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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 40 / Tuesday, March 1, 2011 / Notices consistent with Rule 201 of Regulation SHO, and that if it cannot do so, orders will be cancelled back to the applicable Exchange User. In addition, the Exchange proposes to make clear that it will not route orders away from the Exchange that are marked ‘‘short’’ if a short sale price test restriction is in effect. Instead, such orders, if immediate-or-cancel (‘‘IOC’’) or market orders, will be cancelled, and if limit orders, will be posted to the BATS Book,16 subject to the price sliding process. Finally, current Rule 11.19 requires Exchange Users to identify short sale orders as ‘‘short’’ when entered into the Exchange’s System. The Exchange proposes to add the term ‘‘short exempt’’ to Rule 11.19 because pursuant to amended Rule 200(g) of Regulation SHO, a broker-dealer can mark a short sale order as either ‘‘short’’ or ‘‘short exempt.’’ 17 The Exchange also proposes to make clear in Rule 11.19 that if an order it received is marked ‘‘short exempt,’’ the Exchange will execute, display and/or route the order without regard to the NBB or any short sale price test restriction in effect under Regulation SHO.18 The Exchange also proposes to make clear, as it does in Rule 11.9(d)(1) with respect to intermarket sweep orders, that it relies on a Member’s 19 marking of an order, in this case the ‘‘short exempt’’ marking, when handling such order. Accordingly, proposed Rule 11.19 states that it is the entering Member’s responsibility, not the Exchange’s responsibility, to comply with the requirements of Regulation SHO relating to marking of orders as ‘‘short exempt.’’ 20 III. Commission Findings IV. Conclusion The Commission finds that the proposed rule change to amend BYX Rules 11.9, 11.13 and 11.19 to make certain changes consistent with the upcoming implementation of amendments to Regulation SHO is consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to national securities exchanges and 16 As defined in BYX Rule 1.5(e). CFR 242.200(g). Rule 200(g)(2) provides that a sale order shall be marked ‘‘short exempt’’ only if the provisions of paragraphs (c) or (d) of Rule 201 of Regulation SHO are met. 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 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(iii)(B). 19 A ‘‘Member’’ is defined in BYX Rule 1.5(n) as any registered broker or dealer that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange. 20 17 CFR 242.200(g)(2). See also 17 CFR 242.201(c); 17 CFR 242.201(d). jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 17 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:42 Feb 28, 2011 national securities associations.21 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act 22 and with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,23 which, among other things, requires that rules of national securities exchanges be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission believes that the proposed rule change will provide clarity on the short sale order handling procedures employed by the Exchange and certain obligations of its Members when sending short sale orders to the Exchange consistent with Regulation SHO, as amended. The Commission also believes that the proposed short sale price sliding functionality and amendments to the existing displayed price sliding process should assist Users in executing or displaying their orders consistent with Regulation SHO and Regulation NMS. The Commission also finds good cause, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,24 for approving the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. The proposed rule change makes changes consistent with the amendments to Regulation SHO. The Commission believes that accelerating approval of the proposed rule change is appropriate as it will allow the proposed amendments to be implemented by the compliance date for the amendments to Regulation SHO. In addition, the Commission believes that the proposed rule change should further the goals of investor protection and fair and orderly markets. Jkt 223001 It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,25 that the proposed rule change (File No. SR– BYX–2011–002) be and hereby is approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.26 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–4479 Filed 2–28–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 21 In approving the proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 22 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 23 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 24 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 25 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 26 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11303 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63948; File No. SR–BATS– 2011–002] Self-Regulatory Organizations; BATS Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend BATS Rules in Connection With the Implementation of Amendments to Regulation SHO February 23, 2011. I. Introduction On January 14, 2011, BATS Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘BATS’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend BATS Rules 11.9, 11.13 and 11.19 to make certain changes consistent with the upcoming implementation of amendments to Regulation SHO.3 The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on January 31, 2011.4 The Commission received no comments on the proposed rule change. This order approves the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. II. Description of the Proposal On February 26, 2010, the Commission adopted amendments to Regulation SHO under the Act in the form of Rule 201,5 pursuant to which, among other things, short sale orders in covered securities 6 generally cannot be executed or displayed by a trading 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 17 CFR 242.200(g); 17 CFR 242.201. 