Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX PHLX; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Adopt New Rule 3303 To Implement the Amendments to Regulation SHO, 12193-12195 [2011-4896]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 43 / Friday, March 4, 2011 / Notices jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 15 of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 16 thereunder, the Exchange has designated this proposal as one that effects a change that: (i) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) by its terms, does not become operative for 30 days after the date of the filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Rule 19b–4(f)(6) requires a selfregulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement. The Exchange notes that the instant proposal to establish a ‘‘quality opening market’’ and to publish a table of acceptable opening bid/ask differentials on its Web site is substantially similar to its previously approved proposed rule change to establish an Opening Quote Range and an Acceptable Quote Range, and to publish those ranges in a table on its Web site.17 The Opening Quote Range and the Acceptable Quote Range substantially track the quality opening market standard. Furthermore, because the table that describes the bid/ ask differential required for a quality opening market is intended to be dynamic and subject to market conditions, the Exchange believes that it is appropriate to display the table on its Web site, just as it does with the Opening Quote Range and the Acceptable Quote Range. 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. 15 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 17 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59995 (May 28, 2009), 74 FR 26750 (June 3, 2009) (SR– Phlx–2009–32). 16 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:16 Mar 03, 2011 Jkt 223001 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: 12193 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.18 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–4897 Filed 3–3–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 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–Phlx–2011–21 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. [Release No. 34–63978; File No. SR–Phlx– 2011–25] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX PHLX; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Adopt New Rule 3303 To Implement the Amendments to Regulation SHO February 25, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 2 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on February 18, 2011, The NASDAQ OMX PHLX All submissions should refer to File LLC (‘‘PSX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with Number SR–Phlx–2011–21. This file the Securities and Exchange number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described Commission process and review your in Items I and II below, which Items comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will have been substantially prepared by the post all comments on the Commission’s Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ comments on the proposed rule change rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the from interested persons. submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s with respect to the proposed rule Statement of the Terms of Substance of change that are filed with the the Proposed Rule Change Commission, and all written The Exchange, pursuant to Section communications relating to the 19(b)(1) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4 4 proposed rule change between the thereunder, proposes to adopt new Rule Commission and any person, other than 3303 as a written policy or procedure to those that may be withheld from the implement the amendments to Rules public in accordance with the 200(g) and 201 of Regulation SHO.5 provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be The text of the proposed rule change available for Web site viewing and is available on the Exchange’s Web site printing in the Commission’s Public at http:// Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., nasdaqomxphlx.cchwallstreet.com/ Washington, DC 20549, on official NASDAQOMXPHLX/Filings/, at the business days between the hours of 10 principal office of the Exchange, and at a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also the Commission’s Public Reference will be available for inspection and Room. copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). be posted without change; the 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). Commission does not edit personal 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4. identifying information from 5 17 CFR 242.200(g); 17 CFR 242.201. See submissions. You should submit only Securities Exchange Act Release No. 61595 (Feb. 26, information that you wish to make 2010), 75 FR 11232 (Mar. 10, 2010) (amending available publicly. All submissions Rules 201 and 200 of Regulation SHO to adopt a should refer to File Number SR–Phlx– short sale price test restriction and ‘‘short exempt’’ 2011–21 and should be submitted on or marking requirement). See also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63247 (Nov. 4, 2010), 75 FR 68702 before March 25, 2011. 18 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00181 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (Nov. 9, 2010) (extending the compliance date of the amendments to Rules 201 and 200 of Regulation SHO until February 28, 2011). E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 12194 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 43 / Friday, March 4, 2011 / Notices 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 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 Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose On February 26, 2010, the Commission adopted amendments to Rules 200(g) and 201 of Regulation SHO.6 The amendments became effective on May 10, 2010, and compliance is required by February 28, 2011.7 The amendments to Rule 201 of Regulation SHO require trading centers 8 such as PSX to establish, maintain, and enforce certain written policies and procedures reasonably designed to comply with the rule.9 PSX is proposing to adopt new Rule 3303 as a written policy and procedure to implement the amendments to Rules 200(g) and 201 of Regulation SHO. Proposed Rule 3303(a) defines the terms ‘‘covered security,’’ ‘‘listing market,’’ and ‘‘national best bid’’ as having the same meaning as such terms have in Rule 201 of Regulation SHO.10 6 See supra note 5. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 7 Id. 8 Rule 201(a)(9) states the term ‘‘trading center’’ will have the same meaning as in Rule 600(b)(78). 