Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Regarding the NASDAQ Order Imbalance Snapshot, 11548-11550 [2011-4691]

Download as PDF 11548 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 41 / Wednesday, March 2, 2011 / Notices B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The MSRB does not believe the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The proposed rule change would make the information and documents collected by the SHORT System available to all persons on an equal and non-discriminatory basis. The information and documents provided through the subscription service would be available to all subscribers simultaneously with the availability of the information and documents through the EMMA Web portal. In addition to making the information and documents available for free on the EMMA Web portal to all members of the public, the MSRB would make the information and documents collected by the SHORT System available by subscription on an equal and non-discriminatory basis without imposing restrictions on subscribers from, or imposing additional charges on subscribers for, redisseminating such information and documents or otherwise adding valueadded services and products based on such information and documents on terms determined by each subscriber.5 C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments Received on the Proposed Rule Change by Members, Participants, or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received on the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–MSRB–2011–04 on the subject line. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:34 Mar 01, 2011 Jkt 223001 Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Regarding the NASDAQ Order Imbalance Snapshot February 24, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 • Send paper comments in triplicate notice is hereby given that, on February to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, 23, 2011, The NASDAQ Stock Market Securities and Exchange Commission, LLC (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NASDAQ’’) Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., filed with the Securities and Exchange Washington, DC 20549–1090. Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the All submissions should refer to File proposed rule change as described in Number SR–MSRB–2011–04. This file Items I, II, and III below, which Items number should be included on the have been prepared by NASDAQ. The subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission is publishing this notice to Commission process and review your solicit comments on the proposed rule comments more efficiently, please use change from interested persons. only one method. The Commission will I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s post all comments on the Commission’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ the Proposed Rule Change rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the The Exchange is filing this proposed submission, all subsequent rule change regarding the NASDAQ amendments, all written statements Order Imbalance Snapshot, a data feed with respect to the proposed rule of electronic messages for newswire change that are filed with the providers to monitor the NASDAQ Commission, and all written Opening Cross, Closing Cross, IPO Cross communications relating to the and Halt Cross. The text of the proposed proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than rule change is available at http:// nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com/, at those that may be withheld from the NASDAQ’s principal office, and at the public in accordance with the Commission’s Public Reference Room. provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s printing in the Commission’s Public Statement of the Purpose of, and Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Washington, DC 20549, on official Change business days between the hours of 10 In its filing with the Commission, the a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing Exchange included statements also will be available for inspection and concerning the purpose of and basis for copying at the principal office of the the proposed rule change and discussed MSRB. All comments received will be any comments it received on the posted without change; the Commission proposed rule change. The text of these does not edit personal identifying statements may be examined at the information from submissions. You places specified in Item IV below. The should submit only information that Exchange has prepared summaries, set you wish to make available publicly. All forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of submissions should refer to File the most significant aspects of such Number SR–MSRB–2011–04 and should statements. be submitted on or before within March A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s 23, 2011. Statement of the Purpose of, and the For the Commission, by the Division of Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated Change authority.6 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. MSRB notes that subscribers may be subject to proprietary rights of third parties in information provided by such third parties that is made available through the subscription. [Release No. 34–63959; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2011–031] Paper Comments [FR Doc. 2011–4583 Filed 3–1–11; 8:45 am] 5 The SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 1. Purpose NASDAQ facilitates participation in electronic auctions by disseminating the BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 1 15 6 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 2 17 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 02MRN1 emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 41 / Wednesday, March 2, 2011 / Notices Order Imbalance Indicator, a data feed containing information regarding the status of the NASDAQ book just prior to a crossing auction. The data contained in the Order Imbalance Indicator is set forth in NASDAQ Rules governing the crosses for the Opening Cross (Rule 4752), Halt/IPO Cross (Rule 4753), and Closing Cross (Rule 4754). The NASDAQ Order Imbalance Snapshot (‘‘NOIS’’) is a separate service that provides a snapshot version of the Order Imbalance Indicator that is streamlined and filtered for use by newswire services. Rather than providing continuous order imbalance data, NOIS provides the data for certain stocks at selected time intervals in a format designed to optimize systems used by newswire providers. In other words, NOIS contains a subset of information already approved to be disseminated via the Order Imbalance Indicator. Specifically, for the NASDAQ Opening and Closing Crosses, NOIS disseminates messages only for exchange-listed securities that show an imbalance shares amount equal to or more than 50,000 shares. For those messages NOIS disseminates, the message includes all imbalance information set forth in the Order Imbalance Indicator set forth in NASDAQ Rule 4752(a), 4753(a), and 4754(a). NOIS disseminates messages for securities listed on any national securities exchange, not just those listed on NASDAQ. For NASDAQ IPO Crosses, NOIS messages are disseminated approximately 3 minutes and 13 minutes after the ‘‘Trading Action— Quote Resumption’’ message, which signals imminent launch of trading, is disseminated for the issue. NOIS will also disseminate a message if the quotation window is extended for the IPO security. There is no share size filter for the IPO cross. NASDAQ currently disseminates IPO Cross messages only for NASDAQ-listed securities. For the NASDAQ Halt Cross, which NASDAQ uses to release securities subject to a regulatory trading halt or single security trading pause, NOIS messages will be disseminated approximately 3 minutes after the ‘‘Trading Action—Quote resumption’’ message is transmitted for the issue. NOIS will also disseminate a message if the quotation window is extended for the halted or paused security. There is no share size filter for the Halt cross. For the Halt Cross, NOIS disseminates messages for NASDAQ-listed issues only. NOIS data elements are disseminated to newswires for further dissemination VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:34 Mar 01, 2011 Jkt 223001 to newswire subscribers. Therefore, the NOIS feed is not directly actionable by investors for quoting, order entry or trade execution. 