effect summarily upon publication of notice on a temporary basis not to exceed 120 days to extend for a brief period the temporary exception provided for in section VIII(c)(iii) of the OPRA Plan and thus preserve the status quo. Absent such extension, the ISE would become subject to the separate FCO service access fee. Accordingly, the Commission finds that is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors or the maintenance of fair and orderly markets, to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanism of, a national market system to approve the proposed OPRA Plan amendment, as modified by Amendment No. 1 thereto, on a temporary basis not to exceed 120 days. V. Conclusion yshivers on PROD1PC62 with NOTICES It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 11A of the Act,12 and Rule 608 thereunder,13 that the proposed OPRA Plan amendment (SR-OPRA–2007–03), as modified by Amendment No. 1, be, and it hereby is, approved on a temporary basis not to exceed 120 days. 12 15 13 17 U.S.C. 78k–1. CFR 242.608. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Dec 17, 2007 Jkt 214001 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–24484 Filed 12–17–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56950; File No. SR–OPRA– 2007–04] Options Price Reporting Authority; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Amendment To Revise OPRA’s Fee Schedule December 12, 2007. Pursuant to Section 11A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’)1 and Rule 608 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on October 16, 2007 the Options Price Reporting Authority (‘‘OPRA’’) submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) an amendment to the Plan for Reporting of Consolidated Options Last Sale Reports and Quotation Information (‘‘OPRA Plan’’).3 Specifically, OPRA proposes to revise the device-based professional subscriber fees charged by OPRA in respect of its Basic Service. Similarly, the proposal would make a conforming change to OPRA’s Enterprise Rate Professional Subscriber Fee (‘‘Enterprise Rate’’). On November 14, 2007, OPRA submitted a revised Exhibit I, which it requested be substituted for the Exhibit I attached to the original filing.4 On December 11, 2007, OPRA submitted a further revised Exhibit I, which it asked be substituted for the Exhibit I submitted on November 14, 2007.5 The Commission is 14 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(29). U.S.C. 78k–1. 2 17 CFR 242.608. 3 The OPRA Plan is a national market system plan approved by the Commission pursuant to Section 11A of the Act and Rule 608 thereunder (formerly Rule 11Aa3–2). See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 17638 (March 18, 1981), 22 S.E.C. Docket 484 (March 31, 1981). The full text of the OPRA Plan is available at http:// www.opradata.com. The OPRA Plan provides for the collection and dissemination of last sale and quotation information on options that are traded on the participant exchanges. The six participants to the OPRA Plan are the American Stock Exchange LLC, the Boston Stock Exchange, Inc., the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated, the International Securities Exchange, Inc. (‘‘ISE’’), the NYSE Arca, Inc., and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Phlx’’). 4 The second revised Exhibit I reflects technical changes and sets forth the entire OPRA Fee Schedule. As originally filed, Exhibit I included only that portion of the OPRA Fee Schedule pertaining to OPRA’s professional subscriber fees. 5 The revised Exhibit I made technical changes to the prior version of Exhibit I and corrected an 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 publishing this notice to solicit comments from interested persons on the proposed OPRA Plan amendment. I. Description and Purpose of the Amendment The purpose of the amendment is to make incremental increases in OPRA’s device-based professional subscriber fees in respect of its Basic Service and in respect of the Enterprise Rate charged to those subscribers who elect that rate in place of device-based fees. These increases would be phased in over a three-year period. Specifically, OPRA proposes to increase the current $20 monthly per device fee by $1.00 in each of the years 2008, 2009, and 2010. OPRA also proposes to increase the Enterprise Rate, currently a monthly fee of $20 times the number of a subscriber’s U.S.-based registered representatives, by this same amount in each of these years. These increases would become effective on January 1 of each year. OPRA’s Basic Service currently consists of market data and related information pertaining to equity options, index options, and most (soon to be all) foreign currency options (‘‘OPRA Data’’).6 Professional subscribers are persons who subscribe to receive OPRA Data and do not qualify for the reduced fees charged to nonprofessional subscribers. OPRA’s Enterprise Rate is based on the number of a professional subscriber’s U.S.-based registered representatives and independent investment advisers who contract with the subscriber to provide advisory services to the subscriber’s customers. The proposed increases in the devicebased professional subscriber fees and in the Enterprise Rate are intended to generate additional revenues for OPRA and its participating exchanges that are needed to cover actual and anticipated increases in the costs of collecting, consolidating, processing, and disseminating options market outdated reference to the ‘‘NASD,’’ which is now called ‘‘FINRA.’’ 6 Commencing January 1, 1996, OPRA data pertaining to foreign currency options (‘‘FCOs’’) was made subject to separate FCO Service access fees. However, pursuant to an exception for FCOs first listed on any exchange on or after December 6, 2005, these separate access fees do not currently apply to most of the FCOs traded on the Phlx, or to any of the FCOs traded on the ISE, which are the only two exchanges currently providing a market in FCOs. OPRA has recently filed a Plan amendment (SR–OPRA–2007–03) that proposes the elimination of all remaining separate access fees for FCOs. Upon the effectiveness of that amendment, which OPRA anticipates will occur no later than March 14, 2008, access to market information pertaining to all FCOs would be included within OPRA’s Basic Service and would require payment only of OPRA’s Basic Service access fees. E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-56949; File No. SR-OPRA-2007-03]