17 CFR 242.201(a)(9). Rule 600(b)(78) of Regulation NMS 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). 9 See 17 CFR 242.201(b). The amendments to Rule 200(g) of Regulation SHO provide a ‘‘short exempt’’ marking requirement. See 17 CFR 242.200(g). 10 See Rule 201(a) of Regulation SHO. The System will utilize the national best bid from the systems information processor. Rule 201(a)(1) defines ‘‘covered security’’ to mean any ‘‘NMS stock’’ as defined under Rule 600(b)(47) of Regulation NMS. 17 CFR 242.201(a)(1). 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). VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:16 Mar 03, 2011 Jkt 223001 Under Proposed Rule 3303(b), entitled ‘‘Short Sale Price Test,’’ the System 11 will not execute or display a short sale order with respect to a covered security at a price that is less than or equal to the current national best bid if the price of that security decreases by 10% or more from the security’s closing price on the listing market as of the end of regular trading hours on the prior day (‘‘Trigger Price’’).12 Under Proposed Rule 3303(c), Duration of Short Sale Price Test, once triggered by the listing market, the short sale price test restriction shall remain in effect until the next trading 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,13 as provided for in Regulation SHO Rule 201(b)(1)(ii) (the ‘‘Short Sale Period’’). Under Proposed Rule 3303(d), Repricing of Orders During Short Sale Period, during the Short Sale Period, short sale orders that are limited to the current national best bid or lower and short sale market orders will be repriced by the System one minimum allowable price increment above the current national best bid (‘‘Permitted Price’’). To reflect declines in the national best bid, the Exchange will continue to re-price a short sale order at the lowest Permitted Price down to the order’s original limit price, or if a market order, until the order is filled. Non-displayed orders between the PSX bid and offer at the time of receipt will also be re-priced upward to a Permitted Price to correspond with a rise in the national best bid. During the Short Sale Period, immediate or cancel (‘‘IOC’’) orders requiring that all or part of the order be executed immediately will be executed to the extent possible at a Permitted Price and higher and then cancelled, and will not be re-priced. Inter-market sweep orders not marked ‘‘short exempt’’ will be handled in the same manner as IOC orders. Pursuant to Proposed Rule 3303(e), Execution of Permissible Orders during the Short Sale Period, during the Short Sale Period, the System will execute and display a short sale order without regard to whether the order is at a Permitted Price or higher if, at the time 11 See Rule 3301(a). The term ‘‘System’’ shall mean the automated system for order execution and trade reporting owned and operated by PSX. 12 See Rule 201(b)(1)(i) of Regulation SHO. Such execution or display needs to be in compliance with applicable rules concerning minimum pricing increments. See 17 CFR 242.612. 13 See 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(ii). See also Division of Trading and Markets: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of Regulation SHO, Q&A No. 2.1. PO 00000 Frm 00182 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of initial display of the short sale order, the order was at a price above the then current national best bid. This determination is consistent with Rule 201(b)(1)(iii)(A) of Regulation SHO.14 Short sale orders that are entered into the System prior to the Short Sale Period but that are not displayed will be re-priced as described in Proposed Rule 3303(d) as set forth above. Finally, under Proposed Rule 3303(f), Short Exempt Orders, during the Short Sale Period, the System will execute and display orders marked ‘‘short exempt’’ without regard to whether the order is at a Permitted Price or higher.15 The System will accept orders marked ‘‘short exempt’’ at any time when the System is open for order entry regardless of whether the short sale price test has been triggered in the covered security. PSX member firms marking orders ‘‘short exempt’’ in reliance on Rule 201(c) or 201(d) are responsible for ensuring that any such orders meet the criteria of these provisions and are accurately marked as ‘‘short exempt.’’ 16 2. Statutory Basis The statutory basis for the proposed rule change is Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,17 which requires, among other things, the rules of an exchange to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The proposed rule change also is designed to support the principles of Section 11A(a)(1) of the Act 18 in that it seeks to assure fair competition among brokers and dealers and among exchange markets. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule meets these requirements in that it implements rules adopted by the Commission in Regulation SHO under the Act. 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. 14 See 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(iii)(A). 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(iii)(B). 16 See Rules 200(g)(2), 201(c) and 201(d) of Regulation SHO. 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. 17 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 18 15 U.S.C. 78k–1(a)(1). 15 See E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 43 / Friday, March 4, 2011 / Notices C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were either solicited or 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 after the date of the filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 19 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) 20 thereunder. A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 21 normally may not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.22 However, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) 23 permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. PSX has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay so that it may implement the change no later than February 28, 2011 to coincide with the compliance date for the amendments to Rules 200(g) and 201 of Regulation SHO. The Commission believes that waiver of the operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because the proposed rule change, among other things, implements the amendments to Rules 200(g) and 201 of Regulation SHO which have a February 28, 2011 compliance date.24 For this reason, the Commission designates the proposed rule change to be operative upon filing with the Commission.25 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if 19 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 21 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 22 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). In addition, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) requires that a self-regulatory organization submit to the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement. 