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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 191 / Wednesday, October 1, 2008 / Notices and enforce the enumerated portions of Phlx Rules 170–174, 181 and 185 regarding XLE, Market Makers, MMATs and PRO in light of the Shutdown. IV. Solicitation of Comments For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–22960 Filed 9–30–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 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 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58629; File No. SR–NYSE– 2008–85] Paper Comments jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Amending NYSE Rule 1000 (‘‘Automatic Execution of Limit Orders Against Orders Reflected in NYSE Published Quotation’’) September 24, 2008. • 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–Phlx–2008–65. 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 the 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–Phlx–2008–65 and should be submitted on or before October 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 September 17, 2008, New York Stock Exchange LLC ‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. 18:22 Sep 30, 2008 Jkt 214001 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 • 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–Phlx–2008–65 on the subject line. VerDate Aug<31>2005 57183 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rule 1000(a)(iv)(C) to modify the current LRP value ranges. The text of the proposed rule change is available at NYSE, http://www.nyse.com, and the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of 19 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rule 1000(a)(iv)(C) (Liquidity Replenishment Point) to widen the value ranges for the calculation of liquidity replenishment points (‘‘LRPs’’). Background Pursuant to NYSE Rule 1000(a)(iv), LRPs are pre-determined price points that function to moderate volatility, improve price continuity, and foster market quality in a particular security by temporarily converting the electronic market to an auction market and permitting new orders, the Crowd, or the specialist, to add liquidity.3 Pursuant to NYSE Rule 60, Autoquote is suspended when an LRP is reached and resumes in no more than five to ten seconds after the LRP is reached.4 Autoquote resumes unless there is interest on the NYSE Display Book system 5 that would lock or cross the market. In such case, Autoquote will resume with a manual transaction.6 LRPs are calculated by adding and subtracting a value to the security’s last sale price. The LRP values are based on an examination of trading data and vary based on the security’s NYSE average daily volume (‘‘ADV’’), price, and volatility. The values used to calculate the LRP’s range do not change intraday 3 See also NYSE Rules 60(e)(i). It is important to note that not all securities on the NYSE are eligible for automatic executions. In accordance with Exchange Rule 1000(a)(vi) those securities that are priced at or more than $1000 per share are defined as ‘‘high-priced’’ and do not receive automatic executions and, therefore, are not assigned an LRP value ranges. 4 See NYSE Rule 60(e)(ii)(C). Currently, in an effort to increase the availability of NYSE quotes eligible for automatic execution, the NYSE will revert to auto-quoting in situations where the LRP has been hit but the market is not locked or crossed in five seconds. See Liquidity Replenishment Points (LRPs) Timer Pilot (August 20, 2008), NYSE Trader Updates available at: http:// traderupdates.nyse.com/2008/08/liquidity_ replenishment_points_2.html . 5 The Display Book system is an order management and execution facility. The Display Book system receives and displays orders to the specialists, contains the Book, and provides a mechanism to execute and report transactions and publish the results to the Consolidated Tape. The Display Book system is connected to a number of other Exchange systems for the purposes of comparison, surveillance, and reporting information to customers and other market data and national market systems. 6 See NYSE Rule 60(e)(ii)(C). E:\FR\FM\01OCN1.SGM 01OCN1 57184 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 191 / Wednesday, October 1, 2008 / Notices execution is suspended as a result of an LRP being triggered. Modification to LRP Value Ranges The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Rule 1000(a)(iv)(C) to double the current LRP ranges in order to limit the number of times that an LRP is reached and the total number of times during the trading day that automatic execution is suspended as a result of an LRP being triggered. In this way the Exchange will allow for more continuous automatic executions of securities. While the purpose of the LRP is to dampen volatility and to provide market participants with time to react, the Exchange believes that the proposed amendment is necessary to lessen artificial limitations on trading and will ultimately provide beneficial trading opportunities for its customers. As a means of controlling volatility, LRPs are intended to be triggered infrequently, i.e., when the market is experiencing a large price movement (based on a security’s typical trading characteristics or other market conditions) over short periods of time during the trading day. If an LRP is triggered too frequently trading in the security is overly restrained and does not meet the competitive needs of NYSE customers. As such the NYSE believes that doubling the current LRP value ranges will better facilitate the natural trading pattern of a particular security. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES and are disseminated daily by the Exchange on its Web site. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) 7 of the Act, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanisms of, a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The proposed rule change also is designed to support the principles of Section 11A(a)(1) 8 in that it seeks to assure economically efficient execution of securities transactions, make it practicable for brokers to execute investors’ orders in the best market and provide an opportunity for investors’ orders to be executed without the participation of a dealer. The Exchange’s proposal to double the current LRP ranges is consistent with these objectives in that it is intended to limit the number of times that an LRP is reached and the total number of times during the trading day that automatic 7 15 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). U.S.C. 78k–1(a)(1). VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:22 Sep 30, 2008 Jkt 214001 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 The proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 9 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder 10 because the foregoing proposed rule change: (1) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (3) by its terms, does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) normally may not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.11 However, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay, as specified in Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii),12 which would make the rule change effective and operative upon filing. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because the proposal is designed to benefit market participants and customers by providing for more continuous automatic executions of 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 11 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). In addition, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) requires the self-regulatory organization to give the Commission notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. NYSE has satisfied this requirement. 12 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 10 17 PO 00000 Frm 00138 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 securities traded on the Exchange.13 Specifically, the proposed rule change seeks to maintain LRPs as a mechanism to moderate volatility, but proposes to adjust the current LRP ranges in order to limit the number of times during the trading day that automatic execution is suspended as a result of an LRP being triggered. Accordingly, the Commission designates the proposed rule change effective and operative upon filing with the Commission. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. 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–NYSE–2008–85 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–2008–85. 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 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). E:\FR\FM\01OCN1.SGM 01OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 191 / Wednesday, October 1, 2008 / Notices public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make publicly available. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2008–85 and should be submitted on or before October 22, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–22964 Filed 9–30–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P [Release No. 34–58631; File No. SR–NYSE– 2008–84] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by New York Stock Exchange LLC Proposing To Suspend the Operation of Certain NYSE Rules To Respond to the Impact to the Marketplace of the Events of September 15, 2008, Including the Bankruptcy Filing by Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES September 24, 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 15, 2008, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II 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. CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:22 Sep 30, 2008 Jkt 214001 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 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 14 17 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 certain NYSE rules to respond to the impact to the marketplace of the events of September 15, 2008, including the bankruptcy filing by Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. (LEH) and the proposed acquisition of Merrill Lynch by Bank of America. 1. Purpose On Monday, September 15, 2008, the markets experienced almost unprecedented turmoil that impacted some of the most significant players on Wall Street: Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. (LEH) (‘‘Lehman’’) filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code; Bank of America agreed to acquire Merrill Lynch in an all-stock transaction; and American Insurance Group, Inc. (‘‘AIG’’) announced a significant restructuring. In response to these events, the Exchange undertook a number of steps to ensure continuity of the marketplace. First, the Exchange invoked NYSE Rule 48, which authorizes the Exchange to suspend certain rules relating to the opening of trading at the Exchange. Second, because the pre-opening market in LEH suggested that the stock would open below $1.05, at 9 a.m. on September 15, 2008, the Exchange announced a Rule 123D(3) ‘‘Sub-penny trading’’ condition for LEH and halted trading in LEH at the Exchange. Third, to ensure a fair and orderly market in all securities listed at the Exchange, the Exchange announced that, pursuant to NYSE Rule 103.11, NYSE-listed securities for which Lehman Brothers Market Makers, a division of Lehman Brothers Inc. (‘‘Lehman Brothers’’), had PO 00000 Frm 00139 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57185 been the specialist, would be temporarily reallocated to Spear, Leeds & Kellogg Specialists LLC (‘‘Spear Leeds’’). Notwithstanding the reallocation, these stocks will continue to trade using Lehman Brothers technology and staff until a more permanent allocation can be effected. To ensure a fair and orderly market during this period of market stress, the Exchange is seeking temporary relief from certain NYSE rules that are implicated by the Lehman Brothers situation. In particular, the Exchange is proposing to suspend the operation of NYSE Rule 123D(3) on September 15, 2008 for derivative securities of LEH that trade at the Exchange (‘‘LEH Preferreds’’) 4 that would open at a price of $1.05 or less. This proposed suspension relates only to the opening of LEH Preferreds on September 15, 2008. Immediately following the opening of such securities, the Exchange intends to halt trading of LEH Preferreds pursuant to NYSE Rule 123D(3) and invoke a Sub-penny trading condition. In addition, pending the installation of telephone lines at Lehman Brothers’ specialist posts that are connected to Spear Leeds, the Exchange proposes to temporarily suspend NYSE Rule 36.30 so that Spear Leeds may conduct permitted communications from those post locations via non-Exchange portable telephones. a. NYSE Rule 123D(3) (1) Background NYSE Rule 123D(3) provides that if a security would open on the Exchange at a price of $1.05 or less, trading on the Exchange shall be immediately halted because of a ‘‘Sub-penny trading’’ condition. The Exchange adopted Rule 123D(3) in part to be compliant with Regulation NMS. Regulation NMS, adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’) in April 2005,5 provides that each trading center intending to qualify for trade-through protection under Regulation NMS Rule 6116 is required to have a Regulation NMS-compliant trading system fully operational by 4 See Lehman Bros Pfd C (LEH–PC); Lehman Bros 5.67 D (LEH–PD); Lehman Bros Dep SH F (LEH– PF); Lehman Dep Pfd G (LEH–PG); Lehman Pfd J (LEH–PJ); Lehman CP III 6.375 K (LEH–PK); Lehman Br Cap Tr IV (LEH–PL); Lehman Bro Cap V 6.0 (LEH–PM); and Lehman Br Hld 6.24 N (LEH– PN). 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 2005), 17 CFR Parts 200, 201, 230, 240, 242, 249 and 270. 6 See 17 CFR 242.611. E:\FR\FM\01OCN1.SGM 01OCN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-58629; File No. SR-NYSE-2008-85]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change 
Amending NYSE Rule 1000 (``Automatic Execution of Limit Orders Against 
Orders Reflected in NYSE Published Quotation'')

