Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Establish and Adopt Fees for the New Short Sale Monitor Service and BX Data Add-On, 9623-9626 [2011-3691]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 34 / Friday, February 18, 2011 / Notices to Regulation SHO under the Act 27 with respect to trades reported to the FINRA/ NASDAQ TRF. NASDAQ notes that the Short Sale Monitor is similar to NASDAQ’s InterACT service,28 which allows member firms to supervise trade activity required to be reported to the FINRA/NASDAQ TRF, and provides member firms with real time totals of open trades awaiting review and acceptance within the twenty minute period required by FINRA Rule 7230A(b). As noted above, the Short Sale Monitor is similar to this service in that it provides member firms with posttrade analysis of their trades for compliance with regulatory obligations. In the case of the Short Sale Monitor and Nasdaq Data Add-On, such analysis include trades reported to the FINRA/ NASDAQ TRF and trades executed on NASDAQ marked ‘‘short exempt’’ in covered securities. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition NASDAQ does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 29 and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.30 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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, note 4. note 20. 29 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(a)(ii). 30 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). • 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–NASDAQ–2011–024 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–NASDAQ–2011–024. 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 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 offices 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–NASDAQ–2011–024, and should be submitted on or before March 11, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.31 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63907; File No. SR–BX– 2011–008] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Establish and Adopt Fees for the New Short Sale Monitor Service and BX Data Add-On February 14, 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 February 4, 2011, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (‘‘BX’’), 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 substantially prepared by BX. 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 the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change BX proposes to adopt a fee for the Short Sale Monitor and the BX Data Add-On, a new service and related addon data that assist subscribers in complying with new requirements arising from recent amendments to Regulation SHO. BX will implement the service as soon as practicable following the effective date of the filing. The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is italicized. * * * * * 7055. Short Sale Monitor (a) The Short Sale Monitor is a realtime surveillance and alert tool that assists member firms with monitoring and post trade analysis of their short sale and short sale exempt trades reported to the FINRA/NASDAQ Trade Reporting Facility (TRF), which includes real-time alerts of covered securities subject to the restrictions of SEC Rule 201, reports of a member firm’s trades marked as ‘‘short’’ that are subject to the restrictions of SEC Rule 201, and reports of a member firm’s trades marked as ‘‘short exempt.’’ The Short Sale Monitor is available to each member firm at no cost for a trial period ending March 31, 2011, and for a fee of $750 per MPID, per month thereafter. BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 28 Supra 13:57 Feb 17, 2011 Electronic Comments [FR Doc. 2011–3690 Filed 2–17–11; 8:45 am] 27 Supra VerDate Mar<15>2010 including whether the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 1 15 31 17 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9623 2 17 E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 18FEN1 9624 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 34 / Friday, February 18, 2011 / Notices (b) The BX Data Add-On service provides an MPID subscribed to the Short Sale Monitor subscription with a record of trades in covered securities executed on BX that are marked ‘‘short exempt.’’ The BX Data Add-On service is available at no cost for a trial period ending March 31, 2011, and for a fee of $50 per MPID, per month. An MPID subscribed to the Short Sale Monitor of NASDAQ or NASDAQ OMX PSX need not subscribe additionally to the BX Short Sale Monitor to subscribe to the BX Data Add-On service. * * * * * II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, BX 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. BX 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 WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES BX is proposing to adopt Rule 7055(a), establishing the Short Sale Monitor offered to subscribing member firms at no cost through March 31, 2011 and for a fee of $750 per market participant identifier (‘‘MPID’’), per month thereafter. The Short Sale Monitor is a new service that provides subscribers with real-time surveillance of trades reported to the FINRA/Nasdaq Trade Reporting Facility (‘‘FINRA/ NASDAQ TRF’’) 3 marked as ‘‘short’’ and ‘‘short exempt’’ to assist them in monitoring their compliance with amendments to Regulation SHO under the Act.4 The Commission recently amended Regulation SHO to adopt a new short sale-related circuit breaker combined with an alternative uptick 3 The FINRA/NASDAQ TRF is a facility of FINRA operated by The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. 4 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 61595 (February 26, 2010), 75 FR 11232 (March 10, 2010) (amending Rule 201 and Rule 200(g) of Regulation SHO). The amendments to Rules 201 and 200(g) of Regulation SHO have a compliance date of February 28, 2011. