Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Rule Proposed by New York Stock Exchange LLC To Suspend the Operation of NYSE Rule 123D With Respect to Trading in the Securities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, 53304-53306 [E8-21333]

Download as PDF mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 53304 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 179 / Monday, September 15, 2008 / Notices consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange and, in particular, with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,7 which requires, among other things, that the rules of a national securities exchange be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanism of, a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.8 The Commission believes that it is appropriate for the NYSE to align the timing requirement in Section 802.02 of the Manual for issuance of a press release when a company has received notice that it has fallen below the Exchange’s continued listing standards with the Commission’s timing requirement for providing notification of such event on the Form 8–K. The Commission believes that this change will ensure that a company issues a press release no later than the date it is currently required to file a Form 8–K providing notice of such event. The Commission notes that the amended rule provides that the company must issue a press release within the time period allotted by SEC rules, but in any event, no longer than four business days after notification. The Commission believes that reducing the time period from 45 days to 4 days within which companies must issue a press release is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because it will provide investors with earlier press release notification that the company has fallen out of compliance with Exchange listing requirements and avoids any confusion by conforming the time periods in the NYSE rules with current Commission requirements. Further, the Commission believes that it is appropriate for the NYSE to reduce from 90 days to 30 days the period within which non-U.S. companies must issue a press release regarding a notification by the Exchange of noncompliance with the Exchange’s listing standards. The Commission believes that this change should still allow companies sufficient time to make the required disclosure, while at the same time providing investors with a more timely notification of important news that the company does not satisfy a rule or standard for continued listing 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 8 In VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:22 Sep 12, 2008 Jkt 214001 on the Exchange. The Commission notes that non-U.S. companies that do not qualify as foreign private issuers would have to comply with the amended disclosure for domestic companies pursuant to Section 802.02.9 The Commission also believes that it is appropriate for the Exchange to issue a press release itself in the event that a company has not acted within the new time periods required by this proposed rule change. This will ensure that investors are provided notification of a company’s non-compliance in a timely fashion, regardless of a company’s failure to meet the timing requirements of these rules. The Commission notes that the existing rule being amended herein did allow the Exchange to make such disclosure under the longer time periods. This proposal will permit a continuation of this authority, but with the updated time periods.10 For the reasons set forth above, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. IV. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,11 that the proposed rule change (SR–NYSE–2008– 59) be, and hereby is, approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–21332 Filed 9–12–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58488; File No. SR–NYSE– 2008–81] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Rule Proposed by New York Stock Exchange LLC To Suspend the Operation of NYSE Rule 123D With Respect to Trading in the Securities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac September 8, 2008. Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that, on 9 See supra note 5. Commission also notes that nothing in this proposal affects a company’s obligations to disclose material news in a timely fashion. See Section 202.05 of the Manual. 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C.78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 C.F.R. 40.19b–4. 10 The PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 September 8, 2008, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed the original filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the selfregulatory organization. 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 New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) is proposing to suspend the operation of NYSE Rule 123D(3) with respect to trading in all securities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.4 The suspension would operate through the close of primary trading on the NYSE on September 15, 2008. If additional time is needed, the Exchange will submit 4 This rule proposal affects the following securities: FRE Voting common stock; FRE 19Z Zero Coupon Subordinated Capital Debentures, due November 29, 2019; FRE PR B Variable Rate, NonCumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR F 5% NonCumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR G Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR H 5.1% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR K 5.79% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR L Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR M Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR Q Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR P 6% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR N Variable Rate, NonCumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR O 5.81% NonCumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR R 5.7% NonCumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR S Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock; FRE PR T 6.42% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock; FRE PR U 5.9% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock; FRE PR V 5.57% NonCumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock; FRE PR W 5.66% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock; FRE PR X 6.02% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock; FRE PR Y 6.55% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock; FRE PR Z Fixed-toFloating Rate Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, $1.00 Par Value; FNM Common stock; FNM 19Z Zero Coupon Subordinated Capital Debentures due October 9, 2019; FNM 14Z