Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by the NASDAQ OMX PHLX, Inc., Relating to Automated Openings in Index Options, 72889-72892 [E8-28420]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 231 / Monday, December 1, 2008 / Notices III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing rule does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; or (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 5 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.6 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 because such waiver will permit the Exchange to respond promptly to demand by market participants to list options on MNX at $1 strike price intervals, and compete with other exchanges listing options on MNX at $1 strike price intervals.7 Therefore, the Commission designates the proposal operative upon filing. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 5 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) requires a self-regulatory organization to provide the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Commission deems this requirement to be met. 7 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). rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 6 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:47 Nov 28, 2008 Jkt 217001 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–ISE–2008–88 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–ISE–2008–88. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File No. SR–ISE–2008–88 and should be submitted on or before December 22, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–28422 Filed 11–28–08; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58995; File No. SR–Phlx– 2008–74] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by the NASDAQ OMX PHLX, Inc., Relating to Automated Openings in Index Options November 21, 2008. Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1, and Rule 19b–4 2 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on November 20, 2008, the NASDAQ OMX PHLX, Inc. (‘‘Phlx’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘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. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange, pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,4 proposes to amend Exchange Rules 1017, 1047A, and Options Floor Procedure Advice (‘‘OFPA’’) G–2, to: (i) Provide that index options will open automatically following the receipt by the Exchange’s system of the opening price in the underlying index, and (ii) modify the circumstances authorizing the Exchange to halt trading in index options and to re-open trading of index options following a trading halt. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http://www.phlx.com/regulatory/ reg_rulefilings.aspx. 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 BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 2 17 8 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72889 E:\FR\FM\01DEN1.SGM 01DEN1 72890 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 231 / Monday, December 1, 2008 / Notices 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 purpose of the proposed rule change is to eliminate the requirement that a specified minimum percentage of the underlying value of an index be open for trading in order for index options overlying such index to open for trading, and re-open following trading halts, in the Exchange’s automated opening system 5 on its electronic trading platform for options, Phlx XL.6 A further purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend Rule 1047A and OFPA G–2 to provide that it will no longer require a minimum percentage of the underlying value of an index to be halted in order for the Exchange to halt trading in options overlying the index, and that trading in a halted index option may be resumed upon a determination by an Options Exchange Official that the conditions which led to the halt are no longer present. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Background Rule 1017 and the relevant sections of OFPA G–2 were initially adopted when the Exchange listed options overlying proprietary indices only. At the time, the Exchange’s rules envisioned systemic calculations of the open for trading percentage of the underlying value of a particular proprietary index in order to determine whether options overlying such an index could open automatically under Exchange rules, and whether the specialist in such index options could elect to engage the system. Values of non-proprietary indices underlying many of the options traded on the Exchange, such as options based on the KBW Bank Index, are currently calculated outside the NASDAQ OMX Group,7 and the Exchange receives electronic price feeds from outside market data vendors (‘‘vendors’’). For such indices, the percentage of the underlying value that is open is generally not disseminated by the 5 For a complete description of the Exchange’s automated opening system, see Exchange Rule 1017. See also, Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52667 (October 25, 2005), 70 FR 65953 (November 1, 2005) (SR–Phlx–2005–25). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50100 (July 27, 2004), 69 FR 44612 (August 3, 2004) (SR– Phlx–2003–59). 7 The NASDAQ OMX Group has integrated internally the calculations of the legacy proprietary NASDAQ and legacy proprietary Phlx indices. All NASDAQ OMX Group indices are calculated using the same index ‘‘engine’’. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:47 Nov 28, 2008 Jkt 217001 outside vendors. Moreover, while the information respecting index values and percentage of underlying value of proprietary indices may be accessible to Phlx XL participants,8 it is not easily accessible to the general public. The proposed elimination of the ‘‘percentage open’’ calculation from the Exchange’s rules is intended to make rules governing the opening of index options on the Exchange consistent and transparent across both proprietary and non-proprietary indices. Specifically, the rules would provide that options overlying both types of indices would open automatically upon receipt of the opening price in the underlying index, regardless of what percentage of the index value is open for trading. Pre-Opening Orders and Quotes Exchange Rule 1017(a) currently states that, respecting index options, the Exchange will accept orders and quotes for a period of time before the scheduled opening in the underlying securities constituting 100% of the index value. The proposed rule change would amend Rule 1017(a) to eliminate the 100% benchmark, and instead state that in the case of index options, before the Exchange receives the opening price in the underlying index (and not less than one hour as determined by the Options Committee with notice to the membership via Exchange circular), Phlx XL will accept orders and quotes in index options during the ‘‘PreOpening Phase.’’ Current Rule 1017(b) requires the specialist assigned in the particular option to enter opening quotes not later than one minute following the dissemination of a quote or trade by the market for the underlying security or, in the case of index options, following the dissemination of a quote or trade by the markets for underlying securities constituting 100% of the index value. The proposed rule change would provide that the specialist must enter such opening quotes following the receipt of the opening price of the underlying index. Once the specialist submits such opening quotes, respecting index options the Phlx XL system will calculate an Anticipated Opening Price (‘‘AOP’’) and an Anticipated Opening Size (‘‘AOS’’), provided, under current rules, that (i) the Exchange has received 8 The term ‘‘Phlx XL participant’’ means SQTs, RSQTs, non-SQT ROTS, specialists and non-Phlx market makers on another exchange; non-brokerdealer customers and non-market-maker off-floor broker-dealers; and Floor Brokers using the Options Floor Broker Management System. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58361 (August 14, 2008), 73 FR 49529 (August 21, 2008) (SR–Phlx–2008–50). PO 00000 Frm 00130 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 market orders, or the book is crossed (highest bid is higher than the lowest offer) or locked (highest bid equals the lowest offer); and (ii) either (A) the specialist’s quote has been submitted; (B) the quotes of at least two Phlx XL participants have been submitted within two minutes opening trades or quotes on the markets for underlying securities constituting 100% of the index value, or (C) if neither the specialist’s quote nor the quotes of two Phlx XL participants have been submitted within two minutes of the opening trades or quotes on the markets for underlying securities constituting 100% of the index value, one Phlx XL participant has submitted their quote. The proposed rule change would amend all of the above parameters in the rules for the calculation of an AOP and AOS respecting index options to base the time period on the receipt of the opening price in the underlying index (or such shorter time as determined by the Options Committee and disseminated to membership via Exchange Circular). Opening Current Exchange Rule 1017(b)(iii) provides that, respecting index options, when the conditions described are satisfied, the system will open the series for trading within a time period not to exceed 5 seconds (as determined by the Exchange and disseminated to membership via Exchange circular) following the dissemination of a quote or trade by the markets for underlying securities constituting 100% of the index value. The Exchange proposes to amend the rule to remove the ‘‘percentage open’’ calculation requirement and provide that the overlying index option would open when the Exchange has received the opening price in the underlying index. Under the proposal, if there is an imbalance on the opening for an index option, the Phlx XL system will send an Imbalance Notice to Phlx XL participants provided that the Exchange has received the opening price in the underlying index. Current Rule 1017(g) states that the specialist may engage the automated opening system to open index options when underlying securities representing 50% of the current index value of all the securities underlying the index have opened for trading on the markets and that the system will automatically open such options when underlying securities representing 100% of all the securities underlying the index have opened for trading on the markets. The proposal would amend the rule to provide that index options will open E:\FR\FM\01DEN1.SGM 01DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 231 / Monday, December 1, 2008 / Notices automatically when the Exchange’s system has received the opening price of the underlying index. The specialist would thus have no need to determine the percentage of underlying value that is open, since the index option would open automatically upon receipt by the system of the opening price in the underlying index. The corresponding sections of Exchange Rule 1047A, and OFPA G–2 concerning the opening of index options will include the same language reflecting the manner in which index options would open under the proposal as stated above.9 Trading Halts and Re-Openings Following a Trading Halt rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES The Exchange is proposing additional amendments to Rule 1047A and OFPA G–2 to reflect the conditions under which the Exchange would halt trading in index options, and re-opening trading in index options following a trading halt. The purpose of this proposal is to reflect the deletion from the rule of the calculation of the percentage of an underlying index as discussed above, because current rules concerning trading halts in index options include a ‘‘percentage halted’’ requirement. In the same way that the rules concerning automated openings in index options system would no longer include the ‘‘percentage open’’ calculation requirement, Rule 1047A and OFPA G– 2 would not include a ‘‘percentage halted’’ calculation requirement. Specifically, Rule 1047A(c) and OFPA