Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Order Approving a Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade Shares of the Teucrium Natural Gas Fund, 4963-4965 [2011-1728]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 18 / Thursday, January 27, 2011 / Notices Exchange.9 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–NYSEAmex–2011–05 and should be submitted on or before February 17, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–1725 Filed 1–26–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63753; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2010–110] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Order Approving a Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade Shares of the Teucrium Natural Gas Fund January 21, 2011. I. Introduction On December 3, 2010, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) 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 list and trade shares of the Teucrium Natural Gas Fund under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 15, 2010.3 The Commission received no comments on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change. II. Description of the Proposal mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES The Exchange proposes to list and trade shares (‘‘Shares’’) of the Teucrium Natural Gas Fund (‘‘Fund’’) pursuant to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200. NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200, Commentary .02, permits the trading of Trust Issued 9 The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.sec.gov. 10 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63493 (December 9, 2010), 75 FR 78290 (‘‘Notice’’). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:51 Jan 26, 2011 Jkt 223001 Receipts either by listing or pursuant to unlisted trading privileges.4 The Shares represent beneficial ownership interests in the Fund, which is a commodity pool that is a series of the Teucrium Commodity Trust (‘‘Trust’’), a Delaware statutory trust.5 The Fund is managed and controlled by Teucrium Trading, LLC (‘‘Sponsor’’). The Sponsor is a Delaware limited liability company that is registered as a commodity pool operator with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘CFTC’’) and is a member of the National Futures Association. The investment objective of the Fund is to have the daily changes in percentage terms of the Shares’ net asset value (‘‘NAV’’) reflect the daily changes in percentage terms of a weighted average of the following: the nearest to spot month March, April, October and November Henry Hub Natural Gas Futures Contracts (‘‘Natural Gas Futures Contracts’’) traded on the NYMEX, weighted 25% equally in each contract month, less the Fund’s expenses.6 The Sponsor employs a ‘‘neutral’’ investment strategy intended to track the changes in the Gas Benchmark regardless of whether the Gas Benchmark goes up or down. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing under normal market conditions in Gas Benchmark Component Futures Contracts or, in certain circumstances, in other Natural Gas Futures Contracts traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange (‘‘NYMEX’’), Intercontinental Exchange (‘‘ICE’’), and other foreign exchanges. In addition, and to a limited extent, the Fund will invest in natural gas-based swap agreements that are cleared through the ICE or its affiliated provider of clearing services (‘‘Cleared Natural Gas Swaps’’) to the extent permitted and appropriate in light of the liquidity in the Cleared Natural Gas Swap market. Once position limits in Natural Gas Futures Contracts are 4 Commentary .02 to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200 applies to Trust Issued Receipts that invest in ‘‘Financial Instruments.’’ The term ‘‘Financial Instruments,’’ as defined in Commentary .02(b)(4) to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200, means any combination of investments, including cash; securities; options on securities and indices; futures contracts; options on futures contracts; forward contracts; equity caps, collars and floors; and swap agreements. 5 See Amendment No. 1 to registration statement on Form S–1 for Teucrium Commodity Trust, dated September 7, 2010 (File No. 333–167593) relating to the Teucrium Natural Gas Fund (‘‘Registration Statement’’). 6 This weighted average of the four referenced Natural Gas Futures Contracts is referred to herein as the ‘‘Gas Benchmark,’’ and the four Natural Gas Futures Contracts that at any given time make up the Gas Benchmark are referred to herein as the ‘‘Gas Benchmark Component Futures Contracts.