Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Related to Stock-Option Orders, 7614-7616 [2011-2970]

Download as PDF 7614 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 28 / Thursday, February 10, 2011 / Notices C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–CBOE–2011–010 on the subject line. 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 such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File No. SR–CBOE– 2011–010 and should be submitted on or before March 3, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–2971 Filed 2–9–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63842; File No. SR–CBOE– 2011–009] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Related to Stock-Option Orders February 4, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the • Send paper comments in triplicate ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,2 to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, notice is hereby given that on January Securities and Exchange Commission, 27, 2011, the Chicago Board Options 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘Exchange’’ or 20549–1090. ‘‘CBOE’’) filed with the Securities and All submissions should refer to File Exchange Commission (the Number SR–CBOE–2011–010. This file ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule number should be included on the change as described in Items I and II subject line if e-mail is used. To help the below, which Items have been prepared Commission process and review your by the Exchange. CBOE has submitted comments more efficiently, please use the proposed rule change under Section only one method. The Commission will 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b– post all comments on the Commission’s 4(f)(6) thereunder,4 which renders the Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ proposal effective upon filing with the rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the Commission. The Commission is submission, all subsequent publishing this notice to solicit amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule 11 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). change that are filed with the 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). Commission, and all written 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). communications relating to the 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). proposed rule change between the jdjones on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES Paper Comments VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:10 Feb 09, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 is proposing to amend its complex order request for response (‘‘RFR’’) auction (‘‘COA’’) as it applies to stock-option orders to incorporate certain order eligibility parameters. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http://www.cboe.org/Legal), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of 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. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose Prior to routing to the complex order book or once on PAR, eligible complex orders may be subjected to an automated COA process where orders are exposed for price improvement under Rule 6.53C(d), Process for Complex Order RFR Auction. Generally, if a market order cannot be filled in whole or in a permissible ratio at the conclusion of COA, then the order (or any remaining balance) will route to PAR for manual handling. However, the Exchange has the ability to vary this process for market stock-option orders that contain one or more option leg(s) under Rule 6.53C.06(d). Specifically, instead of routing to PAR for manual handling, the Exchange may determine on a class-by-class basis that any remaining balance of the option leg(s) of a market stock-option order will automatically route to CBOE’s Hybrid System for processing as a simple market order(s) consistent with CBOE’s order execution rules and any remaining balance of the stock leg will automatically route to the CBOE Stock Exchange (‘‘CBSX’’), CBOE’s stock facility, for processing as a simple E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 28 / Thursday, February 10, 2011 / Notices jdjones on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES market order consistent with CBSX order execution rules.5 This alternate legging functionality is intended to assist in the automatic execution and processing of stock-option orders that are market orders. The Exchange notes that when a stock-option order is legged in this manner, it is possible for CBOE to route the option leg(s) to another options exchange and/or for CBSX to route the stock leg to another stock exchange, consistent with their respective rules.6 The Exchange is preparing to activate this legging functionality for market stock-option orders. However, before activating the functionality, the Exchange is proposing to codify certain order eligibility parameters that would be applicable to such market stockoption orders. Specifically, the Exchange is proposing to provide that for each class in which the legging functionality is activated, an ‘‘eligible market order’’ means a stock-option order that is within designated size and order type 7 parameters, determined by the Exchange on a class-by-class basis, and for which the national best bid or offer (‘‘NBBO’’) is within designated size and price parameters, as determined by the Exchange for the individual leg. The designated NBBO price parameters will be determined based on a minimum bid price for sell orders and a maximum offer price for buy orders. The Exchange may also determine on a class-by-class basis to limit the trading times within regular trading hours that the legging functionality will be available.8 The Exchange notes that the inclusion of an order eligibility provision will provide the Exchange with more flexibility to administer the legging functionality in a manner that is consistent with other CBOE rules that contain order eligibility provisions based on order size, order type and other factors, e.g., Rules 6.13, CBOE Hybrid System Automatic Execution Feature, 6.14, Hybrid Agency Liaison (HAL), 6.14A, 6.53, Certain Types of 5 Pursuant to Rule 6.53C.01, any determination by the Exchange to route stock-option market orders in this manner will be announced to Trading Permit Holders via Regulatory Circular. 6 See, e.g., CBOE’s Rules 6.14A, Hybrid Agency Liaison 2 (HAL2), and 6.14B, Order Routing to Other Exchanges, and CBSX’s Rule 52.6, Processing of Round-lot Orders. 7 The legging functionality is currently only available for stock-option orders that are market orders. The market stock-option ‘‘order types’’ are those with only one option leg and those with more than one option leg (e.g., a conversion or reversal). 8 Pursuant to Rule 6.53C.01, any determination by the Exchange regarding these legging functionality parameters will be announced to Trading Permit Holders via Regulatory Circular. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:10 Feb 09, 2011 Jkt 223001 Orders Defined, and 6.53C(d).9 The Exchange also notes that the designated NBBO size and NBBO price parameters and the eligible trading time parameter are specific to the COA legging functionality (although the Exchange notes that there are other price reasonability check parameters within various other CBOE Rules, e.g., Rule 6.13 and Interpretation and Policy .08 to Rule 6.53C, Complex Orders on the Hybrid System). Under these new order eligibility parameters, for example, the Exchange might determine that for a given option class the COA legging functionality would only be available for stock-option orders involving one option leg where the maximum eligible order size is 1,000 shares for the stock leg and 10 contracts for the option leg. Under the NBBO size parameter, the Exchange might also determine that the legging functionality would only be available in instances where the minimum NBBO size is at least 1,000 shares for the stock leg and the minimum NBBO size for the options leg(s) is a size that is at least sufficient to satisfy the entire option leg(s). Under the NBBO price parameter, the Exchange might also determine that the legging functionality would only be available in instances where the NBBO bid for a component leg is at least $0.25 or higher for a sell option leg. As for the eligible trading times, the Exchange might determine to designate a time within regular trading hours when the legging functionality would be available, such as, for example, saying the legging functionality would not be available within 3 minutes of the 3 p.m. (Central Time) close of trading.10 As indicated above, the legging functionality is intended to assist in the automatic execution and processing of stock-option orders that are market orders. The Exchange believes the addition of the above described order eligibility parameters will provide the Exchange more flexibility in 9 Indeed, to be eligible for the COA process itself, an order must be a COA-eligible order. A ‘‘COAeligible order’’ is a complex order (including a stock-option order) that, as determined by the Exchange on a class-by-class basis, is eligible for COA considering the order’s marketability (defined as a number of ticks away from the current market), size, complex order type and complex order origin types (i.e., non-broker-dealer public customer, broker-dealers that are not Market-Makers or specialists on an options exchange, and/or MarketMakers or specialists on an options exchange). See Rule 6.53C(d)(i)(2) and Interpretation and Policy .06(d) to Rule 6.53C. 10 In the example above, the Exchange would issue a Regulatory Circular to Trading Permit Holders before the legging functionality parameters go into effect for the given option class that announces the particular parameters that the Exchange determined to establish. See note 8, supra. PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7615 administering the legging functionality in a manner that is consistent with other Exchange rules that contain order eligibility provisions. The Exchange also believes that these eligibility parameters will enhance the functionality and assist with the maintenance of orderly markets by helping to mitigate the potential risks associated with legging stock option orders, e.g., the risk of an order drilling through multiple price points on another exchange (thereby resulting in execution at prices that are away from the NBBO and potentially erroneous), and/or the risk of one leg of the stockoption order going unexecuted (thereby not achieving a complete stock-option order execution and having a partial position that is unhedged). 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 11 in general and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 12 in particular in that it should promote just and equitable principles of trade, serve to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes the proposed rule change will assist in the automatic execution and processing of stockoption orders that are market orders. The Exchange also believes the addition of the order eligibility parameters will provide the Exchange with more flexibility in administering the legging functionality in a manner that is consistent with other Exchange rules that contain order eligibility provisions. In addition, the Exchange believes that these eligibility requirements will enhance the functionality and assist with the maintenance of orderly markets by helping to mitigate the potential risks associated with legging stock option orders, e.g., the risk of an order drilling through multiple price points on another exchange (thereby resulting in execution at prices that are away from the NBBO and potentially erroneous), and/or the risk of one leg of the stockoption order going unexecuted (thereby not achieving a complete stock-option order execution and having a partial position that is unhedged). B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition CBOE 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. 11 15 12 15 E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 10FEN1 7616 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 28 / Thursday, February 10, 2011 / Notices C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the proposal. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action CBOE has designated the proposed rule change as one that does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Therefore, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 13 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.14 The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay. CBOE believes that the proposed order eligibility parameters for the legging functionality will provide the Exchange with flexibility in administering the legging functionality and assist in the maintenance of fair and orderly markets by helping to mitigate potential risks associated with the legging of stock-option orders, including the risk of executions at multiple price points that are away from the NBBO and potentially erroneous, and the risk that one leg of the order will go unexecuted, resulting in an incomplete execution of the stock-option order and a partial position that is unhedged. The Commission grants the CBOE’s request.15 The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because the order eligibility parameters could help to mitigate some of the risks associated with the legging of stockoption orders, including the risk of an incomplete execution of one leg of the order that results in a position that is not fully hedged, and the risk that a 13 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) also requires an exchange to provide the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange satisfied this requirement. 15 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay of this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). jdjones on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES 14 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:10 Feb 09, 2011 Jkt 223001 component of the order could be executed at multiple prices that are away from the NBBO and potentially erroneous. The Commission notes, in addition, that CBOE will notify Trading Permit Holders through a Regulatory Circular of the legging functionality parameters for an option class before the parameters go into effect.16 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 rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–CBOE–2011–009 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–CBOE–2011–009. 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 website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public 16 See notes 8 and 10, supra. See also CBOE Rule 6.53C, Interpretation and Policy .01. PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE– 2011–009 and should be submitted on or before March 3, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.17 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–2970 Filed 2–9–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63839; File No. SR–EDGA– 2011–03] Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Amendments to the EDGA Exchange, Inc. Fee Schedule February 3, 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 February 1, 2011, the EDGA Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or the ‘‘EDGA’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared by the selfregulatory organization. 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 its fees and rebates applicable to Members 3 of the Exchange pursuant to EDGA Rule 15.1(a) and (c). All of the changes 17 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 A Member is any registered broker or dealer, or any person associated with a registered broker or dealer, that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-63842; File No. SR-CBOE-2011-009]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed 
Rule Change Related to Stock-Option Orders

