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Download as PDF 12384 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 44 / Monday, March 7, 2011 / Notices VII. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Exchange Act,33 that the proposed rule change (SR– FINRA–2010–061), as modified by Amendment No. 1, be, and hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.34 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–5024 Filed 3–4–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63998; File No. SR–CBOE– 2011–018] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Codify a Fee Schedule for the Sale by Market Data Express, LLC, of a BBO Data Feed for Securities Traded on CBSX March 1, 2011. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 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 17, 2011, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been 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 the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change This proposal submitted by Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) is to codify a fee schedule for the sale by Market Data Express, LLC (‘‘MDX’’), an affiliate of CBOE, of a data product that includes CBOE Stock Exchange (‘‘CBSX’’) best bid and offer and trade data and certain related market data. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http:// www.cboe.org/legal), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. 33 15 U.S.C. 78(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 34 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:54 Mar 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, CBOE 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. CBOE 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 The purpose of the proposed rule change is to establish fees that MDX will charge for the sale of certain market data with respect to the trading of securities on CBSX. CBSX is CBOE’s stock trading facility. CBOE currently collects and processes market data with respect to quotes and orders and the prices of trades for all securities that are traded on CBSX. This market data includes the ‘‘best bid and offer,’’ or ‘‘BBO’’, consisting of all outstanding quotes and standing orders at the best available price level on each side of the market, with aggregate size (‘‘BBO data,’’ sometimes referred to as ‘‘top of book data’’). Data with respect to executed trades is referred to as ‘‘last sale’’ data. CBOE reports CBSX BBO data under the Consolidated Quotation Plan (‘‘CQ Plan’’) and CBSX last sale data under the Consolidated Tape Association Plan (‘‘CTA Plan’’) with respect to NYSE-listed securities and securities listed on exchanges other than NYSE and Nasdaq for inclusion in those Plans’ consolidated data streams. CBOE reports CBSX BBO data and CBSX last sale data under the Nasdaq Unlisted Trading Privileges Plan (‘‘Nasdaq/UTP Plan’’) with respect to Nasdaq-listed securities for inclusion in that Plan’s consolidated data stream. MDX provides to ‘‘Customers’’ 3 a realtime, low latency data feed that includes the CBSX BBO data and last sale data. (This data feed is sometimes referred to in this filing as the ‘‘BBO Data Feed’’). The BBO and last sale data contained in the BBO Data Feed is identical to the data that CBOE sends to the processors 3 A ‘‘Customer’’ is any entity that receives the BBO Data Feed directly from MDX’s system and then distributes it either internally or externally to Subscribers. A ‘‘Subscriber’’ is a person (other than an employee of a Customer) that receives the BBO Data Feed from a Customer for its own internal use. PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 under the CQ, CTA and Nasdaq/UTP Plans.4 In addition, the BBO Data Feed includes certain data that is not included in the data sent to the processors under the CQ, CTA and Nasdaq/UTP Plans, namely, totals of customer versus non-customer shares at the BBO and All-or-None contingency orders priced better than or equal to the BBO. The purpose of this proposed rule change is to establish the fees MDX will charge for the sale of the BBO Data Feed. MDX would charge Customers a ‘‘direct connect fee’’ of $500 per connection per month. MDX would also charge Customers a ‘‘per user fee’’ of $25 per month per ‘‘Authorized User’’ or ‘‘Device’’ for receipt of the BBO Data Feed by Subscribers. An ‘‘Authorized User’’ is defined as an individual user (an individual human being) who is uniquely identified (by user ID and confidential password or other unambiguous method reasonably acceptable to MDX) and authorized by a Customer to access the BBO Data Feed supplied by the Customer. A ‘‘Device’’ is defined as any computer, workstation or other item of equipment, fixed or portable, that receives, accesses and/or displays data in visual, audible or other form. Either a CBSX Trading Permit Holder or a non-CBSX Trading Permit Holder may be a Customer. All Customers would be assessed the same fees. The proposed fees would be implemented on March 1, 2011. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 5 in general, and, in particular, with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act 6 in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among CBSX Trading Permit Holders and other persons using its facilities, and with Section 6(b)(5) 7 of the Act in that there will be no unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers in the distribution of the data. In addition, the Exchange believes that the proposed 4 The Exchange notes that MDX makes available to Customers the BBO data and last sale data that is included in the BBO Data Feed no earlier than the time at which the Exchange sends that data to the processors under the CQ, CTA and Nasdaq/UTP Plans. The Exchange also notes that it also makes the BBO data and last sale data that is included in the BBO Data Feed available directly to CBSX Trading Permit Holders, and permits them to redistribute the data to their customers. 