Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend its Equity Options Obvious Error Rule, 73052-73053 [E7-24890]

Download as PDF pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES 73052 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 246 / Wednesday, December 26, 2007 / Notices deems it necessary to set forth the following specific measures. Accordingly, with respect to the PCAOB’s 2009 budget cycle, the PCAOB will: 1. Develop a full and robust strategic plan, preliminary budget and budget justification. In particular: a. The PCAOB will review its strategic plan in connection with the description of the minimum elements of such a plan in the Commission’s budget approval rule and the Commission’s comments noted above. Consistent with the foregoing, the PCAOB will submit a draft to the Commission by February 29, 2008 of a revised strategic plan that includes, among other things, (i) quantifiable and measurable performance targets, (ii) forecasts of total headcount and budget summary figures for the current and four following years, (iii) a candid assessment of the PCAOB’s strengths and weaknesses, and (iv) a broader discussion of environmental factors. The Commission will provide views to the PCAOB within two weeks after it receives the new draft plan. Thereafter, the PCAOB will adopt a new strategic plan, reflecting such views, by March 31, 2008. b. The PCAOB will further develop and submit a more detailed preliminary budget, budget justification and performance budget, including performance targets as required under the budget rule. 2. Include more detailed information about the state of the PCAOB’s IT review and reorganization in its quarterly reports to the Commission, including plans and estimated and actual costs for IT projects such as the proposed annual and special reporting system; 3. Implement annual and special reporting in accordance with the Act and provide an analysis of historical and planned expenditures related to the review and processing of registrations and annual reports of public accounting firms, including any associated information technology costs, and provide a timetable for recovering those amounts from registered public accounting firms as required by section 102(f) of the Act; 4. Not increase Chairman and Board salaries for 2008 beyond the 3.3% budgeted increase in the 2008 budget, and Chairman and Board salaries shall not be further linked to FASB Chairman and Board salaries; and 5. Keep the Commission and its staff informed of any internal or third-party reviews of the PCAOB’s programs and offices and the findings of any such reviews. The Commission has VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:33 Dec 21, 2007 Jkt 214001 determined that the PCAOB’s 2008 budget and annual accounting support fee are consistent with section 109 of the Act. Accordingly, It is ordered, pursuant to section 109 of the Act, that the PCAOB budget and annual accounting support fee for calendar year 2008 are approved. By the Commission. Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–24909 Filed 12–21–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56977; File No. SR–CBOE– 2007–148] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend its Equity Options Obvious Error Rule December 18, 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 December 14, 2007, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. CBOE has designated this proposal as one concerned solely with the administration of the Exchange under section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(3) thereunder,4 which renders the proposal 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 The Exchange proposes to amend CBOE Rule 6.25, which is the Exchange’s rule applicable to the nullification and adjustment of equity options transactions. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http:// www.cboe.com. 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 IV below. CBOE has substantially 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 CBOE’s equity obvious error rule, an Obvious Error Panel may be formed to review decisions made by Trading Officials under the rule. The Obvious Error Panel is currently comprised of at least one Trading Floor Liaison (‘‘TFL’’) staff member and four Exchange members. The purpose of the proposed rule change is to replace the reference to the ‘‘TFL’’ staff with a reference to the ‘‘Exchange’s staff designated to perform Obvious Error Panel functions.’’ The Exchange is proposing to make this change because it recently determined to reassign the Obvious Error Panel function from the CBOE TFL group to a group of designated Exchange personnel within CBOE’s market control center. In trying to accommodate the reassignment of these particular TFL functions, the Exchange believes a better approach than specifically referencing a particular Exchange staff group is to reference the ‘‘Exchange’s staff designated to perform’’ the particular function. In this way, the Exchange will have the flexibility to delegate the authorities under the obvious error rules to the appropriate Exchange staff and will not have to make a rule change merely, for instance, to accommodate a future change in the title of a staff group or to accommodate the reassignment of the authority to another staff group. The Exchange believes that because the authority exercised by Exchange staff is delegated pursuant to Exchange rules, the title of the particular group exercising their authority should not be relevant.5 5 The Exchange recently made a similar change when it deleted specific references to TFLs in its obvious error rules in order to accommodate the reassignment of Trading Official functions under the rules from the TFL group to a group of E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 246 / Wednesday, December 26, 2007 / Notices 2. Statutory Basis IV. Solicitation of Comments The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act 6 in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(5) of the Act 7 in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, foster cooperation among persons engaged in facilitating securities transactions, and protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes that this proposal complies with the Act because the Exchange is amending its rules to update and/or generalize references to certain Exchange staff in order to facilitate compliance. 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: B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES The foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as concerned solely with the administration of the Exchange pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 8 and Rule 19b–4(f)(3) 9 thereunder. Accordingly, the proposal will take effect upon filing with the Commission. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such proposed 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. designated Exchange personnel within CBOE’s market control center. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56494 (September 21, 2007), 72 FR 55264 (September 28, 2007) (SR–CBOE–2007–110). Under the revised rules, ‘‘Trading Officials’’ now means two Exchange members designated as Floor Officials and one member of the Exchange’s staff designated to perform Trading Official functions. See CBOE Rules 6.25, Commentary 02 and 24.16, Commentary 02. 6 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 9 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(3). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:33 Dec 21, 2007 Jkt 214001 • 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–2007–148 on the subject line. • 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–2007–148. 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 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–CBOE–2007–148 and should be submitted on or before January 16, 2008. PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–24890 Filed 12–21–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Electronic Comments Paper Comments 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. 73053 Sfmt 4703 [Release No. 34–56905; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2007–087] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change to Modify Fees for Members Using the Nasdaq Market Center December 5, 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 NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II , and III below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange filed the proposed rule change pursuant to 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 from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Nasdaq proposes to modify pricing for Nasdaq members using the Nasdaq Market Center. Nasdaq will implement this proposed rule change on November 1, 2007. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange’s Web site, 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, Nasdaq included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed 10 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 E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 246 (Wednesday, December 26, 2007)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-56977; File No. SR-CBOE-2007-148]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a 
Proposed Rule Change To Amend its Equity Options Obvious Error Rule

