Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend Two Pilot Programs Related to the Exchange's Automated Improvement Mechanism Until July 18, 2009, 43803-43805 [E8-17120]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 145 / Monday, July 28, 2008 / Notices C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange has neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action 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 this filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) 8 of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.9 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. 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 requests that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay, which would make the rule change 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 will allow the PIP pilot program to continue without interruption.10 Accordingly, the Commission designates the proposed rule change operative upon filing with the Commission.11 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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. 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 10 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). 11 As required under Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii), the Exchange provided 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 the filing of the proposed rule change. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 9 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:35 Jul 25, 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: 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–BSE–2008–39 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–BSE–2008–39. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BSE–2008–39 and should be submitted on or before August 18, 2008. PO 00000 Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43803 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–17119 Filed 7–25–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58196; File No. SR–CBOE– 2008–76] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend Two Pilot Programs Related to the Exchange’s Automated Improvement Mechanism Until July 18, 2009 July 18, 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 July 17, 2008, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘CBOE’’) 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 by the Exchange. The Exchange filed the proposal as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to 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. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change CBOE proposes to extend two pilot programs related to the Exchange’s Automated Improvement Mechanism (‘‘AIM’’) for one year, until July 18, 2009. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http://www.cboe.com), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. 12 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). 1 15 E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 43804 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 145 / Monday, July 28, 2008 / Notices 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 self-regulatory organization 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 parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 1. Purpose In February 2006, CBOE obtained approval of a filing adopting the AIM auction process.5 AIM exposes certain orders electronically to an auction process to provide such orders with the opportunity to receive an execution at an improved price. The AIM auction is available only for orders that an Exchange member represents as agent and for which a second order of the same size as the ‘‘Agency Order’’ (and on the opposite side of the market) is also submitted (effectively stopping the Agency Order at a given price). Two components of AIM were approved on a pilot basis: (1) That there is no minimum size requirement for orders to be eligible for the auction, and (2) that the auction will conclude prematurely anytime there is a quote lock on the Exchange pursuant to Rule 6.45A(d).6 In connection with the pilot programs, the Exchange has submitted to the Commission reports providing detailed AIM auction and order execution data. In July 2006, the Exchange extended the pilot program until July 18, 2007.7 In July 2007, the Exchange extended the pilot program until July 18, 2008.8 The proposed rule change merely extends the duration of the pilot programs until July 18, 2009. Extending the pilots for an additional year will allow the Commission more 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53222 (February 3, 2006), 71 FR 7089 (February 10, 2006) (SR–CBOE–2005–60). 6 That rule relates to situations where a MarketMaker’s quote interacts with the quote of another CBOE Market-Maker (i.e., when internal quotes lock). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54147 (July 14, 2006), 71 FR 41487 (July 21, 2006) (SR– CBOE–2006–64). 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56094 (July 18, 2007), 72 FR 40910 (July 25, 2007) (SR– CBOE–2007–80). VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:35 Jul 25, 2008 Jkt 214001 time to consider the impact of the pilot programs on AIM order executions. To further aid the Commission in its evaluation of the pilot program, CBOE represents that it will provide the following additional information each month: (1) For the first Wednesday of each month: (a) The total number of AIM auctions on that date; (b) the number of AIM auctions where the order submitted to the AIM was fewer than 50 contracts; (c) the number of AIM auctions where the order submitted to the AIM was 50 contracts or greater; (d) the number of AIM auctions (for orders of fewer than 50 contracts) with 0 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 1 participant (excluding the Initiating Member), 2 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 3 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 4 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), etc., and (e) the number of AIM auctions (for orders of 50 contracts or greater) with 0 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 1 participant (excluding the Initiating Member), 2 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 3 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 4 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), etc. (2) For