Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend NYSE Rule 104.10 To Extend the Duration of the Pilot Program Applicable to Conditional Transactions in All Securities to September 30, 2008, 38272-38274 [E8-15100]

Download as PDF 38272 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 129 / Thursday, July 3, 2008 / Notices Number SR–NYSE–2008–53 on the subject line. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION the most significant aspects of such statements. Paper Comments [Release No. 34–58040; File No. SR–NYSE– 2008–50] A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend All submissions should refer to File NYSE Rule 104.10 To Extend the Number SR–NYSE–2008–53. This file Duration of the Pilot Program number should be included on the Applicable to Conditional Transactions subject line if e-mail is used. To help the in All Securities to September 30, 2008 Commission process and review your June 26, 2008. comments more efficiently, please use Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the only one method. The Commission will Securities Exchange Act of 1934 post all comments on the Commission’s (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule19b–4 thereunder,2 Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ notice is hereby given that on June 23, rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the 2008, the New York Stock Exchange submission, all subsequent LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed amendments, all written statements with the Securities and Exchange with respect to the proposed rule Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the change that are filed with the proposed rule change as described in Commission, and all written Items I and II below, which Items have communications relating to the been substantially prepared by the proposed rule change between the Exchange. The Exchange has designated Commission and any person, other than the proposed rule change as a ‘‘nonthose that may be withheld from the controversial’’ proposed rule change public in accordance with the pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder,4 available for inspection and copying in which renders the proposal effective the Commission’s Public Reference upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, solicit comments on the proposed rule DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. change from interested persons. Copies of the filing also will be available I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s for inspection and copying at the Statement of the Terms of Substance of principal office of the Exchange. All the Proposed Rule Change comments received will be posted The Exchange proposes to amend without change; the Commission does NYSE Rule 104.10 to extend the not edit personal identifying duration of the pilot program applicable information from submissions. You to Conditional Transactions as defined should submit only information that in Rule 104.10(6)(i) in all securities to you wish to make available publicly. All September 30, 2008. The text of the submissions should refer to File proposed rule change is available at Number SR–NYSE–2008–53 and should NYSE, http://www.nyse.com, and the be submitted on or before July 24, 2008. Commission’s Public Reference Room. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–15070 Filed 7–2–08; 8:45 am] mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 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. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 2 17 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:46 Jul 02, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1. Purpose The Exchange is proposing to amend NYSE Rule 104.10 to extend the duration of the pilot program applicable to Conditional Transactions as defined in Rule 104.10(6)(i) in all securities for an additional three months until September 30, 2008. On October 26, 2007, the Commission approved the ability of NYSE specialists to effect Conditional Transactions pursuant to NYSE Rule 104.10(6) in all securities traded on the NYSE to operate as a pilot through March 31, 2008 (the ‘‘Conditional Transaction Pilot’’).5 (a) Current Conditional Transaction Pilot Conditional Transactions are specialists’ transactions that establish or increase a position and reach across the market to trade as the contra-side to the Exchange published bid or offer. Under the current Conditional Transaction Pilot, NYSE specialists are allowed to effect Conditional Transactions in all securities traded on the NYSE until June 30, 2008. When a specialist effects a Conditional Transaction, he or she has obligations to re-enter the market on the opposite side from which the specialist effected his or her Conditional Transaction pursuant to the rule. Specifically, pursuant to NYSE Rule 104.10(6)(ii), ‘‘appropriate’’ re-entry means ‘‘re-entry on the opposite side of the market at or before the price participation point or the ‘PPP.’ ’’ 6 Depending on the type of Conditional Transaction, a specialist’s obligation to re-enter may be immediate or subject to the same re-entry conditions of NonConditional Transactions.7 Conditional 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56711 (October 26, 2007), 72 FR 62504 (November 5, 2007) (SR–NYSE–2007–83). The Pilot was extended for an additional three months until June 30, 2008. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57592 (April 1, 2008), 73 FR 18836 (April 7, 2008) (SR–NYSE– 2008–23). 6 NYSE Rule 104.10(6)(iii)(a) provides that the PPP identifies the price at or before which a specialist is expected to re-enter the market after effecting a Conditional Transaction. PPPs are only minimum guidelines and compliance with them does not guarantee that a specialist is meeting its obligations. The Exchange issued guidance regarding PPPs in January 2007. See NYSE Member Education Bulletin 2007–1 (January 18, 2007). 