Zero Coupon Debentures due July 5, 2014; FNA 8.75% NonCumulative Mandatory Convertible Prefered Stock, Series 2008–1; FNM PR H 5.81% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series H; FNM PR L 5.125% NonCumulative Preferred Stock, Series L; FNM PR M 4.75% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series M; FNM PR N 5.50% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series N, without par value; FNM PR G Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series G; FNM PR P Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series P; FNM PR Q 6.75% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series Q; FNM PR R 7.625% NonCumulative Preferred Stock, Series R; FNM PR S Fixed-to-Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series S; FNM PR T 8.25% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series T; FNM PR F Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series F; FNM PR I 5.375% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series I. See email from Dan Labovitz, Vice President, Office of the General Counsel, NYSE Euronext, to Nathan Saunders, Special Counsel, Commission, dated September 8, 2008 (‘‘September 8 Email’’). E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 179 / Monday, September 15, 2008 / Notices another rule filing to the Commission pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act 5 and Rule 19b– 4 6 thereunder.7 II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, NYSE included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. NYSE 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 Regulation NMS, adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’) in April 2005,8 provides that each trading center intending to qualify for trade-through protection under Regulation NMS Rule 611 9 is required to have a Regulation NMS-compliant trading system fully operational by March 5, 2007 (the ‘‘Trading Phase Date’’).10 For stocks priced below $1.00 per share, Regulation NMS Rule 612 11 permits markets to accept bids, offers, orders and indications of interest in increments smaller than a $0.01, but not less than $0.0001, and to quote and trade such stocks in sub-pennies. Markets may choose not to accept such bids, offers, orders or indications of interest and the NYSE has done so, maintaining a minimum trading and quoting variation of $0.01 for all securities trading below $100,000. See NYSE Rule 62. The SEC’s interpretation of Rule 612 requires a market that routes an order to another market in compliance with Rule 611 and receives a sub-penny execution, to accept the sub-penny execution, report that execution to the customer, and compare, clear and settle that trade. 5 17 CFR 240.19b–4. U.S.C.78s(b)(1). 7 See September 8 Email, supra note 4. 8See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 2005), 17 CFR Parts 200, 201, 230, 240, 242, 249 and 270. 9 See 17 C.F.R. § 242.611. 10 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55160 (January 24, 2007), 72 FR 4202 (January 30, 2007) (S7–10–04). 11 See 17 C.F.R. § 242.612. Rule 612 originally was to become effective on August 29, 2005, but the date was later extended to January 29, 2006. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52196 (Aug. 2, 2005), 70 FR 45529 (Aug. 8, 2005). mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 6 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:22 Sep 12, 2008 Jkt 214001 The SEC, however, provided a limited exemption to Rule 611’s proscription against trade-throughs to protected quotes that include a sub-penny component to such quotes that are better-priced by a minimum of $0.01.12 In March, 2007, the Exchange amended Rule 123D to provide for a ‘‘Sub-penny trading’’ condition because the Exchange’s trading systems did not then accommodate sub-penny executions on orders routed to betterpriced protected quotations, nor could it recognize a quote disseminated by another market center if such quote had a sub-penny component and, therefore, could have inadvertently traded through better protected quotations. The amended rule automatically halts trading on the Exchange in a security whose price was about to fall below $1.00, without delisting the security, so that the security could continue to trade on other markets that deal in bids, offers, orders or indications of interest in sub-penny prices, until the price of the security had recovered sufficiently to permit the Exchange to resume trading in minimum increments of no less than one penny or the issuer is delisted for failing to correct the price condition within the time provided under NYSE rules.13 A subsequent amendment established that any orders received by the NYSE in a security subject to a ‘‘Sub-penny trading’’ condition would be routed to NYSE Arca, Inc. and handled in accordance with the rules governing that market.14 Federal Government Takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac On September 7, 2008, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson announced that the federal government would force Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into a conservatorship that will result in the companies issuing warrants to the federal government representing approximately 80% ownership of the entities. Details of the plan are available at the Department of the Treasury’s Web site, at http://www.treas.gov/press/ releases/reports/ pspa_factsheet_090708%20hp1128.pdf. The NYSE anticipates that the government’s action will have a significantly disruptive effect on the 12 Order Granting National Securities Exchanges a Limited Exemption from Rule 612 of Regulation NMS under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to Permit Acceptance by Exchanges of Certain SubPenny Orders. See Securities and Exchange Commission Release No. 54714 (November 6, 2006). 13 See Securities and Exchange Commission Release No. 34–55398; File No. SR–NYSE–2007–25 (Mar. 5, 2007). 14 See Securities and Exchange Commission Release No. 34–55537; File No. SR–NYSE–2007–30 (Mar. 27, 2007). PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53305 trading in the common stock of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which may cause those shares to trade below $1.00 per share. Ordinarily, such an action would result in the NYSE invoking its sub-penny trading halt, which would halt trading on the primary listing venue of the securities. But, given the scope of the government’s action, the NYSE believes that the market will substantially benefit from having the most available liquidity and the greatest number of venues in which investors can trade the securities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and would further benefit from the efforts of the NYSE specialists in those securities to stabilize the markets as public investors react to the news. The NYSE further believes that these benefits outweigh the potential harms that NYSE Rule 123D was intended to address, and that therefore, a temporary suspension of that rule for this limited purpose would serve the interests of customers and the investing public, notwithstanding the possibility that some investors may receive an inferior execution due to sub-penny quoting. The NYSE recognizes that the suspension of Rule 123D does not thereby exempt the Exchange from Reg NMS Rules 611 and 612, but notes that the inferior executions that may result would only amount to fractions of a penny per share, and therefore the potential harm, even in the case of large orders, would be minimal. 