Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade the Barclays Middle East Equities (MSCI GCC) Non Exchange Traded Notes Due 2038, 43968-43970 [E8-17307]

Download as PDF 43968 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 29, 2008 / Notices 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 Nasdaq to begin immediately to list and trade Quarterly Options Series in competition with the other exchanges that trade Quarterly Options Series under similar pilot programs.12 The Commission notes that Nasdaq has represented that it expects its entry into the Quarterly Options Pilot Program to benefit investors by narrowing spreads and increasing execution speed and efficiency. 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: 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–NASDAQ–2008–064 and should be submitted on or before August 19, 2008. BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–17309 Filed 7–28–08; 8:45 am] jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES [Release No. 34–58208; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2008–77] 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–NASDAQ–2008–064. 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 July 22, 2008. Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade the Barclays Middle East Equities (MSCI GCC) Non Exchange Traded Notes Due 2038 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, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’), through its wholly owned subsidiary, NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca Equities’’), 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 Exchange. 12 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). 16:12 Jul 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to list and trade shares of the Barclays Middle East Equities (MSCI GCC) Non Exchange Traded Notes due 2038 (‘‘Notes’’), which are linked to the MSCI Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries ex-Saudi Arabia Net Total Return Index SM (U.S. dollar) (‘‘Index’’). The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, 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 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. 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–NASDAQ–2008–064 on the subject line. VerDate Aug<31>2005 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. PO 00000 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to list and trade the Notes, which are linked to the Index, under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6), which includes the Exchange’s listing standards for Equity IndexLinked Securities.3 The Notes are senior unsecured debt obligations of Barclays Bank PLC (‘‘Barclays’’). The Index is comprised of all of the equity securities (each an ‘‘Index Component’’ and, collectively, the ‘‘Index Components’’) that are included in the following five individual country indices (each a ‘‘Country Index’’ and, collectively, the ‘‘Country Indices’’): MSCI Bahrain IndexSM, MSCI Kuwait IndexSM, MSCI Oman IndexSM, MSCI Qatar IndexSM, and MSCI United Arab Emirates IndexSM. Each Country Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization 3 Equity Index-Linked Securities are securities that provide for the payment at maturity of a cash amount based on the performance of an underlying index or indexes of equity securities (‘‘Equity Reference Asset’’). E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 29, 2008 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES index that is designed to measure the market performance, including price performance and income from dividend payments, of equity securities in the country it represents. The Index and the Country Indices are calculated and maintained by MSCI, Inc. (‘‘MSCI’’). The Exchange is submitting this proposed rule change because the Index does not meet all of the ‘‘generic’’ listing requirements of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6) applicable to the listing of Equity Index-Linked Securities. The Index meets all such requirements except for those set forth in NYSE Arca Equities Rules 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(ii) 4 and (vi).5 The Exchange represents that: (1) Except for NYSE Arca Equities Rules 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(ii) and (vi), the Notes currently satisfy all of the generic listing standards under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6) applicable to Equity IndexLinked Securities; (2) the continued listing standards under NYSE Arca Equities Rules 5.2(j)(6) applicable to Equity Index-Linked Securities shall apply to the Notes; and (3) Barclays is required to comply with Rule 10A–3 under the Act 6 for the initial and continued listing of the Notes. In addition, the Exchange represents that the Notes will comply with all other requirements applicable to Equity Index-Linked Securities including, but not limited to, requirements relating to 4 NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(ii) provides that each component security of the underlying index shall have trading volume in each of the last six months of not less than 1,000,000 shares per month, except that for each of the lowest dollar weighted component securities in the index that, in the aggregate, account for no more than 10% of the dollar weight of the index, the trading volume shall be at least 500,000 shares per month in each of the last six months. In each of the last six months, 87.995% of the Index had a trading volume of 1,000,000 shares, and 8.79% of the bottom 10% of the Index had a trading volume of 500,000 shares. 