September 24, 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 September 17, 2008, New York Stock Exchange LLC ``NYSE'' or the 
``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I and 
II below, which Items have been 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).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rule 1000(a)(iv)(C) to 
modify the current LRP value ranges. The text of the proposed rule 
change is available at NYSE, http://www.nyse.com, and the Commission's 
Public Reference Room.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in 
Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such 
statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rule 1000(a)(iv)(C) 
(Liquidity Replenishment Point) to widen the value ranges for the 
calculation of liquidity replenishment points (``LRPs'').
Background
    Pursuant to NYSE Rule 1000(a)(iv), LRPs are pre-determined price 
points that function to moderate volatility, improve price continuity, 
and foster market quality in a particular security by temporarily 
converting the electronic market to an auction market and permitting 
new orders, the Crowd, or the specialist, to add liquidity.\3\
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    \3\ See also NYSE Rules 60(e)(i). It is important to note that 
not all securities on the NYSE are eligible for automatic 
executions. In accordance with Exchange Rule 1000(a)(vi) those 
securities that are priced at or more than $1000 per share are 
defined as ``high-priced'' and do not receive automatic executions 
and, therefore, are not assigned an LRP value ranges.
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    Pursuant to NYSE Rule 60, Autoquote is suspended when an LRP is 
reached and resumes in no more than five to ten seconds after the LRP 
is reached.\4\ Autoquote resumes unless there is interest on the NYSE 
Display Book[supreg] system \5\ that would lock or cross the market. In 
such case, Autoquote will resume with a manual transaction.\6\
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    \4\ See NYSE Rule 60(e)(ii)(C). Currently, in an effort to 
increase the availability of NYSE quotes eligible for automatic 
execution, the NYSE will revert to auto-quoting in situations where 
the LRP has been hit but the market is not locked or crossed in five 
seconds. See Liquidity Replenishment Points (LRPs) Timer Pilot 
(August 20, 2008), NYSE Trader Updates available at: http://
traderupdates.nyse.com/2008/08/liquidity_replenishment_points_
2.html .
    \5\ The Display Book[supreg] system is an order management and 
execution facility. The Display Book system receives and displays 
orders to the specialists, contains the Book, and provides a 
mechanism to execute and report transactions and publish the results 
to the Consolidated Tape. The Display Book system is connected to a 
number of other Exchange systems for the purposes of comparison, 
surveillance, and reporting information to customers and other 
market data and national market systems.
    \6\ See NYSE Rule 60(e)(ii)(C).
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    LRPs are calculated by adding and subtracting a value to the 
security's last sale price. The LRP values are based on an examination 
of trading data and vary based on the security's NYSE average daily 
volume (``ADV''), price, and volatility. The values used to calculate 
the LRP's range do not change intraday

