Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change as Modified by Amendments No. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating to Market Data Distribution Network Fees, 1238-1239 [E8-9]

Download as PDF 1238 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 4 / Monday, January 7, 2008 / Notices Dated: December 27, 2007. Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–3 Filed 1–4–08; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–57075; File No. SR–Phlx– 2007–75] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change as Modified by Amendments No. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating to Market Data Distribution Network Fees SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Pub. L. 94–409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold the following meeting during the week of January 7, 2008: A Closed Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 2 p.m. Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries will attend the Closed Meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters may also be present. The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3), (5), (7), (9)(B), and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(3), (5), (7), 9(ii) and (10), permit consideration of the scheduled matters at the Closed Meeting. Commissioner Casey, as duty officer, voted to consider the items listed for the closed meeting in closed session. The subject matter of the Closed Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 10, 2008 will be: Formal orders of investigation; Institution and settlement of injunctive actions; Institution and settlement of administrative proceedings of an enforcement nature; and Matters related to enforcement proceedings. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact: The Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. January 3, 2008. Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–43 Filed 1–4–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:05 Jan 04, 2008 Jkt 214001 December 31, 2007. I. Introduction On September 27, 2007, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Phlx’’ 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 proposal to eliminate: (1) A fee assessed by the Exchange’s wholly owned subsidiary, the Philadelphia Board of Trade (‘‘PBOT’’), for certain equity index values that subscribers receive over PBOT’s Market Data Distribution Network (‘‘MDDN’’); 3 and (2) a discount applicable to certain market data vendors. Phlx filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change on November 7, 2007. The proposed rule change, as amended, was published for comment in the Federal Register on November 28, 2007.4 On December 14, 2007, Phlx filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change.5 The Commission received no comments regarding the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change, as amended. II. Description of the Proposal Phlx licenses to PBOT the current and closing index values underlying most of Phlx’s proprietary indexes, and Hapoalim Securities USA, Inc. licenses to PBOT the current and closing Hapoalim American Israeli IndexTM (HAISM) values. PBOT distributes those values over the MDDN. The Exchange or its third-party designee calculates and makes available to PBOT a real-time 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 The MDDN is an Internet protocol multicast network developed by PBOT and SAVVIS Communications. 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56827 (November 20, 2007), 72 FR 67334. 5 In Amendment No. 2, Phlx corrected Exhibit 5 to the Form 19b–4 it submitted to accurately reflect the proposed deletions and additions of the rule text. Phlx also clarified in footnote 1 of Exhibit 5 that the Administrative Fee deduction applies only to the per-device fee and to Index Data. Because Amendment No. 2 is technical in nature, it is not subject to notice and comment. 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 value for each index every 15 seconds during each trading day and a closing index value at the end of the day. In exchange for subscriber fees paid to PBOT, market data vendors may receive and widely disseminate this market data to their subscribers.6 Presently, subscriber fees are assessed in one of three ways: 7 (a) A monthly fee of $1.00 per ‘‘Device’’ 8 that is used by vendors and their subscribers to receive and re-transmit market data on a realtime basis (‘‘device fee’’); (b) a fee of $0.0025 per request for snapshot data,9 which is essentially market data that is refreshed no more frequently than once every 60 seconds, or $1,500 per month for unlimited snapshot data requests (‘‘snapshot fee’’); 10 or (c) an Enterprise License Fee of $10,000 per year or $850 per month for unlimited real-time data as an alternative to the device fee.11 All vendors that provide market data to 200,000 or more Devices in any month qualify for a 15% Administrative Fee credit for that month, to be deducted from the monthly Subscriber Fees that they collect and are obligated to pay 6 PBOT has contracted with several major vendors to receive real-time and closing index values over the MDDN and promptly redistribute such values. 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53790 (May 11, 2006), 71 FR 28738 (May 17, 2006) (‘‘Original Approval Order’’). The applicable subscriber fees are set out in Vendor/Subvendor Agreements that PBOT executed with various market data vendors for the right to receive, store, and retransmit the current and closing index values transmitted over the MDDN. 8 The agreements provide that ‘‘Device’’ shall mean, in case of each Subscriber and in such Subscriber’s discretion, either any Terminal or any End User. Devices may be exclusively Terminals, exclusively End Users, or a combination of Terminals or End Users, and shall be reported in a manner that is consistent with the way the vendor identifies such Subscriber’s access to vendor’s data. An ‘‘End User’’ is defined as an individual authorized or allowed by a vendor to access and display real-time market data that is distributed by PBOT over the MDDN; and a ‘‘Terminal’’ is any type of equipment (fixed or portable) that accesses and displays such market data. 9 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55111 (January 16, 2007), 72 FR 3188 (January 24, 2007) (increasing the snapshot fee to $0.0025 per request). 10 The index values may also be made available by vendors on a delayed basis (i.e., no sooner than 20 minutes following receipt of the data by vendors) at no charge. 