G–2(c) each state that whenever trading on the market in underlying securities representing more than 10% of the current index value is halted or suspended on the primary market, trading on the Exchange in any option may be halted with the approval of an Options Exchange Official. For consistency, and because the proposal would eliminate the calculation of ‘‘percentage open’’ from the rules, the proposed rule change would eliminate the current ‘‘10% halted’’ requirement from Rule 1047A and OFPA G–2, and provide that trading on the Exchange in any index option may be halted with the approval of an Options Exchange Official, whenever trading on the 9 The Exchange notes that Rule 1047A and OFPA G–2 refer to ‘‘Industry Index’’ and ‘‘Market Index’’ options. The Exchange represents that, respecting opening and reopening of Industry and Market Index options, the Phlx XL system does not make a distinction between the two in terms of the current percentages of index value necessary for automatic openings. Therefore, such openings would take place on the Exchange uniformly among all index options traded on the Exchange. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:47 Nov 28, 2008 Jkt 217001 primary market in any underlying security is halted or suspended.10 Additionally, Rule 1047A(c)(iv) and OFPA G–2(c)(iv) currently state that in the event that trading is halted on the primary market in underlying securities representing more than 10% of the current index value, the specialist may halt trading in the option overlying such index, subject to the approval of an Options Exchange Official within five minutes of the halt in trading in the option. The proposed rule change would account for the deletion of such a calculation requirement from the rule and provide that the specialist may take such action whenever trading on the primary market in any underlying security is halted. Finally, respecting re-openings following a trading halt, Rule 1047A(d) and OFPA G–2(d) state that trading in any class or series of stock index options that has been the subject of a halt by the Exchange may be resumed upon a determination by an Options Exchange Official that the conditions which led to the halt are no longer present, or that underlying securities representing 50% or more of the current index value are not subject to halt or suspension in the market for the trading of such underlying securities. The proposed rule change would delete the ‘‘50%’’ provision because of the proposed elimination of all such calculations from the Exchange’s rules. Under the proposal, such trading would resume upon a determination by an Options Exchange Official that the conditions which led to the halt are no longer present. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is necessary to promote consistency and transparency concerning the automated opening of proprietary and non-proprietary index options on the Exchange. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act 11 in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(5) of the Act 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 regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions 10 The Exchange notes that it has deleted references to ‘‘primary market’’ regarding openings in options in a separate filing. See SR–Phlx–2008– 75. Then Exchange does not intend to delete such references from its rules governing trading halts. 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 12 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 Frm 00131 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72891 in securities, 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; and is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers, or to regulate by virtue of any authority conferred by the Act title matters not related to the purposes of the Act or the administration of the Exchange. The Exchange further believes that the proposed rule change should promote consistency and transparency respecting the opening of trading in all index options traded on the Exchange, and also respecting trading halts and reopenings following trading halts, which would benefit customers and Phlx XL participants trading index options on the Exchange. 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 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 either solicited or received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing rule does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; or (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 13 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.14 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public 13 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) requires a self-regulatory organization to provide the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has met this requirement. 14 17 E:\FR\FM\01DEN1.SGM 01DEN1 72892 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 231 / Monday, December 1, 2008 / Notices 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–Phlx–2008–74 on the subject line. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–28420 Filed 11–28–08; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58994; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2008–125] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Listing of Units of the United States Short Oil Fund November 21, 2008. Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 • Send paper comments in triplicate notice is hereby given that on November to Secretary, Securities and Exchange 18, 2008, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Arca’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Washington, DC 20549–1090. Securities and Exchange Commission All submissions should refer to File (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule Number SR–Phlx–2008–74. This file change as described in Items I and II number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the below, which Items have been prepared by NYSE Arca. The Commission is Commission process and review your publishing this notice to solicit comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will comments on the proposed rule change post all comments on the Commission’s from interested persons. Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the Statement of the Terms of Substance of submission, all subsequent the Proposed Rule Change amendments, all written statements NYSE Arca, through its wholly-owned with respect to the proposed rule subsidiary NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. change that are filed with the (‘‘NYSE Arca Equities’’), proposes to list Commission, and all written and trade pursuant to NYSE Arca communications relating to the Equities Rule 8.300 units (‘‘Units’’) of proposed rule change between the the United States Short Oil Fund, LP Commission and any person, other than (‘‘USSO’’ or ‘‘Partnership’’). The text of those that may be withheld from the the proposed rule change is available on public in accordance with the the Exchange’s Web site at http:// provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be www.nyse.com, at the Exchange’s available for inspection and copying in principal office, and at the the Commission’s Public Reference Commission’s Public Reference Room. Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Copies of such filing also will be Change available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All In its filing with the Commission, the comments received will be posted self-regulatory organization included without change; the Commission does statements concerning the purpose of, not edit personal identifying and basis for, the proposed rule change information from submissions. You and discussed any comments it received should submit only information that on the proposed rule change. The text you wish to make available publicly. All of those statements may be examined at submissions should refer to File No. the places specified in Item IV below. SR–Phlx–2008–74 and should be The Exchange has prepared summaries, submitted on or before December 22, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, 2008. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 1 15 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:47 Nov 28, 2008 2 17 Jkt 217001 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Paper Comments 15 17 of the most significant parts of such statements. PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00132 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1. Purpose Under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300, the Exchange may propose to list and/or trade pursuant to unlisted trading privileges (‘‘UTP’’) Partnership Units.3 The Exchange proposes to list and trade the Units pursuant to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300.4 The Commission has previously approved listing of similar limited partnerships on the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’) (now known as NYSE Alternext US LLC)5 and trading on the Exchange pursuant to UTP.6 In addition, the Commission has approved for listing on the Exchange and, previously, on the Amex fourteen funds of the ProShares Trust II based on underlying commodity or currency benchmarks that seek daily investment results, before fees and 3 On May 25, 2006, the Commission approved NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.300, which sets forth the rules related to listing and trading criteria for Partnership Units. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53875 (May 25, 2006), 71 FR 32164 (June 2, 2006) (SR–NYSEArca–2006–11) (approving trading pursuant to UTP of Partnership Units of the United States Oil Fund, LP). On July 11, 2007, the Commission approved the Exchange’s proposal to trade pursuant to UTP Partnership Units of the United States Natural Gas Fund, LP. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56042 (July 11, 2007), 72 FR 39118 (July 17, 2007) (SR–NYSEArca–2007–45). 4 USSO has filed with the Commission Amendment No. 1 to Form S–1, dated September 29, 2008 (File No. 333–152386) (the ‘‘Registration Statement’’). Unless otherwise noted, descriptions herein relating to USSO are based on the Registration Statement. 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 53582 (March 31, 2006), 71 FR 17510 (April 6, 2006) (SR– Amex–2005–127) (order approving Amex listing of United States Oil Fund, LP); 56831 (November 21, 2007), 72 FR 67612 (November 29, 2007) (SR– Amex–2007–98) (order approving Amex listing of United States 12 Month Oil Fund, LP and United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund, LP); 55632 (April 13, 2007), 72 FR 19987 (April 20, 2007) (SR– Amex–2006–112) (order approving Amex listing of United States Natural Gas Fund, LP); 57188 (January 23, 2008), 73 FR 5607 (January 30, 2008) (SR–Amex–2007–70) (order approving Amex listing of United States Heating Oil Fund, LP and United States Gasoline Fund, LP) (collectively, the ‘‘Amex Filings’’). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56832 (November 21, 2007), 72 FR 67328 (November 28, 2007) (SR–NYSEArca–2007–102) (order approving UTP trading of United States 12 Month Oil Fund, LP and United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund, LP); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56042 (July 11, 2007), 72 FR 39118 (July 17, 2007) (SR– NYSEArca–2007–45) (order approving UTP trading of United States Natural Gas Fund, LP); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57294 (February 8, 2008), 73 FR 8917 (February 15, 2008) (SR–NYSEArca– 2007–78) (order approving UTP trading of United States Heating Oil Fund, LP and United States Gasoline Fund, LP) (collectively, with the orders cited in note 3, supra, the ‘‘UTP Filings’’). 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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-58995; File No. SR-Phlx-2008-74]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate 
Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by the NASDAQ OMX PHLX, Inc., 
Relating to Automated Openings in Index Options

November 21, 2008.
    Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'') \1\, and Rule 19b-4 \2\ thereunder, notice is hereby given 
that on November 20, 2008, the NASDAQ OMX PHLX, Inc. (``Phlx'' or 
``Exchange''), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``SEC'' or ``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, pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Act \3\ and Rule 
19b-4 thereunder,\4\ proposes to amend Exchange Rules 1017, 1047A, and 
Options Floor Procedure Advice (``OFPA'') G-2, to: (i) Provide that 
index options will open automatically following the receipt by the 
Exchange's system of the opening price in the underlying index, and 
(ii) modify the circumstances authorizing the Exchange to halt trading 
in index options and to re-open trading of index options following a 
trading halt.
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    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
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    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Web site at http://www.phlx.com/regulatory/reg_rulefilings.aspx.

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

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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 purpose of the proposed rule change is to eliminate the 
requirement that a specified minimum percentage of the underlying value 
of an index be open for trading in order for index options overlying 
such index to open for trading, and re-open following trading halts, in 
the Exchange's automated opening system \5\ on its electronic trading 
platform for options, Phlx XL.\6\ A further purpose of the proposed 
rule change is to amend Rule 1047A and OFPA G-2 to provide that it will 
no longer require a minimum percentage of the underlying value of an 
index to be halted in order for the Exchange to halt trading in options 
overlying the index, and that trading in a halted index option may be 
resumed upon a determination by an Options Exchange Official that the 
conditions which led to the halt are no longer present.
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    \5\ For a complete description of the Exchange's automated 
opening system, see Exchange Rule 1017. See also, Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 52667 (October 25, 2005), 70 FR 65953 
(November 1, 2005) (SR-Phlx-2005-25).
    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50100 (July 27, 
2004), 69 FR 44612 (August 3, 2004) (SR-Phlx-2003-59).
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Background
    Rule 1017 and the relevant sections of OFPA G-2 were initially 
adopted when the Exchange listed options overlying proprietary indices 
only. At the time, the Exchange's rules envisioned systemic 
calculations of the open for trading percentage of the underlying value 
of a particular proprietary index in order to determine whether options 
overlying such an index could open automatically under Exchange rules, 
and whether the specialist in such index options could elect to engage 
the system.
    Values of non-proprietary indices underlying many of the options 
traded on the Exchange, such as options based on the KBW Bank Index, 
are currently calculated outside the NASDAQ OMX Group,\7\ and the 
Exchange receives electronic price feeds from outside market data 
vendors (``vendors''). For such indices, the percentage of the 
underlying value that is open is generally not disseminated by the 
outside vendors. Moreover, while the information respecting index 
values and percentage of underlying value of proprietary indices may be 
accessible to Phlx XL participants,\8\ it is not easily accessible to 
the general public.
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    \7\ The NASDAQ OMX Group has integrated internally the 
calculations of the legacy proprietary NASDAQ and legacy proprietary 
Phlx indices. All NASDAQ OMX Group indices are calculated using the 
same index ``engine''.
    \8\ The term ``Phlx XL participant'' means SQTs, RSQTs, non-SQT 
ROTS, specialists and non-Phlx market makers on another exchange; 
non-broker-dealer customers and non-market-maker off-floor broker-
dealers; and Floor Brokers using the Options Floor Broker Management 
System. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58361 (August 14, 
2008), 73 FR 49529 (August 21, 2008) (SR-Phlx-2008-50).
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    The proposed elimination of the ``percentage open'' calculation 
from the Exchange's rules is intended to make rules governing the 
opening of index options on the Exchange consistent and transparent 
across both proprietary and non-proprietary indices. Specifically, the 
rules would provide that options overlying both types of indices would 
open automatically upon receipt of the opening price in the underlying 
index, regardless of what percentage of the index value is open for 
trading.
