Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend EDGA Rules 11.5, 11.9, and 11.15 to Make Certain Changes Consistent With the Upcoming Implementation of Amendments to Regulation SHO, 12176-12178 [2011-4904]

Download as PDF 12176 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 43 / Friday, March 4, 2011 / 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: [FR Doc. 2011–4905 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 No. SR–EDGX–2011–04 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. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.28 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [Release No. 34–63988; File No. SR–EDGA– 2011–05] Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend EDGA Rules 11.5, 11.9, and 11.15 to Make Certain Changes Consistent With the Upcoming Implementation of Amendments to Regulation SHO February 28, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 All submissions should refer to File notice is hereby given that on February 25, 2011 the EDGA Exchange, Inc. (the Number SR–EDGX–2011–04. This file ‘‘Exchange’’ or the ‘‘EDGA’’) filed with number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the Commission process and review your proposed rule change as described in comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will Items I and II below, which items have post all comments on the Commission’s been substantially prepared by the selfregulatory organization. The Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ Commission is publishing this notice to rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the solicit comments on the proposed rule submission, all subsequent change from interested persons. amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s change that are filed with the Statement of the Terms of Substance of Commission, and all written the Proposed Rule Change communications relating to the The Exchange proposes to amend proposed rule change between the EDGA Rules 11.5, 11.9, and 11.15 to Commission and any person, other than make certain changes consistent with those that may be withheld from the the upcoming implementation of public in accordance with the amendments to Regulation SHO.3 The provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be text of the proposed rule change is available for Web site viewing and attached as Exhibit 5 and is available on printing in the Commission’s Public the Exchange’s Web site at http:// Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., www.directedge.com, at the Exchange’s Washington, DC 20549–1090, on official principal office, and at the Public business days between the hours of 10 Reference Room of the Commission. a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s also will be available for inspection and Statement of the Purpose of, and copying at the principal office of the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Exchange and on its Internet Web site at Change http://www.directedge.com. All In its filing with the Commission, the comments received will be posted Exchange included statements without change; the Commission does concerning the purpose of, and basis for, not edit personal identifying the proposed rule change and discussed information from submissions. You any comments it received on the should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–EDGX–2011–04 and should be submitted by March 25, 2011. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:16 Mar 03, 2011 Jkt 223001 28 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 17 CFR 242.200(g); 17 CFR 242.201. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00164 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization 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 Regulation SHO under the Act in the form of Rule 201,4 pursuant to which, among other things, short sale orders in covered securities 5 generally cannot be executed or displayed by a trading center 6 such as EDGA at a price that is at or below the current national best bid (‘‘NBB’’) 7 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 is proposing to amend certain EDGA rules to describe the manner in 4 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 (November 4, 2010), 75 FR 68702 (November 9, 2010). See also Division of Trading & Markets: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of Regulation SHO. 5 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). 6 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). 7 Rules 201(a)(4) defines the term ‘‘national best bid’’ to have the same meaning as in Rule 600(b)(42) of Regulation NMS. 17 CFR 242.600(b)(42). 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). E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 43 / Friday, March 4, 2011 / Notices jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 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 10 the Exchange proposes to offer when the amendments to Regulation SHO become operative, modifying certain EDGA rules regarding order execution and routing when a short sale price test restriction is in effect, and modifying EDGA rules related to order marking requirements. The Exchange proposes to offer a new form of price sliding, short sale price sliding, which will be defined in EDGA Rule 11.5(c)(4). As a default, the Exchange will subject a User’s 11 EDGA Only Orders to the short sale price sliding in proposed Rule 11.5(c)(4)(B) unless they affirmatively choose to optout of the process. As proposed, when a User opts out of the short sale 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 EDGA Only Order is subject to the short sale price sliding process, as proposed in