Options Price Reporting Authority; Notice of Filing and Order 
Approving on a Temporary Basis Not To Exceed 120 Days a Proposed 
Amendment to the Plan for Reporting of Consolidated Options Last Sale 
Reports and Quotation Information, as Modified by Amendment No. 1 
Thereto, To Modify Various Provisions of the OPRA Plan and the OPRA Fee 
Schedule To Reflect the Elimination of Separate Fees for Access to 
Market Data Concerning Certain Foreign Currency Options

December 12, 2007.

I. Introduction

    Pursuant to section 11A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'') \1\ and Rule 608 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on October 9, 2007, the Options Price Reporting Authority (``OPRA'') 
submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') an 
amendment to the Plan for Reporting of Consolidated Options Last Sale 
Reports and Quotation Information (``OPRA Plan'').\3\ The proposed 
amendment would amend various provisions of the OPRA Plan in order to 
reflect the elimination of the separate fees for access to market data 
concerning Foreign Currency Options (``FCOs'') that currently apply to 
certain FCOs traded on the Phlx. The OPRA Fee Schedule would similarly 
be revised to reflect the elimination of the separate FCO service 
access fees. On November 14, 2007, OPRA submitted Amendment No. 1 to 
the proposal.\4\ On December 11, 2007, OPRA submitted a revised version 
of Exhibit II to Amendment No. 1 to the proposal, which it requested be 
substituted for the original version of Exhibit II.\5\ This order 
approves the proposal as modified by Amendment No. 1 for a temporary 
period not to exceed 120 days, and solicits comment on the proposal 
from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1.
    \2\ 17 CFR 242.608.
    \3\ The OPRA Plan is a national market system plan approved by 
the Commission pursuant to Section 11A of the Act and Rule 608 
thereunder (formerly Rule 11Aa3-2). See Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 17638 (March 18, 1981), 22 S.E.C. Docket 484 (March 31, 
1981). The full text of the OPRA Plan is available at http://
www.opradata.com.
    The OPRA Plan provides for the collection and dissemination of 
last sale and quotation information on options that are traded on 
the participant exchanges. The six participants to the OPRA Plan are 
the American Stock Exchange LLC, the Boston Stock Exchange, Inc., 
the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated, the International 
Securities Exchange, LLC (``ISE''), NYSE Arca, Inc., and the 
Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (``Phlx'').
    \4\ Amendment No. 1 did not make any substantive changes to the 
text of the proposed OPRA Plan amendment, but instead provided a 
revised Exhibit I to the original filing and offered a new Exhibit 
II to the proposal. Amendment No. 1 replaced the original filing in 
its entirety.
    \5\ The revised Exhibit II made technical changes to the 
original and corrected an outdated reference to the ``NASD,'' which 
is now called ``FINRA.''
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II. Description and Purpose of the Amendment

