Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Regarding the Listing of $1 Strike Prices on the Boston Options Exchange Facility, 5628-5630 [2011-2123]

Download as PDF 5628 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 21 / Tuesday, February 1, 2011 / Notices srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES However, as the Exchange noted in its proposal, due to the prohibition on $1 strike price intervals within $0.50 of an existing strike price, the existence of series with $2.50 interval strikes for classes selected for the $1 Strike Price Program could lead to discontinuities in strike prices and a lack of parallel strikes in different expiration months of the same issue. For example, if a $12.50 strike series was open in a class selected for the $1 Strike Price Program, the Exchange would not be able to list series with a $12 or $13 strike, potentially resulting in sequence of strike prices at irregular intervals (i.e., $10, $11, $12.50, $14, and $15). To replace these now-forbidden $2.50 interval strikes, the Exchange proposes to allow the listing of one additional series within each natural $5 interval, as follows. The Exchange proposed to permit the listing of a series with a strike $2 above the $5-interval strike for each such $5-interval strike above the price of the underlying security at the time of listing. Conversely, the Exchange’s proposal would permit the listing of a series with a strike $2 below the $5-interval strike for each such $5interval strike below the price of the underlying security at the time of listing. For example, if the underlying security was trading at $19, the Exchange could list a $27 strike between the $25 and the $30 strikes, and a $32 strike between the $30 and $35 strikes; as well as a $13 strike between the $10 and $15 strikes, and an $8 strike between the $10 and $15 strikes. The Exchange also notes that each such additional series may be listed only if such listing is consistent with the Options Listing Procedures Plan (‘‘OLPP’’) Provisions in Rule 6.4A.7 The foregoing provisions would apply to all classes selected for the $1 Strike Price Program, both with respect to standard and long-term options. In addition, since series with $1-interval strikes are not permitted for most long-term options, the proposal would allow the Exchange to list the long-term strike that is $2 above the $5-interval just below the underlying price at the time of listing. For example, if the underlying stocks, provided the $1 intervals are not within $0.50 of an existing series with a $2.50 strike price. See Rule 6.4 Commentary .04(c). This provision would not change under the current proposal. 7 Rule 6.4A codifies the limitation on strike price ranges outlined in the OLPP, which, except in limited circumstances, prohibits options series with an exercise price more than 100% above or below the price of the underlying security if that price is $20 or less. If the price of the underlying security is greater than $20, an exchange may not list new options series with an exercise price more than 50% above or below the price of the underlying security. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:05 Jan 31, 2011 Jkt 223001 security is trading at $21.25, this provision would allow the Exchange to add a $22 strike ($2 above the $20 strike) for the long-term option series. In support of its proposal, the Exchange stated that the proposed rule change seeks to reduce investor confusion resulting from discontinuous strike prices that has arisen in the operation of the $1 Strike Price Program, by providing a consistent application of strike price intervals for issues in the $1 Strike Price Program. The Exchange further represented that it has the necessary systems capacity to support the potential increase in new options series that will result from the proposed changes to the $1 Strike Price Program. The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.8 Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,9 which requires, among other things, that the rules of a national securities exchange be designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 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. As the Exchange notes, the proposal is intended to reduce investor confusion resulting from the operation of the $1 Strike Price Program by reducing the occurrences of discontinuities in strike prices and non-parallel strikes in different expiration months of the same issue. The Commission believes that the proposal strikes a reasonable balance between the Exchange’s desire to accommodate market participants and the need to avoid unnecessary proliferation of options series and the corresponding increase in quotes and market fragmentation. The Commission expects the Exchange to monitor the trading and quotation volume associated with the additional options series listed as a result of this proposal and the effect of these additional series on market fragmentation and on the capacity of the Exchange’s, OPRA’s, and vendors’ automated systems. 8 In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 IV. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,10 that the proposed rule change (SR–NYSEArca– 2010–106) be, and it hereby is, approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–2115 Filed 1–31–11; 8:45 am] III. Discussion PO 00000 In approving this proposal, the Commission notes that Exchange has represented that it has the necessary systems capacity to support the potential increase in new options series that will result from the proposed changes to the $1 Strike Price Program. Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63774; File No. SR–BX– 2011–006] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Regarding the Listing of $1 Strike Prices on the Boston Options Exchange Facility January 25, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that, on January 21, 2011, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the 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 proposes to amend the Rules of the Boston Options Exchange Group, LLC (‘‘BOX’’) regarding the listing of $1 strike prices. The text of the proposed rule change is available from the principal office of the Exchange, on the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.sec.gov, at the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and also on the Exchange’s Internet Web site at http:// 10 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 11 17 E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM 01FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 21 / Tuesday, February 1, 2011 / Notices nasdaqomxbx.cchwallstreet.com/ NASDAQOMXBX/Filings/. 