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63766 (January 25, 2011), 76 FR 5418 (January 31, 2011). 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 61595 (February 26, 2010), 75 FR 11232 (March 10, 2010). In connection with the adoption of Rule 201, Rule 200(g) of Regulation SHO was also amended to include a ‘‘short exempt’’ marking requirement. The amendments to Rule 201 and Rule 200(g) have a compliance date of February 28, 2011. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63247 (Nov. 4, 2010), 75 FR 68702 (Nov. 9, 2010). See also Division of Trading & Markets, Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of Regulation SHO. 6 Rule 201(a)(1) defines the term ‘‘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.’’ 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 242.201(a)(1); 17 CFR 242.600(b)(46); and 17 CFR 242.600(b)(47). 2 17 E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 11304 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 40 / Tuesday, March 1, 2011 / Notices jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES center 7 such as BATS at a price that is at or below the current national best bid (‘‘NBB’’) when a short sale circuit breaker is in effect for the covered security (the ‘‘short sale price test restriction’’).8 In anticipation of the upcoming February 28, 2011 compliance date for Rule 201, the Exchange proposes to amend certain BATS rules to describe the manner in which the System 9 will handle short sell orders when a short sale price test restriction is triggered under Rule 201 of Regulation SHO. These changes include establishing a definition for ‘‘short sale price sliding,’’ which is a new form of price sliding the Exchange proposes to offer when the amendments to Regulation SHO become operative, modifying certain BATS rules regarding order execution and routing when a short sale price test restriction is in effect, and modifying BATS rules related to order marking requirements. Additionally, the Exchange proposes to modify the definition of the current ‘‘displayed price sliding process’’ offered by BATS. In order to comply with the short sale price test restriction of Regulation SHO, as amended, the Exchange proposes to offer short sale price sliding, which will be defined in BATS Rule 11.9(g). As a default, the Exchange will subject a User’s 10 orders to short sale price sliding unless they affirmatively choose to opt-out of the process. As proposed, when a User opts out of the price sliding process, any short sale order that could not be executed or displayed due to a short sale price test restriction would be rejected or cancelled by the Exchange upon entry or while resting on the order book, respectively. When a User’s order is subject to the price sliding process, as proposed, orders subject to short sale price sliding that, at the time of entry, could not be executed or displayed due 7 Rule 201(a)(9) states that the term ‘‘trading center’’ shall have 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). 8 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1). See also Division of Trading & Markets, Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of Regulation SHO, Q&A Nos. 2.1 and 2.2 (concerning the duration of a short sale price test restriction). 9 The ‘‘System’’ is defined in BATS Rule 1.5(aa) as ‘‘the electronic communications and trading facility designated by the Board through which securities orders of Users are consolidated for ranking, execution and, when applicable, routing away.’’ 10 A ‘‘User’’ is defined in BATS Rule 1.5(cc) as any member or sponsored participant of the Exchange who is authorized to obtain access to the System. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:42 Feb 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 to a short sale price test restriction will be repriced by the System at one minimum price variation above the current NBB to comply with Rule 201(b)(1)(i).11 An order subject to short sale price sliding will not be readjusted downward even if it could be displayed at a lower price without violation of Rule 201 of Regulation SHO. In the event the NBB changes such that the price of a non-displayed order subject to short sale price sliding would lock or cross the NBB, the order will receive a new timestamp, and will be repriced by the System at one minimum price variation above the current NBB, again in compliance with Rule 201(b)(1)(i).12 As proposed, neither orders marked ‘‘short exempt’’ nor orders displayed by the System at a price above the then current NBB at the time of initial display when a short sale price test restriction is in effect for a covered security will be subject to short sale price sliding. Certain displayed short sale orders will not be repriced by the