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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 25, 2011 / Notices mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES determine (1) The practical utility of the collection; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden of the collection; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information that is the subject of collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of collections on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments to RRB or OIRA must contain the OMB control number of the ICR. For proper consideration of your comments, it is best if RRB and OIRA receive them within 30 days of publication date. The RRB utilizes the following forms to conduct its representative payee monitoring program. 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[FR Doc. 2011–1458 Filed 1–24–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7905–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63719, File No. 4–518] Joint Industry Plan; Order Approving Amendment To Add the BATS Y– Exchange, Inc. as Participant to National Market System Plan Establishing Procedures Under Rule 605 of Regulation NMS January 14, 2011. I. Introduction On September 9, 2010, the BATS Y– Exchange, Inc. (‘‘BYX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) in accordance with Section 11A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 608 of Regulation NMS,2 a proposed amendment to the national market system plan establishing procedures under Rule 605 of Regulation NMS (‘‘Joint-SRO Plan’’ or ‘‘Plan’’).3 Under the 1 15 U.S.C. 78k–1. CFR 242.608. 3 17 CFR 242.605. On April 12, 2001, the Commission approved a national market system 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4399 proposed amendment, BYX would be added as a participant to the Joint-SRO Plan. Notice of filing and an order granting temporary effectiveness of the proposal through January 18, 2011 were published in the Federal Register on September 17, 2010.4 The Commission did not receive any comments on the proposed amendment. This order approves the amendment on a permanent basis. II. Discussion The Joint-SRO Plan establishes procedures for market centers to follow in making their monthly reports required pursuant to Rule 605 of Regulation NMS, available to the public in a uniform, readily accessible, and usable electronic format. The current participants to the Joint-SRO Plan are the American Stock Exchange LLC, BATS Exchange, Inc., Boston Stock Exchange, Inc., Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated, Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc., Cincinnati Stock Exchange, Inc. (n/k/a National Stock ExchangeSM), EDGA Exchange, Inc., EDGX Exchange, Inc., International Securities Exchange LLC, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (n/k/a New York Stock Exchange LLC), Pacific Exchange, Inc. (n/k/a NYSE Arca, Inc.), and Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. The proposed amendment would add BYX as a participant to the Joint-SRO Plan. Section III(b) of the Joint-SRO Plan provides that a national securities exchange or national securities association may become a party to the Plan by: (i) executing a copy of the Plan, as then in effect (with the only changes being the addition of the new participant’s name in Section II(a) of the Plan and the new participant’s singledigit code in Section VI(a)(1) of the Plan) and (ii) submitting such executed plan to the Commission for approval. BYX submitted a signed copy of the Joint-SRO Plan to the Commission in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Plan regarding new participants. The Commission finds that the amendment to the Joint-SRO Plan is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder. Specifically, the plan for the purpose of establishing procedures for market centers to follow in making their monthly reports available to the public under Rule 11Ac1– 5 under the Act (n/k/a Rule 605 of Regulation NMS). See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 44177 (April 12, 2001), 66 FR 19814 (April 17, 2001). 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62896 (September 13, 2010), 75 FR 57088. E:\FR\FM\25JAN1.SGM 25JAN1 4400 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 25, 2011 / Notices Commission finds that the proposed amendment is consistent with the requirements of Section 11A of the Act,5 and Rule 608 of Regulation NMS.6 The Plan established appropriate procedures for market centers to follow in making their monthly reports required pursuant to Rule 605 of Regulation NMS available to the public in a uniform, readily accessible, and usable electronic format. The amendment to include BYX as a participant in the Joint-SRO Plan should contribute to the maintenance of fair and orderly markets and remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a national market system by facilitating the uniform public disclosure of order execution information by all market centers. The Commission believes that it is necessary and appropriate in the public interest, for the maintenance of fair and orderly markets, to remove impediments to, and perfect mechanisms of, a national market system to allow BYX to become a participant in the Joint-SRO Plan. The Commission finds, therefore, that approving the amendment to the JointSRO Plan is appropriate and consistent with Section 11A of the Act.7 III. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 11A(a)(3)(B) of the Act 8 and Rule 608 of Regulation NMS,9 that the amendment to the Joint-SRO Plan to add BYX as a participant is approved and BYX is authorized to act jointly with the other participants to the Joint-SRO Plan in planning, developing, operating, or regulating the Plan as a means of facilitating a national market system. