Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend the Short Term Option Series Pilot Program, 39743-39744 [E8-15637]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 133 / Thursday, July 10, 2008 / Notices Commission may summarily abrogate the 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 rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR–Amex–2008–57 on the subject line. SR–Amex–2008–57 and should be submitted on or before July 31, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–15636 Filed 7–9–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58084; File No. SR–Amex– 2008–55] Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend the Short Term Option Series Pilot Program July 2, 2008. Paper Comments 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 27, 2008, the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the All submissions should refer to File Securities and Exchange Commission Number SR–Amex–2008–57. This file (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule number should be included on the change as described in Items I and II subject line if e-mail is used. To help the below, which Items have been Commission process and review your substantially prepared by the Exchange. comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will The Exchange has designated this post all comments on the Commission’s proposal as non-controversial under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 3 and Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder,4 which rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the renders the proposed rule change submission, all subsequent effective upon filing with the amendments, all written statements Commission. The Commission is with respect to the proposed rule publishing this notice to solicit change that are filed with the comments on the proposed rule change Commission, and all written from interested persons. communications relating to the proposed rule change between the I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Commission and any person, other than Statement of the Terms of Substance of those that may be withheld from the the Proposed Rule Change public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be The Exchange proposes to extend the available for inspection and copying in period for its Short Term Option Series the Commission’s Public Reference pilot program (the ‘‘Pilot Program’’) for Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, an additional year, through July 12, DC 20549, on official business days 2009. The text of the proposed rule between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. change is available on the Exchange’s Copies of such filing also will be Web site (http://www.amex.com), at the available for inspection and copying at principal office of the Exchange, and at the principal office of the Exchange. All the Commission’s Public Reference comments received will be posted Room. without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying 15 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). information from submissions. You 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). should submit only information that 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. you wish to make available publicly. All 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). submissions should refer to File No. 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Jul 09, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39743 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 On July 12, 2005, the Commission initially approved the Pilot Program.5 On July 11, 2007, the Pilot Program was extended through July 12, 2008.6 The Exchange now proposes to extend the Pilot Program for an additional year, through July 12, 2009. The Pilot Program allows the Amex to list and trade options series that expire one week after the date on which the series is opened (‘‘Short Term Option Series’’). The Exchange believes that Short Term Option Series may provide investors with a flexible and valuable tool to manage risk exposure, minimize capital outlays, and be more responsive to the timing of events affecting the securities that underlie option contracts. At the same time, however, the Exchange is cognizant of the need to be cautious in introducing a product that can increase the number of outstanding strike prices. In its original proposal to establish the Pilot Program, the Exchange stated that if it were to propose an extension of the program, the Amex would submit a Pilot Program report (‘‘Report’’) that would provide analysis of the Pilot Program covering the entire period during which the Pilot Program was in effect. Because the Exchange has yet to list any Short Term Option Series during the Pilot Program, there is no data available to prepare the Report at this time, and accordingly, the Exchange has not submitted a Report with this proposal to extend the Pilot Program. The Exchange notes that it possesses the adequate systems capacity to trade 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52014 (July 12, 2005), 70 FR 41244 (July 18, 2005) (SR– Amex–2005–035). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56046 (July 11, 2007), 72 FR 39105 (July 17, 2007) (SR– Amex–2007–62). E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 39744 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 133 / Thursday, July 10, 2008 / Notices any Short Term Options Series, should any be listed in the future. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6 of the Act 7 in general and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 8 in particular in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and 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 Exchange believes that continuing the Pilot Program for Short Term Option Series can stimulate customer interest in options and provide a flexible and valuable tool to manage risk exposure, minimize capital outlays and be more responsive to the timing of events affecting the securities that underlie option contracts. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change does not 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. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as one that: (1) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (3) 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. Therefore, the foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 9 and 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78(f)(b)(5). 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 8 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Jul 09, 2008 Jkt 214001 subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.10 The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the operative delay to permit the proposed rule change to become operative prior to the 30th day after filing. The Commission has determined that waiving the 30-day operative delay of the Exchange’s proposal is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest and will promote competition because such waiver will allow Amex to continue the existing Pilot Program without interruption.11 Therefore, the Commission designates the proposal operative upon filing. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate the 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 rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR–Amex–2008–55 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Amex–2008–55. 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 10 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) requires a self-regulatory organization to provide the Commission with written 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. The Exchange has fulfilled this requirement. 11 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File No. SR–Amex–2008–55 and should be submitted on or before July 31, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–15637 Filed 7–9–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58086; File No. SR–Amex– 2008–52] Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to an Extension of the Linkage Fee Pilot Program July 2, 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 June 26, 2008, the American Stock Exchange, LLC (‘‘Amex’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared substantially by the Exchange. The Commission is 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 133 (Thursday, July 10, 2008)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-58084; File No. SR-Amex-2008-55]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To 
Extend the Short Term Option Series Pilot Program