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63247 (November 4, 2010), 75 FR 68702 (November 9, 2010) (extending the compliance date of the amendments to Rules 201 and 200(g) of Regulation SHO from November 10, 2010 until February 28, 2011). 13:57 Feb 17, 2011 Jkt 223001 5 17 CFR 242.201. 201(a)(9) defines the term ‘‘trading center’’ as having the same meaning as in Rule 600(b)(78) of Regulation NMS. Rule 600(b)(78) defines a ‘‘trading center’’ as ‘‘a national securities exchange or national securities association that operates an SRO trading facility, an alternative trading system, an exchange market maker, an OTC market maker, or any other broker or dealer that executes orders internally by trading as principal or crossing orders as agent.’’ 17 CFR 242.600(b)(78). 7 Rule 201(a)(1) defines the term ‘‘covered security’’ for purposes of Rule 201. See 17 CFR 242.201(a)(1). Rule 201(a)(1) defines ‘‘covered security’’ to mean any ‘‘NMS stock’’ as defined under Rule 600(b)(47) of Regulation NMS. Rule 600(b)(47) of Regulation NMS defines an ‘‘NMS stock’’ as ‘‘any NMS security other than an option.’’ 17 CFR 242.600(b)(47). Rule 600(b)(46) of Regulation NMS defines an ‘‘NMS security’’ as ‘‘any security or class of securities for which transaction reports are collected, processed, and made available pursuant to an effective transaction reporting plan, or an effective national market system plan for reporting transactions in listed options.’’ 17 CFR 242.600(b)(46). 8 Rule 201(a)(4) defines the term ‘‘national best bid’’ for purposes of Rule 201. See 17 CFR 242.201(a)(4). 9 Rule 201(a)(3) defines the term ‘‘listing market’’ for purposes of Rule 201. See 17 CFR 242.201(a)(3). 10 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(i). 11 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(ii). Further, if the price of a covered security declines intra-day by at least 10% on a day on which the security is already subject to the short sale price test restriction of Rule 201, the restriction will be re-triggered and, therefore, will continue in effect for the remainder of that day and the following day. Rule 201 does not place any limit on the frequency or number of times the circuit breaker can be re-triggered with respect to a particular stock. See Division of Trading and Markets: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of Regulation SHO, Q&A No. 2.2 (http://sec.gov/ divisions/marketreg/rule201faq.htm). 6 Rule 1. Purpose VerDate Mar<15>2010 rule under Rule 201.5 The new rule imposes a restriction on the price at which a security may be sold short if the circuit breaker is triggered. Specifically, the new rule requires trading centers,6 which include self-regulatory organizations (‘‘SROs’’), to establish, maintain and enforce written policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent the execution or display of short sale orders in a covered security 7 at a price that is less than or equal to the current national best bid 8 if the price of that covered security decreases by 10% or more from its closing price as determined by the listing market 9 as of the end of regular trading hours on the prior day.10 In addition, the rule requires that the trading center establish, maintain, and enforce written policies and procedures reasonably designed to impose this short sale price test restriction for the remainder of the day and the following day when a national best bid for the covered security is calculated and disseminated on a current and continuing basis by a plan processor pursuant to an effective national market system plan.11 Trading centers are required to regularly surveil PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to ascertain the effectiveness of these policies and procedures. Rule 201 generally permits short selling at a price above the current national best bid during the time a short sale price test restriction is in effect for a covered security. The Commission also amended Regulation SHO to provide that a broker-dealer may mark certain qualifying sell orders ‘‘short exempt.’’ 12 If a broker-dealer marks an order ‘‘short exempt,’’ it is not subject to the short sale price test restrictions of Rule 201 and can be executed by a trading center without regard to its price.13 Paragraphs (c) and (d) of Rule 201 specify the circumstances under which a brokerdealer may mark certain sale orders as ‘‘short exempt.’’ 14 If a broker-dealer chooses to rely on its own determination that it is submitting a short sale order to the trading center at a price that is above the current national best bid at the time of submission under Rule 201(c) or to rely on an exception specified in Rule 201(d), it may mark the order ‘‘short exempt.’’ The Commission noted in adopting the ‘‘short exempt’’ marking requirement that it will both provide a record of broker-dealers availing themselves of the provisions of paragraphs (c) or (d) to the rule and aid surveillance by SROs and the Commission for compliance with the provisions of Rule 201.15 The Short Sale Monitor provides subscribing member firms with a tool to aid them in monitoring their trades reported into the FINRA/NASDAQ TRF for compliance with the requirements of the amended rules.16 Accessed through either a Workstation or Weblink ACT 2.0 terminal, the Short Sale Monitor provides subscribers with notifications of their reported trades marked ‘‘short’’ and ‘‘short exempt’’ for covered securities subject to the short sale price 12 Formerly, Rule 200(g) of Regulation SHO provided that a broker-dealer must mark all sell orders of any security as ‘‘long’’ or ‘‘short.’’ As amended, Rule 200(g) now provides a ‘‘short exempt’’ marking requirement. 