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and are disseminated daily by the Exchange on its Web site.
Modification to LRP Value Ranges
    The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Rule 1000(a)(iv)(C) to double 
the current LRP ranges in order to limit the number of times that an 
LRP is reached and the total number of times during the trading day 
that automatic execution is suspended as a result of an LRP being 
triggered. In this way the Exchange will allow for more continuous 
automatic executions of securities. While the purpose of the LRP is to 
dampen volatility and to provide market participants with time to 
react, the Exchange believes that the proposed amendment is necessary 
to lessen artificial limitations on trading and will ultimately provide 
beneficial trading opportunities for its customers. As a means of 
controlling volatility, LRPs are intended to be triggered infrequently, 
i.e., when the market is experiencing a large price movement (based on 
a security's typical trading characteristics or other market 
conditions) over short periods of time during the trading day. If an 
LRP is triggered too frequently trading in the security is overly 
restrained and does not meet the competitive needs of NYSE customers. 
As such the NYSE believes that doubling the current LRP value ranges 
will better facilitate the natural trading pattern of a particular 
security.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) \7\ of the Act, in that 
it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative practices, to 
promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments 
to, and perfect the mechanisms of, a free and open market and a 
national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest. The proposed rule change also is designed to support 
the principles of Section 11A(a)(1) \8\ in that it seeks to assure 
economically efficient execution of securities transactions, make it 
practicable for brokers to execute investors' orders in the best market 
and provide an opportunity for investors' orders to be executed without 
the participation of a dealer. The Exchange's proposal to double the 
current LRP ranges is consistent with these objectives in that it is 
intended to limit the number of times that an LRP is reached and the 
total number of times during the trading day that automatic execution 
is suspended as a result of an LRP being triggered.
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1(a)(1).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