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00106 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4963 applicable, the Fund may also invest first in Cleared Natural Gas Swaps to the extent permitted by the position limits applicable to Cleared Natural Gas Swaps and appropriate in light of the liquidity in the Cleared Natural Gas Swaps market, and then in contracts and instruments such as cash-settled options on Natural Gas Futures Contracts and forward contracts, swaps other than Cleared Natural Gas Swaps, and other over-the-counter transactions that are based on the price of natural gas and Natural Gas Futures Contracts (collectively, ‘‘Other Natural Gas Interests’’ and together with Natural Gas Futures Contracts and Cleared Natural Gas Swaps, ‘‘Natural Gas Interests’’).7 The Exchange represents that the Fund will meet the initial and continued listing requirements applicable to Trust Issued Receipts in NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200 and Commentary .02 thereto. With respect to application of Rule 10A–3 under the Act,8 the Trust will rely on the exception contained in Rule 10A– 3(c)(7).9 A minimum of 100,000 Shares will be outstanding as of the start of trading on the Exchange. Additional details regarding the trading policies of the Fund, creations and redemptions of the Shares, Natural Gas Interests and other aspects of the natural gas and Natural Gas Interest markets, investment risks, Benchmark performance, NAV calculation, the dissemination and availability of information about the underlying assets, trading halts, applicable trading rules, surveillance, and the Information Bulletin, among other things, can be found in the Notice and/or the Registration Statement, as applicable.10 III. Discussion and Commission’s Findings After careful consideration, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change to list and trade the Shares of the Fund is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.11 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,12 which requires, among 7 The Fund will invest in Natural Gas Interests in a manner consistent with the Fund’s investment objective and not to achieve additional leverage. 8 17 CFR 240.10A–3. 9 17 CFR 240.10A–3(c)(7). 10 See supra notes 3 and 5. 11 In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission notes that it has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 12 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1 4964 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 18 / Thursday, January 27, 2011 / Notices other things, that the Exchange’s rules be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system. The Commission finds that the proposal to list and trade the Shares on the Exchange is also consistent with Section 11A(a)(1)(C)(iii) of the Act,13 which sets forth Congress’s finding that it is in the public interest and appropriate for the protection of investors and the maintenance of fair and orderly markets to assure the availability to brokers, dealers, and investors of information with respect to quotations for, and transactions in, securities. Quotation and last-sale information regarding the Shares will be disseminated through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association (‘‘CTA’’), and the Benchmark will be disseminated by one or more major market data vendors every 15 seconds during the NYSE Arca Core Trading Session of 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (‘‘E.T.’’). In addition, the Indicative Trust Value (‘‘ITV’’) will be disseminated on a per-Share basis by one or more major market data vendors every 15 seconds during the NYSE Arca Core Trading Session.14 The Fund will provide Web site disclosure of portfolio holdings daily and will include, as applicable, the names, quantity, price, and market value of Financial Instruments 15 and the characteristics of such instruments and cash equivalents, and amount of cash held in the portfolio of the Fund. The closing price and settlement prices of the Natural Gas Futures Contracts are readily available from NYMEX, automated quotation systems, published or other public sources, or on-line information services such as Bloomberg or Reuters, and the spot price of natural gas also is available on a 24-hour basis from major market data vendors. The NAV for the Fund will be calculated by the Administrator 13 15 U.S.C. 78k–1(a)(1)(C)(iii). normal trading hours for Natural Gas Futures Contracts on NYMEX are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. E.T. The ITV will not be updated, and, therefore, a static ITV will be disseminated, between the close of trading on NYMEX of Natural Gas Futures Contracts and the close of the NYSE Arca Core Trading Session. The value of a Share may be influenced by non-concurrent trading hours between NYSE Arca and the NYMEX and ICE when the Shares are traded on NYSE Arca after normal trading hours of Natural Gas Futures Contracts on NYMEX. 15 See supra note 4. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 14 The VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:51 Jan 26, 2011 Jkt 223001 once a day and will be disseminated daily to all market participants at the same time, and the Web site for the Fund (http:// www.teucriumnaturalgasfund.com) and/or the Exchange will contain the prospectus and additional data relating to NAV and other applicable quantitative information. The Commission further believes that the proposal to list and trade the Shares is reasonably designed to promote fair disclosure of information that may be necessary to price the Shares appropriately and to prevent trading when a reasonable degree of transparency cannot be assured. If the Exchange becomes aware that the NAV with respect to the Shares is not disseminated to all market participants at the same time, it will halt trading in the Shares until such time as the NAV is available to all market