7 NYSE Rule 104.10(6)(iii)(c) provides that immediate re-entry is required after the following Conditional Transactions: E:\FR\FM\03JYN1.SGM 03JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 129 / Thursday, July 3, 2008 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Transactions are subject to a specialist’s overall negative obligation.8 As a condition of operating the Conditional Transaction Pilot, the Exchange committed to providing the Commission with data related to specialist executions of Conditional Transactions. The Exchange has provided the Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets and Office of Economic Analysis with statistics related to market quality, specialist trading activity and sample statistics for the months of November 2007 through May 2008. The data includes the daily Consolidated Tape volume in shares, daily number of trades, daily high-low volatility in basis points, and daily close price in dollars. The Exchange continues to calculate the specialist’s profit on round-trip Hit Bid and Take Offer (‘‘HB/TO’’) (I) A purchase that (1) Reaches across the market to trade with an Exchange published offer that is above the last differently priced trade on the Exchange and above the last differently priced published offer on the Exchange, (2) is 10,000 shares or more or has a market value of $200,000 or more, and (3) exceeds 50% of the published offer size. (II) A sale that (1) Reaches across the market to trade with an Exchange published bid that is below the last differently priced trade on the Exchange and below the last differently priced published bid on the Exchange, (2) is 10,000 shares or more or has a market value of $200,000 or more, and (3) exceeds 50% of the published bid size. Pursuant to current NYSE Rule 104.10(6)(iv), Conditional Transactions that involve: (a) A specialist’s purchase from the Exchange published offer that is priced above the last differently-priced trade on the Exchange or above the last differently-priced published offer on the Exchange; and (b) A specialist’s sale to the Exchange published bid that is priced below the last differently-priced trade on the Exchange or below the last differentlypriced published bid on the Exchange are subject to the re-entry requirements for Non-Conditional Transactions pursuant to Rule 104.10(5)(i)(a)(II)(c). NYSE Rule 104.10(5)(i)(a)(II)(c) provides: Re-entry Obligation Following Non-Conditional Transactions—The specialist’s obligation to maintain a fair and orderly market may require reentry on the opposite side of the market trend after effecting one or more Non-Conditional Transactions. Such re-entry transactions should be commensurate with the size of the Non-Conditional Transactions and the immediate and anticipated needs of the market. 8 The negative obligation, which is part of NYSE Rule 104, requires that specialists restrict their dealings so far as practicable to those reasonably necessary to permit the specialists to maintain a fair and orderly market. Specifically, NYSE Rule 104(a) provides: No specialist shall effect on the Exchange purchases or sales of any security in which such specialist is registered, for any account in which he, his member organization or any other member, allied member, or approved person, (unless an exemption with respect to such approved person is in effect pursuant to Rule 98) in such organization or officer or employee thereof is directly or indirectly interested, unless such dealings are reasonably necessary to permit such specialist to maintain a fair and orderly market, or to act as an odd-lot dealer in such security. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:46 Jul 02, 2008 Jkt 214001 executions. This is accomplished by measuring the specialist’s profit on HB/ TO activity by taking the round-trip trading profits for all HB/TO trades where the specialist executes an offsetting trade within 30 seconds. In cases where the volume of the offsetting execution is less than the size of the HB/ TO execution, the calculation will only include profits realized within the 30second window. The Exchange continues to calculate the quote-based specialist re-entry ratio. Each re-entry price level is categorized and reported separately. In addition, the Exchange continues to provide the Commission with data related to the average realized spread on specialist HB/TO executions. These calculations are done using the same formula as SEC Rule 605. Specifically, the average realized spread is a share-weighted average of realized spreads. For specialist buys, it is double the amount of difference between the execution price and the midpoint of the consolidated best bid and offer five minutes after the time of HB/TO execution. For specialist sells, it is double the amount of difference between the midpoint of the consolidated best bid and offer five minutes after the time of HB/TO execution and the execution price. The Exchange will continue to provide all the aforementioned information to the Commission on or before the 15th of the calendar month directly following the data month. The Exchange will maintain average measures for each stock-day during a particular month in order to provide such information to the Commission upon request. Furthermore, NYSE Regulation, Inc. (‘‘NYSER’’) believes that it has appropriate surveillance procedures in place to surveil for compliance with the negative obligations of specialists. NYSER monitors, using a pattern-andpractice and/or outlier approach, specialist activity that appears to cause or exacerbate excessive price movement in the market (since such transactions would appear to be in violation of a specialist’s negative obligation). In this connection, NYSER continues to surveil for specialist compliance with the PPP re-entry requirements, and, based on its reviews of surveillance data to date, has not identified significant compliance issues. The Division of Market Surveillance of NYSER also monitors specialist trading to cushion such price movements. (b) Conclusion The Exchange believes that an extension of the current Conditional PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38273 Transaction Pilot program will continue to provide NYSE specialists with the flexibility to compete and to efficiently and systematically trade and quote in their securities as well as equip them to fluidly manage their risk. In view of the above, the NYSE believes it is appropriate to extend the operation of the Conditional Transaction Pilot program for an additional three months until September 30, 2008. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirement under Section 6(b)(5) 9 of the Act that an Exchange have rules that are 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 proposed rule change also is designed to support the principles of Section 11A(a)(1) 10 in that it seeks to assure economically efficient execution of securities transactions. The Exchange believes that extending the operation of the Conditional Transaction Pilot will provide specialists with the required flexibility to compete, thus adding value to the Exchange market by encouraging specialists to continue to commit capital. Ultimately, the Exchange believes that the Conditional Transaction Pilot benefits the marketplace by allowing specialists to manage their risk and, therefore, provides them with the ability to increase the liquidity they provide at prices outside the best bid and offer, as well as meet their obligation to bridge temporary gaps in supply and demand and dampen volatility. 