Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Modify the Rules Governing the Operation of The NASDAQ Options Market, 17393-17395 [E8-6611]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 63 / Tuesday, April 1, 2008 / Notices issues on March 28, 2008 (‘‘Phase II’’).6 The Exchange hereby proposes to implement Phase II of the Pilot Program on March 28, 2008, by adding twentyeight additional issues, bringing the total number of issues included in the Pilot Program to sixty-three. These twenty-eight new options classes are among the most actively traded, multiply-listed options classes. A Regulatory Bulletin, attached to the proposed rule change as Exhibit 3 and disseminated to NYSE Arca’s members, identifies these additional twenty-eight underlying securities. Pursuant to NYSE Arca Rule 6.72, this Regulatory Bulletin will also be published by the Exchange on its Web site. The thirty-five classes currently in the Pilot Program will continue to be quoted as they are today. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,7 in that it is 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. 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 No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act8 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(1) thereunder,9 because it constitutes a stated policy, practice, or interpretation with respect to the meaning, administration, or enforcement of an existing rule of the Exchange. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56568 (September 27, 2007), 72 FR 56422 (October 3, 2007) (SR–NYSEArca–2007–88). 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(i). 9 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(1). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:40 Mar 31, 2008 Jkt 214001 Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.10 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: 17393 submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSEArca–2008–34 and should be submitted on or before April 22, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–6656 Filed 3–31–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NYSEArca–2008–34 on the subject line. [Release No. 34–57564; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2008–022] 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–NYSEArca–2008–34. 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 the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the NYSE Arca. 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 March 26, 2008. 10 See PO 00000 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C). Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Modify the Rules Governing the Operation of The NASDAQ Options Market 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 March 19, 2008, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared substantially by Nasdaq. Nasdaq has filed this proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 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 Nasdaq proposes to make five modifications to the rules governing its recently-approved NASDAQ Options Market (‘‘NOM’’).5 Specifically, Nasdaq proposes to: (1) Revise Chapter VI, Section 1(a)(2) of the NOM Rules to clarify that all options trades will be reported to the Options Price Regulatory Authority (‘‘OPRA’’); (2) modify Chapter VI, Section 8 of the NOM Rules to 11 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)(iii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57478 (March 12, 2008), 73 FR 14521 (March 18, 2008) (order approving File Nos. SR–NASDAQ–2007–004 and SR–NASDAQ–2007–080) (‘‘NOM Approval Order’’). 1 15 E:\FR\FM\01APN1.SGM 01APN1 17394 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 63 / Tuesday, April 1, 2008 / Notices change the final tie-breakers for the Order Imbalance Indicator and the execution algorithm of the Opening and Closing Crosses; (3) replace improper references to the Nasdaq Market Center with proper references to NOM; (4) revise Chapter VII, Section 6(c)(ii)(2) of the NOM Rules to replace an inaccurate reference to a subsection of Rule 602 of Regulation NMS under the Act; 6 and (5) revise Chapter VI, Sections 7 and 10 of the NOM Rules to eliminate erroneous references to Displayed Orders, which is not a defined term in the NOM Rules. The text of the proposed rule change is available at Nasdaq, in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and at http://www.nasdaq.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, Nasdaq 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. Nasdaq has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose On March 12, 2008, the Commission approved the Nasdaq proposals establishing NOM.7 Nasdaq has identified the following five minor modifications to the operation and rules governing NOM that Nasdaq believes will improve the fair and orderly operation of NOM. (1) Nasdaq proposes to modify Chapter VI, Section 1(a)(2) of the NOM Rules to clarify that all options trades will be reported to OPRA. In its initial filing, Nasdaq inadvertently implied that it has discretion to withhold transaction reports when, in fact, no such discretion exists. All transaction reports by NOM will be reported to OPRA. (2) Nasdaq proposes to modify Chapter VI, Section 8 of the NOM Rules to change the final tie-breakers for the Order Imbalance Indicator and the execution algorithm of the Opening and Closing Crosses. With respect to the Closing Cross, Nasdaq proposes to clarify that the Closing Cross execution 6 17 CFR 242.602. NOM Approval Order, supra note 5. 7 See VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:40 Mar 31, 2008 Jkt 214001 price will be the price that maximizes the number of paired contracts of available interest within NOM at the time of the Closing Cross. This formulation is the same as the formulation that Nasdaq uses in its Closing Cross for equities. With respect to the Opening Cross, Nasdaq proposes to use as the final tiebreaker for the Order Imbalance Indicator and for the Opening Cross execution algorithm the midpoint price of the available trading interest within NOM at 9:30 a.m., rather than the Nasdaq Official Closing price from the previous trading day. After further discussion with industry representatives, Nasdaq has determined that using the prior day’s closing price would introduce unnecessary uncertainty due to price changes that can and often do occur overnight. Nasdaq believes that using the midpoint price of trading interest available within NOM at 9:30 a.m. will be beneficial because it is the same tiebreaker that Nasdaq applies for its equities Opening Cross. In addition, Nasdaq believes that this price is more likely to produce a relevant market price because trading interest within NOM is more likely to reflect current market conditions than is the prior day’s closing price. (3) Nasdaq proposes to replace improper references to the Nasdaq Market Center with proper references to NOM. Throughout Chapter VI, Sections 8 and 9 of the NOM Rules, Nasdaq improperly referred to the Nasdaq Market Center rather than to NOM. Nasdaq believes that this technical correction will reduce confusion about Nasdaq’s options rules. (4) Nasdaq proposes to modify Chapter VII, Section 6(c)(ii)(2) of the NOM Rules to add one reference and to replace an inaccurate reference to subsections of Rule 602 of Regulation NMS under the Act. (5) Nasdaq proposes to modify Chapter VI, Sections 7 and 10 of the NOM Rules to eliminate erroneous references to Displayed Orders, which is not a defined term within the NOM Rules. The rules will refer instead to orders that are displayed within the System. 