5 NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(vi) provides that all component securities of the underlying index shall be either (A) securities (other than foreign country securities and American Depositary Receipts (‘‘ADRs’’)) that are (x) issued by an Act reporting company or by an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, which in each case is listed on a national securities exchange, and (y) an ‘‘NMS stock’’ (as defined in Rule 600 of Regulation NMS) or (B) foreign country securities or ADRs, provided that foreign country securities or foreign country securities underlying ADRs having their primary trading market outside the United States on foreign trading markets that are not members of the Intermarket Surveillance Group (‘‘ISG’’) or parties to comprehensive surveillance sharing agreements with the Exchange will not, in the aggregate, represent more than 20% of the dollar weight of the index. Subject to the pending approval of a separate rule filing (Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58142 (July 11, 2008), 73 FR 41147 (July 17, 2008) (SR–NYSEArca–2008–70)), this subsection will be renumbered as NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(v). 6 17 CFR 240.10A–3. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:12 Jul 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 the dissemination of key information such as the Equity Reference Asset value and Intraday Indicative Value, rules and policies governing the trading of equity securities, trading hours, trading halts, surveillance, firewalls, and Information Bulletin to ETP Holders, as set forth in prior Commission orders approving the generic listing rules applicable to the listing and trading of Index-Linked Securities, generally, and Equity IndexLinked Securities, in particular.7 The Index Components are all components of the Country Indices, as described below. As of April 25, 2008, there were 103 stocks in the Index of which: 5 were included in the MSCI Bahrain Index SM, 47 were included in the MSCI Kuwait Index SM, 9 were included in the MSCI Oman Index SM, 16 were included in the MSCI Qatar Index SM, and 26 were included in the MSCI United Arab Emirates Index SM. Each Index Component is included in the Index at a weight that reflects the ratio of its free float-adjusted market capitalization (i.e., free public float multiplied by price) to the free floatadjusted market capitalization of all the Index Components. As of April 25, 2008, the market capitalization of the Index was approximately $125.176 billion of which: 1.28% was represented by components of the MSCI Bahrain Index SM, 49.23% was represented by components of the MSCI Kuwait Index SM, 3.56% was represented by components of the MSCI Oman Index SM, 15.00% was represented by components of the MSCI Qatar Index SM, and 30.94% was represented by components of the MSCI United Arab Emirates Index SM, traded on the Bahrain Stock Exchange, Kuwait Stock Exchange, Muscat Securities Market, Doha Securities Market, and the Dubai Financial Market or Abu Dhabi Securities Market (collectively, ‘‘Middle East Exchanges’’), respectively. With respect to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(vi), which requires that at least 80% of the component stock trade on markets that are members of ISG or parties to comprehensive surveillance sharing agreements with the Exchange, the Exchange has attempted to, but to date has not been able to, enter into 7 See e.g., Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 56637 (October 10, 2007), 72 FR 58704 (October 16, 2007) (SR–NYSEArca–2007–92); 57132 (January 11, 2008), 73 FR 3300 (January 17, 2008) (SR– NYSEArca–2007–125); 56838 (November 26, 2007), 72 FR 67774 (November 30, 2007) (SR–NYSEArca– 2007–118); 56879 (December 3, 2007) 72 FR 69271 (December 7, 2007) (SR–NYSEArca–2007–110); 52204 (August 3, 2005), 70 FR 46559 (August 10, 2005) (SR–PCX–2005–63). PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43969 comprehensive surveillance sharing agreements with the Middle East Exchanges. Currently, the Middle East Exchanges are not members of ISG. Accordingly, the Exchange may not be able to obtain surveillance information from the Middle East Exchanges regarding the component stocks. The Exchange intends to utilize its existing surveillance procedures applicable to derivative products to monitor trading in the Notes. The Exchange represents that these procedures are adequate to properly monitor Exchange trading of the Notes in all trading sessions and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules. The Exchange’s current trading surveillance focuses on detecting securities trading outside their normal patterns. When such situations are detected, surveillance analysis follows and investigations are opened, where appropriate, to review the behavior of all relevant parties for all relevant trading violations. The Exchange may obtain information via ISG from other exchanges who are members of ISG.8 Notwithstanding the Notes’ inability to meet the requirements of NYSE Arca Equities Rules 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(ii) and (vi),9 the Exchange believes that the Index is sufficiently broad-based in scope and, as such, is less susceptible to potential manipulation: the Index contains 105 companies, listed in five countries with no one Middle East Exchange listing greater than 50% of the Index Components. The Exchange further believes that no one Index Component dominates the underlying Index, thereby serving to protect the public interest and promote capital formation. Detailed descriptions of the Notes, the Index (including the methodology used to determine the composition of the Index), fees, redemption procedures and payment at redemption, payment at maturity, taxes, and risk factors relating to the Notes will be available in the Prospectus 10 or on the Web site for the Notes (http://www.barclays.com), as applicable. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with 8 For a list of the current members and affiliate members of ISG, see http://www.isgportal.com. 9 E-mail from Timothy J. Malinowski, Director, NYSE Euronext, to Edward Cho, Special Counsel, Division of Trading and Markets, Commission, dated July 21, 2008 (confirming the requirements of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6) applicable to Equity Index-Linked Securities that the Notes do not satisfy). 