17 CFR 242.200(g). Rule 200(g)(2) provides that a sale order may only be marked ‘‘short exempt’’ if the provisions of Rule 201(c) or Rule 201(d) are met. 17 CFR 242.200(g)(2). See supra note 4. See also Division of Trading and Markets: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of Regulation SHO, Q&A Nos. 5.4 and 8.1. 13 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(iii)(B). 14 17 CFR 242.201(c); 17 CFR 242.201(d). 15 See supra note 4, 75 FR at 11275—76. 16 FINRA recently amended its rules to conform them to the requirements of the changes made by the Commission to Regulation SHO, including amending its trade reporting rules applicable to over-the-counter trades in NMS stocks to reintroduce the short sale exempt category. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63032 (December 4, 2010), 75 FR 62439 (December 8, 2010) (SR–FINRA–2010–043). E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM 18FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 34 / Friday, February 18, 2011 / Notices Last, BX is proposing waive the Short Sale Monitor fee of Rule 7055(a) for members seeking to subscribe to the BX Data Add-on service if the MPID is currently subscribed to either the NASDAQ or NASDAQ OMX PSX (‘‘PSX’’) 21 Short Sale Monitor. NASDAQ and NASDAQ OMX PHLX, as the SRO that operates PSX, will offer 22 the Short Sale Monitor to their members for a price identical to that of BX’s at $750 per MPID, per month. BX notes that the Short Sale Monitor of each of the three exchanges offers the identical service and access to data. As such, BX does not believe that it is appropriate to charge members of BX an additional fee of $750 per MPID, per month if the member currently subscribes to the Short Sale Monitor offered by another NASDAQ OMX exchange.23 Accordingly, BX believes that a member should only pay for the market-specific data if it has a pre-existing subscription to the Short Sale Monitor, irrespective of the NASDAQ OMX exchange through which it subscribes. WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES test restrictions of Rule 201. Specifically, the Short Sale Monitor will provide subscribers notice of covered securities subject to the restrictions of Rule 201, and provide access to historical lists of such covered securities. In addition, the Short Sale Monitor will provide notice of trades in covered securities that are: (i) Subject to the short sale price test restriction, and marked ‘‘short,’’ (ii) subject to the short sale price test restriction, and marked ‘‘short exempt,’’ (iii) subject to the short sale price test restriction, and sold above the current national best bid at the time of trade execution time, and (iv) not subject to the short sale price test restriction, but marked ‘‘short exempt.’’ 17 The Short Sale Monitor will provide this information to a subscribing firm both as real-time alerts and through a historical database of the firm’s trades that prompted the alerts, which will assist the firm in meeting its obligation to ascertain the effectiveness of its policies and procedures.18 As such, member firms will have a useful compliance tool with which they can monitor, post-trade, their compliance with the amendments to Regulation SHO under the Act.19 In this regard, the Short Sale Monitor is similar to NASDAQ’s InterACT service in that it provides member firms with post-trade analysis of their trades for compliance with regulatory obligations.20 Lastly, BX will supplement and enhance the Short Sale Monitor as needed to address any amendments to Regulation SHO or other related rules, and from time to time will make changes to enhance the service. BX is also proposing to adopt Rule 7055(b) to establish the BX Data Add-On service as an additional service to an existing Short Sale Monitor subscription, which will provide subscribers with access to records of their trades in covered securities subject to the short sale price restrictions of Rule 201 executed on BX and marked ‘‘short exempt.’’ The proposed add-on service will be offered at no cost through March 31, 2011, and for an additional fee of $150 per MPID, per month thereafter. As noted above, to be eligible for the BX Data Add-On service a member’s MPID must first be subscribed to the Short Sale Monitor. BX believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act in general,24 and Section 6(b)(4) of the Act 25 specifically, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which the BX operates or controls, and it does not unfairly discriminate between customers, issuers, brokers or dealers. BX believes that offering the Short Sale Monitor at no cost on a trial basis, and for a fee of $750 per MPID, per month thereafter, and the BX Data Add-On at no cost on a trial basis, and for a fee of $50 per MPID, per month thereafter is fair and provides an equitable allocation of fees in that subscription is voluntary and it will apply uniformly to all members that use the FINRA/NASDAQ TRF or execute on BX, as applicable, and elect to subscribe to one or both of the services. Further, BX believes that, as discussed above, waiving the Short Sale Monitor fee for a member seeking a subscription to the BX Data Add-On is appropriate in cases where the member has subscribed the 17 See also Division of Trading and Markets: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of Regulation SHO, Q&A Nos. 5.4 and 5.5. 18 The Commission notes that broker-dealers subscribing to the Short Sale Monitor and Data Add-On service remain responsible for compliance with Rule 201 of Regulation SHO. 19 Supra note 4. 20 See NASDAQ Rule 7049 (explaining the InterACT service). 21 NASDAQ OMX PSX is the equity trading facility of the NASDAQ OMX PHLX exchange. 22 NASDAQ and NASDAQ OMX PHLX have filed related rule changes with the Commission concurrent with BX’s filing. See SR–NASDAQ– 2011–024 and SR–Phlx–2011–17. 