Rule 11.5(c)(4)(B), if it cannot be executed or displayed at the time of entry due to a short sale price test restriction, it will be re-priced by the System to prevent execution or display at or below the current NBB to comply with Rule 201(b)(1)(i).12 Any EDGA Only Order subject to such repricing by the System will be re-priced to display at one minimum price variation (‘‘MPV’’) above the current NBB (‘‘Permitted Price’’). The order will receive a new timestamp when it is repriced. Following the initial adjustment provided for in proposed Rule 11.5(c)(4)(B), the EDGA Only Order will, to reflect declines in the NBB, continue to be re-priced at the lowest Permitted Price down to the order’s original limit 9 The ‘‘System’’ is defined in EDGA 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 The Exchange currently offers a process called ‘‘displayed price sliding process,’’ as defined in current EDGA Rule 11.5(c)(4), which re-prices and/ or displays orders at permissible prices when such orders would lock or cross Protected Quotations in a manner inconsistent with Rule 610(d) of Regulation NMS. 11 A ‘‘User’’ is defined in EDGA Rule 1.5(cc) as any member or sponsored participant of the Exchange who is authorized to obtain access to the System. 12 Any execution or display will also need to be in compliance with applicable rules regarding minimum pricing increments. 17 CFR 242.612. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:16 Mar 03, 2011 Jkt 223001 price, or if a market order, until the order is filled. The order will receive a new timestamp each time it is re-priced. Alternatively, following the initial adjustment provided for in Rule 11.5(c)(4)(B), the EDGA Only Order may, in accordance with the User’s instructions, provided that in all cases the display of such lower prices does not violate Rule 201 of Regulation SHO: (i) Be re-priced one additional time to a price that is above the current NBB but equal to the NBB at the time the EDGA Only Order was received and receive a new timestamp; or (ii) not be adjusted further. In the event the NBB changes such that the price of a Non-Displayed Order, as defined in EDGA Rule 11.5(c)(8), subject to short sale price sliding would lock or cross the NBB, the Non-Displayed Order will receive a new timestamp, and will be re-priced by the System to a Permitted Price, again in compliance with Rule 201(b)(1)(i).13 As proposed, EDGA Only Orders marked ‘‘short exempt’’ will not be subject to short sale price sliding. Certain displayed short sale orders will not be re-priced 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 also will not be re-priced by the System, but instead, the Exchange will execute, display and/or route such orders without regard to whether the order is at a price less than or equal to the NBB or any short sale price test restriction in effect under Regulation SHO, as described below. The Exchange also proposes to amend its Rule 11.9 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 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 for the covered security. Instead, such orders, if immediate-or-cancel (‘‘IOC’’) will be cancelled, and all other orders will be posted to the EDGA Book,14 treated as if they are EDGA Only Orders, as 13 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). 14 As defined in EDGA Rule 1.5(d). PO 00000 Frm 00165 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12177 defined in Rule 11.5(c)(4), and subjected to the short sale price sliding process.15 Finally, current Rule 11.15 requires Users to identify short sale orders as ‘‘short’’ when entered into the System. The Exchange proposes to add the term ‘‘short exempt’’ to Rule 11.15 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.’’ 16 The Exchange also proposes to make clear in Rule 11.15 that if an order it received is marked ‘‘short exempt,’’ the Exchange will execute, display and/or route the order without regard to whether the order is at a price less than or equal to the NBB or any short sale price test restriction in effect under Regulation SHO.17 The Exchange also proposes to make clear, as it does in Rule 11.5(d)(1) with respect to intermarket sweep orders, that it relies on a Member’s 18 marking of an order, in this case the ‘‘short exempt’’ marking, when handling such order. Accordingly, proposed Rule 11.15 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.’’ 19 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder that are applicable to a national securities exchange, and, in particular, with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.20 In particular, the proposed change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,21 because it would promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange 15 Like with an EDGA Only Order, a User can affirmatively choose to opt-out of the short sale price sliding process. 16 17 CFR 242.200(g)(2). Under Rule 200(g)(2), an order may be marked ‘‘short exempt’’ if the brokerdealer had a reasonable basis for believing that the order meets one of the exceptions specified in Rule 201(d) of Regulation SHO or if it is entered during a Short Sale Period and meets the conditions specified in Rule 201(c) of Regulation SHO. See 17 CFR 242.201(d); 17 CFR 242.201(c); See Division of Trading & Markets: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Nos. 4.2, 5.4 and 5.5. 17 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(iii)(B). 18 A Member is defined in EDGA Rule 1.5(l) as any registered broker or dealer, or any person associated with a registered broker or dealer, that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange. 19 17 CFR 242.200(g)(2). See also 17 CFR 242.201(c); 17 CFR 242.201(d). See also Division of Trading and Markets: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of Regulation SHO, Q&A Nos. 4.2, 5.4, and 5.5. 