participants. Further, the Exchange represents that it may halt trading during the day in which an interruption to the dissemination of the ITV or the value of the underlying futures contracts occurs. If the interruption to the dissemination of the ITV or the value of the underlying futures contracts persists past the trading day in which it occurred, the Exchange will halt trading no later than the beginning of the trading day following the interruption. In addition, the Web site disclosure of the portfolio composition of the Fund will occur at the same time as the disclosure by the Sponsor of the portfolio composition to Authorized Purchasers (as defined in the Registration Statement) so that all market participants are provided portfolio composition information at the same time. Therefore, the same portfolio information will be provided on the public Web site as well as in electronic files provided to Authorized Purchasers. Accordingly, each investor will have access to the current portfolio composition of the Fund through the Fund’s Web site. Lastly, the trading of the Shares will be subject to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200, Commentary .02(e), which sets forth certain restrictions on ETP Holders 16 acting as registered Market Makers 17 in Trust Issued Receipts to facilitate surveillance. The Exchange has represented that the Shares are deemed equity securities subject to the Exchange’s rules governing the trading of equity securities. In support of this proposal, the Exchange has made representations, including the following: 16 See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 1.1(n) (defining ETP Holder). 17 See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 1.1(u) (defining Market Maker). PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (1) The Fund will meet the initial and continued listing requirements applicable to Trust Issued Receipts in NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200 and Commentary .02 thereto. (2) The Exchange has appropriate rules to facilitate transactions in the Shares during all trading sessions. (3) The Exchange’s surveillance procedures are adequate to properly monitor Exchange trading of the Shares in all trading sessions and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules and applicable Federal securities laws. (4) With respect to Fund assets traded on exchanges, not more than 10% of the weight of such assets in the aggregate shall consist of components whose principal trading market is not a member of the Intermarket Surveillance Group or is a market with which the Exchange does not have a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement. (5) Prior to the commencement of trading, the Exchange will inform its ETP Holders in an Information Bulletin of the special characteristics and risks associated with trading the Shares. Specifically, the Information Bulletin will discuss the following: (a) The risks involved in trading the Shares during the Opening and Late Trading Sessions when an updated ITV will not be calculated or publicly disseminated; (b) the procedures for purchases and redemptions of Shares (and that Shares are not individually redeemable); (c) NYSE Arca Equities Rule 9.2(a), which imposes a duty of due diligence on its ETP Holders to learn the essential facts relating to every customer prior to trading the Shares; (d) how information regarding the ITV is disseminated; (e) the requirement that ETP Holders deliver a prospectus to investors purchasing newly issued Shares prior to or concurrently with the confirmation of a transaction; and (f) trading information. (6) A minimum of 100,000 Shares will be outstanding as of the start of trading on the Exchange. (7) With respect to the application of Rule 10A–3 under the Act, the Trust will rely on the exception contained in Rule 10A–3(c)(7).18 This approval order is based on the Exchange’s representations.19 18 See supra notes 8 and 9 and accompanying text. 19 The Commission notes that it does not regulate the market for the futures in which the Fund plans to take positions, which is the responsibility of the CFTC. The CFTC has the authority to set limits on the positions that any person may take in futures on commodities. These limits may be directly set by the CFTC, or by the markets on which the futures are traded. The Commission has no role in E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 18 / Thursday, January 27, 2011 / Notices Reference Room, and http:// www.nyse.com. For the foregoing reasons, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change IV. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,20 that the proposed rule change (SR–NYSEArca– 2010–110) be, and it hereby is, approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.21 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–1728 Filed 1–26–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 1. Purpose [Release No. 34–63747; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2011–03] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Adopting Standards for Market Maker Electronic Quotes That Are Present During an Opening Auction January 20, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that, on January 13, 2011, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) 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. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to adopt standards for Market Maker electronic quotes that are present during an opening auction. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission’s Public establishing position limits on futures in commodities, even though such limits could impact a commodity-based exchange-traded product that is under the jurisdiction of the Commission. 20 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(2). 21 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:51 Jan 26, 2011 Jkt 223001 In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization 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 those 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 parts of such statements. The purpose of this filing is to adopt rules governing quote widths for Market Maker electronic quotes that are present during an opening auction, based on a provision of the Rules of NASDAQ OMX PHLX (‘‘Phlx’’), by revising the Obligations of Market Makers—OX in Rule 6.37A. Currently, the only restriction on quote widths for NYSE Arca Market Maker electronic quotes is that they be no more than $5 wide. The Exchange has found that the absence of more narrow quotes during an opening auction has prevented series from opening promptly and is unnecessarily delaying the execution of orders. The Exchange proposes to adopt a provision based on Phlx Rule 1014(c)(i)(A)(2)(a). The Phlx rule sets the maximum bid/ask differential for electronic quotes at $5, but also requires electronic quotes that are submitted during an opening rotation to have a bid/ask differential that is consistent with the quote width requirements for open outcry trading. NYSE Arca intends to modify the requirements of NYSE Arca Rule 6.37A(b) to apply the open outcry quote widths in NYSE Arca Rule 6.37(b)(1) to electronic quotes submitted for possible participation in a Trading Auction as defined in Rule 6.64.3 3 While our proposed rule text is not exactly identical to Phlx Rule 1014(c)(i)(A)(2)(a), the intent and impact of the rule is the same—namely, to provide for narrower quotes during an opening auction, which in turn helps facilitate a prompt and efficient opening. As discussed below, we believe that this proposed rule change qualifies for immediate effectiveness as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ rule change under paragraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4. 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4965 Specifically, the Exchange proposes that an electronic quote that is submitted for possible participation in an opening auction must have a bid/ask differential of no more than: (A) .25 between the bid and the offer for each option contract for which the bid is less than $2, (B) no more than .40 where the bid is $2 or more but does not exceed $5, (C) no more than .50 where the bid is more than $5 but does not exceed $10, (D) no more than .80 where the bid is more than $10 but does not exceed $20, and (E) no more than $1 when the last bid is $20.10 or more. These differentials are common in the options industry,4 and are often referred to as ‘‘legal width’’. As is currently the case, different bid/ ask differentials would be permitted to be established, but only with the approval of at least two Trading Officials. The Exchange believes that setting a narrower differential for opening auction quotes will expedite the opening of all options series on the Exchange promptly after the opening of the underlying security. NYSE Arca will implement this rule change upon notification to OTP Holders through the issuance of a Regulatory Bulletin. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) 5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’), in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) 6 in particular in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts, to remove impediments to and to perfect the mechanism for a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest, by expediting the opening auction process and the execution of Customer orders submitted for the opening. 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. 4 See e.g., Boston Options Exchange Rule Chapter VI Sec. 5(a)(vii), International Securities Exchange Rule 803(b)(4), NASDAQ OMX PHLX Rule 1014(c)(i)(A)(1)(a). 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 6 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-63753; File No. SR-NYSEArca-2010-110]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Order Approving a 
Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade Shares of the Teucrium Natural 
Gas Fund

January 21, 2011.

I. Introduction

    On December 3, 2010, NYSE Arca, Inc. (``Exchange'' or ``NYSE 
Arca'') 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 list and trade shares of the Teucrium Natural 
Gas Fund under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200. The proposed rule change 
was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 15, 
2010.\3\ The Commission received no comments on the proposal. This 
order approves the proposed rule change.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63493 (December 9, 
2010), 75 FR 78290 (``Notice'').