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 6 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\07MRN1.SGM 07MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 44 / Monday, March 7, 2011 / Notices rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(8) 8 of the Act in that it does not impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The fees charged would be the same for all market participants, and therefore do not unreasonably discriminate among market participants. The Exchange believes that the proposed market data fees are consistent with the requirements of the Act for several reasons. First, they compare favorably to fees that other markets charge for similar products. For example, the proposed direct connect fee of $500 per connection per month and per user fee of $25 per month compares favorably to the fees Nasdaq and NYSE charge for similar market data products. Nasdaq charges distributors of its ‘‘Nasdaq Basic’’ data feed a monthly fee of $1,500 per firm and charges each professional subscriber a per subscriber monthly charge of $10 for Nasdaq-listed stocks, $5 for NYSE-listed stocks, and $5 for Amex-listed stocks.9 Like the BBO Data Feed, the Nasdaq Basic data feed includes best bid and offer data and last sale data as well as other market data. NYSE charges a monthly fee of $1,500 for the receipt of access to the ‘‘NYSE BBO’’ data feed plus $15 per month per professional subscriber and $5 per month per non-professional subscriber. The NYSE BBO data feed provides best bid and offer information for NYSEtraded securities.10 The Exchange also believes that the proposed fees for the BBO Data Feed are consistent with the requirements of the Act because competition provides an effective constraint on the market data fees that the Exchange, through MDX, has the ability and the incentive to charge. CBSX has a compelling need to attract order flow from market participants in order to maintain its share of trading volume. This compelling need to attract order flow imposes significant pressure on CBOE to act reasonably in setting its fees for market data, particularly given that the market participants that will pay such fees often will be the same market participants from whom CBSX must attract order flow. These market srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(8). Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59933 (May 15, 2009), 74 FR 24889 (May 26, 2009) and http://www.nasdaqtrader.com. Nasdaq charges each non-professional subscriber to Nasdaq Basic a per subscriber monthly charge of $0.50 for Nasdaqlisted stocks, $0.25 for NYSE-listed stocks, and $0.25 for Amex-listed stocks. 10 See, Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62181 (May 26, 2010), 75 FR 31488 (June 3, 2010) and http://www.nyxdata.com. 9 See, VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:54 Mar 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 participants include broker-dealers that control the handling of a large volume of customer and proprietary order flow. Given the portability of order flow from one exchange to another, any exchange that sought to charge unreasonably high data fees would risk alienating many of the same customers on whose orders it depends for competitive survival. CBSX competes for order flow with the other national securities exchanges that currently trade equities, with electronic communication networks (‘‘ECNs’’) and with other trading platforms. CBOE is constrained in pricing the BBO Data Feed by the availability to market participants of alternatives to purchasing the BBO Data Feed. CBOE must consider the extent to which market participants would choose one or more alternatives instead of purchasing the exchange’s data. For example, the BBO data and last sale data available in the BBO Data Feed is included in the CQ, CTA and Nasdaq/ UTP data feeds. The CQ, CTA and Nasdaq/UTP data feeds are widely distributed and relatively inexpensive, thus constraining CBOE’s ability to price the BBO Data Feed. In this respect, the CQ, CTA and Nasdaq/UTP data feeds, which include CBSX’s transaction information, are significant alternatives to the BBO Data Feed product. Further, the various self-regulatory organizations, ECNs and the several Trade Reporting Facilities of FINRA that produce proprietary data are sources of competition for MDX. As noted above, Nasdaq and NYSE offer market data products that compete with the BBO Data Feed. In addition, the Exchange believes other exchanges may currently offer top-of-book market data products for a fee or for free. For the reasons cited above, the Exchange believes that the BBO Data Feed offering, including the proposed fees, is equitable, fair, reasonable and not unreasonably discriminatory. In addition, the Exchange believes that no substantial countervailing basis exists to support a finding that the proposed terms and fees for the BBO Data Feed fails to meet the requirements of the Act. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that the BBO Data Feed offered by MDX will help attract new users and new order flow to CBSX, thereby improving CBSX’s ability to compete in PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12385 the market for order flow and executions. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 11 and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b–4 12 thereunder. 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 Number SR–CBOE–2011–018 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–CBOE–2011–018. 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 11 15 12 17 E:\FR\FM\07MRN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). [sic] 07MRN1 12386 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 44 / Monday, March 7, 2011 / Notices Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal offices of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2011–018, and should be submitted on or before March 28, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–5063 Filed 3–4–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P [Release No. 34–63996; File No. SR–C2– 2011–007] March 1, 2011. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with 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, C2 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. C2 has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. 