the third Wednesday of each month: (a) The total number of AIM auctions on that date; (b) the number of AIM auctions where the order submitted to the AIM was fewer than 50 contracts; (c) the number of AIM auctions where the order submitted to the AIM was 50 contracts or greater; (d) the number of AIM auctions (for orders of fewer than 50 contracts) with 0 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 1 participant (excluding the Initiating Member), 2 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 3 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 4 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), etc., and (e) the number of AIM auctions (for orders of 50 contracts or greater) with 0 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 1 participant (excluding the Initiating Member), 2 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 3 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 4 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), etc. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) 9 of the Act in general and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) 10 in particular in that by allowing the PO 00000 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78(f)(b)(5). 10 15 Frm 00130 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Commission additional time to evaluate the AIM pilot programs, it should serve to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and protect investors and the public interest. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the proposal. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action 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 this filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 11 of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.12 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. 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 requests that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay, which would make the rule change 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 AIM pilot programs to continue without interruption.13 Accordingly, the Commission designates the proposed 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 13 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). 12 17 E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 145 / Monday, July 28, 2008 / Notices rule change operative upon filing with the Commission.14 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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 rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–CBOE–2008–76 on the subject line. Paper Comments jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES • 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–CBOE–2008–76. 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 14 Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) requires the Exchange to provide the Commission with written notice of its intention to file the proposed rule change along with a brief description of the text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to filing the proposal with the Commission, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Commission has determined to waive the five business day period in this case. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:35 Jul 25, 2008 Jkt 214001 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2008–76 and should be submitted on or before August 18, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–17120 Filed 7–25–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58200; File No. SR–CBOE– 2008–77] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Interim Trading Permit Access Fee July 21, 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 July 18, 2008, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the CBOE. CBOE has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange under section 19(b)(3)(A),3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 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 parties. PO 00000 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change CBOE proposes to adopt a monthly access fee for Interim Trading Permit holders. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http://www.cboe.org/Legal/), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, 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, CBOE included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. CBOE has 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 CBOE Rule 3.27(f)(ii) provides that Interim Trading Permit holders shall pay to the Exchange a monthly access fee set by the Exchange and that the access fee shall be implemented through the submission of a proposed rule change to the Commission under section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act.5 The purpose of this rule filing is to propose that the access fee for Interim Trading Permit holders be set at $12,387 per month. The amount of the proposed access fee is equal to the current indicative lease rate. Under Rule 3.27(b), the ‘‘indicative lease rate’’ is the highest clearing firm floating monthly rate 6 of the CBOE Clearing Members that assist in facilitating at least 10% of the CBOE transferable membership leases. The Exchange determined the current indicative lease rate by polling each of these Clearing Members and obtaining the clearing firm floating monthly rate designated by each of these Clearing Members for the month of July 2008. The Exchange believes that the proposed access fee constitutes an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, 5 15 15 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 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)(2). Frm 00131 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43805 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 3.27(b) defines the term ‘‘clearing firm floating monthly rate’’ as the floating monthly rate that a Clearing Member designates, in connection with transferable membership leases that the Clearing Member assisted in facilitating, for leases that utilize that monthly rate. 6 Rule E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-58196; File No. SR-CBOE-2008-76]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed 
Rule Change To Extend Two Pilot Programs Related to the Exchange's 
Automated Improvement Mechanism Until July 18, 2009