System after entry because under Rule 201(b)(1)(iii)(A) a trading center’s policies and procedures must be reasonably designed to permit the execution of short sale orders of covered securities that were displayed at a price above the current NBB at the time of initial display. ‘‘Short exempt’’ orders will not be repriced by the System, but instead, the Exchange will execute, display and/or route such orders without regard to the NBB or any short sale price test restriction in effect under Regulation SHO, as described below. The Exchange currently offers a process called ‘‘displayed price sliding process,’’ as defined in current Rule 11.9(c)(4), which re-prices and/or displays orders at permissible prices when such orders would lock or cross Protected Quotations 13 in a manner inconsistent with Rule 610(d) of Regulation NMS.14 The Exchange proposes to rename the ‘‘displayed price sliding process’’ as ‘‘NMS price sliding,’’ to be included in new paragraph (g) of Rule 11.9, and to define the ‘‘price 11 Any execution or display will also need to be in compliance with applicable rules regarding minimum pricing increments. 17 CFR 242.612. 12 See Division of Trading & Markets, Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of Regulation SHO, Q&A No. 4.1 (concerning un-displayed orders). 13 As defined in BATS Rule 1.5(t), the term ‘‘Protected Quotation’’ means a quotation that is a Protected Bid or Protected Offer. In turn, a ‘‘Protected Bid’’ or ‘‘Protected Offer’’ shall mean a bid or offer in a stock that is (i) displayed by an automated trading center; (ii) disseminated pursuant to an effective national market system plan; and (iii) an automated quotation that is the best bid or best offer of a national securities exchange or association. 14 17 CFR 242.610(d). PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 sliding process’’ as inclusive of both NMS price sliding and short sale price sliding.15 Also, consistent with the changes described above, the Exchange proposes to replace the term ‘‘displayed price sliding process’’ throughout its equity trading rules with the term ‘‘price sliding process.’’ 16 As is true for displayed price sliding today and short sale price sliding as proposed, if a User chooses to opt-out of the price sliding process, the order will not be subject to NMS price sliding, and thus, the Exchange will cancel back their orders when display or execution of such orders contradict the provisions of Regulation NMS. The Exchange also proposes a substantive change to NMS price sliding (today known as the displayed price sliding process). Under current System behavior, the Exchange cancels all nondisplayed orders when the national best bid or offer (‘‘NBBO’’) changes such that the non-displayed order would cross a Protected Quotation, regardless of whether the order is subject to the displayed price sliding process. Under the proposed amendment, instead of cancelling such orders, unless a User has opted out of the price sliding process, the Exchange proposes to allow a resting non-displayed order to receive a new timestamp and be repriced at the locking price in the event that the NBBO changes such that the order would cross a Protected Quotation. The Exchange also proposes to amend its Rule 11.13 to make clear that it will execute, display and route an order consistent with Rule 201 of Regulation SHO, and that if it cannot do so, orders will be cancelled back to the applicable Exchange User. In addition, the Exchange proposes to make clear that it will not route orders away from the Exchange that are marked ‘‘short’’ if a short sale price test restriction is in effect. Instead, such orders, if immediate-or-cancel (‘‘IOC’’) or market orders, will be cancelled, and if limit orders, will be posted to the BATS Book,17 subject to the price sliding process. Finally, current Rule 11.19 requires Exchange Users to identify short sale orders as ‘‘short’’ when entered into the Exchange’s System. The Exchange proposes to add the term ‘‘short exempt’’ 15 The Exchange acknowledges that potential differences can exist between Protected Bids, as defined above (see supra note 13), and the NBB, upon which the requirements of Regulation SHO, as amended, are based. 16 The rules of BATS Exchange Options Market (‘‘BATS Options’’) also contain references to the displayed price sliding process. The Exchange is not proposing to modify its displayed price sliding process for BATS Options at this time. 17 As defined in BATS Rule 1.5(e). E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 40 / Tuesday, March 1, 2011 / Notices to Rule 11.19 because pursuant to amended Rule 200(g) of Regulation SHO, a broker-dealer can mark a short sale order as either ‘‘short’’ or ‘‘short exempt.’’ 18 The Exchange also proposes to make clear in Rule 11.19 that if an order it received is marked ‘‘short exempt,’’ the Exchange will execute, display and/or route the order without regard to the NBB or any short sale price test restriction in effect under Regulation SHO.19 The Exchange also proposes to make clear, as it does in Rule 11.9(d)(1) with respect to intermarket sweep orders, that it relies on a Member’s 20 marking of an order, in this case the ‘‘short exempt’’ marking, when handling such order. Accordingly, proposed Rule 11.19 states that it is the entering Member’s responsibility, not the Exchange’s responsibility, to comply with the requirements of Regulation SHO relating to marking of orders as ‘‘short exempt.’’ 