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) 15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’), in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) 16 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. 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. 15 15 16 15 E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 15SEN1 53306 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 179 / Monday, September 15, 2008 / Notices 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 17 and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.18 A proposed rule change filed under 19b–4(f)(6) normally does not become operative until 30 days after the date of filing.19 However, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) 20 permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal may become operative immediately upon filing. The Exchange believes that the proposed relief is limited in nature, and that the benefits of the proposed relief outweigh the potential harms. Moreover, given the rapidity of recent developments with respect to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Exchange believes that immediate effectiveness is required in order to avoid significant disruption to the market. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Commission therefore grants the Exchange’s request and designates the proposal to be operative upon filing.21 17 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 19 Id. In addition, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. NYSE has satisfied this requirement. 20 Id. 21 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay of this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 18 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:22 Sep 12, 2008 Jkt 214001 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR–NYSE–2008–81 on the subject line. available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE– 2008–81 and should be submitted on or before October 6, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.22 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–21333 Filed 9–12–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58469; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2008–92] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Listing of MacroShares Major Metro Housing Trusts September 5, 2008. Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 Paper Comments notice is hereby given that on August • Send paper comments in triplicate 25, 2008, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Arca’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, Securities and Exchange Commission NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule All submissions should refer to File change as described in Items I and II Number SR–NYSE–2008–81. This file below, which Items have been prepared number should be included on the by the self-regulatory organization. The subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission is publishing this notice to Commission process and review your solicit comments on the proposed rule comments more efficiently, please use change from interested persons. only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ the Proposed Rule Change rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent Pursuant to the provisions of section amendments, all written statements 19(b)(1) of the Act,4 the Exchange, with respect to the proposed rule through its wholly-owned subsidiary change that are filed with the NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca Commission, and all written Equities’’ or the ‘‘Corporation’’) communications relating to the proposes to list and trade under NYSE proposed rule change between the Arca Equities Rule 8.400 (‘‘Paired Trust Commission and any person, other than Shares’’) the shares of the MacroShares those that may be withheld from the Major Metro Housing Up Trust (‘‘Up public in accordance with the Trust’’) and the MacroShares Major provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be Metro Housing Down Trust (‘‘Down available for inspection and copying in Trust’’) (collectively, the ‘‘Trusts’’). The the Commission’s Public Reference shares of the Up Trust are referred to as Room, on official business days between the Up MacroShares, and the shares of the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies the Down Trust are referred to as the of such filing also will be available for Down MacroShares (collectively, the inspection and copying at the principal ‘‘Shares’’). The text of the proposed rule office of NYSE. All comments received change is available on the Exchange’s will be posted without change; the Web site at http://www.nyse.com, at the Commission does not edit personal Exchange’s principal office and at the identifying information from 22 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). submissions. You should submit only 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). information that you wish to make 2 15 efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U.S.C. 78a. CFR 240.19b–4. 4 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 3 17 E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-58488; File No. SR-NYSE-2008-81]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate 
Effectiveness of Rule Proposed by New York Stock Exchange LLC To 
Suspend the Operation of NYSE Rule 123D With Respect to Trading in the 
Securities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

September 8, 2008.
    Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (the ``Act'') \2\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\3\ notice is hereby 
given that, on September 8, 2008, New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' 
or the ``Exchange'') filed the original filing with the Securities and 
Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') the proposed rule change as 
described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared 
by the self-regulatory organization. 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\ 15 U.S.C. 78a.