July 18, 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 July 17, 2008, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated 
(``Exchange'' or ``CBOE'') 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 by the Exchange. 
The Exchange filed the proposal as a ``non-controversial'' proposed 
rule change pursuant to 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).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    CBOE proposes to extend two pilot programs related to the 
Exchange's Automated Improvement Mechanism (``AIM'') for one year, 
until July 18, 2009. The text of the proposed rule change is available 
on the Exchange's Web site (http://www.cboe.com), at the Exchange's 
Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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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 self-regulatory organization 
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 parts of such statements.

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

1. Purpose
    In February 2006, CBOE obtained approval of a filing adopting the 
AIM auction process.\5\ AIM exposes certain orders electronically to an 
auction process to provide such orders with the opportunity to receive 
an execution at an improved price. The AIM auction is available only 
for orders that an Exchange member represents as agent and for which a 
second order of the same size as the ``Agency Order'' (and on the 
opposite side of the market) is also submitted (effectively stopping 
the Agency Order at a given price).
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53222 (February 3, 
2006), 71 FR 7089 (February 10, 2006) (SR-CBOE-2005-60).
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    Two components of AIM were approved on a pilot basis: (1) That 
there is no minimum size requirement for orders to be eligible for the 
auction, and (2) that the auction will conclude prematurely anytime 
there is a quote lock on the Exchange pursuant to Rule 6.45A(d).\6\ In 
connection with the pilot programs, the Exchange has submitted to the 
Commission reports providing detailed AIM auction and order execution 
data. In July 2006, the Exchange extended the pilot program until July 
18, 2007.\7\ In July 2007, the Exchange extended the pilot program 
until July 18, 2008.\8\ The proposed rule change merely extends the 
duration of the pilot programs until July 18, 2009. Extending the 
pilots for an additional year will allow the Commission more time to 
consider the impact of the pilot programs on AIM order executions. To 
further aid the Commission in its evaluation of the pilot program, CBOE 
represents that it will provide the following additional information 
each month:
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    \6\ That rule relates to situations where a Market-Maker's quote 
interacts with the quote of another CBOE Market-Maker (i.e., when 
internal quotes lock).
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54147 (July 14, 
2006), 71 FR 41487 (July 21, 2006) (SR-CBOE-2006-64).
    \8\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56094 (July 18, 
2007), 72 FR 40910 (July 25, 2007) (SR-CBOE-2007-80).
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    (1) For the first Wednesday of each month: (a) The total number of 
AIM auctions on that date; (b) the number of AIM auctions where the 
order submitted to the AIM was fewer than 50 contracts; (c) the number 
of AIM auctions where the order submitted to the AIM was 50 contracts 
or greater; (d) the number of AIM auctions (for orders of fewer than 50 
contracts) with 0 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 1 
participant (excluding the Initiating Member), 2 participants 
(excluding the Initiating Member), 3 participants (excluding the 
Initiating Member), 4 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 
etc., and (e) the number of AIM auctions (for orders of 50 contracts or 
greater) with 0 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 1 
participant (excluding the Initiating Member), 2 participants 
(excluding the Initiating Member), 3 participants (excluding the 
Initiating Member), 4 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 
etc.
    (2) For the third Wednesday of each month: (a) The total number of 
AIM auctions on that date; (b) the number of AIM auctions where the 
order submitted to the AIM was fewer than 50 contracts; (c) the number 
of AIM auctions where the order submitted to the AIM was 50 contracts 
or greater; (d) the number of AIM auctions (for orders of fewer than 50 
contracts) with 0 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 1 
participant (excluding the Initiating Member), 2 participants 
(excluding the Initiating Member), 3 participants (excluding the 
Initiating Member), 4 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 
etc., and (e) the number of AIM auctions (for orders of 50 contracts or 
greater) with 0 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 1 
participant (excluding the Initiating Member), 2 participants 
(excluding the Initiating Member), 3 participants (excluding the 
Initiating Member), 4 participants (excluding the Initiating Member), 
etc.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
Section 6(b) \9\ of the Act in general and furthers the objectives of 
Section 6(b)(5) \10\ in particular in that by allowing the Commission 
additional time to evaluate the AIM pilot programs, it should serve to 
remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open 
market and a national market system, and protect investors and the 
public interest.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any 
burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of 
the purposes of the Act.

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

    The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the 
proposal.

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

    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 this filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may 
designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public 
interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to 
Section 19(b)(3)(A) \11\ of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
thereunder.\12\
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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. 
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 requests that the 
Commission waive the 30-day operative delay, which would make the rule 
change 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 AIM pilot 
programs to continue without interruption.\13\ Accordingly, the 
Commission designates the proposed

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rule change operative upon filing with the Commission.\14\
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    \13\ 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).
    \14\ Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) requires the Exchange to provide the 
Commission with written notice of its intention to file the proposed 
rule change along with a brief description of the text of the 
proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to filing 
the proposal with the Commission, or such shorter time as designated 
by the Commission. The Commission has determined to waive the five 
business day period in this case.
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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-CBOE-2008-76 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-CBOE-2008-76. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/
sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and 
copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2008-76 and should be 
submitted on or before August 18, 2008.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\15\
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    \15\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. E8-17120 Filed 7-25-08; 8:45 am]
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