23 Rule changes proposed by both NASDAQ and NASDAQ OMX PHLX provide an identical waiver of the Short Sale Monitor fee. 24 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 25 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:57 Feb 17, 2011 Jkt 223001 2. Statutory Basis PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9625 MPID to the Short Sale Monitor of NASDAQ or PSX. As noted, the Short Sale Monitors of the NASDAQ OMX exchanges provide identical services and are offered at an identical fee. As such, BX does not believe requiring a firm to subscribe to a redundant service solely to access BX-specific data is an equitable allocation of fees. BX notes that subscribing members may cancel their subscription(s) at any time prior to the expiration of the trial period at no cost. The proposed fee will apply to all members equally based on the number of MPIDs subscribed. The proposed fee will cover the costs associated with separately offering the service, responding to customer requests, configuring BX’s systems, programming to user specifications, and administering the service, among other things, and may provide BX with a profit to the extent costs are covered. BX also believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 26 because it is designed to, among other things, prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities. The Short Sale Monitor will assist subscribing member firms in monitoring their compliance with the amendments to Regulation SHO under the Act 27 with respect to trades reported to the FINRA/ NASDAQ TRF. BX notes that the Short Sale Monitor is similar to NASDAQ’s InterACT service,28 which allows member firms to supervise trade activity required to be reported to the FINRA/ NASDAQ TRF, and provides member firms with real time totals of open trades awaiting review and acceptance within the twenty minute period required by FINRA Rule 7230A(b). As noted above, the Short Sale Monitor is similar to this service in that it provides member firms with post-trade analysis of their trades for compliance with regulatory obligations. In the case of the Short Sale Monitor and BX Data Add-On, such analysis include trades reported to the FINRA/NASDAQ TRF and trades executed on BX marked ‘‘short exempt’’ in covered securities. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition BX does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or 26 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). note 4. 28 Supra note 20. 27 Supra E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM 18FEN1 9626 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 34 / Friday, February 18, 2011 / Notices appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 29 and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.30 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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or 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, as amended, 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–BX–2011–008 on the subject line. WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES 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–2011–008. 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 29 15 30 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(a)(ii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:57 Feb 17, 2011 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 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 offices 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–2011–008, and should be submitted on or before March 11, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.31 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–3691 Filed 2–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [Docket No. SBA 2011–0003] Community Advantage Pilot Program U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SBA is introducing a new pilot loan program called ‘‘Community Advantage’’ to provide 7(a) loan guaranties to small businesses in underserved markets, including Veterans and members of the military community. The Community Advantage Pilot Program will allow mission oriented lenders, primarily non-profit financial intermediaries that are focused on economic development in underserved markets, access to 7(a) loan guaranties for loans of $250,000 or less. DATES: Effective Date: The Community Advantage Pilot Program will be effective on February 15, 2011, and will remain in effect through March 15, 2014. SBA will begin accepting applications from lenders for participation in the Community SUMMARY: 31 17 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Advantage Pilot Program February 15, 2011. Comment Date: Comments must be received on or before April 19, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by SBA docket number SBA– 2011–0003 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Community Advantage Pilot Program Comments—Office of Financial Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW., Suite 8300, Washington, DC 20416. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Grady B. Hedgespeth, Director, Office of Financial Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW., Washington, DC 20416. SBA will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. If you wish to submit confidential business information (CBI) as defined in the User Notice at http://www.regulations.gov, please submit the information to Grady B. Hedgespeth, Director, Office of Financial Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW., Washington, DC 20416, or send an e-mail to communityadvantage@sba.gov. Highlight the information that you consider to be CBI and explain why you believe SBA should hold this information as confidential. SBA will review the information and make the final determination whether it will publish the information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Grady B. Hedgespeth, Director, Office of Financial Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW., Washington, DC 20416; (202) 205–7562; grady.hedgespeth@sba.gov. SBA is implementing a new pilot loan program called Community Advantage (CA) to provide 7(a) loan guaranties to small businesses located in underserved markets and to veterans and other members of the military community. This new pilot program will replace the current Community Express Pilot Loan Program, which has been extended through April 30, 2011. (75 FR 80561, December 22, 2010) No new Community Express Pilot Loan Program loans will be approved after that date. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Background The Community Express Pilot Loan Program was created over 11 years ago and combined the delegated and expedited SBA Express processing flexibility with a requirement that E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM 18FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 34 (Friday, February 18, 2011)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-63907; File No. SR-BX-2011-008]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Establish and 
Adopt Fees for the New Short Sale Monitor Service and BX Data Add-On

February 14, 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 February 4, 2011, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (``BX''), 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 substantially prepared by BX. 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).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of the 
Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    BX proposes to adopt a fee for the Short Sale Monitor and the BX 
Data Add-On, a new service and related add-on data that assist 
subscribers in complying with new requirements arising from recent 
amendments to Regulation SHO. BX will implement the service as soon as 
practicable following the effective date of the filing.
    The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new 
language is italicized.
* * * * *

7055. Short Sale Monitor

    (a) The Short Sale Monitor is a real-time surveillance and alert 
tool that assists member firms with monitoring and post trade analysis 
of their short sale and short sale exempt trades reported to the FINRA/
NASDAQ Trade Reporting Facility (TRF), which includes real-time alerts 
of covered securities subject to the restrictions of SEC Rule 201, 
reports of a member firm's trades marked as ``short'' that are subject 
to the restrictions of SEC Rule 201, and reports of a member firm's 
trades marked as ``short exempt.''
    The Short Sale Monitor is available to each member firm at no cost 
for a trial period ending March 31, 2011, and for a fee of $750 per 
MPID, per month thereafter.

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    (b) The BX Data Add-On service provides an MPID subscribed to the 
Short Sale Monitor subscription with a record of trades in covered 
securities executed on BX that are marked ``short exempt.'' The BX Data 
Add-On service is available at no cost for a trial period ending March 
31, 2011, and for a fee of $50 per MPID, per month. An MPID subscribed 
to the Short Sale Monitor of NASDAQ or NASDAQ OMX PSX need not 
subscribe additionally to the BX Short Sale Monitor to subscribe to the 
BX Data Add-On service.
* * * * *

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

    In its filing with the Commission, BX 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. BX 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
    BX is proposing to adopt Rule 7055(a), establishing the Short Sale 
Monitor offered to subscribing member firms at no cost through March 
31, 2011 and for a fee of $750 per market participant identifier 
(``MPID''), per month thereafter. The Short Sale Monitor is a new 
service that provides subscribers with real-time surveillance of trades 
reported to the FINRA/Nasdaq Trade Reporting Facility (``FINRA/NASDAQ 
TRF'') \3\ marked as ``short'' and ``short exempt'' to assist them in 
monitoring their compliance with amendments to Regulation SHO under the 
Act.\4\ The Commission recently amended Regulation SHO to adopt a new 
short sale-related circuit breaker combined with an alternative uptick 
rule under Rule 201.\5\ The new rule imposes a restriction on the price 
at which a security may be sold short if the circuit breaker is 
triggered. Specifically, the new rule requires trading centers,\6\ 
which include self-regulatory organizations (``SROs''), to establish, 
maintain and enforce written policies and procedures reasonably 
designed to prevent the execution or display of short sale orders in a 
covered security \7\ at a price that is less than or equal to the 
current national best bid \8\ if the price of that covered security 
decreases by 10% or more from its closing price as determined by the 
listing market \9\ as of the end of regular trading hours on the prior 
day.\10\ In addition, the rule requires that the trading center 
establish, maintain, and enforce written policies and procedures 
reasonably designed to impose this short sale price test restriction 
for the remainder of the day and the following day when a national best 
bid for the covered security is calculated and disseminated on a 
current and continuing basis by a plan processor pursuant to an 
effective national market system plan.\11\ Trading centers are required 
to regularly surveil to ascertain the effectiveness of these policies 
and procedures. Rule 201 generally permits short selling at a price 
above the current national best bid during the time a short sale price 
test restriction is in effect for a covered security.