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II. Description of the Proposal

    The Exchange proposes to list and trade shares (``Shares'') of the 
Teucrium Natural Gas Fund (``Fund'') pursuant to NYSE Arca Equities 
Rule 8.200. NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200, Commentary .02, permits the 
trading of Trust Issued Receipts either by listing or pursuant to 
unlisted trading privileges.\4\
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    \4\ Commentary .02 to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200 applies to 
Trust Issued Receipts that invest in ``Financial Instruments.'' The 
term ``Financial Instruments,'' as defined in Commentary .02(b)(4) 
to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200, means any combination of 
investments, including cash; securities; options on securities and 
indices; futures contracts; options on futures contracts; forward 
contracts; equity caps, collars and floors; and swap agreements.
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    The Shares represent beneficial ownership interests in the Fund, 
which is a commodity pool that is a series of the Teucrium Commodity 
Trust (``Trust''), a Delaware statutory trust.\5\ The Fund is managed 
and controlled by Teucrium Trading, LLC (``Sponsor''). The Sponsor is a 
Delaware limited liability company that is registered as a commodity 
pool operator with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``CFTC'') 
and is a member of the National Futures Association.
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    \5\ See Amendment No. 1 to registration statement on Form S-1 
for Teucrium Commodity Trust, dated September 7, 2010 (File No. 333-
167593) relating to the Teucrium Natural Gas Fund (``Registration 
Statement'').
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    The investment objective of the Fund is to have the daily changes 
in percentage terms of the Shares' net asset value (``NAV'') reflect 
the daily changes in percentage terms of a weighted average of the 
following: the nearest to spot month March, April, October and November 
Henry Hub Natural Gas Futures Contracts (``Natural Gas Futures 
Contracts'') traded on the NYMEX, weighted 25% equally in each contract 
month, less the Fund's expenses.\6\ The Sponsor employs a ``neutral'' 
investment strategy intended to track the changes in the Gas Benchmark 
regardless of whether the Gas Benchmark goes up or down.
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    \6\ This weighted average of the four referenced Natural Gas 
Futures Contracts is referred to herein as the ``Gas Benchmark,'' 
and the four Natural Gas Futures Contracts that at any given time 
make up the Gas Benchmark are referred to herein as the ``Gas 
Benchmark Component Futures Contracts.''
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    The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing 
under normal market conditions in Gas Benchmark Component Futures 
Contracts or, in certain circumstances, in other Natural Gas Futures 
Contracts traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange (``NYMEX''), 
Intercontinental Exchange (``ICE''), and other foreign exchanges. In 
addition, and to a limited extent, the Fund will invest in natural gas-
based swap agreements that are cleared through the ICE or its 
affiliated provider of clearing services (``Cleared Natural Gas 
Swaps'') to the extent permitted and appropriate in light of the 
liquidity in the Cleared Natural Gas Swap market. Once position limits 
in Natural Gas Futures Contracts are applicable, the Fund may also 
invest first in Cleared Natural Gas Swaps to the extent permitted by 
the position limits applicable to Cleared Natural Gas Swaps and 
appropriate in light of the liquidity in the Cleared Natural Gas Swaps 
market, and then in contracts and instruments such as cash-settled 
options on Natural Gas Futures Contracts and forward contracts, swaps 
other than Cleared Natural Gas Swaps, and other over-the-counter 
transactions that are based on the price of natural gas and Natural Gas 
Futures Contracts (collectively, ``Other Natural Gas Interests'' and 
together with Natural Gas Futures Contracts and Cleared Natural Gas 
Swaps, ``Natural Gas Interests'').\7\
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    \7\ The Fund will invest in Natural Gas Interests in a manner 
consistent with the Fund's investment objective and not to achieve 
additional leverage.
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    The Exchange represents that the Fund will meet the initial and 
continued listing requirements applicable to Trust Issued Receipts in 
NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200 and Commentary .02 thereto. With respect 
to application of Rule 10A-3 under the Act,\8\ the Trust will rely on 
the exception contained in Rule 10A-3(c)(7).\9\ A minimum of 100,000 
Shares will be outstanding as of the start of trading on the Exchange.
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    \8\ 17 CFR 240.10A-3.