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

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

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

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

    The proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \9\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder \10\ because 
the foregoing proposed rule change: (1) Does not significantly affect 
the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) does not impose 
any significant burden on competition; and (3) by its terms, does not 
become operative for 30 days after the date of filing, or such shorter 
time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection 
of investors and the public interest.
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \10\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) normally may 
not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.\11\ 
However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a 
shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked the 
Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay, as specified in Rule 
19b-4(f)(6)(iii),\12\ which would make the rule change effective and 
operative upon filing. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day 
operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the 
public interest because the proposal is designed to benefit market 
participants and customers by providing for more continuous automatic 
executions of securities traded on the Exchange.\13\ Specifically, the 
proposed rule change seeks to maintain LRPs as a mechanism to moderate 
volatility, but proposes to adjust the current LRP ranges in order to 
limit the number of times during the trading day that automatic 
execution is suspended as a result of an LRP being triggered. 
Accordingly, the Commission designates the proposed rule change 
effective and operative upon filing with the Commission.
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    \11\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii). In addition, Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii) requires the self-regulatory organization to give the 
Commission notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, 
along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, 
at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the 
proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the 
Commission. NYSE has satisfied this requirement.
    \12\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \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).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it 
appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate 
in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSE-2008-85 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-2008-85. 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

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public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be 
available for inspection and copying in the Commission's Public 
Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official 
business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such 
filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted 
without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying 
information from submissions. You should submit only information that 
you wish to make publicly available. All submissions should refer to 
File Number SR-NYSE-2008-85 and should be submitted on or before 
October 22, 2008.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\14\
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    \14\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. E8-22964 Filed 9-30-08; 8:45 am]
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