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    \3\ The FINRA/NASDAQ TRF is a facility of FINRA operated by The 
NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
    \4\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 61595 (February 26, 
2010), 75 FR 11232 (March 10, 2010) (amending Rule 201 and Rule 
200(g) of Regulation SHO). The amendments to Rules 201 and 200(g) of 
Regulation SHO have a compliance date of February 28, 2011. See 
Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63247 (November 4, 2010), 75 FR 
68702 (November 9, 2010) (extending the compliance date of the 
amendments to Rules 201 and 200(g) of Regulation SHO from November 
10, 2010 until February 28, 2011).
    \5\ 17 CFR 242.201.
    \6\ Rule 201(a)(9) defines the term ``trading center'' as having 
the same meaning as in Rule 600(b)(78) of Regulation NMS. Rule 
600(b)(78) defines a ``trading center'' as ``a national securities 
exchange or national securities association that operates an SRO 
trading facility, an alternative trading system, an exchange market 
maker, an OTC market maker, or any other broker or dealer that 
executes orders internally by trading as principal or crossing 
orders as agent.'' 17 CFR 242.600(b)(78).
    \7\ Rule 201(a)(1) defines the term ``covered security'' for 
purposes of Rule 201. See 17 CFR 242.201(a)(1). Rule 201(a)(1) 
defines ``covered security'' to mean any ``NMS stock'' as defined 
under Rule 600(b)(47) of Regulation NMS. Rule 600(b)(47) of 
Regulation NMS defines an ``NMS stock'' as ``any NMS security other 
than an option.'' 17 CFR 242.600(b)(47). Rule 600(b)(46) of 
Regulation NMS defines an ``NMS security'' as ``any security or 
class of securities for which transaction reports are collected, 
processed, and made available pursuant to an effective transaction 
reporting plan, or an effective national market system plan for 
reporting transactions in listed options.'' 17 CFR 242.600(b)(46).
    \8\ Rule 201(a)(4) defines the term ``national best bid'' for 
purposes of Rule 201. See 17 CFR 242.201(a)(4).
    \9\ Rule 201(a)(3) defines the term ``listing market'' for 
purposes of Rule 201. See 17 CFR 242.201(a)(3).
    \10\ 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(i).
    \11\ 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(ii). Further, if the price of a 
covered security declines intra-day by at least 10% on a day on 
which the security is already subject to the short sale price test 
restriction of Rule 201, the restriction will be re-triggered and, 
therefore, will continue in effect for the remainder of that day and 
the following day. Rule 201 does not place any limit on the 
frequency or number of times the circuit breaker can be re-triggered 
with respect to a particular stock. See Division of Trading and 
Markets: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 
of Regulation SHO, Q&A No. 2.2 (http://sec.gov/divisions/marketreg/rule201faq.htm).
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    The Commission also amended Regulation SHO to provide that a 
broker-dealer may mark certain qualifying sell orders ``short exempt.'' 
\12\ If a broker-dealer marks an order ``short exempt,'' it is not 
subject to the short sale price test restrictions of Rule 201 and can 
be executed by a trading center without regard to its price.\13\ 
Paragraphs (c) and (d) of Rule 201 specify the circumstances under 
which a broker-dealer may mark certain sale orders as ``short exempt.'' 