23 Id. 24 See supra note 5. 25 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule change’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 20 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:16 Mar 03, 2011 Jkt 223001 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 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–Phlx–2011–25 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–Phlx–2011–25. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make PO 00000 Frm 00183 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12195 available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Phlx– 2011–25 and should be submitted on or before March 25, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.26 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–4896 Filed 3–3–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63976; File No. SR–NYSE– 2011–06] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Adopting Supplementary Material .20 to Rule 123C To Provide for the Treatment of Short Sale Orders at the Close February 25, 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 24, 2011, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the selfregulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to adopt Supplementary Material .20 to Rule 123C (The Closing Procedures) to provide for the treatment of short sale orders at the close, for purposes of execution priority, as orders subject to tick restrictions 4 during a period when a restriction on the prices at which covered securities may be sold short is in effect (‘‘Short Sale Price Test’’) under NYSE Rule 440B 5 (which implements the provisions of Rule 201 of Regulation 26 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 4 Orders subject to tick restrictions are sell ‘‘plus’’ and buy ‘‘minus’’ orders. See NYSE Rule 13. 5 Amendments to NYSE Rule 440B to implement the short sale price test restriction requirements of Rule 201 are the subject of a separate rule filing. See SR–NYSE–2011–05. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-63978; File No. SR-Phlx-2011-25]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX PHLX; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Adopt New Rule 
3303 To Implement the Amendments to Regulation SHO

February 25, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 \2\ thereunder, notice is hereby given 
that on February 18, 2011, The NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC (``PSX'' or 
``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``SEC'' or ``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in 
Items I and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by 
the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit 
comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange, pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Act \3\ and Rule 
19b-4 \4\ thereunder, proposes to adopt new Rule 3303 as a written 
policy or procedure to implement the amendments to Rules 200(g) and 201 
of Regulation SHO.\5\
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    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \5\ 17 CFR 242.200(g); 17 CFR 242.201. See Securities Exchange 
Act Release No. 61595 (Feb. 26, 2010), 75 FR 11232 (Mar. 10, 2010) 
(amending Rules 201 and 200 of Regulation SHO to adopt a short sale 
price test restriction and ``short exempt'' marking requirement). 
See also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63247 (Nov. 4, 2010), 
75 FR 68702 (Nov. 9, 2010) (extending the compliance date of the 
amendments to Rules 201 and 200 of Regulation SHO until February 28, 
2011).
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    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Web site at http://nasdaqomxphlx.cchwallstreet.com/NASDAQOMXPHLX/Filings/, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the 
Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, the 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 
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 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    On February 26, 2010, the Commission adopted amendments to Rules 
200(g) and 201 of Regulation SHO.\6\ The amendments became effective on 
May 10, 2010, and compliance is required by February 28, 2011.\7\ The 
amendments to Rule 201 of Regulation SHO require trading centers \8\ 
such as PSX to establish, maintain, and enforce certain written 
policies and procedures reasonably designed to comply with the rule.\9\ 
PSX is proposing to adopt new Rule 3303 as a written policy and 
procedure to implement the amendments to Rules 200(g) and 201 of 
Regulation SHO.
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    \6\ See supra note 5.
    \7\ Id.
    \8\ Rule 201(a)(9) states the term ``trading center'' will have 
the same meaning as in Rule 600(b)(78). 17 CFR 242.201(a)(9). Rule 
600(b)(78) of Regulation NMS 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).
    \9\ See 17 CFR 242.201(b). The amendments to Rule 200(g) of 
Regulation SHO provide a ``short exempt'' marking requirement. See 
17 CFR 242.200(g).
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    Proposed Rule 3303(a) defines the terms ``covered security,'' 
``listing market,'' and ``national best bid'' as having the same 
meaning as such terms have in Rule 201 of Regulation SHO.\10\
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    \10\ See Rule 201(a) of Regulation SHO. The System will utilize 
the national best bid from the systems information processor. Rule 
201(a)(1) defines ``covered security'' to mean any ``NMS stock'' as 
defined under Rule 600(b)(47) of Regulation NMS. 17 CFR 
242.201(a)(1). 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).
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    Under Proposed Rule 3303(b), entitled ``Short Sale Price Test,'' 
the System \11\ will not execute or display a short sale order with 
respect to a covered security at a price that is less than or equal to 
the current national best bid if the price of that security decreases 
by 10% or more from the security's closing price on the listing market 
as of the end of regular trading hours on the prior day (``Trigger 
Price'').\12\
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    \11\ See Rule 3301(a). The term ``System'' shall mean the 
automated system for order execution and trade reporting owned and 
operated by PSX.
    \12\ See Rule 201(b)(1)(i) of Regulation SHO. Such execution or 
display needs to be in compliance with applicable rules concerning 
minimum pricing increments. See 17 CFR 242.612.