    \9\ 17 CFR 240.10A-3(c)(7).
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    Additional details regarding the trading policies of the Fund, 
creations and redemptions of the Shares, Natural Gas Interests and 
other aspects of the natural gas and Natural Gas Interest markets, 
investment risks, Benchmark performance, NAV calculation, the 
dissemination and availability of information about the underlying 
assets, trading halts, applicable trading rules, surveillance, and the 
Information Bulletin, among other things, can be found in the Notice 
and/or the Registration Statement, as applicable.\10\
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    \10\ See supra notes 3 and 5.
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III. Discussion and Commission's Findings

    After careful consideration, the Commission finds that the proposed 
rule change to list and trade the Shares of the Fund is consistent with 
the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder 
applicable to a national securities exchange.\11\ In particular, the 
Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the 
requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\12\ which requires, among

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other things, that the Exchange's rules be designed to prevent 
fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and 
equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination 
with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to 
remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open 
market and a national market system.
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    \11\ In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission 
notes that it has considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Commission finds that the proposal to list and trade the Shares 
on the Exchange is also consistent with Section 11A(a)(1)(C)(iii) of 
the Act,\13\ which sets forth Congress's finding that it is in the 
public interest and appropriate for the protection of investors and the 
maintenance of fair and orderly markets to assure the availability to 
brokers, dealers, and investors of information with respect to 
quotations for, and transactions in, securities. Quotation and last-
sale information regarding the Shares will be disseminated through the 
facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association (``CTA''), and the 
Benchmark will be disseminated by one or more major market data vendors 
every 15 seconds during the NYSE Arca Core Trading Session of 9:30 a.m. 
to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (``E.T.''). In addition, the Indicative Trust 
Value (``ITV'') will be disseminated on a per-Share basis by one or 
more major market data vendors every 15 seconds during the NYSE Arca 
Core Trading Session.\14\ The Fund will provide Web site disclosure of 
portfolio holdings daily and will include, as applicable, the names, 
quantity, price, and market value of Financial Instruments \15\ and the 
characteristics of such instruments and cash equivalents, and amount of 
cash held in the portfolio of the Fund. The closing price and 
settlement prices of the Natural Gas Futures Contracts are readily 
available from NYMEX, automated quotation systems, published or other 
public sources, or on-line information services such as Bloomberg or 
Reuters, and the spot price of natural gas also is available on a 24-
hour basis from major market data vendors. The NAV for the Fund will be 
calculated by the Administrator once a day and will be disseminated 
daily to all market participants at the same time, and the Web site for 
the Fund (http://www.teucriumnaturalgasfund.com) and/or the Exchange 
will contain the prospectus and additional data relating to NAV and 
other applicable quantitative information.
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1(a)(1)(C)(iii).
    \14\ The normal trading hours for Natural Gas Futures Contracts 
on NYMEX are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. E.T. The ITV will not be updated, 
and, therefore, a static ITV will be disseminated, between the close 
of trading on NYMEX of Natural Gas Futures Contracts and the close 
of the NYSE Arca Core Trading Session. The value of a Share may be 
influenced by non-concurrent trading hours between NYSE Arca and the 
NYMEX and ICE when the Shares are traded on NYSE Arca after normal 
trading hours of Natural Gas Futures Contracts on NYMEX.
    \15\ See supra note 4.
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    The Commission further believes that the proposal to list and trade 
the Shares is reasonably designed to promote fair disclosure of 
information that may be necessary to price the Shares appropriately and 
to prevent trading when a reasonable degree of transparency cannot be 
assured. If the Exchange becomes aware that the NAV with respect to the 
Shares is not disseminated to all market participants at the same time, 
it will halt trading in the Shares until such time as the NAV is 
available to all market participants. Further, the Exchange represents 
that it may halt trading during the day in which an interruption to the 
dissemination of the ITV or the value of the underlying futures 
contracts occurs. If the interruption to the dissemination of the ITV 
or the value of the underlying futures contracts persists past the 
trading day in which it occurred, the Exchange will halt trading no 
later than the beginning of the trading day following the interruption. 