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. 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). U.S.C. 78k–1(a)(1). 10 15 E:\FR\FM\03JYN1.SGM 03JYN1 38274 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 129 / Thursday, July 3, 2008 / 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) of the Act 11 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder 12 because the foregoing proposed rule change: (1) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (3) by its terms, does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) normally may not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.13 However, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay, as specified in Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii),14 which would make the rule change effective and operative upon filing. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because such waiver would allow the Conditional Transaction Pilot to continue without interruption through September 30, 2008 and provide the Exchange and the Commission additional time to evaluate the pilot.15 Accordingly, the Commission designates the proposed rule change effective and operative upon filing with the Commission. 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. 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 13 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). In addition, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) requires the self-regulatory organization to give the Commission notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. NYSE has satisfied this requirement. 14 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 15 For purposes only of waiving the operative delay for this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 12 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:46 Jul 02, 2008 Jkt 214001 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: For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.16 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–15100 Filed 7–2–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–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–NYSE–2008–50 on the subject line. Paper Comments [Release No. 34–58052; File No. SR–NYSE– 2008–45] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending NYSE Rule 98 and Related Rules To Redefine Specialist Operations at the NYSE • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. June 27, 2008. 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 publicly available. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2008–50 and should be submitted on or before July 24, 2008. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change 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 June 11, All submissions should refer to File 2008, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Number SR–NYSE–2008–50. This file Securities and Exchange Commission number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and Commission process and review your III below, which Items have been comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will substantially prepared by the Exchange. post all comments on the Commission’s The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ proposed rule change from interested rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the persons. submission, all subsequent PO 00000 The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 98 and related rules to redefine specialist operations at the NYSE. The text of the proposed rule change is available at NYSE’s principal office, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http://www.nyse.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 those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. 16 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\03JYN1.SGM 03JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-58040; File No. SR-NYSE-2008-50]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change 
To Amend NYSE Rule 104.10 To Extend the Duration of the Pilot Program 
Applicable to Conditional Transactions in All Securities to September 
30, 2008

June 26, 2008.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'') \1\ and Rule19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on June 23, 2008, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' or the 
``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I and 
II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. 
The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as a ``non-
controversial'' proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 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).
    \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

    The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Rule 104.10 to extend the 
duration of the pilot program applicable to Conditional Transactions as 
defined in Rule 104.10(6)(i) in all securities to September 30, 2008. 
The text of the proposed rule change is available at NYSE, http://
www.nyse.com, 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, 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. The Exchange 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
    The Exchange is proposing to amend NYSE Rule 104.10 to extend the 
duration of the pilot program applicable to Conditional Transactions as 
defined in Rule 104.10(6)(i) in all securities for an additional three 
months until September 30, 2008.
    On October 26, 2007, the Commission approved the ability of NYSE 
specialists to effect Conditional Transactions pursuant to NYSE Rule 
104.10(6) in all securities traded on the NYSE to operate as a pilot 
through March 31, 2008 (the ``Conditional Transaction Pilot'').\5\
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56711 (October 26, 
2007), 72 FR 62504 (November 5, 2007) (SR-NYSE-2007-83). The Pilot 
was extended for an additional three months until June 30, 2008. See 
Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57592 (April 1, 2008), 73 FR 
18836 (April 7, 2008) (SR-NYSE-2008-23).