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–1431 Filed 1–24–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63731; File No. SR–BX– 2010–083] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Order Approving a Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Price Improvement Period To Permit an Initiating Participant To Designate a PIP Surrender Quantity January 19, 2011. On November 24, 2010, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to the Rules of the Boston Options Exchange Group, LLC (‘‘BOX’’) to permit an Options Participant initiating a Price Improvement Period (‘‘PIP’’) to designate a PIP Surrender Quantity. Notice of the proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 8, 2010.3 The Commission received no comments on the proposal. Currently, the BOX rules that govern the PIP (‘‘PIP Rules’’) 4 generally allow an Options Participant initiating a PIP (‘‘Initiating Participant’’) to retain priority and trade allocation privileges for forty percent (40%) of the size of a PIP Order upon conclusion of the PIP auction.5 This proposed rule change will permit an Initiating Participant, when starting a PIP auction, to submit the Primary Improvement Order to BOX with a designation to specify a quantity of contracts that it is willing to ‘‘surrender’’ from the number of contracts to which it is entitled to other Options Participants (‘‘PIP Surrender Quantity’’).6 By designating a PIP Surrender Quantity, the Initiating Participant could potentially be allocated less than the forty percent (40%) to which it may be entitled under BOX Rules.7 9 17 CFR 242.608. CFR 200.30–3(a)(29). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63416 (December 2, 2010), 75 FR 76503. 4 See Chapter V, Section 18 of the Rules of the Boston Options Exchange Group, LLC (‘‘BOX Rules’’). 5 See id., paragraphs f(i)–f(ii). 6 The Initiating Participant would specify the PIP Surrender Quantity as a number of contracts, not as a percentage of the total PIP Order. Telephone conversation between Michael Burbach, Vice President of Legal Affairs, BOX and Ira Brandriss, mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 10 17 5 15 U.S.C. 78k–1. CFR 242.608. 7 15 U.S.C. 78k–1. 8 15 U.S.C. 78k–1(a)(3)(B). 9 17 CFR 242.608. 10 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(29). 6 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:40 Jan 24, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00123 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The proposed rule change further makes clear that in no case shall the Initiating Participant’s use of the Surrender Quantity function result in an allocation to the Initiating Participant that would be greater than the maximum allowable allocation the Initiating Participant would otherwise receive in accordance with the allocation procedures set forth in the PIP Rules.8 The proposal specifies that the PIP Surrender Quantity shall not be effective for an amount that is lesser than or equal to sixty percent (60%) of the size of the PIP Order. Additionally, the proposed rule change will modify the BOX Trading Host’s trade allocation at the conclusion of the PIP auction to account for the PIP Surrender Quantity. The proposal specifies that when the BOX Trading Host determines the priority and trade allocation amounts for the Initiating Participant upon the conclusion of the PIP auction, the Trading Host will automatically adjust the trade allocations to the other PIP Participants according to the priority set forth generally in the PIP Rules,9 providing a total amount to the other PIP Participants up to the PIP Surrender Quantity. Under the proposal, the Primary Improvement Order is allocated the remaining size of the PIP Order, if any. If the aggregate size of other PIP Participants’ contra orders is not equal to or greater than the PIP Surrender Quantity, then the remaining PIP Surrender Quantity shall be left unfilled by those participants and the Primary Improvement Order shall be allocated the remaining size of the PIP Order as set forth in the PIP Rules.10 The Exchange has stated that it will provide Options Participants with three (3) business days notice, via Information Circular, about the implementation date of the PIP Surrender Quantity prior to 7 The Primary Improvement Order would also still yield priority to certain competing orders in certain circumstances. See PIP Rules, supra note 4, paragraph (f)(iii). In the case of a Max Improvement Primary Improvement Order, see subsection (e)(ii) of the PIP Rules, the Surrender Quantity would be deducted from the number of contracts, if any, remaining for the Initiating Participant at the last level of allocation—i.e., from the 40% share to which the Initiating Participant is entitled at that level—and ceded to any other Options Participants at that level. Thus it is possible, under the proposed rule change, that if the Surrender Quantity is greater than the number of contracts remaining for the Initiating Participant at the last level of allocation, the Initiating Participant will receive no contracts at that level. Telephone conversation between Michael Burbach, Vice President of Legal Affairs, BOX, and Ira Brandriss, Special Counsel and Nicholas Shwayri, Attorney-Advisor, Division of Trading and Markets, Commission, January 19, 2011. 8 See, generally id., paragraph (f). 9 See id., paragraph (e). E:\FR\FM\25JAN1.SGM 25JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 16 (Tuesday, January 25, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 4399-4400]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-63719, File No. 4-518]