July 2, 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 June 27, 2008, the American Stock Exchange LLC (``Amex'' or 
``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 this proposal as non-controversial under 
Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
thereunder,\4\ which renders the proposed rule change 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

    The Exchange proposes to extend the period for its Short Term 
Option Series pilot program (the ``Pilot Program'') for an additional 
year, through July 12, 2009. The text of the proposed rule change is 
available on the Exchange's Web site (http://www.amex.com), at the 
principal office of the Exchange, and at 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
    On July 12, 2005, the Commission initially approved the Pilot 
Program.\5\ On July 11, 2007, the Pilot Program was extended through 
July 12, 2008.\6\ The Exchange now proposes to extend the Pilot Program 
for an additional year, through July 12, 2009. The Pilot Program allows 
the Amex to list and trade options series that expire one week after 
the date on which the series is opened (``Short Term Option Series'').
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52014 (July 12, 
2005), 70 FR 41244 (July 18, 2005) (SR-Amex-2005-035).
    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56046 (July 11, 
2007), 72 FR 39105 (July 17, 2007) (SR-Amex-2007-62).
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    The Exchange believes that Short Term Option Series may provide 
investors with a flexible and valuable tool to manage risk exposure, 
minimize capital outlays, and be more responsive to the timing of 
events affecting the securities that underlie option contracts. At the 
same time, however, the Exchange is cognizant of the need to be 
cautious in introducing a product that can increase the number of 
outstanding strike prices.
    In its original proposal to establish the Pilot Program, the 
Exchange stated that if it were to propose an extension of the program, 
the Amex would submit a Pilot Program report (``Report'') that would 
provide analysis of the Pilot Program covering the entire period during 
which the Pilot Program was in effect. Because the Exchange has yet to 
list any Short Term Option Series during the Pilot Program, there is no 
data available to prepare the Report at this time, and accordingly, the 
Exchange has not submitted a Report with this proposal to extend the 
Pilot Program.
    The Exchange notes that it possesses the adequate systems capacity 
to trade

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any Short Term Options Series, should any be listed in the future.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6 of the Act \7\ in general and furthers the objectives of 
Section 6(b)(5) of the Act \8\ in particular in that it is designed to 
prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just 
and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and 
coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in 
securities, and 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 Exchange believes that 
continuing the Pilot Program for Short Term Option Series can stimulate 
customer interest in options and provide a flexible and valuable tool 
to manage risk exposure, minimize capital outlays and be more 
responsive to the timing of events affecting the securities that 
underlie option contracts.
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78(f)(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change does not 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.

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

    The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as one that: 
(1) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the 
public interest; (2) does not impose any significant burden on 
competition; and (3) 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. 
Therefore, the foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to 
Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \9\ and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-
4 thereunder.\10\
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \10\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) 
requires a self-regulatory organization to provide the Commission 
with written 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. The Exchange has fulfilled this requirement.
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    The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the operative delay 
to permit the proposed rule change to become operative prior to the 
30th day after filing. The Commission has determined that waiving the 
30-day operative delay of the Exchange's proposal is consistent with 
the protection of investors and the public interest and will promote 
competition because such waiver will allow Amex to continue the 
existing Pilot Program without interruption.\11\ Therefore, the 
Commission designates the proposal operative upon filing.
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    \11\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, 
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 the 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 No. SR-Amex-2008-55 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-Amex-2008-55. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/
sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and 
copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File No. SR-Amex-2008-55 and should be 
submitted on or before July 31, 2008.

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