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(a) Current Conditional Transaction Pilot
    Conditional Transactions are specialists' transactions that 
establish or increase a position and reach across the market to trade 
as the contra-side to the Exchange published bid or offer. Under the 
current Conditional Transaction Pilot, NYSE specialists are allowed to 
effect Conditional Transactions in all securities traded on the NYSE 
until June 30, 2008.
    When a specialist effects a Conditional Transaction, he or she has 
obligations to re-enter the market on the opposite side from which the 
specialist effected his or her Conditional Transaction pursuant to the 
rule. Specifically, pursuant to NYSE Rule 104.10(6)(ii), 
``appropriate'' re-entry means ``re-entry on the opposite side of the 
market at or before the price participation point or the `PPP.' '' \6\ 
Depending on the type of Conditional Transaction, a specialist's 
obligation to re-enter may be immediate or subject to the same re-entry 
conditions of Non-Conditional Transactions.\7\ Conditional

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Transactions are subject to a specialist's overall negative 
obligation.\8\ As a condition of operating the Conditional Transaction 
Pilot, the Exchange committed to providing the Commission with data 
related to specialist executions of Conditional Transactions. The 
Exchange has provided the Commission's Division of Trading and Markets 
and Office of Economic Analysis with statistics related to market 
quality, specialist trading activity and sample statistics for the 
months of November 2007 through May 2008. The data includes the daily 
Consolidated Tape volume in shares, daily number of trades, daily high-
low volatility in basis points, and daily close price in dollars.
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    \6\ NYSE Rule 104.10(6)(iii)(a) provides that the PPP identifies 
the price at or before which a specialist is expected to re-enter 
the market after effecting a Conditional Transaction. PPPs are only 
minimum guidelines and compliance with them does not guarantee that 
a specialist is meeting its obligations. The Exchange issued 
guidance regarding PPPs in January 2007. See NYSE Member Education 
Bulletin 2007-1 (January 18, 2007).
    \7\ NYSE Rule 104.10(6)(iii)(c) provides that immediate re-entry 
is required after the following Conditional Transactions:
    (I) A purchase that (1) Reaches across the market to trade with 
an Exchange published offer that is above the last differently 
priced trade on the Exchange and above the last differently priced 
published offer on the Exchange, (2) is 10,000 shares or more or has 
a market value of $200,000 or more, and (3) exceeds 50% of the 
published offer size.
    (II) A sale that (1) Reaches across the market to trade with an 
Exchange published bid that is below the last differently priced 
trade on the Exchange and below the last differently priced 
published bid on the Exchange, (2) is 10,000 shares or more or has a 
market value of $200,000 or more, and (3) exceeds 50% of the 
published bid size.
    Pursuant to current NYSE Rule 104.10(6)(iv), Conditional 
Transactions that involve:
    (a) A specialist's purchase from the Exchange published offer 
that is priced above the last differently-priced trade on the 
Exchange or above the last differently-priced published offer on the 
Exchange; and
    (b) A specialist's sale to the Exchange published bid that is 
priced below the last differently-priced trade on the Exchange or 
below the last differently-priced published bid on the Exchange are 
subject to the re-entry requirements for Non-Conditional 
Transactions pursuant to Rule 104.10(5)(i)(a)(II)(c).
    NYSE Rule 104.10(5)(i)(a)(II)(c) provides:
    Re-entry Obligation Following Non-Conditional Transactions--The 
specialist's obligation to maintain a fair and orderly market may 
require re-entry on the opposite side of the market trend after 
effecting one or more Non-Conditional Transactions. Such re-entry 
transactions should be commensurate with the size of the Non-
Conditional Transactions and the immediate and anticipated needs of 
the market.
    \8\ The negative obligation, which is part of NYSE Rule 104, 
requires that specialists restrict their dealings so far as 
practicable to those reasonably necessary to permit the specialists 
to maintain a fair and orderly market. Specifically, NYSE Rule 
104(a) provides:
    No specialist shall effect on the Exchange purchases or sales of 
any security in which such specialist is registered, for any account 
in which he, his member organization or any other member, allied 
member, or approved person, (unless an exemption with respect to 
such approved person is in effect pursuant to Rule 98) in such 
organization or officer or employee thereof is directly or 
indirectly interested, unless such dealings are reasonably necessary 
to permit such specialist to maintain a fair and orderly market, or 
to act as an odd-lot dealer in such security.