February 4, 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 27, 2011, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated (``Exchange'' or ``CBOE'') 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. CBOE has submitted the proposed rule change under Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder,\4\ which 
renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The 
Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange is proposing to amend its complex order request for 
response (``RFR'') auction (``COA'') as it applies to stock-option 
orders to incorporate certain order eligibility parameters. The text of 
the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site 
(http://www.cboe.org/Legal), at the Exchange's Office of the Secretary, 
and at the Commission.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of 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.

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

1. Purpose
    Prior to routing to the complex order book or once on PAR, eligible 
complex orders may be subjected to an automated COA process where 
orders are exposed for price improvement under Rule 6.53C(d), Process 
for Complex Order RFR Auction. Generally, if a market order cannot be 
filled in whole or in a permissible ratio at the conclusion of COA, 
then the order (or any remaining balance) will route to PAR for manual 
handling. However, the Exchange has the ability to vary this process 
for market stock-option orders that contain one or more option leg(s) 
under Rule 6.53C.06(d). Specifically, instead of routing to PAR for 
manual handling, the Exchange may determine on a class-by-class basis 
that any remaining balance of the option leg(s) of a market stock-
option order will automatically route to CBOE's Hybrid System for 
processing as a simple market order(s) consistent with CBOE's order 
execution rules and any remaining balance of the stock leg will 
automatically route to the CBOE Stock Exchange (``CBSX''), CBOE's stock 
facility, for processing as a simple