Pre-Opening Orders and Quotes
    Exchange Rule 1017(a) currently states that, respecting index 
options, the Exchange will accept orders and quotes for a period of 
time before the scheduled opening in the underlying securities 
constituting 100% of the index value. The proposed rule change would 
amend Rule 1017(a) to eliminate the 100% benchmark, and instead state 
that in the case of index options, before the Exchange receives the 
opening price in the underlying index (and not less than one hour as 
determined by the Options Committee with notice to the membership via 
Exchange circular), Phlx XL will accept orders and quotes in index 
options during the ``Pre-Opening Phase.''
    Current Rule 1017(b) requires the specialist assigned in the 
particular option to enter opening quotes not later than one minute 
following the dissemination of a quote or trade by the market for the 
underlying security or, in the case of index options, following the 
dissemination of a quote or trade by the markets for underlying 
securities constituting 100% of the index value. The proposed rule 
change would provide that the specialist must enter such opening quotes 
following the receipt of the opening price of the underlying index.
    Once the specialist submits such opening quotes, respecting index 
options the Phlx XL system will calculate an Anticipated Opening Price 
(``AOP'') and an Anticipated Opening Size (``AOS''), provided, under 
current rules, that (i) the Exchange has received market orders, or the 
book is crossed (highest bid is higher than the lowest offer) or locked 
(highest bid equals the lowest offer); and (ii) either (A) the 
specialist's quote has been submitted; (B) the quotes of at least two 
Phlx XL participants have been submitted within two minutes opening 
trades or quotes on the markets for underlying securities constituting 
100% of the index value, or (C) if neither the specialist's quote nor 
the quotes of two Phlx XL participants have been submitted within two 
minutes of the opening trades or quotes on the markets for underlying 
securities constituting 100% of the index value, one Phlx XL 
participant has submitted their quote.
    The proposed rule change would amend all of the above parameters in 
the rules for the calculation of an AOP and AOS respecting index 
options to base the time period on the receipt of the opening price in 
the underlying index (or such shorter time as determined by the Options 
Committee and disseminated to membership via Exchange Circular).
Opening
    Current Exchange Rule 1017(b)(iii) provides that, respecting index 
options, when the conditions described are satisfied, the system will 
open the series for trading within a time period not to exceed 5 
seconds (as determined by the Exchange and disseminated to membership 
via Exchange circular) following the dissemination of a quote or trade 
by the markets for underlying securities constituting 100% of the index 
value. The Exchange proposes to amend the rule to remove the 
``percentage open'' calculation requirement and provide that the 
overlying index option would open when the Exchange has received the 
opening price in the underlying index.
    Under the proposal, if there is an imbalance on the opening for an 
index option, the Phlx XL system will send an Imbalance Notice to Phlx 
XL participants provided that the Exchange has received the opening 
price in the underlying index.
    Current Rule 1017(g) states that the specialist may engage the 
automated opening system to open index options when underlying 
securities representing 50% of the current index value of all the 
securities underlying the index have opened for trading on the markets 
and that the system will automatically open such options when 
underlying securities representing 100% of all the securities 
underlying the index have opened for trading on the markets. The 
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automatically when the Exchange's system has received the opening price 
of the underlying index. The specialist would thus have no need to 
determine the percentage of underlying value that is open, since the 
index option would open automatically upon receipt by the system of the 
opening price in the underlying index.
    The corresponding sections of Exchange Rule 1047A, and OFPA G-2 
concerning the opening of index options will include the same language 
reflecting the manner in which index options would open under the 
proposal as stated above.\9\
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    \9\ The Exchange notes that Rule 1047A and OFPA G-2 refer to 
``Industry Index'' and ``Market Index'' options. The Exchange 
represents that, respecting opening and reopening of Industry and 
Market Index options, the Phlx XL system does not make a distinction 
between the two in terms of the current percentages of index value 
necessary for automatic openings. Therefore, such openings would 
take place on the Exchange uniformly among all index options traded 
on the Exchange.