11 A vendor is eligible for the Enterprise License Fee if it is a firm acting as a retail broker-dealer conducting a material portion of its business via one or more proprietary Internet Web sites by which the firm distributes market data to predominately non-professional market data users with whom the firm has a brokerage relationship (‘‘Eligible Firm’’). An Eligible Firm may also distribute market data to professional users with whom such firm has a brokerage relationship, provided such market data distribution is predominantly to non-professional users. The Eligible Firm’s market data distribution to professional users cannot exceed 10%. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55424 (March 8, 2007), 72 FR 12242 (March 15, 2007) (SR–Phlx– 2006–63). E:\FR\FM\07JAN1.SGM 07JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 4 / Monday, January 7, 2008 / Notices PBOT under the Vendor/Subvendor Agreement. This credit is also currently given to vendors paying the Enterprise License Fee. Phlx proposes to eliminate the ability to access the market data on a ‘‘snapshot’’ basis and consequently proposes to eliminate the snapshot data fee, effective January 1, 2008. The Exchange states that only a few vendors currently elect to use snapshot data. Consequently, PBOT seeks to eliminate the associated operational and accounting expenses of administering the snapshot data fee. Phlx is also proposing to eliminate the applicability of the 15% Administrative Fee credit to market data vendors paying the Enterprise License Fee. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES III. Discussion After careful consideration, the Commission finds that the amended proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.12 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b)(5) of the Act,13 which requires, among other things, that the rules of a national securities 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 also finds that the proposal is consistent with section 6(b)(4) of the Act,14 which requires the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among the Exchange’s members and issuers and other persons using its facilities. The Commission also continues to believe that PBOT’s MDDN fee structure is consistent with Rule 603 under the Act 15 regarding the distribution, consolidation, and display of information with respect to quotations for and transactions in NMS stocks. The Commission believes that the Exchange’s proposal to eliminate snapshot requests for index value data and the associated fee is consistent with the Act. The Exchange makes available the same market data through other means, and, in the absence of a compelling regulatory concern, it is a 12 In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 13 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 14 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 15 17 CFR 242.603. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:05 Jan 04, 2008 Jkt 214001 reasonable exercise of the Exchange’s business judgment to choose the means of delivery of this data. With respect to Phlx’s proposal to eliminate the applicability of the Administrative Fee credit to vendors electing to pay the Enterprise License Fee, the Commission believes that the rule change is reasonable. The Exchange represents that, unlike vendors electing to receive market data pursuant to the device fee, vendors electing to receive market data pursuant to the Enterprise License Fee are not required to bear the same ongoing administrative expenses. In particular, vendors paying the device fee must prepare and deliver to PBOT a detailed monthly accounting and report of Devices. By contrast, a vendor paying the Enterprise License Fee is required only to submit an initial certification, and must notify PBOT of any changes to its qualification, but has no requirement to submit any on-going accounting to PBOT.16 Thus, the administrative costs to a firm associated with monitoring its ongoing eligibility for the Enterprise License Fee should be substantially less than the administrative costs to a vendor subject to the device fee. IV. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act,17 that the proposed rule change (SR–Phlx–2007– 75), as amended, be, and it hereby is, approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.18 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–9 Filed 1–4–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–57071; File No. SR–DTC– 2007–15] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Depository Trust Company; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to Stock Loan and Repurchase Processing December 31, 2007. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 notice is hereby given that on November 7, 2007, The Depository Trust Company (‘‘DTC’’) 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 prepared primarily by DTC. DTC filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 2 and Rule 19b–4(f)(4) 3 thereunder so that the proposal was 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 Under the proposed rule change, DTC will provide participants using DTC’s Stock Loan REPO Adjustment Menu (‘‘SLRM’’) system with new warning messages advising participants if any corrective action is needed to complete their stock loan or repurchase transaction. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 16 The Exchange notes that several large vendors are currently paying the Enterprise License Fee. To be eligible for the Enterprise License Fee, a vendor must certify to PBOT that it qualifies for the Enterprise License Fee, including that market distribution is predominantly to non-professional users, and must immediately notify PBOT if it can no longer certify its qualification. 17 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 18 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). PO 00000 1239 Sfmt 4703 In its filing with the Commission, DTC 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. DTC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(4). 2 15 E:\FR\FM\07JAN1.SGM 07JAN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-57075; File No. SR-Phlx-2007-75]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; 
Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change as Modified by 
Amendments No. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating to Market Data Distribution 
Network Fees