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 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 these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend Supplementary Material .02 to Chapter IV, Section 6 (Series of Options Contracts Open for Trading) of the BOX Trading Rules to improve the operation of the $1 Strike Price Program. Currently, the $1 Strike Price Program only allows the listing of new $1 strikes within $5 of the previous day’s closing price. In certain circumstances this has led to situations where there are no atthe-money $1 strikes for a day, despite significant demand. For instance, on November 15, 2010, the underlying shares of Isilon Systems Inc. opened at $33.83. It had closed the previous trading day at $26.29. Options were available in $1 intervals up to $31, but because of the restriction to only listing within $5 of the previous close, BOX was not able to add $32, $33, $34, $36, $37 or $38 strikes during the day. The Exchange proposes that $1 interval strike prices be allowed to be added immediately within $5 of the official opening price in the primary listing market. Thus, on any day, $1 Strike Program strikes may be added within $5 of either the opening price or the previous day’s closing price. On occasion, the price movement in the underlying security has been so great that listing within $5 of either the previous day’s closing price or the day’s opening price will leave a gap in the continuity of strike prices. For instance, if an issue closes at $14 one day, and the next day opens above $27, the $21 and $22 strikes will be more than $5 from either benchmark. The Exchange proposes that any such discontinuity be avoided by allowing the listing of all $1 VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:05 Jan 31, 2011 Jkt 223001 Strike Program strikes between the closing price and the opening price. Additionally, issues that are in the $1 Strike Price Program may currently have $2.50 interval strike prices added that are more than $5 from the underlying price or are more than a nine months to expiration (long-term options series). In such cases, the listing of a $2.50 interval strike may lead to discontinuities in strike prices and also a lack of parallel strikes in different expiration months of the same issue. For instance, under the current rules, BOX may list a $12.50 strike in a $1 Strike Program issue where the underlying price is $24. This allowance was provided to avoid too large of an interval between the standard strike prices of $10 and $15. The unintended consequence, however, is that if the underlying price should decline to $16, BOX would not be able to list a $12 or $13 strike. If the underlying stayed near this level at expiration, a new expiration month would have the $12 and $13 strike but not the $12.50, leading to a disparity in strike intervals in different months of the same option class. This has also led to investor confusion, as they regularly request the addition of inappropriate strikes so as to roll a position from one month to another at the same strike level. To avoid this problem, the Exchange proposes to prohibit $2.50 interval strikes below $50 in all $1 Strike Price Program issues, including long term option series. At each standard $5 increment strike more than $5 from the price of the underlying security, BOX proposes to list the strike $2 above the standard strike for each interval above the price of the underlying security, and $2 below the standard strike, for each interval below the price of the underlying security, provided it meets the Options Listing Procedures Plan (‘‘OLPP’’) Provisions in Chapter IV, Section 6(b) of the BOX Rules.3 For instance, if the underlying security was trading at $19, BOX could list, for each month, the following strikes: $3, $5, $8, $10, $13, $14, $15, $16, $17, $18, $19, $20, $21, $22, $23, $24, $25, $27, $30, $32, $35, and $37. Instead of $2.50 strikes for long-term options, the Exchange proposes to list one long-term $1 Strike option series strike in the interval between each 3 Chapter IV, Section 6(b) of the BOX Rules codifies the limitation on strike price ranges outlined in the OLPP, which, except in limited circumstances, prohibits options series with an exercise price more than 100% above or below the price of the underlying security if that price is $20 or less. If the price of the underlying security is greater than $20, BOX shall not list new options series with an exercise price more than 50% above or below the price of the underlying security. PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5629 standard $5 strike, with the $1 Strike being $2 above the standard strike price for each interval above the price of the underlying security, and $2 below the standard strike price, for each interval below the price of the underlying security. In addition, BOX may list the long-term $1 strike which is $2 above the standard strike just below the underlying price at the time of listing, and may add additional long-term options series strikes as the price of the underlying security moves, consistent with the OLPP. For instance, if the underlying is trading at $21.25, longterm strikes could be listed at $15, $18, $20, $22, $25, $27, and $30. If the underlying subsequently moved to $22, the $32 strike could be added. If the underlying moved to $19.75, the $13, $10, $8, and $5 strikes could be added. The Exchange also proposes that additional long-term option strikes may not be listed within $1 of an existing strike until less than nine months to expiration. Finally, the Exchange represents that it has the necessary systems capacity to support the small increase in new options series that will result from these changes to the $1 Strike Price Program. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that this proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),4 in general, furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 5 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, promote just and equitable principles of trade, 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. In particular, the proposed rule change seeks to reduce investor confusion and address issues that have arisen in the operation of the $1 Strike Price Program by providing a consistent application of strike price intervals for issues in the $1 Strike Price Program. Moreover, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change would benefit investors by giving them more flexibility to closely tailor their investment decisions. While amending the $1 Strike Program to allow additional strike prices will generate additional quote traffic, BOX does not believe that this increased traffic will result in a material proliferation of additional series because it will affect a limited number of classes and BOX does 4 15 5 15 E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78(f)(b)(5). 01FEN1 5630 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 21 / Tuesday, February 1, 2011 / Notices not believe that the additional price points will result in fractured liquidity. investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition IV. Solicitation of Comments 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 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 The Exchange has neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest, does not impose any significant burden on competition, and, by its terms, does not become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 6 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder.7 The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission believes that waiver of the operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because the proposal is substantially similar to that of another exchange that has been approved by the Commission.8 Therefore, the Commission designates the proposal operative upon filing.9 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of 6 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) requires the Exchange to give the Commission written notice of the Exchange’s 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 has waived the five-day prefiling requirement in this case. 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63773 (January 25, 2011) (SR–NYSEAmex–2010–109). See also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63770 (January 25, 2011) (SR–NYSEArca–2010–106). 9 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). srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 7 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:05 Jan 31, 2011 Jkt 223001 • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–BX–2011–006 on the subject line. Paper Comments For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–2123 Filed 1–31–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63777; File No. SR–Phlx2010–157] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC; Order Approving a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment Nos. 1 and 2, Relating to Complex Orders January 26, 2011. I. Introduction • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. On November 29, 2010, NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC (‘‘Phlx’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section All submissions should refer to File 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b– Number SR–BX–2011–006. This file thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the amend the rules governing the trading of Complex Orders on the Phlx’s electronic Commission process and review your options trading platform, Phlx XL II, to, comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will among other things: (i) Permit Complex post all comments on the Commission’s Orders with up to six components, including the underlying stock or Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ Exchange Traded Fund Share (‘‘ETF’’); rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the (ii) establish a Do Not Auction (‘‘DNA’’) submission, all subsequent designation for Complex Orders; (iii) amendments, all written statements add a definition of conforming ratio; (iv) with respect to the proposed rule provide priority rules for Complex change that are filed with the Orders traded on Phlx XL II; and (v) Commission, and all written provide for the communication of the communications relating to the stock or ETF component of a Complex proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than Order by the Exchange to Nasdaq Options Services LLC (‘‘NOS’’), the those that may be withheld from the Phlx’s affiliated broker-dealer, for public in accordance with the execution. The Exchange filed provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be Amendment No. 1 to the proposal on available for Web site viewing and December 6, 2010.3 The proposed rule printing in the Commission’s Public change, as modified by Amendment No. Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., 1, was published for comment in the Washington, DC 20549, on official Federal Register on December 15, business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also 2010.4 The Exchange filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposal on January 11, will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the 10 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Exchange. All comments received will 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). be posted without change; the 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. Commission does not edit personal 3 Amendment No. 1 revises Phlx Rule 1080, identifying information from Commentary .08(a)(i), to indicate that member submissions. You should submit only organizations submitting Complex Orders with a information that you wish to make stock/ETF component represent that such orders comply with the qualified contingent trade available publicly. All submissions exemption from Rule 611(a) of Regulation NMS should refer to File Number SR–BX– under the Exchange Act. 2011–006 and should be submitted on 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63509 or before February 22, 2011. (December 9, 2010), 75 FR 78320 (‘‘Notice’’). PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM 01FEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-63774; File No. SR-BX-2011-006]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Regarding 
the Listing of $1 Strike Prices on the Boston Options Exchange Facility