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    Under Proposed Rule 3303(c), Duration of Short Sale Price Test, 
once triggered by the listing market, the short sale price test 
restriction shall remain in effect until the next trading 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,\13\ as provided for in 
Regulation SHO Rule 201(b)(1)(ii) (the ``Short Sale Period'').
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    \13\ See 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(ii). See also Division of Trading 
and Markets: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 
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    Under Proposed Rule 3303(d), Re-pricing of Orders During Short Sale 
Period, during the Short Sale Period, short sale orders that are 
limited to the current national best bid or lower and short sale market 
orders will be re-priced by the System one minimum allowable price 
increment above the current national best bid (``Permitted Price''). To 
reflect declines in the national best bid, the Exchange will continue 
to re-price a short sale order at the lowest Permitted Price down to 
the order's original limit price, or if a market order, until the order 
is filled. Non-displayed orders between the PSX bid and offer at the 
time of receipt will also be re-priced upward to a Permitted Price to 
correspond with a rise in the national best bid. During the Short Sale 
Period, immediate or cancel (``IOC'') orders requiring that all or part 
of the order be executed immediately will be executed to the extent 
possible at a Permitted Price and higher and then cancelled, and will 
not be re-priced. Inter-market sweep orders not marked ``short exempt'' 
will be handled in the same manner as IOC orders.
    Pursuant to Proposed Rule 3303(e), Execution of Permissible Orders 
during the Short Sale Period, during the Short Sale Period, the System 
will execute and display a short sale order without regard to whether 
the order is at a Permitted Price or higher if, at the time of initial 
display of the short sale order, the order was at a price above the 
then current national best bid. This determination is consistent with 
Rule 201(b)(1)(iii)(A) of Regulation SHO.\14\ Short sale orders that 
are entered into the System prior to the Short Sale Period but that are 
not displayed will be re-priced as described in Proposed Rule 3303(d) 
as set forth above.
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    \14\ See 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(iii)(A).
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    Finally, under Proposed Rule 3303(f), Short Exempt Orders, during 
the Short Sale Period, the System will execute and display orders 
marked ``short exempt'' without regard to whether the order is at a 
Permitted Price or higher.\15\ The System will accept orders marked 
``short exempt'' at any time when the System is open for order entry 
regardless of whether the short sale price test has been triggered in 
the covered security. PSX member firms marking orders ``short exempt'' 
in reliance on Rule 201(c) or 201(d) are responsible for ensuring that 
any such orders meet the criteria of these provisions and are 
accurately marked as ``short exempt.'' \16\
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    \15\ See 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(iii)(B).
    \16\ See Rules 200(g)(2), 201(c) and 201(d) of Regulation SHO. 
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.
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2. Statutory Basis
    The statutory basis for the proposed rule change is Section 6(b)(5) 
of the Act,\17\ which requires, among other things, the rules of an 
exchange to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in 
general, to protect investors and the public interest. The proposed 
rule change also is designed to support the principles of Section 
11A(a)(1) of the Act \18\ in that it seeks to assure fair competition 
among brokers and dealers and among exchange markets. The Exchange 
believes that the proposed rule meets these requirements in that it 
implements rules adopted by the Commission in Regulation SHO under the 
Act.
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    \17\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \18\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1(a)(1).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

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

    No written comments were either solicited or 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 after the date of the filing, or such 
shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective 
pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \19\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
\20\ thereunder.
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    \19\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \20\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) \21\ normally 
may not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.\22\ 
However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) \23\ permits the Commission to designate 
a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest. PSX has requested that the 
Commission waive the 30-day operative delay so that it may implement 
the change no later than February 28, 2011 to coincide with the 
compliance date for the amendments to Rules 200(g) and 201 of 
Regulation SHO. The Commission believes that waiver of the operative 
delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public 
interest because the proposed rule change, among other things, 
implements the amendments to Rules 200(g) and 201 of Regulation SHO 
which have a February 28, 2011 compliance date.\24\ For this reason, 
the Commission designates the proposed rule change to be operative upon 
filing with the Commission.\25\
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    \21\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \22\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii). In addition, Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii) requires that a self-regulatory organization submit to 
the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed 
rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed 
rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing 
of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by 
the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement.
    \23\ Id.
    \24\ See supra note 5.
    \25\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, 
the Commission has considered the proposed rule change's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. 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 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-Phlx-2011-25 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-Phlx-2011-25. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml).
    Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written 
statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with 
the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed 
rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those 
that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions 
of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in 
the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, 
DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 
p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and 
copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received 
will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal 
identifying information from submissions. You should submit only 
information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions 
should refer to File Number SR-Phlx-2011-25 and should be submitted on 
or before March 25, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\26\
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    \26\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-4896 Filed 3-3-11; 8:45 am]
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