10 See Barclay’s Prospectus, as amended, filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2) under the Act (File No. 333–145845). E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1 43970 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 146 / Tuesday, July 29, 2008 / Notices Section 6(b) of the Act,11 in general, and Section 6(b)(5),12 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. The Exchange believes that it has developed adequate trading rules, procedures, surveillance programs, and listing standards for the initial and continued listing and trading of the Notes, which promote investor protection in the public interest.13 In addition, the Notes satisfy all of the requirements of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6), with the two exceptions noted above.14 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. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission will: A. by order approve such proposed rule change, or B. institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 13 E-mail from Timothy J. Malinowski, Director, NYSE Euronext, to Edward Cho, Special Counsel, Division of Trading and Markets, Commission, dated July 21, 2008 (confirming the Exchange’s statutory basis for the proposed rule change). 14 See id. 12 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:12 Jul 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 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–NYSEArca–2008–77 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–NYSEArca–2008–77. 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–NYSEArca–2008–77 and should be submitted on or before August 19, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–17307 Filed 7–28–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P PO 00000 15 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58212; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2008–56] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1 Thereto, To Amend the Pilot Program Expiring on November 30, 2008 for Listing Standards To Provide That Currently Traded Issuers Will Be Required To Meet Each of the $5 Per Share Closing Price Requirement and the $150 Million Market Value of Listed Securities Requirement on the Basis of a 90 Trading Day Average of the Closing Price of the Issuer’s Common Stock Prior To Applying for Initial Listing July 23, 2008. I. Introduction On May 28, 2008, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend its pilot program for listing standards expiring on November 30, 2008 (‘‘Pilot’’) 3 for initial listing standards applicable to currently traded issuers. The proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1, was published in the Federal Register on June 20, 2008.4 The Commission received no comments on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change. II. Description of the Proposal The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(c) to provide that a currently traded issuer will be required to, among other things, have: (1) Met each of the $5 closing 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 The Commission initially approved the Pilot for six months, until May 29, 2007. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54796 (November 20, 2006), 71 FR 69166 (November 29, 2006) (SR– NYSEArca–2006–85). The Pilot was subsequently extended for an additional six months, until November 30, 2007. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55838 (May 31, 2007), 72 FR 31642 (June 7, 2007) (SR–NYSEArca–2007–51). The Pilot was then extended for an additional six months, until May 31, 2008. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56885 (December 3, 2007), 72 FR 69272 (December 7, 2007) (SR–NYSEArca–2007–123). The Pilot was most recently extended for an additional six months, until November 30, 2008. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57922 (June 4, 2008), 73 FR 33137 (June 11, 2008) (SR–NYSEArca–2008–55). 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57958 (June 12, 2008), 73 FR 35184. 2 17 E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 146 (Tuesday, July 29, 2008)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-58208; File No. SR-NYSEArca-2008-77]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
of Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade the Barclays Middle East 
Equities (MSCI GCC) Non Exchange Traded Notes Due 2038

July 22, 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, NYSE Arca, Inc. (``Exchange'' or ``NYSE Arca''), 
through its wholly owned subsidiary, NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. (``NYSE 
Arca Equities''), 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 Exchange. 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.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to list and trade shares of the Barclays 
Middle East Equities (MSCI GCC) Non Exchange Traded Notes due 2038 
(``Notes''), which are linked to the MSCI Gulf Cooperation Council 
(GCC) Countries ex-Saudi Arabia Net Total Return Index SM 
(U.S. dollar) (``Index''). The text of the proposed rule change is 
available at the Exchange, 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 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 proposes to list and trade the Notes, which are linked 
to the Index, under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6), which includes 
the Exchange's listing standards for Equity Index-Linked Securities.\3\ 
The Notes are senior unsecured debt obligations of Barclays Bank PLC 
(``Barclays''). The Index is comprised of all of the equity securities 
(each an ``Index Component'' and, collectively, the ``Index 
Components'') that are included in the following five individual 
country indices (each a ``Country Index'' and, collectively, the 
``Country Indices''): MSCI Bahrain IndexSM, MSCI Kuwait 
IndexSM, MSCI Oman IndexSM, MSCI Qatar 
IndexSM, and MSCI United Arab Emirates IndexSM. 