    \3\ 17 C.F.R. 40.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' or the ``Exchange'') is 
proposing to suspend the operation of NYSE Rule 123D(3) with respect to 
trading in all securities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.\4\ The 
suspension would operate through the close of primary trading on the 
NYSE on September 15, 2008. If additional time is needed, the Exchange 
will submit

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another rule filing to the Commission pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of 
the Securities Exchange Act \5\ and Rule 19b-4 \6\ thereunder.\7\
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    \4\ This rule proposal affects the following securities: FRE 
Voting common stock; FRE 19Z Zero Coupon Subordinated Capital 
Debentures, due November 29, 2019; FRE PR B Variable Rate, Non-
Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR F 5% Non-Cumulative Preferred 
Stock; FRE PR G Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE 
PR H 5.1% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR K 5.79% Non-
Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR L Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative 
Preferred Stock; FRE PR M Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Preferred 
Stock; FRE PR Q Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE 
PR P 6% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR N Variable Rate, Non-
Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR O 5.81% Non-Cumulative Preferred 
Stock; FRE PR R 5.7% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock; FRE PR S 
Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock; FRE PR T 
6.42% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock; FRE PR U 5.9% Non-
Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock; FRE PR V 5.57% Non-Cumulative 
Perpetual Preferred Stock; FRE PR W 5.66% Non-Cumulative Perpetual 
Preferred Stock; FRE PR X 6.02% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred 
Stock; FRE PR Y 6.55% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock; FRE 
PR Z Fixed-to-Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred 
Stock, $1.00 Par Value; FNM Common stock; FNM 19Z Zero Coupon 
Subordinated Capital Debentures due October 9, 2019; FNM 14Z Zero 
Coupon Debentures due July 5, 2014; FNA 8.75% Non-Cumulative 
Mandatory Convertible Prefered Stock, Series 2008-1; FNM PR H 5.81% 
Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series H; FNM PR L 5.125% Non-
Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series L; FNM PR M 4.75% Non-Cumulative 
Preferred Stock, Series M; FNM PR N 5.50% Non-Cumulative Preferred 
Stock, Series N, without par value; FNM PR G Variable Rate, Non-
Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series G; FNM PR P Variable Rate, Non-
Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series P; FNM PR Q 6.75% Non-Cumulative 
Preferred Stock, Series Q; FNM PR R 7.625% Non-Cumulative Preferred 
Stock, Series R; FNM PR S Fixed-to-Floating Rate Non-Cumulative 
Preferred Stock, Series S; FNM PR T 8.25% Non-Cumulative Preferred 
Stock, Series T; FNM PR F Variable Rate, Non-Cumulative Preferred 
Stock, Series F; FNM PR I 5.375% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, 
Series I. See email from Dan Labovitz, Vice President, Office of the 
General Counsel, NYSE Euronext, to Nathan Saunders, Special Counsel, 
Commission, dated September 8, 2008 (``September 8 Email'').
    \5\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \6\ 15 U.S.C.78s(b)(1).
    \7\ See September 8 Email, supra note 4.
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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, NYSE included statements 
concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. NYSE 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
    Regulation NMS, adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``SEC'') in April 2005,\8\ provides that each trading center intending 
to qualify for trade-through protection under Regulation NMS Rule 611 
\9\ is required to have a Regulation NMS-compliant trading system fully 
operational by March 5, 2007 (the ``Trading Phase Date'').\10\
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    \8\See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 2005), 
17 CFR Parts 200, 201, 230, 240, 242, 249 and 270.
    \9\ See 17 C.F.R. Sec.  242.611.
    \10\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55160 (January 24, 
2007), 72 FR 4202 (January 30, 2007) (S7-10-04).
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    For stocks priced below $1.00 per share, Regulation NMS Rule 612 
\11\ permits markets to accept bids, offers, orders and indications of 
interest in increments smaller than a $0.01, but not less than $0.0001, 
and to quote and trade such stocks in sub-pennies. Markets may choose 
not to accept such bids, offers, orders or indications of interest and 
the NYSE has done so, maintaining a minimum trading and quoting 
variation of $0.01 for all securities trading below $100,000. See NYSE 
Rule 62.
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    \11\ See 17 C.F.R. Sec.  242.612. Rule 612 originally was to 
become effective on August 29, 2005, but the date was later extended 
to January 29, 2006. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52196 
(Aug. 2, 2005), 70 FR 45529 (Aug. 8, 2005).
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    The SEC's interpretation of Rule 612 requires a market that routes 
an order to another market in compliance with Rule 611 and receives a 
sub-penny execution, to accept the sub-penny execution, report that 
execution to the customer, and compare, clear and settle that trade. 
The SEC, however, provided a limited exemption to Rule 611's 
proscription against trade-throughs to protected quotes that include a 
sub-penny component to such quotes that are better-priced by a minimum 
of $0.01.\12\
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    \12\ Order Granting National Securities Exchanges a Limited 
Exemption from Rule 612 of Regulation NMS under the Securities 
Exchange Act of 1934 to Permit Acceptance by Exchanges of Certain 
Sub-Penny Orders. See Securities and Exchange Commission Release No. 