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Trading Halts and Re-Openings Following a Trading Halt
    The Exchange is proposing additional amendments to Rule 1047A and 
OFPA G-2 to reflect the conditions under which the Exchange would halt 
trading in index options, and re-opening trading in index options 
following a trading halt. The purpose of this proposal is to reflect 
the deletion from the rule of the calculation of the percentage of an 
underlying index as discussed above, because current rules concerning 
trading halts in index options include a ``percentage halted'' 
requirement. In the same way that the rules concerning automated 
openings in index options system would no longer include the 
``percentage open'' calculation requirement, Rule 1047A and OFPA G-2 
would not include a ``percentage halted'' calculation requirement.
    Specifically, Rule 1047A(c) and OFPA G-2(c) each state that 
whenever trading on the market in underlying securities representing 
more than 10% of the current index value is halted or suspended on the 
primary market, trading on the Exchange in any option may be halted 
with the approval of an Options Exchange Official. For consistency, and 
because the proposal would eliminate the calculation of ``percentage 
open'' from the rules, the proposed rule change would eliminate the 
current ``10% halted'' requirement from Rule 1047A and OFPA G-2, and 
provide that trading on the Exchange in any index option may be halted 
with the approval of an Options Exchange Official, whenever trading on 
the primary market in any underlying security is halted or 
suspended.\10\
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    \10\ The Exchange notes that it has deleted references to 
``primary market'' regarding openings in options in a separate 
filing. See SR-Phlx-2008-75. Then Exchange does not intend to delete 
such references from its rules governing trading halts.
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    Additionally, Rule 1047A(c)(iv) and OFPA G-2(c)(iv) currently state 
that in the event that trading is halted on the primary market in 
underlying securities representing more than 10% of the current index 
value, the specialist may halt trading in the option overlying such 
index, subject to the approval of an Options Exchange Official within 
five minutes of the halt in trading in the option. The proposed rule 
change would account for the deletion of such a calculation requirement 
from the rule and provide that the specialist may take such action 
whenever trading on the primary market in any underlying security is 
halted.
    Finally, respecting re-openings following a trading halt, Rule 
1047A(d) and OFPA G-2(d) state that trading in any class or series of 
stock index options that has been the subject of a halt by the Exchange 
may be resumed upon a determination by an Options Exchange Official 
that the conditions which led to the halt are no longer present, or 
that underlying securities representing 50% or more of the current 
index value are not subject to halt or suspension in the market for the 
trading of such underlying securities. The proposed rule change would 
delete the ``50%'' provision because of the proposed elimination of all 
such calculations from the Exchange's rules. Under the proposal, such 
trading would resume upon a determination by an Options Exchange 
Official that the conditions which led to the halt are no longer 
present.
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is necessary to 
promote consistency and transparency concerning the automated opening 
of proprietary and non-proprietary index options on the Exchange.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with section 
6(b) of the Act \11\ in general, and furthers the objectives of section 
6(b)(5) of the Act \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 regulating, clearing, settling, 
processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions 
in securities, 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; and is not designed to 
permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or 
dealers, or to regulate by virtue of any authority conferred by the Act 
title matters not related to the purposes of the Act or the 
administration of the Exchange.
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Exchange further believes that the proposed rule change should 
promote consistency and transparency respecting the opening of trading 
in all index options traded on the Exchange, and also respecting 
trading halts and re-openings following trading halts, which would 
benefit customers and Phlx XL participants trading index options on the 
Exchange.

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 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 either solicited or received.

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

    Because the foregoing rule does not: (i) Significantly affect the 
protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any 
significant burden on competition; or (iii) become operative for 30 
days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the 
Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors 
and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective 
pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \13\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
thereunder.\14\
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \14\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) 
requires a self-regulatory organization to provide the Commission 
with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, 
along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, 
at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the 
proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the 
Commission. The Exchange has met this requirement.
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule 
change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it 
appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate 
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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-Phlx-2008-74 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-Phlx-2008-74. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and 
copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File No. SR-Phlx-2008-74 and should be 
submitted on or before December 22, 2008.
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    \15\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\15\
Florence E. Harmon,
Acting Secretary.
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