2. Statutory Basis Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,8 in general, and with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,9 in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation with 8 15 9 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f. U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, 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; and are not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers, or to regulate by virtue of the authority conferred by this title matters not related to the purposes of this title or the administration of the exchange. Nasdaq notes that, with the exception of the changes proposed for the Nasdaq Opening and Closing Crosses, none of the proposed changes will impact the manner in which executions occur on NOM. According to Nasdaq, the proposed changes to the Opening and Closing Crosses are designed to improve both the quality and the predictability of executions during these two critical periods of the day. In addition, Nasdaq states that the proposed changes will more closely conform Nasdaq’s options and equities trading platform, thereby facilitating improved trading by Nasdaq members. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. Nasdaq notes, to the contrary, that the proposed rules are designed to effectuate the orderly launch of NOM, the seventh U.S. options market, which, Nasdaq believes, will increase competition for the quotation and trading of standardized equity and index options. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Nasdaq has designated the proposed rule change as one that: (i) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) does not become operative for 30 days from the date of filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. In addition, as required E:\FR\FM\01APN1.SGM 01APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 63 / Tuesday, April 1, 2008 / Notices under Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii),10 Nasdaq provided the Commission with written notice of its intention to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and the text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to filing the proposal with the Commission. Therefore, the foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 11 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.12 Pursuant to Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act, a proposal does not become operative for 30 days after the date of its filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Nasdaq has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay to allow the proposal to be operative on March 31, 2008, the day Nasdaq plans to launch NOM. Nasdaq states that it has carefully planned a detailed and thorough testing and rollout schedule for the NOM market, and has coordinated this schedule with numerous industry participants. Nasdaq believes that disrupting this schedule for the proposed modifications would cause disproportionate inconvenience and delay the launch of a process that will benefit investors. The Commission notes that waiving the 30-day operative delay will allow Nasdaq to launch NOM pursuant to its planned schedule. Further, the proposal will clarify NOM’s rules, correct technical errors, and provide greater consistency between NOM’s opening and closing procedures and the opening and closing procedures Nasdaq uses in its equity market. For these reasons, the Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest and therefore designates that the proposal become operative immediately. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 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. 10 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 12 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 11 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:40 Mar 31, 2008 Jkt 214001 Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NASDAQ–2008–022 on the subject line. 17395 DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 6163] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS–3035, J–1 Visa Waiver Recommendation Application, OMB Control Number 1405–0135 Notice of request for public comment and submission to OMB of proposed collection of information. ACTION: SUMMARY: The Department of State has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of • Send paper comments in triplicate Management and Budget (OMB) for to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, approval in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC • Title of Information Collection: J–1 20549–1090. Visa Waiver Recommendation All submissions should refer to File No. Application. • OMB Control Number: 1405–0135. SR–NASDAQ–2008–022. This file • Type of Request: Extension of a number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. 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Commission, and all written • Average Hours Per Response: 1 communications relating to the hour. proposed rule change between the • Total Estimated Burden: 10,000 Commission and any person, other than hours. those that may be withheld from the • Frequency: On occasion. public in accordance with the • Obligation to Respond: Required to provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be obtain or retain a benefit. available for inspection and copying in DATE(S): Submit comments to the Office the Commission’s Public Reference of Management and Budget (OMB) for Room on official business days between up to 30 days from April 1, 2008. the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies ADDRESSES: Direct comments and of the filing also will be available for questions to Katherine Astrich, the inspection and copying at the principal Department of State Desk Officer in the office of Nasdaq. All comments received Office of Information and Regulatory will be posted without change; the Affairs at the Office of Management and Commission does not edit personal Budget (OMB), who may be reached at identifying information from 202–395–4718. You may submit submissions. You should submit only comments by any of the following information that you wish to make methods: • E-mail: kastrich@omb.eop.gov. You available publicly. All submissions must include the DS form number, should refer to File No. SR–NASDAQ– information collection title, and OMB 2008–022 and should be submitted on control number in the subject line of or before April 22, 2008. your message. For the Commission, by the Division of • Mail (paper, disk, or CD–ROM Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated submissions): Office of Information and authority.13 Regulatory Affairs, Office of Florence E. Harmon, Management and Budget, 725 17th Deputy Secretary. Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503. [FR Doc. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 63 (Tuesday, April 1, 2008)]
[Notices]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-57564; File No. SR-NASDAQ-2008-022]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change 
To Modify the Rules Governing the Operation of The NASDAQ Options 
Market