21 jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES III. Commission Findings The Commission finds that the proposed rule change to amend BATS Rules 11.9, 11.13 and 11.19 to make certain changes consistent with the upcoming implementation of amendments to Regulation SHO is consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to national securities exchanges and national securities associations.22 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act 23 and with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,24 which, among other things, requires that rules of national securities exchanges be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission believes that the proposed rule change will provide clarity on the short sale order handling procedures employed by the Exchange and certain obligations of its Members 18 17 CFR 242.200(g). Rule 200(g)(2) provides that a sale order shall be marked ‘‘short exempt’’ only if the provisions of paragraphs (c) or (d) of Rule 201 of Regulation SHO are met. 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. 19 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(iii)(B). 20 A ‘‘Member’’ is defined in BATS Rule 1.5(n) as any registered broker or dealer that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange. 21 17 CFR 242.200(g)(2). See also 17 CFR 242.201(c); 17 CFR 242.201(d). 22 In approving the proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 23 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 24 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:42 Feb 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 when sending short sale orders to the Exchange consistent with Regulation SHO, as amended. The Commission also believes that the proposed short sale price sliding functionality and amendments to the existing displayed price sliding process should assist Users in executing or displaying their orders consistent with Regulation SHO and Regulation NMS. The Commission also finds good cause, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,25 for approving the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. The proposed rule change makes changes consistent with the amendments to Regulation SHO. The Commission believes that accelerating approval of the proposed rule change is appropriate as it will allow the proposed amendments to be implemented by the compliance date for the amendments to Regulation SHO. In addition, the Commission believes that the proposed rule change should further the goals of investor protection and fair and orderly markets. IV. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,26 that the proposed rule change (File No. SR– BATS–2011–002) be and hereby is approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.27 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–4480 Filed 2–28–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63943; File No. SR– NYSEAMEX–2011–06] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Amex LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change in Connection With the Proposal of NYSE Euronext To Eliminate the Requirement of an 80 percent Supermajority Vote To Amend or Repeal Section 3.1 of Its Bylaws February 22, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that on February 25 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 27 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 26 15 PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11305 11, 2011, NYSE Amex LLC (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Amex’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘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 is submitting this rule filing in connection with the proposal of its ultimate parent, NYSE Euronext (the ‘‘Corporation’’),4 to amend its bylaws (the ‘‘Bylaws’’) to eliminate the requirement that the affirmative vote of the holders of not less than 80% of the votes entitled to be cast by the holders of the outstanding capital stock of the Corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of directors is necessary for the stockholders to amend or repeal Article III, Section 3.1 of the Bylaws. The proposed rule change is identical to a rule change filed by the New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’) that was recently approved by the Commission.5 The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and the Exchange’s Web site at http:// www.nyse.com. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of 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 The Exchange is submitting this rule filing in connection with the proposal of the Corporation, which is the ultimate 4 NYSE Amex, a Delaware limited liability company, is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of NYSE Euronext. 5 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63792 (January 28, 2011) (File No. SR–NYSE–2010–77). 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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-63948; File No. SR-BATS-2011-002]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; BATS Exchange, Inc.; Order 
Granting Accelerated Approval of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend BATS 
Rules in Connection With the Implementation of Amendments to Regulation 
SHO

 February 23, 2011.