Joint Industry Plan; Order Approving Amendment To Add the BATS Y-
Exchange, Inc. as Participant to National Market System Plan 
Establishing Procedures Under Rule 605 of Regulation NMS

January 14, 2011.

I. Introduction

    On September 9, 2010, the BATS Y-Exchange, Inc. (``BYX'' or 
``Exchange'') submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``SEC'' or ``Commission'') in accordance with Section 11A of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act'') \1\ and Rule 608 of 
Regulation NMS,\2\ a proposed amendment to the national market system 
plan establishing procedures under Rule 605 of Regulation NMS (``Joint-
SRO Plan'' or ``Plan'').\3\ Under the proposed amendment, BYX would be 
added as a participant to the Joint-SRO Plan. Notice of filing and an 
order granting temporary effectiveness of the proposal through January 
18, 2011 were published in the Federal Register on September 17, 
2010.\4\ The Commission did not receive any comments on the proposed 
amendment. This order approves the amendment on a permanent basis.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1.
    \2\ 17 CFR 242.608.
    \3\ 17 CFR 242.605. On April 12, 2001, the Commission approved a 
national market system plan for the purpose of establishing 
procedures for market centers to follow in making their monthly 
reports available to the public under Rule 11Ac1-5 under the Act (n/
k/a Rule 605 of Regulation NMS). See Securities Exchange Act Release 
No. 44177 (April 12, 2001), 66 FR 19814 (April 17, 2001).
    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62896 (September 13, 
2010), 75 FR 57088.
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II. Discussion

    The Joint-SRO Plan establishes procedures for market centers to 
follow in making their monthly reports required pursuant to Rule 605 of 
Regulation NMS, available to the public in a uniform, readily 
accessible, and usable electronic format. The current participants to 
the Joint-SRO Plan are the American Stock Exchange LLC, BATS Exchange, 
Inc., Boston Stock Exchange, Inc., Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated, Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc., Cincinnati Stock Exchange, 
Inc. (n/k/a National Stock Exchange\SM\), EDGA Exchange, Inc., EDGX 
Exchange, Inc., International Securities Exchange LLC, The NASDAQ Stock 
Market LLC, National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., New York 
Stock Exchange, Inc. (n/k/a New York Stock Exchange LLC), Pacific 
Exchange, Inc. (n/k/a NYSE Arca, Inc.), and Philadelphia Stock 
Exchange, Inc. The proposed amendment would add BYX as a participant to 
the Joint-SRO Plan.
    Section III(b) of the Joint-SRO Plan provides that a national 
securities exchange or national securities association may become a 
party to the Plan by: (i) executing a copy of the Plan, as then in 
effect (with the only changes being the addition of the new 
participant's name in Section II(a) of the Plan and the new 
participant's single-digit code in Section VI(a)(1) of the Plan) and 
(ii) submitting such executed plan to the Commission for approval. BYX 
submitted a signed copy of the Joint-SRO Plan to the Commission in 
accordance with the procedures set forth in the Plan regarding new 
participants.
    The Commission finds that the amendment to the Joint-SRO Plan is 
consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and 
regulations thereunder. Specifically, the

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Commission finds that the proposed amendment is consistent with the 
requirements of Section 11A of the Act,\5\ and Rule 608 of Regulation 
NMS.\6\ The Plan established appropriate procedures for market centers 
to follow in making their monthly reports required pursuant to Rule 605 
of Regulation NMS available to the public in a uniform, readily 
accessible, and usable electronic format. The amendment to include BYX 
as a participant in the Joint-SRO Plan should contribute to the 
maintenance of fair and orderly markets and remove impediments to and 
perfect the mechanisms of a national market system by facilitating the 
uniform public disclosure of order execution information by all market 
centers. The Commission believes that it is necessary and appropriate 
in the public interest, for the maintenance of fair and orderly 
markets, to remove impediments to, and perfect mechanisms of, a 
national market system to allow BYX to become a participant in the 
Joint-SRO Plan. The Commission finds, therefore, that approving the 
amendment to the Joint-SRO Plan is appropriate and consistent with 
Section 11A of the Act.\7\
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1.
    \6\ 17 CFR 242.608.
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1.
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III. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 11A(a)(3)(B) of the 
Act \8\ and Rule 608 of Regulation NMS,\9\ that the amendment to the 
Joint-SRO Plan to add BYX as a participant is approved and BYX is 
authorized to act jointly with the other participants to the Joint-SRO 
Plan in planning, developing, operating, or regulating the Plan as a 
means of facilitating a national market system.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1(a)(3)(B).
    \9\ 17 CFR 242.608.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\10\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(29).
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Elizabeth M. Murphy,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-1431 Filed 1-24-11; 8:45 am]
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