Each Country Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization

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index that is designed to measure the market performance, including 
price performance and income from dividend payments, of equity 
securities in the country it represents. The Index and the Country 
Indices are calculated and maintained by MSCI, Inc. (``MSCI'').
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    \3\ Equity Index-Linked Securities are securities that provide 
for the payment at maturity of a cash amount based on the 
performance of an underlying index or indexes of equity securities 
(``Equity Reference Asset'').
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    The Exchange is submitting this proposed rule change because the 
Index does not meet all of the ``generic'' listing requirements of NYSE 
Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6) applicable to the listing of Equity Index-
Linked Securities. The Index meets all such requirements except for 
those set forth in NYSE Arca Equities Rules 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(ii) 
\4\ and (vi).\5\ The Exchange represents that: (1) Except for NYSE Arca 
Equities Rules 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(ii) and (vi), the Notes currently 
satisfy all of the generic listing standards under NYSE Arca Equities 
Rule 5.2(j)(6) applicable to Equity Index-Linked Securities; (2) the 
continued listing standards under NYSE Arca Equities Rules 5.2(j)(6) 
applicable to Equity Index-Linked Securities shall apply to the Notes; 
and (3) Barclays is required to comply with Rule 10A-3 under the Act 
\6\ for the initial and continued listing of the Notes. In addition, 
the Exchange represents that the Notes will comply with all other 
requirements applicable to Equity Index-Linked Securities including, 
but not limited to, requirements relating to the dissemination of key 
information such as the Equity Reference Asset value and Intraday 
Indicative Value, rules and policies governing the trading of equity 
securities, trading hours, trading halts, surveillance, firewalls, and 
Information Bulletin to ETP Holders, as set forth in prior Commission 
orders approving the generic listing rules applicable to the listing 
and trading of Index-Linked Securities, generally, and Equity Index-
Linked Securities, in particular.\7\
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    \4\ NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(ii) provides 
that each component security of the underlying index shall have 
trading volume in each of the last six months of not less than 
1,000,000 shares per month, except that for each of the lowest 
dollar weighted component securities in the index that, in the 
aggregate, account for no more than 10% of the dollar weight of the 
index, the trading volume shall be at least 500,000 shares per month 
in each of the last six months. In each of the last six months, 
87.995% of the Index had a trading volume of 1,000,000 shares, and 
8.79% of the bottom 10% of the Index had a trading volume of 500,000 
shares.
    \5\ NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(vi) provides 
that all component securities of the underlying index shall be 
either (A) securities (other than foreign country securities and 
American Depositary Receipts (``ADRs'')) that are (x) issued by an 
Act reporting company or by an investment company registered under 
the Investment Company Act of 1940, which in each case is listed on 
a national securities exchange, and (y) an ``NMS stock'' (as defined 
in Rule 600 of Regulation NMS) or (B) foreign country securities or 
ADRs, provided that foreign country securities or foreign country 
securities underlying ADRs having their primary trading market 
outside the United States on foreign trading markets that are not 
members of the Intermarket Surveillance Group (``ISG'') or parties 
to comprehensive surveillance sharing agreements with the Exchange 
will not, in the aggregate, represent more than 20% of the dollar 
weight of the index. Subject to the pending approval of a separate 
rule filing (Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58142 (July 11, 
2008), 73 FR 41147 (July 17, 2008) (SR-NYSEArca-2008-70)), this 
subsection will be renumbered as NYSE Arca Equities Rule 
5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(v).
    \6\ 17 CFR 240.10A-3.
    \7\ See e.g., Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 56637 
(October 10, 2007), 72 FR 58704 (October 16, 2007) (SR-NYSEArca-
2007-92); 57132 (January 11, 2008), 73 FR 3300 (January 17, 2008) 
(SR-NYSEArca-2007-125); 56838 (November 26, 2007), 72 FR 67774 
(November 30, 2007) (SR-NYSEArca-2007-118); 56879 (December 3, 2007) 
72 FR 69271 (December 7, 2007) (SR-NYSEArca-2007-110); 52204 (August 
3, 2005), 70 FR 46559 (August 10, 2005) (SR-PCX-2005-63).
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    The Index Components are all components of the Country Indices, as 
described below. As of April 25, 2008, there were 103 stocks in the 
Index of which: 5 were included in the MSCI Bahrain Index \SM\, 47 were 
included in the MSCI Kuwait Index \SM\, 9 were included in the MSCI 
Oman Index \SM\, 16 were included in the MSCI Qatar Index \SM\, and 26 
were included in the MSCI United Arab Emirates Index \SM\. Each Index 
Component is included in the Index at a weight that reflects the ratio 
of its free float-adjusted market capitalization (i.e., free public 
float multiplied by price) to the free float-adjusted market 
capitalization of all the Index Components.