20 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 21 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 12178 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 43 / Friday, March 4, 2011 / Notices believes that the proposed changes will provide clarity on the short sale order handling procedures employed by the Exchange and certain obligations of Members when sending short sale orders to the Exchange consistent with Regulation SHO, as amended. The Exchange also believes that the proposed short sale price sliding functionality will assist Users in executing or displaying their orders consistent with Regulation SHO, especially under fast moving conditions where the national best bid/offer is quickly updating. In addition, as is currently the case, the short sale price sliding process is optional to Users. Specifically, Users can choose to opt-out of the short sale price sliding process, and if they choose to do so, the Exchange will cancel back their orders when such orders contradict the provisions of Regulation SHO. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested parties. 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 if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 22 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.23 A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 24 normally does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the filing.25 However, 22 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 24 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 25 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, 23 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:16 Mar 03, 2011 Jkt 223001 pursuant to Rule 19–b4(f)(6)(iii),26 the Commission may designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked the Commission to 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 waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of the investors and the public interest because such waiver would ensure compliance with the Commission’s amendments to Rules 200(g) and 201 of Regulation SHO. For this reason, the Commission designates the proposed rule change to be operative upon filing with the Commission.27 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR–EDGA–2011–05 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–EDGA–2011–05. This file number should be included on the 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. 26 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 27 For the purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). PO 00000 Frm 00166 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 20549–1090, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange and on its Internet Web site at http://www.directedge.com. 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–EDGA–2011–05 and should be submitted by March 25, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.28 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–4904 Filed 3–3–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63983; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2011–032] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Offer Market Data to the Public at No Charge February 25, 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 24, 2011, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NASDAQ’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange 28 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-63988; File No. SR-EDGA-2011-05]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend 
EDGA Rules 11.5, 11.9, and 11.15 to Make Certain Changes Consistent 
With the Upcoming Implementation of Amendments to Regulation SHO

February 28, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given 
that on February 25, 2011 the EDGA Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
the ``EDGA'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I and 
II below, which items have been substantially prepared by the self-
regulatory organization. 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 proposes to amend EDGA Rules 11.5, 11.9, and 11.15 to 
make certain changes consistent with the upcoming implementation of 
amendments to Regulation SHO.\3\ The text of the proposed rule change 
is attached as Exhibit 5 and is available on the Exchange's Web site at 
http://www.directedge.com, at the Exchange's principal office, and at 
the Public Reference Room of the Commission.
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    \3\ 17 CFR 242.200(g); 17 CFR 242.201.
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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 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization 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 
Regulation SHO under the Act in the form of Rule 201,\4\ pursuant to 
which, among other things, short sale orders in covered securities \5\ 
generally cannot be executed or displayed by a trading center \6\ such 
as EDGA at a price that is at or below the current national best bid 
(``NBB'') \7\ 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 is proposing to amend certain EDGA rules to describe 
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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 \10\ the Exchange 
proposes to offer when the amendments to Regulation SHO become 
operative, modifying certain EDGA rules regarding order execution and 
routing when a short sale price test restriction is in effect, and 
modifying EDGA rules related to order marking requirements.