January 25, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given 
that, on January 21, 2011, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (the ``Exchange'') filed 
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items 
have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this 
notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested 
persons.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend the Rules of the Boston Options 
Exchange Group, LLC (``BOX'') regarding the listing of $1 strike 
prices. The text of the proposed rule change is available from the 
principal office of the Exchange, on the Commission's Web site at 
http://www.sec.gov, at the Commission's Public Reference Room, and also 
on the Exchange's Internet Web site at http://

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

    In its filing with the Commission, 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 these statements may be examined at 
the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization 
has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the 
most significant aspects of such statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend Supplementary Material .02 to 
Chapter IV, Section 6 (Series of Options Contracts Open for Trading) of 
the BOX Trading Rules to improve the operation of the $1 Strike Price 
Program.
    Currently, the $1 Strike Price Program only allows the listing of 
new $1 strikes within $5 of the previous day's closing price. In 
certain circumstances this has led to situations where there are no at-
the-money $1 strikes for a day, despite significant demand. For 
instance, on November 15, 2010, the underlying shares of Isilon Systems 
Inc. opened at $33.83. It had closed the previous trading day at 
$26.29. Options were available in $1 intervals up to $31, but because 
of the restriction to only listing within $5 of the previous close, BOX 
was not able to add $32, $33, $34, $36, $37 or $38 strikes during the 
day.
    The Exchange proposes that $1 interval strike prices be allowed to 
be added immediately within $5 of the official opening price in the 
primary listing market. Thus, on any day, $1 Strike Program strikes may 
be added within $5 of either the opening price or the previous day's 
closing price.
    On occasion, the price movement in the underlying security has been 
so great that listing within $5 of either the previous day's closing 
price or the day's opening price will leave a gap in the continuity of 
strike prices. For instance, if an issue closes at $14 one day, and the 
next day opens above $27, the $21 and $22 strikes will be more than $5 
from either benchmark. The Exchange proposes that any such 
discontinuity be avoided by allowing the listing of all $1 Strike 
Program strikes between the closing price and the opening price.
    Additionally, issues that are in the $1 Strike Price Program may 
currently have $2.50 interval strike prices added that are more than $5 
from the underlying price or are more than a nine months to expiration 
(long-term options series). In such cases, the listing of a $2.50 
interval strike may lead to discontinuities in strike prices and also a 
lack of parallel strikes in different expiration months of the same 
issue. For instance, under the current rules, BOX may list a $12.50 
strike in a $1 Strike Program issue where the underlying price is $24. 
This allowance was provided to avoid too large of an interval between 
the standard strike prices of $10 and $15. The unintended consequence, 
however, is that if the underlying price should decline to $16, BOX 
would not be able to list a $12 or $13 strike. If the underlying stayed 
near this level at expiration, a new expiration month would have the 
$12 and $13 strike but not the $12.50, leading to a disparity in strike 
intervals in different months of the same option class. This has also 
led to investor confusion, as they regularly request the addition of 
inappropriate strikes so as to roll a position from one month to 
another at the same strike level.
    To avoid this problem, the Exchange proposes to prohibit $2.50 
interval strikes below $50 in all $1 Strike Price Program issues, 
including long term option series. At each standard $5 increment strike 
more than $5 from the price of the underlying security, BOX proposes to 
list the strike $2 above the standard strike for each interval above 
the price of the underlying security, and $2 below the standard strike, 
for each interval below the price of the underlying security, provided 
it meets the Options Listing Procedures Plan (``OLPP'') Provisions in 
Chapter IV, Section 6(b) of the BOX Rules.\3\ For instance, if the 
underlying security was trading at $19, BOX could list, for each month, 
the following strikes: $3, $5, $8, $10, $13, $14, $15, $16, $17, $18, 
$19, $20, $21, $22, $23, $24, $25, $27, $30, $32, $35, and $37.
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    \3\ Chapter IV, Section 6(b) of the BOX Rules codifies the 
limitation on strike price ranges outlined in the OLPP, which, 
except in limited circumstances, prohibits options series with an 
exercise price more than 100% above or below the price of the 