March 26, 2008.
    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 March 19, 2008, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (``Nasdaq'') filed with 
the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the proposed 
rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been 
prepared substantially by Nasdaq. Nasdaq has filed this proposal 
pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6) 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)(6).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    Nasdaq proposes to make five modifications to the rules governing 
its recently-approved NASDAQ Options Market (``NOM'').\5\ Specifically, 
Nasdaq proposes to: (1) Revise Chapter VI, Section 1(a)(2) of the NOM 
Rules to clarify that all options trades will be reported to the 
Options Price Regulatory Authority (``OPRA''); (2) modify Chapter VI, 
Section 8 of the NOM Rules to

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change the final tie-breakers for the Order Imbalance Indicator and the 
execution algorithm of the Opening and Closing Crosses; (3) replace 
improper references to the Nasdaq Market Center with proper references 
to NOM; (4) revise Chapter VII, Section 6(c)(ii)(2) of the NOM Rules to 
replace an inaccurate reference to a subsection of Rule 602 of 
Regulation NMS under the Act; \6\ and (5) revise Chapter VI, Sections 7 
and 10 of the NOM Rules to eliminate erroneous references to Displayed 
Orders, which is not a defined term in the NOM Rules.
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57478 (March 12, 
2008), 73 FR 14521 (March 18, 2008) (order approving File Nos. SR-
NASDAQ-2007-004 and SR-NASDAQ-2007-080) (``NOM Approval Order'').
    \6\ 17 CFR 242.602.
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    The text of the proposed rule change is available at Nasdaq, in the 
Commission's Public Reference Room, and at http://www.nasdaq.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, Nasdaq 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. Nasdaq has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, 
B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    On March 12, 2008, the Commission approved the Nasdaq proposals 
establishing NOM.\7\ Nasdaq has identified the following five minor 
modifications to the operation and rules governing NOM that Nasdaq 
believes will improve the fair and orderly operation of NOM.
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    \7\ See NOM Approval Order, supra note 5.
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    (1) Nasdaq proposes to modify Chapter VI, Section 1(a)(2) of the 
NOM Rules to clarify that all options trades will be reported to OPRA. 
In its initial filing, Nasdaq inadvertently implied that it has 
discretion to withhold transaction reports when, in fact, no such 
discretion exists. All transaction reports by NOM will be reported to 
OPRA.
    (2) Nasdaq proposes to modify Chapter VI, Section 8 of the NOM 
Rules to change the final tie-breakers for the Order Imbalance 
Indicator and the execution algorithm of the Opening and Closing 
Crosses. With respect to the Closing Cross, Nasdaq proposes to clarify 
that the Closing Cross execution price will be the price that maximizes 
the number of paired contracts of available interest within NOM at the 
time of the Closing Cross. This formulation is the same as the 
formulation that Nasdaq uses in its Closing Cross for equities.
    With respect to the Opening Cross, Nasdaq proposes to use as the 
final tie-breaker for the Order Imbalance Indicator and for the Opening 
Cross execution algorithm the midpoint price of the available trading 
interest within NOM at 9:30 a.m., rather than the Nasdaq Official 
Closing price from the previous trading day. After further discussion 
with industry representatives, Nasdaq has determined that using the 
prior day's closing price would introduce unnecessary uncertainty due 
to price changes that can and often do occur overnight. Nasdaq believes 
that using the midpoint price of trading interest available within NOM 
at 9:30 a.m. will be beneficial because it is the same tiebreaker that 
Nasdaq applies for its equities Opening Cross. In addition, Nasdaq 
believes that this price is more likely to produce a relevant market 
price because trading interest within NOM is more likely to reflect 
current market conditions than is the prior day's closing price.
    (3) Nasdaq proposes to replace improper references to the Nasdaq 
Market Center with proper references to NOM. Throughout Chapter VI, 
Sections 8 and 9 of the NOM Rules, Nasdaq improperly referred to the 
Nasdaq Market Center rather than to NOM. Nasdaq believes that this 
technical correction will reduce confusion about Nasdaq's options 
rules.
    (4) Nasdaq proposes to modify Chapter VII, Section 6(c)(ii)(2) of 
the NOM Rules to add one reference and to replace an inaccurate 
reference to subsections of Rule 602 of Regulation NMS under the Act.
    (5) Nasdaq proposes to modify Chapter VI, Sections 7 and 10 of the 
NOM Rules to eliminate erroneous references to Displayed Orders, which 
is not a defined term within the NOM Rules. The rules will refer 
instead to orders that are displayed within the System.
2. Statutory Basis
    Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,\8\ in general, and with Section 
6(b)(5) of the Act,\9\ in particular, in that it is designed to promote 
just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation with 
persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing 
information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in 
securities, 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; and are not designed to 
permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or 
dealers, or to regulate by virtue of the authority conferred by this 
title matters not related to the purposes of this title or the 
administration of the exchange.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    Nasdaq notes that, with the exception of the changes proposed for 
the Nasdaq Opening and Closing Crosses, none of the proposed changes 
will impact the manner in which executions occur on NOM. According to 
Nasdaq, the proposed changes to the Opening and Closing Crosses are 
designed to improve both the quality and the predictability of 
executions during these two critical periods of the day. In addition, 
Nasdaq states that the proposed changes will more closely conform 
Nasdaq's options and equities trading platform, thereby facilitating 
improved trading by Nasdaq members.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will result 
in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act. Nasdaq notes, to the contrary, 
that the proposed rules are designed to effectuate the orderly launch 
of NOM, the seventh U.S. options market, which, Nasdaq believes, will 
increase competition for the quotation and trading of standardized 
equity and index options.