\14\ If a broker-dealer chooses to rely on its own determination that 
it is submitting a short sale order to the trading center at a price 
that is above the current national best bid at the time of submission 
under Rule 201(c) or to rely on an exception specified in Rule 201(d), 
it may mark the order ``short exempt.'' The Commission noted in 
adopting the ``short exempt'' marking requirement that it will both 
provide a record of broker-dealers availing themselves of the 
provisions of paragraphs (c) or (d) to the rule and aid surveillance by 
SROs and the Commission for compliance with the provisions of Rule 
201.\15\
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    \12\ Formerly, Rule 200(g) of Regulation SHO provided that a 
broker-dealer must mark all sell orders of any security as ``long'' 
or ``short.'' As amended, Rule 200(g) now provides a ``short 
exempt'' marking requirement. 17 CFR 242.200(g). Rule 200(g)(2) 
provides that a sale order may only be marked ``short exempt'' if 
the provisions of Rule 201(c) or Rule 201(d) are met. 17 CFR 
242.200(g)(2). See supra note 4. See also Division of Trading and 
Markets: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 
of Regulation SHO, Q&A Nos. 5.4 and 8.1.
    \13\ 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(iii)(B).
    \14\ 17 CFR 242.201(c); 17 CFR 242.201(d).
    \15\ See supra note 4, 75 FR at 11275--76.
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    The Short Sale Monitor provides subscribing member firms with a 
tool to aid them in monitoring their trades reported into the FINRA/
NASDAQ TRF for compliance with the requirements of the amended 
rules.\16\ Accessed through either a Workstation or Weblink ACT 2.0 
terminal, the Short Sale Monitor provides subscribers with 
notifications of their reported trades marked ``short'' and ``short 
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test restrictions of Rule 201. Specifically, the Short Sale Monitor 
will provide subscribers notice of covered securities subject to the 
restrictions of Rule 201, and provide access to historical lists of 
such covered securities. In addition, the Short Sale Monitor will 
provide notice of trades in covered securities that are: (i) Subject to 
the short sale price test restriction, and marked ``short,'' (ii) 
subject to the short sale price test restriction, and marked ``short 
exempt,'' (iii) subject to the short sale price test restriction, and 
sold above the current national best bid at the time of trade execution 
time, and (iv) not subject to the short sale price test restriction, 
but marked ``short exempt.'' \17\ The Short Sale Monitor will provide 
this information to a subscribing firm both as real-time alerts and 
through a historical database of the firm's trades that prompted the 
alerts, which will assist the firm in meeting its obligation to 
ascertain the effectiveness of its policies and procedures.\18\ As 
such, member firms will have a useful compliance tool with which they 
can monitor, post-trade, their compliance with the amendments to 
Regulation SHO under the Act.\19\ In this regard, the Short Sale 
Monitor is similar to NASDAQ's InterACT service in that it provides 
member firms with post-trade analysis of their trades for compliance 
with regulatory obligations.\20\ Lastly, BX will supplement and enhance 
the Short Sale Monitor as needed to address any amendments to 
Regulation SHO or other related rules, and from time to time will make 
changes to enhance the service.
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    \16\ FINRA recently amended its rules to conform them to the 
requirements of the changes made by the Commission to Regulation 
SHO, including amending its trade reporting rules applicable to 
over-the-counter trades in NMS stocks to reintroduce the short sale 
exempt category. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63032 
(December 4, 2010), 75 FR 62439 (December 8, 2010) (SR-FINRA-2010-
043).
    \17\ See also Division of Trading and Markets: Responses to 
Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of Regulation SHO, 
Q&A Nos. 5.4 and 5.5.
    \18\ The Commission notes that broker-dealers subscribing to the 
Short Sale Monitor and Data Add-On service remain responsible for 
compliance with Rule 201 of Regulation SHO.
    \19\ Supra note 4.
    \20\ See NASDAQ Rule 7049 (explaining the InterACT service).
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    BX is also proposing to adopt Rule 7055(b) to establish the BX Data 
Add-On service as an additional service to an existing Short Sale 
Monitor subscription, which will provide subscribers with access to 
records of their trades in covered securities subject to the short sale 
price restrictions of Rule 201 executed on BX and marked ``short 
exempt.'' The proposed add-on service will be offered at no cost 
through March 31, 2011, and for an additional fee of $150 per MPID, per 
month thereafter. As noted above, to be eligible for the BX Data Add-On 
service a member's MPID must first be subscribed to the Short Sale 
Monitor.