In addition, the Web site disclosure of the portfolio composition of 
the Fund will occur at the same time as the disclosure by the Sponsor 
of the portfolio composition to Authorized Purchasers (as defined in 
the Registration Statement) so that all market participants are 
provided portfolio composition information at the same time. Therefore, 
the same portfolio information will be provided on the public Web site 
as well as in electronic files provided to Authorized Purchasers. 
Accordingly, each investor will have access to the current portfolio 
composition of the Fund through the Fund's Web site. Lastly, the 
trading of the Shares will be subject to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.200, 
Commentary .02(e), which sets forth certain restrictions on ETP Holders 
\16\ acting as registered Market Makers \17\ in Trust Issued Receipts 
to facilitate surveillance.
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    \16\ See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 1.1(n) (defining ETP Holder).
    \17\ See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 1.1(u) (defining Market Maker).
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    The Exchange has represented that the Shares are deemed equity 
securities subject to the Exchange's rules governing the trading of 
equity securities. In support of this proposal, the Exchange has made 
representations, including the following:
    (1) The Fund will meet the initial and continued listing 
requirements applicable to Trust Issued Receipts in NYSE Arca Equities 
Rule 8.200 and Commentary .02 thereto.
    (2) The Exchange has appropriate rules to facilitate transactions 
in the Shares during all trading sessions.
    (3) The Exchange's surveillance procedures are adequate to properly 
monitor Exchange trading of the Shares in all trading sessions and to 
deter and detect violations of Exchange rules and applicable Federal 
securities laws.
    (4) With respect to Fund assets traded on exchanges, not more than 
10% of the weight of such assets in the aggregate shall consist of 
components whose principal trading market is not a member of the 
Intermarket Surveillance Group or is a market with which the Exchange 
does not have a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement.
    (5) Prior to the commencement of trading, the Exchange will inform 
its ETP Holders in an Information Bulletin of the special 
characteristics and risks associated with trading the Shares. 
Specifically, the Information Bulletin will discuss the following: (a) 
The risks involved in trading the Shares during the Opening and Late 
Trading Sessions when an updated ITV will not be calculated or publicly 
disseminated; (b) the procedures for purchases and redemptions of 
Shares (and that Shares are not individually redeemable); (c) NYSE Arca 
Equities Rule 9.2(a), which imposes a duty of due diligence on its ETP 
Holders to learn the essential facts relating to every customer prior 
to trading the Shares; (d) how information regarding the ITV is 
disseminated; (e) the requirement that ETP Holders deliver a prospectus 
to investors purchasing newly issued Shares prior to or concurrently 
with the confirmation of a transaction; and (f) trading information.
    (6) A minimum of 100,000 Shares will be outstanding as of the start 
of trading on the Exchange.
    (7) With respect to the application of Rule 10A-3 under the Act, 
the Trust will rely on the exception contained in Rule 10A-3(c)(7).\18\
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    \18\ See supra notes 8 and 9 and accompanying text.

This approval order is based on the Exchange's representations.\19\
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    \19\ The Commission notes that it does not regulate the market 
for the futures in which the Fund plans to take positions, which is 
the responsibility of the CFTC. The CFTC has the authority to set 
limits on the positions that any person may take in futures on 
commodities. These limits may be directly set by the CFTC, or by the 
markets on which the futures are traded. The Commission has no role 
in establishing position limits on futures in commodities, even 
though such limits could impact a commodity-based exchange-traded 
product that is under the jurisdiction of the Commission.

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    For the foregoing reasons, the Commission finds that the proposed 
rule change is consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations 
thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.

IV. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\20\ that the proposed rule change (SR-NYSEArca-2010-110) be, and 
it hereby is, approved.
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    \20\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\21\
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    \21\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Elizabeth M. Murphy,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-1728 Filed 1-26-11; 8:45 am]
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