I. Introduction

    On January 14, 2011, BATS Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
``BATS'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission''), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities 
Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ a 
proposed rule change to amend BATS Rules 11.9, 11.13 and 11.19 to make 
certain changes consistent with the upcoming implementation of 
amendments to Regulation SHO.\3\ The proposed rule change was published 
for comment in the Federal Register on January 31, 2011.\4\ The 
Commission received no comments on the proposed rule change. This order 
approves the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ 17 CFR 242.200(g); 17 CFR 242.201.
    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63766 (January 25, 
2011), 76 FR 5418 (January 31, 2011).
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II. Description of the Proposal

    On February 26, 2010, the Commission adopted amendments to 
Regulation SHO under the Act in the form of Rule 201,\5\ pursuant to 
which, among other things, short sale orders in covered securities \6\ 
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center \7\ such as BATS at a price that is at or below the current 
national best bid (``NBB'') when a short sale circuit breaker is in 
effect for the covered security (the ``short sale price test 
restriction'').\8\ In anticipation of the upcoming February 28, 2011 
compliance date for Rule 201, the Exchange proposes to amend certain 
BATS rules to describe the manner in which the System \9\ will handle 
short sell orders when a short sale price test restriction is triggered 
under Rule 201 of Regulation SHO. These changes include establishing a 
definition for ``short sale price sliding,'' which is a new form of 
price sliding the Exchange proposes to offer when the amendments to 
Regulation SHO become operative, modifying certain BATS rules regarding 
order execution and routing when a short sale price test restriction is 
in effect, and modifying BATS rules related to order marking 
requirements. Additionally, the Exchange proposes to modify the 
definition of the current ``displayed price sliding process'' offered 
by BATS.
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 61595 (February 26, 
2010), 75 FR 11232 (March 10, 2010). In connection with the adoption 
of Rule 201, Rule 200(g) of Regulation SHO was also amended to 
include a ``short exempt'' marking requirement. The amendments to 
Rule 201 and Rule 200(g) have a compliance date of February 28, 
2011. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63247 (Nov. 4, 2010), 
75 FR 68702 (Nov. 9, 2010). See also Division of Trading & Markets, 
Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of 
Regulation SHO.
    \6\ Rule 201(a)(1) defines the term ``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.'' 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 242.201(a)(1); 17 
CFR 242.600(b)(46); and 17 CFR 242.600(b)(47).
    \7\ Rule 201(a)(9) states that the term ``trading center'' shall 
have 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).
    \8\ 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1). See also Division of Trading & 
Markets, Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 
of Regulation SHO, Q&A Nos. 2.1 and 2.2 (concerning the duration of 
a short sale price test restriction).
    \9\ The ``System'' is defined in BATS Rule 1.5(aa) as ``the 
electronic communications and trading facility designated by the 
Board through which securities orders of Users are consolidated for 
ranking, execution and, when applicable, routing away.''
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    In order to comply with the short sale price test restriction of 
Regulation SHO, as amended, the Exchange proposes to offer short sale 
price sliding, which will be defined in BATS Rule 11.9(g). As a 
default, the Exchange will subject a User's \10\ orders to short sale 
price sliding unless they affirmatively choose to opt-out of the 
process. As proposed, when a User opts out of the price sliding 
process, any short sale order that could not be executed or displayed 
due to a short sale price test restriction would be rejected or 
cancelled by the Exchange upon entry or while resting on the order 
book, respectively. When a User's order is subject to the price sliding 
process, as proposed, orders subject to short sale price sliding that, 
at the time of entry, could not be executed or displayed due to a short 
sale price test restriction will be repriced by the System at one 
minimum price variation above the current NBB to comply with Rule 
201(b)(1)(i).\11\ An order subject to short sale price sliding will not 
be readjusted downward even if it could be displayed at a lower price 
without violation of Rule 201 of Regulation SHO. In the event the NBB 
changes such that the price of a non-displayed order subject to short 
sale price sliding would lock or cross the NBB, the order will receive 
a new timestamp, and will be repriced by the System at one minimum 
price variation above the current NBB, again in compliance with Rule 
201(b)(1)(i).\12\
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    \10\ A ``User'' is defined in BATS Rule 1.5(cc) as any member or 
sponsored participant of the Exchange who is authorized to obtain 
access to the System.