    Last, BX is proposing waive the Short Sale Monitor fee of Rule 
7055(a) for members seeking to subscribe to the BX Data Add-on service 
if the MPID is currently subscribed to either the NASDAQ or NASDAQ OMX 
PSX (``PSX'') \21\ Short Sale Monitor. NASDAQ and NASDAQ OMX PHLX, as 
the SRO that operates PSX, will offer \22\ the Short Sale Monitor to 
their members for a price identical to that of BX's at $750 per MPID, 
per month. BX notes that the Short Sale Monitor of each of the three 
exchanges offers the identical service and access to data. As such, BX 
does not believe that it is appropriate to charge members of BX an 
additional fee of $750 per MPID, per month if the member currently 
subscribes to the Short Sale Monitor offered by another NASDAQ OMX 
exchange.\23\ Accordingly, BX believes that a member should only pay 
for the market-specific data if it has a pre-existing subscription to 
the Short Sale Monitor, irrespective of the NASDAQ OMX exchange through 
which it subscribes.
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    \21\ NASDAQ OMX PSX is the equity trading facility of the NASDAQ 
OMX PHLX exchange.
    \22\ NASDAQ and NASDAQ OMX PHLX have filed related rule changes 
with the Commission concurrent with BX's filing. See SR-NASDAQ-2011-
024 and SR-Phlx-2011-17.
    \23\ Rule changes proposed by both NASDAQ and NASDAQ OMX PHLX 
provide an identical waiver of the Short Sale Monitor fee.
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2. Statutory Basis
    BX believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with 
Section 6(b) of the Act in general,\24\ and Section 6(b)(4) of the Act 
\25\ specifically, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and 
other persons using any facility or system which the BX operates or 
controls, and it does not unfairly discriminate between customers, 
issuers, brokers or dealers. BX believes that offering the Short Sale 
Monitor at no cost on a trial basis, and for a fee of $750 per MPID, 
per month thereafter, and the BX Data Add-On at no cost on a trial 
basis, and for a fee of $50 per MPID, per month thereafter is fair and 
provides an equitable allocation of fees in that subscription is 
voluntary and it will apply uniformly to all members that use the 
FINRA/NASDAQ TRF or execute on BX, as applicable, and elect to 
subscribe to one or both of the services. Further, BX believes that, as 
discussed above, waiving the Short Sale Monitor fee for a member 
seeking a subscription to the BX Data Add-On is appropriate in cases 
where the member has subscribed the MPID to the Short Sale Monitor of 
NASDAQ or PSX. As noted, the Short Sale Monitors of the NASDAQ OMX 
exchanges provide identical services and are offered at an identical 
fee. As such, BX does not believe requiring a firm to subscribe to a 
redundant service solely to access BX-specific data is an equitable 
allocation of fees. BX notes that subscribing members may cancel their 
subscription(s) at any time prior to the expiration of the trial period 
at no cost. The proposed fee will apply to all members equally based on 
the number of MPIDs subscribed. The proposed fee will cover the costs 
associated with separately offering the service, responding to customer 
requests, configuring BX's systems, programming to user specifications, 
and administering the service, among other things, and may provide BX 
with a profit to the extent costs are covered.
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    \24\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \25\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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    BX also believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the provisions of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act \26\ because it is 
designed to, among other things, prevent fraudulent and manipulative 
acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, 
and to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in 
facilitating transactions in securities. The Short Sale Monitor will 
assist subscribing member firms in monitoring their compliance with the 
amendments to Regulation SHO under the Act \27\ with respect to trades 
reported to the FINRA/NASDAQ TRF. BX notes that the Short Sale Monitor 
is similar to NASDAQ's InterACT service,\28\ which allows member firms 
to supervise trade activity required to be reported to the FINRA/NASDAQ 
TRF, and provides member firms with real time totals of open trades 
awaiting review and acceptance within the twenty minute period required 
by FINRA Rule 7230A(b). As noted above, the Short Sale Monitor is 
similar to this service in that it provides member firms with post-
trade analysis of their trades for compliance with regulatory 
obligations. In the case of the Short Sale Monitor and BX Data Add-On, 
such analysis include trades reported to the FINRA/NASDAQ TRF and 
trades executed on BX marked ``short exempt'' in covered securities.
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    \26\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \27\ Supra note 4.
    \28\ Supra note 20.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    BX does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 
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appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended.

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

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act \29\ and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 
thereunder.\30\ 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. If 
the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute 
proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved 
or disapproved.
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    \29\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(a)(ii).
    \30\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change, as amended, 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-2011-008 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-2011-008. 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 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 offices 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-2011-008, and should be submitted on or before March 
11, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\31\
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    \31\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
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