underlying security if that price is $20 or less. If the price of 
the underlying security is greater than $20, BOX shall not list new 
options series with an exercise price more than 50% above or below 
the price of the underlying security.
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    Instead of $2.50 strikes for long-term options, the Exchange 
proposes to list one long-term $1 Strike option series strike in the 
interval between each standard $5 strike, with the $1 Strike being $2 
above the standard strike price for each interval above the price of 
the underlying security, and $2 below the standard strike price, for 
each interval below the price of the underlying security. In addition, 
BOX may list the long-term $1 strike which is $2 above the standard 
strike just below the underlying price at the time of listing, and may 
add additional long-term options series strikes as the price of the 
underlying security moves, consistent with the OLPP. For instance, if 
the underlying is trading at $21.25, long-term strikes could be listed 
at $15, $18, $20, $22, $25, $27, and $30. If the underlying 
subsequently moved to $22, the $32 strike could be added. If the 
underlying moved to $19.75, the $13, $10, $8, and $5 strikes could be 
added.
    The Exchange also proposes that additional long-term option strikes 
may not be listed within $1 of an existing strike until less than nine 
months to expiration.
    Finally, the Exchange represents that it has the necessary systems 
capacity to support the small increase in new options series that will 
result from these changes to the $1 Strike Price Program.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that this proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act''),\4\ 
in general, furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act \5\ 
in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and 
manipulative acts and practices, promote just and equitable principles 
of trade, 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. In particular, the proposed rule 
change seeks to reduce investor confusion and address issues that have 
arisen in the operation of the $1 Strike Price Program by providing a 
consistent application of strike price intervals for issues in the $1 
Strike Price Program. Moreover, the Exchange believes the proposed rule 
change would benefit investors by giving them more flexibility to 
closely tailor their investment decisions. While amending the $1 Strike 
Program to allow additional strike prices will generate additional 
quote traffic, BOX does not believe that this increased traffic will 
result in a material proliferation of additional series because it will 
affect a limited number of classes and BOX does

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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition 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

    The Exchange has neither solicited nor received comments on the 
proposed rule change.

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

    Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not significantly 
affect the protection of investors or the public interest, does not 
impose any significant burden on competition, and, by its terms, does 
not become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, 
or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \6\ and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6) thereunder.\7\
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \7\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) 
requires the Exchange to give the Commission written notice of the 
Exchange's 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 has waived the five-day prefiling requirement in this 
case.
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    The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day 
operative delay. The Commission believes that waiver of the operative 
delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public 
interest because the proposal is substantially similar to that of 
another exchange that has been approved by the Commission.\8\ 
Therefore, the Commission designates the proposal operative upon 
filing.\9\
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    \8\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63773 (January 25, 
2011) (SR-NYSEAmex-2010-109). See also Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 63770 (January 25, 2011) (SR-NYSEArca-2010-106).
    \9\ 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).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-BX-2011-006 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-BX-2011-006. 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 Web site viewing and 
printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-BX-2011-006 and should be 
submitted on or before February 22, 2011.

    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)(12).
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Elizabeth M. Murphy,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-2123 Filed 1-31-11; 8:45 am]
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