    \11\ Any execution or display will also need to be in compliance 
with applicable rules regarding minimum pricing increments. 17 CFR 
242.612.
    \12\ See Division of Trading & Markets, Responses to Frequently 
Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of Regulation SHO, Q&A No. 4.1 
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    As proposed, neither orders marked ``short exempt'' nor orders 
displayed by the System at a price above the then current NBB at the 
time of initial display when a short sale price test restriction is in 
effect for a covered security will be subject to short sale price 
sliding. Certain displayed short sale orders will not be repriced by 
the System after entry because under Rule 201(b)(1)(iii)(A) a trading 
center's policies and procedures must be reasonably designed to permit 
the execution of short sale orders of covered securities that were 
displayed at a price above the current NBB at the time of initial 
display. ``Short exempt'' orders will not be repriced by the System, 
but instead, the Exchange will execute, display and/or route such 
orders without regard to the NBB or any short sale price test 
restriction in effect under Regulation SHO, as described below.
    The Exchange currently offers a process called ``displayed price 
sliding process,'' as defined in current Rule 11.9(c)(4), which re-
prices and/or displays orders at permissible prices when such orders 
would lock or cross Protected Quotations \13\ in a manner inconsistent 
with Rule 610(d) of Regulation NMS.\14\ The Exchange proposes to rename 
the ``displayed price sliding process'' as ``NMS price sliding,'' to be 
included in new paragraph (g) of Rule 11.9, and to define the ``price 
sliding process'' as inclusive of both NMS price sliding and short sale 
price sliding.\15\ Also, consistent with the changes described above, 
the Exchange proposes to replace the term ``displayed price sliding 
process'' throughout its equity trading rules with the term ``price 
sliding process.'' \16\ As is true for displayed price sliding today 
and short sale price sliding as proposed, if a User chooses to opt-out 
of the price sliding process, the order will not be subject to NMS 
price sliding, and thus, the Exchange will cancel back their orders 
when display or execution of such orders contradict the provisions of 
Regulation NMS.
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    \13\ As defined in BATS Rule 1.5(t), the term ``Protected 
Quotation'' means a quotation that is a Protected Bid or Protected 
Offer. In turn, a ``Protected Bid'' or ``Protected Offer'' shall 
mean a bid or offer in a stock that is (i) displayed by an automated 
trading center; (ii) disseminated pursuant to an effective national 
market system plan; and (iii) an automated quotation that is the 
best bid or best offer of a national securities exchange or 
association.
    \14\ 17 CFR 242.610(d).
    \15\ The Exchange acknowledges that potential differences can 
exist between Protected Bids, as defined above (see supra note 13), 
and the NBB, upon which the requirements of Regulation SHO, as 
amended, are based.
    \16\ The rules of BATS Exchange Options Market (``BATS 
Options'') also contain references to the displayed price sliding 
process. The Exchange is not proposing to modify its displayed price 
sliding process for BATS Options at this time.
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    The Exchange also proposes a substantive change to NMS price 
sliding (today known as the displayed price sliding process). Under 
current System behavior, the Exchange cancels all non-displayed orders 
when the national best bid or offer (``NBBO'') changes such that the 
non-displayed order would cross a Protected Quotation, regardless of 
whether the order is subject to the displayed price sliding process. 
Under the proposed amendment, instead of cancelling such orders, unless 
a User has opted out of the price sliding process, the Exchange 
proposes to allow a resting non-displayed order to receive a new 
timestamp and be repriced at the locking price in the event that the 
NBBO changes such that the order would cross a Protected Quotation.