December 31, 2007.

I. Introduction

    On September 27, 2007, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. 
(``Phlx'' 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 proposal to eliminate: (1) A fee assessed by the 
Exchange's wholly owned subsidiary, the Philadelphia Board of Trade 
(``PBOT''), for certain equity index values that subscribers receive 
over PBOT's Market Data Distribution Network (``MDDN''); \3\ and (2) a 
discount applicable to certain market data vendors. Phlx filed 
Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change on November 7, 2007. The 
proposed rule change, as amended, was published for comment in the 
Federal Register on November 28, 2007.\4\ On December 14, 2007, Phlx 
filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change.\5\ The Commission 
received no comments regarding the proposal. This order approves the 
proposed rule change, as amended.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ The MDDN is an Internet protocol multicast network developed 
by PBOT and SAVVIS Communications.
    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56827 (November 20, 
2007), 72 FR 67334.
    \5\ In Amendment No. 2, Phlx corrected Exhibit 5 to the Form 
19b-4 it submitted to accurately reflect the proposed deletions and 
additions of the rule text. Phlx also clarified in footnote 1 of 
Exhibit 5 that the Administrative Fee deduction applies only to the 
per-device fee and to Index Data. Because Amendment No. 2 is 
technical in nature, it is not subject to notice and comment.
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II. Description of the Proposal

    Phlx licenses to PBOT the current and closing index values 
underlying most of Phlx's proprietary indexes, and Hapoalim Securities 
USA, Inc. licenses to PBOT the current and closing Hapoalim American 
Israeli Index\TM\ (HAI\SM\) values. PBOT distributes those values over 
the MDDN. The Exchange or its third-party designee calculates and makes 
available to PBOT a real-time value for each index every 15 seconds 
during each trading day and a closing index value at the end of the 
day. In exchange for subscriber fees paid to PBOT, market data vendors 
may receive and widely disseminate this market data to their 
subscribers.\6\
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    \6\ PBOT has contracted with several major vendors to receive 
real-time and closing index values over the MDDN and promptly 
redistribute such values.
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    Presently, subscriber fees are assessed in one of three ways: \7\ 
(a) A monthly fee of $1.00 per ``Device'' \8\ that is used by vendors 
and their subscribers to receive and re-transmit market data on a real-
time basis (``device fee''); (b) a fee of $0.0025 per request for 
snapshot data,\9\ which is essentially market data that is refreshed no 
more frequently than once every 60 seconds, or $1,500 per month for 
unlimited snapshot data requests (``snapshot fee''); \10\ or (c) an 
Enterprise License Fee of $10,000 per year or $850 per month for 
unlimited real-time data as an alternative to the device fee.\11\ All 
vendors that provide market data to 200,000 or more Devices in any 
month qualify for a 15% Administrative Fee credit for that month, to be 
deducted from the monthly Subscriber Fees that they collect and are 
obligated to pay