2. Statutory Basis Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,3 in general and with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,4 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. In adopting Regulation NMS, the Commission granted self-regulatory organizations and broker-dealers increased authority and flexibility to offer new and unique market data to the public. It was believed that this authority would expand the amount of data available to consumers, and also spur innovation and competition for the provision of market data. Nasdaq believes that this proposal is in keeping with those principles by promoting increased transparency through the dissemination of more useful proprietary data and also by clarifying its availability to market participants. Additionally, NASDAQ is making a voluntary decision to make this data available. NASDAQ is not required by the Exchange Act in the first instance to make the data available, unlike the best bid and offer which must be made available under the Act. NASDAQ chooses to make the data available as proposed in order to improve market quality, to attract order flow, and to increase transparency. Once this filing becomes effective, NASDAQ will be required to continue making the data available until such time as NASDAQ changes its rule. 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. NASDAQ provides routing services in a highly competitive market in which participants may avail themselves of a wide variety of routing options offered 3 15 4 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f. U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 by self-regulatory organizations, alternative trading systems, other broker-dealers, market participants’ own proprietary routing systems, and service bureaus. In such an environment, system enhancements such as the changes proposed in this rule filing do not burden competition, because they can succeed in attracting order flow to NASDAQ only if they offer investors higher quality and better value than services offered by others. Encouraging competitors to provide higher quality and better value is the essence of a wellfunctioning competitive marketplace. 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 Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 5 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder.6 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 change 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 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 5 15 6 17 Sfmt 4703 11549 E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 02MRN1 11550 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 41 / Wednesday, March 2, 2011 / Notices • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NASDAQ–2011–031 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–2011–031. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR– NASDAQ–2011–031 and should be submitted on or before March 23, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.7 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2011–4691 Filed 3–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63958; File No. SR–Phlx– 2011–24] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC Relating to Rebates and Fees for Adding and Removing Liquidity in Select Symbols February 24, 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 17, 2011, NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC (‘‘Phlx’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III, below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend the options in Section I of the Exchange’s Fee Schedule titled ‘‘Rebates and Fees for Adding and Removing Liquidity in Select Symbols.’’ While changes to the Fee Schedule pursuant to this proposal are effective upon filing, the Exchange has designated these changes to be operative on March 1, 2011. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http://nasdaqtrader.com/ micro.aspx?id=PHLXfilings, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these 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 aspects of such statements. 1 15 7 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:34 Mar 01, 2011 2 17 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend the list of symbols 3 applicable to the Exchange’s Rebates and Fees for Adding and Removing Liquidity in Select Symbols in Section I of the Fee Schedule in order to attract additional order flow to the Exchange. The Exchange displays a list of Select Symbols in its Fee Schedule at Section I, ‘‘Rebates and Fees for Adding and Removing Liquidity in Select Symbols,’’ that are subject to the rebates and fees in that section. Among those symbols is BP p.l.c. Common Stock (‘‘BP’’). The Exchange is proposing to remove BP from the list of Select Symbols in Section I. The Exchange is also proposing to add PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish (‘‘UUP’’) to the list of Select Symbols in Section I. While changes to the Fee Schedule pursuant to this proposal are effective upon filing, the Exchange has designated these changes to be operative on March 1, 2011. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal to amend its schedule of fees is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 4 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act 5 in particular, in that it is an equitable allocation of reasonable fees and other charges among Exchange members and other persons using its facilities. The Exchange believes that it is reasonable to remove BP from its list of Select Symbols and add UUP to its list of Select Symbols to attract additional order flow to the Exchange. The Exchange believes that it is equitable to amend the list of Select Symbols by removing BP and adding UUP because the list of Select Symbols would apply uniformly to all categories of participants in the same manner. All market participants who trade the Select Symbols would be subject to the rebates and fees in Section I of the Fee Schedule. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. 3 The symbols (‘‘Select Symbols’’) are listed in Section I of the Fee Schedule. 4 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 41 (Wednesday, March 2, 2011)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-63959; File No. SR-NASDAQ-2011-031]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change 
Regarding the NASDAQ Order Imbalance Snapshot