    The Exchange also proposes to amend its Rule 11.13 to make clear 
that it will execute, display and route an order consistent with Rule 
201 of Regulation SHO, and that if it cannot do so, orders will be 
cancelled back to the applicable Exchange User. In addition, the 
Exchange proposes to make clear that it will not route orders away from 
the Exchange that are marked ``short'' if a short sale price test 
restriction is in effect. Instead, such orders, if immediate-or-cancel 
(``IOC'') or market orders, will be cancelled, and if limit orders, 
will be posted to the BATS Book,\17\ subject to the price sliding 
process.
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    \17\ As defined in BATS Rule 1.5(e).
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    Finally, current Rule 11.19 requires Exchange Users to identify 
short sale orders as ``short'' when entered into the Exchange's System. 
The Exchange proposes to add the term ``short exempt''

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to Rule 11.19 because pursuant to amended Rule 200(g) of Regulation 
SHO, a broker-dealer can mark a short sale order as either ``short'' or 
``short exempt.'' \18\ The Exchange also proposes to make clear in Rule 
11.19 that if an order it received is marked ``short exempt,'' the 
Exchange will execute, display and/or route the order without regard to 
the NBB or any short sale price test restriction in effect under 
Regulation SHO.\19\ The Exchange also proposes to make clear, as it 
does in Rule 11.9(d)(1) with respect to intermarket sweep orders, that 
it relies on a Member's \20\ marking of an order, in this case the 
``short exempt'' marking, when handling such order. Accordingly, 
proposed Rule 11.19 states that it is the entering Member's 
responsibility, not the Exchange's responsibility, to comply with the 
requirements of Regulation SHO relating to marking of orders as ``short 
exempt.'' \21\
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    \18\ 17 CFR 242.200(g). Rule 200(g)(2) provides that a sale 
order shall be marked ``short exempt'' only if the provisions of 
paragraphs (c) or (d) of Rule 201 of Regulation SHO are met. 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.
    \19\ 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(iii)(B).
    \20\ A ``Member'' is defined in BATS Rule 1.5(n) as any 
registered broker or dealer that has been admitted to membership in 
the Exchange.
    \21\ 17 CFR 242.200(g)(2). See also 17 CFR 242.201(c); 17 CFR 
242.201(d).
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III. Commission Findings

    The Commission finds that the proposed rule change to amend BATS 
Rules 11.9, 11.13 and 11.19 to make certain changes consistent with the 
upcoming implementation of amendments to Regulation SHO is consistent 
with the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to 
national securities exchanges and national securities associations.\22\ 
In particular, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent 
with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act \23\ and with Section 
6(b)(5) of the Act,\24\ which, among other things, requires that rules 
of national securities exchanges be designed to prevent fraudulent and 
manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest.
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    \22\ In approving the proposed rule change, the Commission has 
considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, 
and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \23\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \24\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Commission believes that the proposed rule change will provide 
clarity on the short sale order handling procedures employed by the 
Exchange and certain obligations of its Members when sending short sale 
orders to the Exchange consistent with Regulation SHO, as amended. The 
Commission also believes that the proposed short sale price sliding 
functionality and amendments to the existing displayed price sliding 
process should assist Users in executing or displaying their orders 
consistent with Regulation SHO and Regulation NMS.
    The Commission also finds good cause, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) 
of the Act,\25\ for approving the proposed rule change on an 
accelerated basis. The proposed rule change makes changes consistent 
with the amendments to Regulation SHO. The Commission believes that 
accelerating approval of the proposed rule change is appropriate as it 
will allow the proposed amendments to be implemented by the compliance 
date for the amendments to Regulation SHO. In addition, the Commission 
believes that the proposed rule change should further the goals of 
investor protection and fair and orderly markets.
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    \25\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
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IV. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\26\ that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-BATS-2011-002) be 
and hereby is approved on an accelerated basis.
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    \26\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\27\
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    \27\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-4480 Filed 2-28-11; 8:45 am]
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