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    \4\ 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 (November 4, 
2010), 75 FR 68702 (November 9, 2010). See also Division of Trading 
& Markets: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 
201 of Regulation SHO.
    \5\ 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).
    \6\ 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).
    \7\ Rules 201(a)(4) defines the term ``national best bid'' to 
have the same meaning as in Rule 600(b)(42) of Regulation NMS. 17 
CFR 242.600(b)(42).
    \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 EDGA 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\ The Exchange currently offers a process called ``displayed 
price sliding process,'' as defined in current EDGA Rule 11.5(c)(4), 
which re-prices and/or displays orders at permissible prices when 
such orders would lock or cross Protected Quotations in a manner 
inconsistent with Rule 610(d) of Regulation NMS.
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    The Exchange proposes to offer a new form of price sliding, short 
sale price sliding, which will be defined in EDGA Rule 11.5(c)(4). As a 
default, the Exchange will subject a User's \11\ EDGA Only Orders to 
the short sale price sliding in proposed Rule 11.5(c)(4)(B) unless they 
affirmatively choose to opt-out of the process. As proposed, when a 
User opts out of the short sale 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 
EDGA Only Order is subject to the short sale price sliding process, as 
proposed in Rule 11.5(c)(4)(B), if it cannot be executed or displayed 
at the time of entry due to a short sale price test restriction, it 
will be re-priced by the System to prevent execution or display at or 
below the current NBB to comply with Rule 201(b)(1)(i).\12\ Any EDGA 
Only Order subject to such re-pricing by the System will be re-priced 
to display at one minimum price variation (``MPV'') above the current 
NBB (``Permitted Price''). The order will receive a new timestamp when 
it is re-priced. Following the initial adjustment provided for in 
proposed Rule 11.5(c)(4)(B), the EDGA Only Order will, to reflect 
declines in the NBB, continue to be re-priced at the lowest Permitted 
Price down to the order's original limit price, or if a market order, 
until the order is filled. The order will receive a new timestamp each 
time it is re-priced. Alternatively, following the initial adjustment 
provided for in Rule 11.5(c)(4)(B), the EDGA Only Order may, in 
accordance with the User's instructions, provided that in all cases the 
display of such lower prices does not violate Rule 201 of Regulation 
SHO: (i) Be re-priced one additional time to a price that is above the 
current NBB but equal to the NBB at the time the EDGA Only Order was 
received and receive a new timestamp; or (ii) not be adjusted further. 
In the event the NBB changes such that the price of a Non-Displayed 
Order, as defined in EDGA Rule 11.5(c)(8), subject to short sale price 
sliding would lock or cross the NBB, the Non-Displayed Order will 
receive a new timestamp, and will be re-priced by the System to a 
Permitted Price, again in compliance with Rule 201(b)(1)(i).\13\
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    \11\ A ``User'' is defined in EDGA Rule 1.5(cc) as any member or 
sponsored participant of the Exchange who is authorized to obtain 
access to the System.
    \12\ Any execution or display will also need to be in compliance 
with applicable rules regarding minimum pricing increments. 17 CFR 
242.612.
    \13\ 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, EDGA Only Orders marked ``short exempt'' will not be 
subject to short sale price sliding. Certain displayed short sale 
orders will not be re-priced 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 also will not 
be re-priced by the System, but instead, the Exchange will execute, 
display and/or route such orders without regard to whether the order is 
at a price less than or equal to the NBB or any short sale price test 
restriction in effect under Regulation SHO, as described below.
    The Exchange also proposes to amend its Rule 11.9 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 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 for the covered security. Instead, such 
orders, if immediate-or-cancel (``IOC'') will be cancelled, and all 
other orders will be posted to the EDGA Book,\14\ treated as if they 
are EDGA Only Orders, as defined in Rule 11.5(c)(4), and subjected to 
the short sale price sliding process.\15\
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    \14\ As defined in EDGA Rule 1.5(d).