54714 (November 6, 2006).
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    In March, 2007, the Exchange amended Rule 123D to provide for a 
``Sub-penny trading'' condition because the Exchange's trading systems 
did not then accommodate sub-penny executions on orders routed to 
better-priced protected quotations, nor could it recognize a quote 
disseminated by another market center if such quote had a sub-penny 
component and, therefore, could have inadvertently traded through 
better protected quotations. The amended rule automatically halts 
trading on the Exchange in a security whose price was about to fall 
below $1.00, without delisting the security, so that the security could 
continue to trade on other markets that deal in bids, offers, orders or 
indications of interest in sub-penny prices, until the price of the 
security had recovered sufficiently to permit the Exchange to resume 
trading in minimum increments of no less than one penny or the issuer 
is delisted for failing to correct the price condition within the time 
provided under NYSE rules.\13\ A subsequent amendment established that 
any orders received by the NYSE in a security subject to a ``Sub-penny 
trading'' condition would be routed to NYSE Arca, Inc. and handled in 
accordance with the rules governing that market.\14\
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    \13\ See Securities and Exchange Commission Release No. 34-
55398; File No. SR-NYSE-2007-25 (Mar. 5, 2007).
    \14\ See Securities and Exchange Commission Release No. 34-
55537; File No. SR-NYSE-2007-30 (Mar. 27, 2007).
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Federal Government Takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
    On September 7, 2008, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson 
announced that the federal government would force Fannie Mae and 
Freddie Mac into a conservatorship that will result in the companies 
issuing warrants to the federal government representing approximately 
80% ownership of the entities. Details of the plan are available at the 
Department of the Treasury's Web site, at http://www.treas.gov/press/
releases/reports/pspa_factsheet_090708%20hp1128.pdf.
    The NYSE anticipates that the government's action will have a 
significantly disruptive effect on the trading in the common stock of 
both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which may cause those shares to trade 
below $1.00 per share. Ordinarily, such an action would result in the 
NYSE invoking its sub-penny trading halt, which would halt trading on 
the primary listing venue of the securities. But, given the scope of 
the government's action, the NYSE believes that the market will 
substantially benefit from having the most available liquidity and the 
greatest number of venues in which investors can trade the securities 
of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and would further benefit from the 
efforts of the NYSE specialists in those securities to stabilize the 
markets as public investors react to the news. The NYSE further 
believes that these benefits outweigh the potential harms that NYSE 
Rule 123D was intended to address, and that therefore, a temporary 
suspension of that rule for this limited purpose would serve the 
interests of customers and the investing public, notwithstanding the 
possibility that some investors may receive an inferior execution due 
to sub-penny quoting. The NYSE recognizes that the suspension of Rule 
123D does not thereby exempt the Exchange from Reg NMS Rules 611 and 
612, but notes that the inferior executions that may result would only 
amount to fractions of a penny per share, and therefore the potential 
harm, even in the case of large orders, would be minimal.
2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) \15\ of 
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Act''), in general, and 
furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) \16\ 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.
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    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \16\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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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.

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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 \17\ and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 
19b-4 thereunder.\18\
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    \17\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \18\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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    A proposed rule change filed under 19b-4(f)(6) normally does not 
become operative until 30 days after the date of filing.\19\ However, 
Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) \20\ permits the Commission to designate a 
shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the 
Commission waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal may 
become operative immediately upon filing. The Exchange believes that 
the proposed relief is limited in nature, and that the benefits of the 
proposed relief outweigh the potential harms. Moreover, given the 
rapidity of recent developments with respect to Fannie Mae and Freddie 
Mac, the Exchange believes that immediate effectiveness is required in 
order to avoid significant disruption to the market.
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    \19\ Id. In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) requires a self-
regulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its 
intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days 
prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such 
shorter time as designated by the Commission. NYSE has satisfied 
this requirement.
    \20\ Id.
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    The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is 
consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. 
The Commission therefore grants the Exchange's request and designates 
the proposal to be operative upon filing.\21\
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    \21\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay of 
this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's 
impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it 
appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate 
in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File No. SR-NYSE-2008-81 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities 
and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, 
DC 20549-1090.
    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2008-81. This 
file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. 
To help the Commission process and review your comments more 
efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all 
comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/
rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, 
all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that 
are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating 
to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, 
other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance 
with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection 
and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room, on official 
business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such 
filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of NYSE. 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-NYSE-2008-81 and should be submitted on or before October 6, 2008.
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    \22\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\22\
Florence E. Harmon,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. E8-21333 Filed 9-12-08; 8:45 am]
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