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market order consistent with CBSX order execution rules.\5\ This 
alternate legging functionality is intended to assist in the automatic 
execution and processing of stock-option orders that are market orders. 
The Exchange notes that when a stock-option order is legged in this 
manner, it is possible for CBOE to route the option leg(s) to another 
options exchange and/or for CBSX to route the stock leg to another 
stock exchange, consistent with their respective rules.\6\
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    \5\ Pursuant to Rule 6.53C.01, any determination by the Exchange 
to route stock-option market orders in this manner will be announced 
to Trading Permit Holders via Regulatory Circular.
    \6\ See, e.g., CBOE's Rules 6.14A, Hybrid Agency Liaison 2 
(HAL2), and 6.14B, Order Routing to Other Exchanges, and CBSX's Rule 
52.6, Processing of Round-lot Orders.
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    The Exchange is preparing to activate this legging functionality 
for market stock-option orders. However, before activating the 
functionality, the Exchange is proposing to codify certain order 
eligibility parameters that would be applicable to such market stock-
option orders. Specifically, the Exchange is proposing to provide that 
for each class in which the legging functionality is activated, an 
``eligible market order'' means a stock-option order that is within 
designated size and order type \7\ parameters, determined by the 
Exchange on a class-by-class basis, and for which the national best bid 
or offer (``NBBO'') is within designated size and price parameters, as 
determined by the Exchange for the individual leg. The designated NBBO 
price parameters will be determined based on a minimum bid price for 
sell orders and a maximum offer price for buy orders. The Exchange may 
also determine on a class-by-class basis to limit the trading times 
within regular trading hours that the legging functionality will be 
available.\8\
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    \7\ The legging functionality is currently only available for 
stock-option orders that are market orders. The market stock-option 
``order types'' are those with only one option leg and those with 
more than one option leg (e.g., a conversion or reversal).
    \8\ Pursuant to Rule 6.53C.01, any determination by the Exchange 
regarding these legging functionality parameters will be announced 
to Trading Permit Holders via Regulatory Circular.
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    The Exchange notes that the inclusion of an order eligibility 
provision will provide the Exchange with more flexibility to administer 
the legging functionality in a manner that is consistent with other 
CBOE rules that contain order eligibility provisions based on order 
size, order type and other factors, e.g., Rules 6.13, CBOE Hybrid 
System Automatic Execution Feature, 6.14, Hybrid Agency Liaison (HAL), 
6.14A, 6.53, Certain Types of Orders Defined, and 6.53C(d).\9\ The 
Exchange also notes that the designated NBBO size and NBBO price 
parameters and the eligible trading time parameter are specific to the 
COA legging functionality (although the Exchange notes that there are 
other price reasonability check parameters within various other CBOE 
Rules, e.g., Rule 6.13 and Interpretation and Policy .08 to Rule 6.53C, 
Complex Orders on the Hybrid System).
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    \9\ Indeed, to be eligible for the COA process itself, an order 
must be a COA-eligible order. A ``COA-eligible order'' is a complex 
order (including a stock-option order) that, as determined by the 
Exchange on a class-by-class basis, is eligible for COA considering 
the order's marketability (defined as a number of ticks away from 
the current market), size, complex order type and complex order 
origin types (i.e., non-broker-dealer public customer, broker-
dealers that are not Market-Makers or specialists on an options 
exchange, and/or Market-Makers or specialists on an options 
exchange). See Rule 6.53C(d)(i)(2) and Interpretation and Policy 
.06(d) to Rule 6.53C.
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    Under these new order eligibility parameters, for example, the 
Exchange might determine that for a given option class the COA legging 
functionality would only be available for stock-option orders involving 
one option leg where the maximum eligible order size is 1,000 shares 
for the stock leg and 10 contracts for the option leg. Under the NBBO 
size parameter, the Exchange might also determine that the legging 
functionality would only be available in instances where the minimum 
NBBO size is at least 1,000 shares for the stock leg and the minimum 
NBBO size for the options leg(s) is a size that is at least sufficient 
to satisfy the entire option leg(s). Under the NBBO price parameter, 
the Exchange might also determine that the legging functionality would 
only be available in instances where the NBBO bid for a component leg 
is at least $0.25 or higher for a sell option leg. As for the eligible 
trading times, the Exchange might determine to designate a time within 
regular trading hours when the legging functionality would be 
available, such as, for example, saying the legging functionality would 
not be available within 3 minutes of the 3 p.m. (Central Time) close of 
trading.\10\
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    \10\ In the example above, the Exchange would issue a Regulatory 
Circular to Trading Permit Holders before the legging functionality 
parameters go into effect for the given option class that announces 
the particular parameters that the Exchange determined to establish. 
See note 8, supra.
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    As indicated above, the legging functionality is intended to assist 
in the automatic execution and processing of stock-option orders that 
are market orders. The Exchange believes the addition of the above 
described order eligibility parameters will provide the Exchange more 
flexibility in administering the legging functionality in a manner that 
is consistent with other Exchange rules that contain order eligibility 
provisions. The Exchange also believes that these eligibility 
parameters will enhance the functionality and assist with the 
maintenance of orderly markets by helping to mitigate the potential 
risks associated with legging stock option orders, e.g., the risk of an 
order drilling through multiple price points on another exchange 
(thereby resulting in execution at prices that are away from the NBBO 
and potentially erroneous), and/or the risk of one leg of the stock-
option order going unexecuted (thereby not achieving a complete stock-
option order execution and having a partial position that is unhedged).
2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 
\11\ in general and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the 
Act \12\ in particular in that it should promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, serve to remove impediments to and perfect the 
mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and 
protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes the 
proposed rule change will assist in the automatic execution and 
processing of stock-option orders that are market orders. The Exchange 
also believes the addition of the order eligibility parameters will 
provide the Exchange with more flexibility in administering the legging 
functionality in a manner that is consistent with other Exchange rules 
that contain order eligibility provisions. In addition, the Exchange 
believes that these eligibility requirements will enhance the 
functionality and assist with the maintenance of orderly markets by 
helping to mitigate the potential risks associated with legging stock 
option orders, e.g., the risk of an order drilling through multiple 
price points on another exchange (thereby resulting in execution at 
prices that are away from the NBBO and potentially erroneous), and/or 
the risk of one leg of the stock-option order going unexecuted (thereby 
not achieving a complete stock-option order execution and having a 
partial position that is unhedged).
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    CBOE 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.