    \15\ Like with an EDGA Only Order, a User can affirmatively 
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    Finally, current Rule 11.15 requires Users to identify short sale 
orders as ``short'' when entered into the System. The Exchange proposes 
to add the term ``short exempt'' to Rule 11.15 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.'' \16\ The Exchange 
also proposes to make clear in Rule 11.15 that if an order it received 
is marked ``short exempt,'' the Exchange will execute, display and/or 
route the order without regard to whether the order is at a price less 
than or equal to the NBB or any short sale price test restriction in 
effect under Regulation SHO.\17\ The Exchange also proposes to make 
clear, as it does in Rule 11.5(d)(1) with respect to intermarket sweep 
orders, that it relies on a Member's \18\ marking of an order, in this 
case the ``short exempt'' marking, when handling such order. 
Accordingly, proposed Rule 11.15 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.'' \19\
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    \16\ 17 CFR 242.200(g)(2). Under Rule 200(g)(2), an order may be 
marked ``short exempt'' if the broker-dealer had a reasonable basis 
for believing that the order meets one of the exceptions specified 
in Rule 201(d) of Regulation SHO or if it is entered during a Short 
Sale Period and meets the conditions specified in Rule 201(c) of 
Regulation SHO. See 17 CFR 242.201(d); 17 CFR 242.201(c); See 
Division of Trading & Markets: Responses to Frequently Asked 
Questions Nos. 4.2, 5.4 and 5.5.
    \17\ 17 CFR 242.201(b)(1)(iii)(B).
    \18\ A Member is defined in EDGA Rule 1.5(l) as any registered 
broker or dealer, or any person associated with a registered broker 
or dealer, that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange.
    \19\ 17 CFR 242.200(g)(2). See also 17 CFR 242.201(c); 17 CFR 
242.201(d). See also Division of Trading and Markets: Responses to 
Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Rule 201 of Regulation SHO, 
Q&A Nos. 4.2, 5.4, and 5.5.
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with the 
requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder that 
are applicable to a national securities exchange, and, in particular, 
with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.\20\ In particular, 
the proposed change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\21\ 
because it would promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, 
in general, protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange

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believes that the proposed changes will provide clarity on the short 
sale order handling procedures employed by the Exchange and certain 
obligations of Members when sending short sale orders to the Exchange 
consistent with Regulation SHO, as amended. The Exchange also believes 
that the proposed short sale price sliding functionality will assist 
Users in executing or displaying their orders consistent with 
Regulation SHO, especially under fast moving conditions where the 
national best bid/offer is quickly updating. In addition, as is 
currently the case, the short sale price sliding process is optional to 
Users. Specifically, Users can choose to opt-out of the short sale 
price sliding process, and if they choose to do so, the Exchange will 
cancel back their orders when such orders contradict the provisions of 
Regulation SHO.
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    \20\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \21\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

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

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

    The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, 
comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received 
any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested 
parties.

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 if consistent with 
the protection of investors and the public interest, it has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \22\ and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.\23\
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    \22\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \23\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) \24\ normally 
does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the 
filing.\25\ However, pursuant to Rule 19-b4(f)(6)(iii),\26\ the 
Commission may designate a shorter time if such action is consistent 
with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange 
has asked the Commission to 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 waiving the 30-day 
operative delay is consistent with the protection of the investors and 
the public interest because such waiver would ensure compliance with 
the Commission's amendments to Rules 200(g) and 201 of Regulation SHO. 
For this reason, the Commission designates the proposed rule change to 
be operative upon filing with the Commission.\27\
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    \24\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \25\ 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.
    \26\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \27\ For the purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative 
delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 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.

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 No. SR-EDGA-2011-05 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-EDGA-2011-05. 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 20549-1090, on official business days between the hours 
of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange and on 
its Internet Web site at http://www.directedge.com. 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-EDGA-2011-05 and should be 
submitted by March 25, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\28\
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    \28\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-4904 Filed 3-3-11; 8:45 am]
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