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PBOT under the Vendor/Subvendor Agreement. This credit is also 
currently given to vendors paying the Enterprise License Fee.
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    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53790 (May 11, 
2006), 71 FR 28738 (May 17, 2006) (``Original Approval Order''). The 
applicable subscriber fees are set out in Vendor/Subvendor 
Agreements that PBOT executed with various market data vendors for 
the right to receive, store, and retransmit the current and closing 
index values transmitted over the MDDN.
    \8\ The agreements provide that ``Device'' shall mean, in case 
of each Subscriber and in such Subscriber's discretion, either any 
Terminal or any End User. Devices may be exclusively Terminals, 
exclusively End Users, or a combination of Terminals or End Users, 
and shall be reported in a manner that is consistent with the way 
the vendor identifies such Subscriber's access to vendor's data. An 
``End User'' is defined as an individual authorized or allowed by a 
vendor to access and display real-time market data that is 
distributed by PBOT over the MDDN; and a ``Terminal'' is any type of 
equipment (fixed or portable) that accesses and displays such market 
data.
    \9\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55111 (January 16, 
2007), 72 FR 3188 (January 24, 2007) (increasing the snapshot fee to 
$0.0025 per request).
    \10\ The index values may also be made available by vendors on a 
delayed basis (i.e., no sooner than 20 minutes following receipt of 
the data by vendors) at no charge.
    \11\ A vendor is eligible for the Enterprise License Fee if it 
is a firm acting as a retail broker-dealer conducting a material 
portion of its business via one or more proprietary Internet Web 
sites by which the firm distributes market data to predominately 
non-professional market data users with whom the firm has a 
brokerage relationship (``Eligible Firm''). An Eligible Firm may 
also distribute market data to professional users with whom such 
firm has a brokerage relationship, provided such market data 
distribution is predominantly to non-professional users. The 
Eligible Firm's market data distribution to professional users 
cannot exceed 10%. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55424 
(March 8, 2007), 72 FR 12242 (March 15, 2007) (SR-Phlx-2006-63).
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    Phlx proposes to eliminate the ability to access the market data on 
a ``snapshot'' basis and consequently proposes to eliminate the 
snapshot data fee, effective January 1, 2008. The Exchange states that 
only a few vendors currently elect to use snapshot data. Consequently, 
PBOT seeks to eliminate the associated operational and accounting 
expenses of administering the snapshot data fee. Phlx is also proposing 
to eliminate the applicability of the 15% Administrative Fee credit to 
market data vendors paying the Enterprise License Fee.

III. Discussion

    After careful consideration, the Commission finds that the amended 
proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and 
the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national 
securities exchange.\12\ In particular, the Commission finds that the 
proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\13\ 
which requires, among other things, that the rules of a national 
securities 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 
also finds that the proposal is consistent with section 6(b)(4) of the 
Act,\14\ which requires the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, 
fees, and other charges among the Exchange's members and issuers and 
other persons using its facilities. The Commission also continues to 
believe that PBOT's MDDN fee structure is consistent with Rule 603 
under the Act \15\ regarding the distribution, consolidation, and 
display of information with respect to quotations for and transactions 
in NMS stocks.
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    \12\ In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has 
considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, 
and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
    \15\ 17 CFR 242.603.
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    The Commission believes that the Exchange's proposal to eliminate 
snapshot requests for index value data and the associated fee is 
consistent with the Act. The Exchange makes available the same market 
data through other means, and, in the absence of a compelling 
regulatory concern, it is a reasonable exercise of the Exchange's 
business judgment to choose the means of delivery of this data.
    With respect to Phlx's proposal to eliminate the applicability of 
the Administrative Fee credit to vendors electing to pay the Enterprise 
License Fee, the Commission believes that the rule change is 
reasonable. The Exchange represents that, unlike vendors electing to 
receive market data pursuant to the device fee, vendors electing to 
receive market data pursuant to the Enterprise License Fee are not 
required to bear the same ongoing administrative expenses. In 
particular, vendors paying the device fee must prepare and deliver to 
PBOT a detailed monthly accounting and report of Devices. By contrast, 
a vendor paying the Enterprise License Fee is required only to submit 
an initial certification, and must notify PBOT of any changes to its 
qualification, but has no requirement to submit any on-going accounting 
to PBOT.\16\ Thus, the administrative costs to a firm associated with 
monitoring its ongoing eligibility for the Enterprise License Fee 
should be substantially less than the administrative costs to a vendor 
subject to the device fee.
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    \16\ The Exchange notes that several large vendors are currently 
paying the Enterprise License Fee. To be eligible for the Enterprise 
License Fee, a vendor must certify to PBOT that it qualifies for the 
Enterprise License Fee, including that market distribution is 
predominantly to non-professional users, and must immediately notify 
PBOT if it can no longer certify its qualification.
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IV. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\17\ that the proposed rule change (SR-Phlx-2007-75), as amended, 
be, and it hereby is, approved.
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    \17\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    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.
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