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    The Exchange continues to calculate the specialist's profit on 
round-trip Hit Bid and Take Offer (``HB/TO'') executions. This is 
accomplished by measuring the specialist's profit on HB/TO activity by 
taking the round-trip trading profits for all HB/TO trades where the 
specialist executes an offsetting trade within 30 seconds. In cases 
where the volume of the offsetting execution is less than the size of 
the HB/TO execution, the calculation will only include profits realized 
within the 30-second window.
    The Exchange continues to calculate the quote-based specialist re-
entry ratio. Each re-entry price level is categorized and reported 
separately. In addition, the Exchange continues to provide the 
Commission with data related to the average realized spread on 
specialist HB/TO executions. These calculations are done using the same 
formula as SEC Rule 605. Specifically, the average realized spread is a 
share-weighted average of realized spreads. For specialist buys, it is 
double the amount of difference between the execution price and the 
midpoint of the consolidated best bid and offer five minutes after the 
time of HB/TO execution. For specialist sells, it is double the amount 
of difference between the midpoint of the consolidated best bid and 
offer five minutes after the time of HB/TO execution and the execution 
price.
    The Exchange will continue to provide all the aforementioned 
information to the Commission on or before the 15th of the calendar 
month directly following the data month. The Exchange will maintain 
average measures for each stock-day during a particular month in order 
to provide such information to the Commission upon request.
    Furthermore, NYSE Regulation, Inc. (``NYSER'') believes that it has 
appropriate surveillance procedures in place to surveil for compliance 
with the negative obligations of specialists. NYSER monitors, using a 
pattern-and-practice and/or outlier approach, specialist activity that 
appears to cause or exacerbate excessive price movement in the market 
(since such transactions would appear to be in violation of a 
specialist's negative obligation). In this connection, NYSER continues 
to surveil for specialist compliance with the PPP re-entry 
requirements, and, based on its reviews of surveillance data to date, 
has not identified significant compliance issues. The Division of 
Market Surveillance of NYSER also monitors specialist trading to 
cushion such price movements.
(b) Conclusion
    The Exchange believes that an extension of the current Conditional 
Transaction Pilot program will continue to provide NYSE specialists 
with the flexibility to compete and to efficiently and systematically 
trade and quote in their securities as well as equip them to fluidly 
manage their risk.
    In view of the above, the NYSE believes it is appropriate to extend 
the operation of the Conditional Transaction Pilot program for an 
additional three months until September 30, 2008.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the requirement under Section 6(b)(5) \9\ of the Act that an 
Exchange have rules that are 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 proposed 
rule change also is designed to support the principles of Section 
11A(a)(1) \10\ in that it seeks to assure economically efficient 
execution of securities transactions. The Exchange believes that 
extending the operation of the Conditional Transaction Pilot will 
provide specialists with the required flexibility to compete, thus 
adding value to the Exchange market by encouraging specialists to 
continue to commit capital. Ultimately, the Exchange believes that the 
Conditional Transaction Pilot benefits the marketplace by allowing 
specialists to manage their risk and, therefore, provides them with the 
ability to increase the liquidity they provide at prices outside the 
best bid and offer, as well as meet their obligation to bridge 
temporary gaps in supply and demand and dampen volatility.
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1(a)(1).
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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

    No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

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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) of the Act \11\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder \12\ 
because the foregoing proposed rule change: (1) Does not significantly 
affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) does not 
impose any significant burden on competition; and (3) by its terms, 
does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing, or such 
shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest.
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \12\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) normally may 
not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.\13\ 
However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a 
shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked the 
Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay, as specified in Rule 
19b-4(f)(6)(iii),\14\ which would make the rule change effective and 
operative upon filing. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day 
operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the 
public interest because such waiver would allow the Conditional 
Transaction Pilot to continue without interruption through September 
30, 2008 and provide the Exchange and the Commission additional time to 
evaluate the pilot.\15\ Accordingly, the Commission designates the 
proposed rule change effective and operative upon filing with the 
Commission.
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    \13\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii). In addition, Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii) requires the self-regulatory organization to give the 
Commission notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, 
along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, 
at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the 
proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the 
Commission. NYSE has satisfied this requirement.
    \14\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \15\ For purposes only of waiving the operative delay for this 
proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact 
on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
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    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-NYSE-2008-50 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities 
and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, 
DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2008-50. 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 publicly available. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2008-50 and should be 
submitted on or before July 24, 2008.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\16\
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    \16\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. E8-15100 Filed 7-2-08; 8:45 am]
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