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

    The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the 
proposal.

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

    CBOE has designated the proposed rule change as one that does not: 
(i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public 
interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) 
become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or 
such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with 
the protection of investors and the public interest. Therefore, the 
proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \13\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\14\
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \14\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) also requires 
an exchange to provide the Commission with written notice of its 
intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief 
description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five 
business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule 
change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The 
Exchange satisfied this requirement.
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    The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative 
delay. CBOE believes that the proposed order eligibility parameters for 
the legging functionality will provide the Exchange with flexibility in 
administering the legging functionality and assist in the maintenance 
of fair and orderly markets by helping to mitigate potential risks 
associated with the legging of stock-option orders, including the risk 
of executions at multiple price points that are away from the NBBO and 
potentially erroneous, and the risk that one leg of the order will go 
unexecuted, resulting in an incomplete execution of the stock-option 
order and a partial position that is unhedged.
    The Commission grants the CBOE's request.\15\ The Commission 
believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest because the order 
eligibility parameters could help to mitigate some of the risks 
associated with the legging of stock-option orders, including the risk 
of an incomplete execution of one leg of the order that results in a 
position that is not fully hedged, and the risk that a component of the 
order could be executed at multiple prices that are away from the NBBO 
and potentially erroneous. The Commission notes, in addition, that CBOE 
will notify Trading Permit Holders through a Regulatory Circular of the 
legging functionality parameters for an option class before the 
parameters go into effect.\16\
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    \15\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay of 
this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's 
impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 
U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \16\ See notes 8 and 10, supra. See also CBOE Rule 6.53C, 
Interpretation and Policy .01.
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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-CBOE-2011-009 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-CBOE-2011-009. 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 website 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 such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2011-009 and should be 
submitted on or before March 3, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\17\
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    \17\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-2970 Filed 2-9-11; 8:45 am]
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