    Effective March 14, 1995, the OPRA Plan was amended to authorize 
the imposition of separate, unbundled access charges for market 
information pertaining to FCOs.\6\ Subsequently, effective January 1, 
1996, separate access charges for market information were imposed by 
OPRA, and subject to the exception described below, such separate 
charges have remained in effect since that time.\7\ More recently, OPRA 
adopted a temporary exception to the separate FCO access fees for 
``new'' FCOs first listed on any exchange on or after December 6, 2005, 
pursuant to which access to market information pertaining to such 
securities has been included within OPRA's basic information service, 
and has required payment only of OPRA's basic service access fees.\8\ 
This temporary exception, which is set forth in Section VIII(c)(iii) of 
the OPRA Plan, is scheduled to expire by its terms on December 31, 
2007, at which time, absent further action, all FCOs would become 
subject to separate FCO service access fees.
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    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 35487 (March 14, 
1995), 60 FR 14984 (March 21, 1995) (File No. S7-8-90).
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 36613 (December 20, 
1995), 60 FR 67144 (December 28, 1995) (SR-OPRA-95-5).
    \8\ See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 52901 (December 6, 
2005), 70 FR 74061 (December 14, 2005) (SR-OPRA-2005-03) and 55049 
(January 5, 2007), 72 FR 1568 (January 12, 2007) (SR-OPRA-2006-02).
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    Currently, certain classes of FCOs traded on the Phlx are subject 
to the separate FCO access fees, while other classes of FCOs traded on 
that exchange (those first listed on or after December 6, 2005) are 
subject to OPRA's basic service access fees. The only other exchange 
currently trading FCOs is the ISE, where all of the FCOs were listed 
subsequent to December 6, 2005, and thus are subject only to OPRA's 
basic service access fees.
    Phlx recently informed OPRA that for business reasons it has ceased 
listing new series of physical delivery FCOs to replace expiring 
series, and instead provides a market for foreign currency derivative 
securities through the listing of new classes of U.S. dollar-settled

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FCOs, sometimes referred to as World Currency Options. Under the 
current OPRA Plan, access to market data concerning all options, 
including the new U.S. dollar-settled FCOs as well as individual equity 
options and cash-settled index options, is subject to OPRA's basic 
service access fees. In the case of U.S. dollar-settled FCOs, this 
reflects the temporary exception described above, whereas in the case 
of equity and index options it is because OPRA has never adopted 
separate access fees for its index option service, but instead has made 
index options subject to the same basic service access fees that apply 
to equity options.
    The purpose of this proposed amendment is to maintain this same fee 
structure after the temporary exception for FCOs expires at the end of 
2007. Trading in existing classes of physical delivery FCOs on Phlx 
will be restricted to closing transactions until the last outstanding 
class expires on March 14, 2008, if the remaining positions in these 
classes are not closed out sooner. Thus by that date, if not sooner, 
there will no longer be any physical delivery FCOs traded on the Phlx 
that are subject to the existing separate FCO service access fees. At 
that time, assuming the effectiveness of this proposed amendment, 
access to market data for all options, including U.S. dollar-settled 
FCOs and all other FCO securities, will require payment only of OPRA's 
basic service access fees.
    As noted, pursuant to the temporary exception in the OPRA Plan for 
``new'' FCOs, all of the FCOs currently traded on ISE are subject only 
to OPRA's basic service access fees, and none are subject to the 
separate FCO service access fees. However, unless the OPRA Plan is 
amended to eliminate the separate access fees for FCOs, upon the 
expiration of the temporary exception, FCOs traded on ISE would become 
subject to the separate FCO service access fees. In order to avoid 
making this change to the status quo on ISE, the effect of which would 
be to subject FCO subscribers to what for them would be a new, 
additional, access fee for continued access to FCO market information, 
ISE joined with Phlx in authorizing the elimination of the separate FCO 
access fees, and in requesting OPRA to amend the OPRA Plan to reflect 
the elimination of these separate fees.
    As proposed to be amended, the OPRA Plan will treat FCOs in exactly 
the same manner in which it now treats index options. Specifically, 
similar to index options, the OPRA Plan will continue to provide for a 
separate FCO accounting center and provide a framework for the possible 
future imposition of a separate access fees when and if authorized by 
the parties that provide a market in those securities, subject to 
satisfying the requirements of the Act.
    Because the proposed amendment cannot become effective until the 
elimination by expiration or by closing transaction of the last 
remaining open position in physical delivery FCOs traded on Phlx that 
are subject to the separate FCO service access fees, which could be as 
late as March 14, 2008, and because it is necessary to retain the 
temporary exception from the separate FCO service access charges until 
these separate charges no longer apply, OPRA proposes to extend the 
temporary exception, currently scheduled to expire on December 31, 
2007, until as late as March 14, 2008. Accordingly, this proposed 
amendment includes an extension of the temporary exception provided for 
in section VIII(c)(iii) of the OPRA Plan until such time as there is no 
longer any open interest in physical delivery FCOs traded on the Phlx 
that are subject to the separate FCO service access fees. In no event 
will this be later than March 14, 2008. The Phlx has undertaken to 
advise OPRA when that last remaining open interest no longer exists, so 
that the separate FCO service access fees and the temporary exception 
can be removed from the OPRA Plan effective as of that time, in 
accordance with this proposed OPRA Plan amendment.
    The text of the proposed amendment to the OPRA Plan and the 
proposed changes to the OPRA Fee Schedule are available at OPRA, the 
Commission's Public Reference Room, and http://opradata.com/pdf/
proposed_amendments.pdf.

III. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed OPRA 
Plan amendment 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 No. SR-OPRA-2007-03 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-OPRA-2007-03. 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 plan amendment that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed plan amendment 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 OPRA. 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-OPRA-2007-03 and should be 
submitted on or before January 8, 2008.

IV. Discussion

    After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed OPRA 
Plan amendment, as modified by Amendment No. 1, is sufficient under the 
Act and the rules and regulations thereunder for temporary approval of 
not more than 120 days.\9\ Specifically, the Commission believes that 
the proposed OPRA Plan amendment, is sufficient under section 11A of 
the Act \10\ and Rule 608(b)(4) \11\ thereunder for temporary approval 
not to exceed 120 days in that it is in the public interest and 
appropriate for the protection of investors and the maintenance of fair 
and orderly markets to preserve the status quo by extending the 
deadline set forth in section VIII(c)(iii) of the OPRA Plan until such

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time as there is no longer any open interest in physical delivery FCOs 
traded on the Phlx that are subject to the separate FCO service access 
fee. The Commission believes that OPRA's proposal, which would amend 
various provisions of the OPRA Plan and the OPRA Fee Schedule in order 
to reflect the elimination of the separate fees for access to market 
data concerning FCOs that currently apply to certain FCOs traded on the 
Phlx, is appropriate in light of Phlx's decision to cease listing new 
series of physical delivery FCOs to replace expiring series. The 
proposed amendment would maintain the same fee structure after the 
temporary exception would otherwise expire on December 31, 2007. 
Further, once the remaining positions in existing classes of physical 
delivery FCOs listed on the Phlx are Phlx are closed-out, access to 
market data for all options, including dollar-settled FCOs and all 
other FCO securities will require payment of the same fee, OPRA's basic 
service access fee.
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    \9\ In approving the proposed OPR Plan Amendment, the Commission 
has considered its impact on efficiency, competition, and capital 
formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1.
    \11\ 17 CFR 242.608(b)(4).
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    Finally, the Commission finds that it is appropriate to put the 
proposed OPRA Plan amendment, as modified by Amendment No.1, into 
effect summarily upon publication of notice on a temporary basis not to 
exceed 120 days to extend for a brief period the temporary exception 
provided for in section VIII(c)(iii) of the OPRA Plan and thus preserve 
the status quo. Absent such extension, the ISE would become subject to 
the separate FCO service access fee. Accordingly, the Commission finds 
that is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the 
protection of investors or the maintenance of fair and orderly markets, 
to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanism of, a national 
market system to approve the proposed OPRA Plan amendment, as modified 
by Amendment No. 1 thereto, on a temporary basis not to exceed 120 
days.

V. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 11A of the Act,\12\ 
and Rule 608 thereunder,\13\ that the proposed OPRA Plan amendment (SR-
OPRA-2007-03), as modified by Amendment No. 1, be, and it hereby is, 
approved on a temporary basis not to exceed 120 days.
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    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1.
    \13\ 17 CFR 242.608.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\14\
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    \14\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(29).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. E7-24484 Filed 12-17-07; 8:45 am]
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