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

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

    Nasdaq has designated the proposed rule change as one that: (i) 
Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public 
interest; (ii) does not impose any significant burden on competition; 
and (iii) does not become operative for 30 days from the date of 
filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if 
consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. In 
addition, as required

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under Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii),\10\ Nasdaq provided the Commission with 
written notice of its intention to file the proposed rule change, along 
with a brief description and the text of the proposed rule change, at 
least five business days prior to filing the proposal with the 
Commission. Therefore, the foregoing rule change has become effective 
pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \11\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
thereunder.\12\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \12\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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    Pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act, a proposal does 
not become operative for 30 days after the date of its filing, or such 
shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest. Nasdaq has asked the 
Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay to allow the proposal to 
be operative on March 31, 2008, the day Nasdaq plans to launch NOM. 
Nasdaq states that it has carefully planned a detailed and thorough 
testing and roll-out schedule for the NOM market, and has coordinated 
this schedule with numerous industry participants. Nasdaq believes that 
disrupting this schedule for the proposed modifications would cause 
disproportionate inconvenience and delay the launch of a process that 
will benefit investors. The Commission notes that waiving the 30-day 
operative delay will allow Nasdaq to launch NOM pursuant to its planned 
schedule. Further, the proposal will clarify NOM's rules, correct 
technical errors, and provide greater consistency between NOM's opening 
and closing procedures and the opening and closing procedures Nasdaq 
uses in its equity market. For these reasons, the Commission believes 
that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest and therefore 
designates that the proposal become operative immediately.
    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it 
appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate 
in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

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-NASDAQ-2008-022 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 No. SR-NASDAQ-2008-022. 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 on official business 
days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also 
will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of 
Nasdaq. 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 No. SR-NASDAQ-
2008-022 and should be submitted on or before April 22, 2008.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\13\
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    \13\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E8-6611 Filed 3-31-08; 8:45 am]
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