December 18, 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 December 14, 2007, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated 
(``CBOE'' or ``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in 
Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been substantially 
prepared by the Exchange. CBOE has designated this proposal as one 
concerned solely with the administration of the Exchange under section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(3) thereunder,\4\ 
which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 
The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change 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)(iii).
    \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 Exchange proposes to amend CBOE Rule 6.25, which is the 
Exchange's rule applicable to the nullification and adjustment of 
equity options transactions. The text of the proposed rule change is 
available at the Exchange, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and 
http://www.cboe.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 IV below. CBOE has substantially 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 CBOE's equity obvious error rule, an Obvious Error Panel may 
be formed to review decisions made by Trading Officials under the rule. 
The Obvious Error Panel is currently comprised of at least one Trading 
Floor Liaison (``TFL'') staff member and four Exchange members. The 
purpose of the proposed rule change is to replace the reference to the 
``TFL'' staff with a reference to the ``Exchange's staff designated to 
perform Obvious Error Panel functions.'' The Exchange is proposing to 
make this change because it recently determined to reassign the Obvious 
Error Panel function from the CBOE TFL group to a group of designated 
Exchange personnel within CBOE's market control center. In trying to 
accommodate the reassignment of these particular TFL functions, the 
Exchange believes a better approach than specifically referencing a 
particular Exchange staff group is to reference the ``Exchange's staff 
designated to perform'' the particular function. In this way, the 
Exchange will have the flexibility to delegate the authorities under 
the obvious error rules to the appropriate Exchange staff and will not 
have to make a rule change merely, for instance, to accommodate a 
future change in the title of a staff group or to accommodate the 
reassignment of the authority to another staff group. The Exchange 
believes that because the authority exercised by Exchange staff is 
delegated pursuant to Exchange rules, the title of the particular group 
exercising their authority should not be relevant.\5\
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    \5\ The Exchange recently made a similar change when it deleted 
specific references to TFLs in its obvious error rules in order to 
accommodate the reassignment of Trading Official functions under the 
rules from the TFL group to a group of designated Exchange personnel 
within CBOE's market control center. See Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 56494 (September 21, 2007), 72 FR 55264 (September 28, 
2007) (SR-CBOE-2007-110). Under the revised rules, ``Trading 
Officials'' now means two Exchange members designated as Floor 
Officials and one member of the Exchange's staff designated to 
perform Trading Official functions. See CBOE Rules 6.25, Commentary 
02 and 24.16, Commentary 02.

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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with section 6(b) of the Act \6\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of section 6(b)(5) of the Act \7\ in particular, in that it 
is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, foster 
cooperation among persons engaged in facilitating securities 
transactions, and protect investors and the public interest. The 
Exchange believes that this proposal complies with the Act because the 
Exchange is amending its rules to update and/or generalize references 
to certain Exchange staff in order to facilitate compliance.
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(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

    The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments with respect 
to the proposed rule change.

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

    The foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as concerned 
solely with the administration of the Exchange pursuant to section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \8\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(3) \9\ thereunder. 
Accordingly, the proposal will take effect upon filing with the 
Commission. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed 
rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such proposed 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.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \9\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(3).
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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
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-CBOE-2007-148 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-CBOE-2007-148. 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 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-CBOE-2007-148 and should be 
submitted on or before January 16, 2008.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\10\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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