    As of April 25, 2008, the market capitalization of the Index was 
approximately $125.176 billion of which: 1.28% was represented by 
components of the MSCI Bahrain Index \SM\, 49.23% was represented by 
components of the MSCI Kuwait Index \SM\, 3.56% was represented by 
components of the MSCI Oman Index \SM\, 15.00% was represented by 
components of the MSCI Qatar Index \SM\, and 30.94% was represented by 
components of the MSCI United Arab Emirates Index \SM\, traded on the 
Bahrain Stock Exchange, Kuwait Stock Exchange, Muscat Securities 
Market, Doha Securities Market, and the Dubai Financial Market or Abu 
Dhabi Securities Market (collectively, ``Middle East Exchanges''), 
respectively.
    With respect to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(vi), 
which requires that at least 80% of the component stock trade on 
markets that are members of ISG or parties to comprehensive 
surveillance sharing agreements with the Exchange, the Exchange has 
attempted to, but to date has not been able to, enter into 
comprehensive surveillance sharing agreements with the Middle East 
Exchanges. Currently, the Middle East Exchanges are not members of ISG. 
Accordingly, the Exchange may not be able to obtain surveillance 
information from the Middle East Exchanges regarding the component 
stocks.
    The Exchange intends to utilize its existing surveillance 
procedures applicable to derivative products to monitor trading in the 
Notes. The Exchange represents that these procedures are adequate to 
properly monitor Exchange trading of the Notes in all trading sessions 
and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules. The Exchange's 
current trading surveillance focuses on detecting securities trading 
outside their normal patterns. When such situations are detected, 
surveillance analysis follows and investigations are opened, where 
appropriate, to review the behavior of all relevant parties for all 
relevant trading violations. The Exchange may obtain information via 
ISG from other exchanges who are members of ISG.\8\
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    \8\ For a list of the current members and affiliate members of 
ISG, see http://www.isgportal.com.
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    Notwithstanding the Notes' inability to meet the requirements of 
NYSE Arca Equities Rules 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(ii) and (vi),\9\ the 
Exchange believes that the Index is sufficiently broad-based in scope 
and, as such, is less susceptible to potential manipulation: the Index 
contains 105 companies, listed in five countries with no one Middle 
East Exchange listing greater than 50% of the Index Components. The 
Exchange further believes that no one Index Component dominates the 
underlying Index, thereby serving to protect the public interest and 
promote capital formation.
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    \9\ E-mail from Timothy J. Malinowski, Director, NYSE Euronext, 
to Edward Cho, Special Counsel, Division of Trading and Markets, 
Commission, dated July 21, 2008 (confirming the requirements of NYSE 
Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6) applicable to Equity Index-Linked 
Securities that the Notes do not satisfy).
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    Detailed descriptions of the Notes, the Index (including the 
methodology used to determine the composition of the Index), fees, 
redemption procedures and payment at redemption, payment at maturity, 
taxes, and risk factors relating to the Notes will be available in the 
Prospectus \10\ or on the Web site for the Notes (http://
www.barclays.com), as applicable.
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    \10\ See Barclay's Prospectus, as amended, filed pursuant to 
Rule 424(b)(2) under the Act (File No. 333-145845).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
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Section 6(b) of the Act,\11\ in general, and Section 6(b)(5),\12\ 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. The Exchange believes that it has 
developed adequate trading rules, procedures, surveillance programs, 
and listing standards for the initial and continued listing and trading 
of the Notes, which promote investor protection in the public 
interest.\13\ In addition, the Notes satisfy all of the requirements of 
NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6), with the two exceptions noted 
above.\14\
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \13\ E-mail from Timothy J. Malinowski, Director, NYSE Euronext, 
to Edward Cho, Special Counsel, Division of Trading and Markets, 
Commission, dated July 21, 2008 (confirming the Exchange's statutory 
basis for the proposed rule change).
    \14\ See id.
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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.

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

    Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may 
designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to 
be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to 
which the Exchange consents, the Commission will:
    A. by order approve such proposed rule change, or
    B. institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.

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-NYSEArca-2008-77 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-NYSEArca-2008-77. 
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-NYSEArca-2008-77 and should 
be submitted on or before August 19, 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. E8-17307 Filed 7-28-08; 8:45 am]
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