February 24, 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 23, 2011, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (the 
``Exchange'' or ``NASDAQ'') 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 
NASDAQ. 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 Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange is filing this proposed rule change regarding the 
NASDAQ Order Imbalance Snapshot, a data feed of electronic messages for 
newswire providers to monitor the NASDAQ Opening Cross, Closing Cross, 
IPO Cross and Halt Cross. The text of the proposed rule change is 
available at http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com/, at NASDAQ's principal 
office, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

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

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

1. Purpose
    NASDAQ facilitates participation in electronic auctions by 
disseminating the

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Order Imbalance Indicator, a data feed containing information regarding 
the status of the NASDAQ book just prior to a crossing auction. The 
data contained in the Order Imbalance Indicator is set forth in NASDAQ 
Rules governing the crosses for the Opening Cross (Rule 4752), Halt/IPO 
Cross (Rule 4753), and Closing Cross (Rule 4754).
    The NASDAQ Order Imbalance Snapshot (``NOIS'') is a separate 
service that provides a snapshot version of the Order Imbalance 
Indicator that is streamlined and filtered for use by newswire 
services. Rather than providing continuous order imbalance data, NOIS 
provides the data for certain stocks at selected time intervals in a 
format designed to optimize systems used by newswire providers. In 
other words, NOIS contains a subset of information already approved to 
be disseminated via the Order Imbalance Indicator.
    Specifically, for the NASDAQ Opening and Closing Crosses, NOIS 
disseminates messages only for exchange-listed securities that show an 
imbalance shares amount equal to or more than 50,000 shares. For those 
messages NOIS disseminates, the message includes all imbalance 
information set forth in the Order Imbalance Indicator set forth in 
NASDAQ Rule 4752(a), 4753(a), and 4754(a). NOIS disseminates messages 
for securities listed on any national securities exchange, not just 
those listed on NASDAQ.
    For NASDAQ IPO Crosses, NOIS messages are disseminated 
approximately 3 minutes and 13 minutes after the ``Trading Action--
Quote Resumption'' message, which signals imminent launch of trading, 
is disseminated for the issue. NOIS will also disseminate a message if 
the quotation window is extended for the IPO security. There is no 
share size filter for the IPO cross. NASDAQ currently disseminates IPO 
Cross messages only for NASDAQ-listed securities.
    For the NASDAQ Halt Cross, which NASDAQ uses to release securities 
subject to a regulatory trading halt or single security trading pause, 
NOIS messages will be disseminated approximately 3 minutes after the 
``Trading Action--Quote resumption'' message is transmitted for the 
issue. NOIS will also disseminate a message if the quotation window is 
extended for the halted or paused security. There is no share size 
filter for the Halt cross. For the Halt Cross, NOIS disseminates 
messages for NASDAQ-listed issues only.
    NOIS data elements are disseminated to newswires for further 
dissemination to newswire subscribers. Therefore, the NOIS feed is not 
directly actionable by investors for quoting, order entry or trade 
execution.
2. Statutory Basis
    Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,\3\ in general and with Section 
6(b)(5) of the Act,\4\ in particular, in that it is designed to prevent 
fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and 
equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination 
with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing 
information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in 
securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a 
free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to 
protect investors and the public interest.
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    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    In adopting Regulation NMS, the Commission granted self-regulatory 
organizations and broker-dealers increased authority and flexibility to 
offer new and unique market data to the public. It was believed that 
this authority would expand the amount of data available to consumers, 
and also spur innovation and competition for the provision of market 
data. Nasdaq believes that this proposal is in keeping with those 
principles by promoting increased transparency through the 
dissemination of more useful proprietary data and also by clarifying 
its availability to market participants.
    Additionally, NASDAQ is making a voluntary decision to make this 
data available. NASDAQ is not required by the Exchange Act in the first 
instance to make the data available, unlike the best bid and offer 
which must be made available under the Act. NASDAQ chooses to make the 
data available as proposed in order to improve market quality, to 
attract order flow, and to increase transparency. Once this filing 
becomes effective, NASDAQ will be required to continue making the data 
available until such time as NASDAQ changes its rule.

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. NASDAQ provides 
routing services in a highly competitive market in which participants 
may avail themselves of a wide variety of routing options offered by 
self-regulatory organizations, alternative trading systems, other 
broker-dealers, market participants' own proprietary routing systems, 
and service bureaus. In such an environment, system enhancements such 
as the changes proposed in this rule filing do not burden competition, 
because they can succeed in attracting order flow to NASDAQ only if 
they offer investors higher quality and better value than services 
offered by others. Encouraging competitors to provide higher quality 
and better value is the essence of a well-functioning competitive 
marketplace.

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

    Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) 
Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public 
interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) 
become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or 
such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \5\ and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6) thereunder.\6\
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission 
takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to 
determine whether the proposed rule change 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 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

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     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NASDAQ-2011-031 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-2011-031. This 
file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. 
To help the Commission process and review your comments more 
efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all 
comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, 
all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that 
are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating 
to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, 
other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance 
with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website 
viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F 
Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between 
the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be 
available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the 
Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the 
Commission does not edit personal identifying information from 
submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make 
available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-
NASDAQ-2011-031 and should be submitted on or before March 23, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\7\
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    \7\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
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