1. Purpose Self-Regulatory Organizations; C2 Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change to Codify a Fee Schedule for the Sale by Market Data Express, LLC, of a BBO Data Feed for C2 Listed Options 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 17, 2011, C2 Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘C2’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. The purpose of the proposed rule change is to establish fees that MDX will charge for the sale of certain market data with respect to the trading of options on C2’s market. C2 currently collects and processes market data with respect to options quotes and orders and the prices of trades that are executed on the Exchange. This market data includes the ‘‘best bid and offer,’’ or ‘‘BBO’’, consisting of all outstanding quotes and standing orders at the best available price level on each side of the market, with aggregate size (‘‘BBO data,’’ sometimes referred to as ‘‘top of book data’’). Data with respect to executed trades is referred to as ‘‘last sale’’ data. C2 formats its BBO data and last sale data according to Options Price Reporting Authority (‘‘OPRA’’) specifications and sends the data to OPRA for redistribution to the public. MDX provides to ‘‘Customers’’ 3 a realtime, low latency data feed that includes 3 A ‘‘Customer’’ is any entity that receives the BBO Data Feed directly from MDX’s system and then distributes it either internally or externally to Subscribers. A ‘‘Subscriber’’ is a person (other than 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 17:54 Mar 04, 2011 This proposal submitted by C2 Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘C2’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) is to codify a fee schedule for the sale by Market Data Express, LLC (‘‘MDX’’), an affiliate of C2, of a data product that includes C2 best bid and offer and trade data and certain related market data. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s website. (http:// www.cboe.org/legal), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary and at the Commission. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION VerDate Mar<15>2010 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the C2 BBO data and last sale data. (This data feed is sometimes referred to in this filing as the ‘‘BBO Data Feed’’). The BBO and last sale data contained in the BBO Data Feed is identical to the data that C2 sends to OPRA.4 In addition, the BBO Data Feed includes certain data that is not included in the data sent to OPRA, namely, totals of customer versus noncustomer contracts at the BBO, All-orNone contingency orders priced better than or equal to the BBO, and BBO data and last sale data for complex strategies (e.g., spreads, straddles, buy-writes, etc.). The purpose of this proposed rule change is to establish the fees MDX will charge for the sale of the BBO Data Feed. MDX would charge Customers a ‘‘direct connect fee’’ of $1,000 per connection per month. MDX would also charge Customers a ‘‘per user fee’’ of $25 per month per ‘‘Authorized User’’ or ‘‘Device’’ for receipt of the BBO Data Feed by Subscribers. An ‘‘Authorized User’’ is defined as an individual user (an individual human being) who is uniquely identified (by user ID and confidential password or other unambiguous method reasonably acceptable to MDX) and authorized by a Customer to access the BBO Data Feed supplied by the Customer. A ‘‘Device’’ is defined as any computer, workstation or other item of equipment, fixed or portable, that receives, accesses and/or displays data in visual, audible or other form. Either a C2 Trading Permit Holder or a non-C2 Trading Permit Holder may be a Customer. All Customers would be assessed the same fees. The proposed fees would be implemented on March 1, 2011. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 5 in general, and, in particular, with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act 6 in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among C2 Trading Permit Holders and other persons using its facilities, and with Section 6(b)(5) 7 of an employee of a Customer) that receives the BBO Data Feed from a Customer for its own internal use. 4 The Exchange notes that MDX makes available to Customers the BBO data and last sale data that is included in the BBO Data Feed no earlier than the time at which the Exchange sends that data to OPRA. The Exchange also notes that it also makes the BBO data and last sale data that is included in the BBO Data Feed available directly to its Trading Permit Holders, and permits them to redistribute the data to their customers. 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 6 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\07MRN1.SGM 07MRN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-63998; File No. SR-CBOE-2011-018]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed 
Rule Change To Codify a Fee Schedule for the Sale by Market Data 
Express, LLC, of a BBO Data Feed for Securities Traded on CBSX

March 1, 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 17, 2011, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated 
(``CBOE'' or the ``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in 
Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been 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).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of the 
Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    This proposal submitted by Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated (``CBOE'' or ``Exchange'') is to codify a fee schedule for 
the sale by Market Data Express, LLC (``MDX''), an affiliate of CBOE, 
of a data product that includes CBOE Stock Exchange (``CBSX'') best bid 
and offer and trade data and certain related market data. The text of 
the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site 
(http://www.cboe.org/legal), at the Exchange's Office of the Secretary 
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, CBOE 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. CBOE 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
    The purpose of the proposed rule change is to establish fees that 
MDX will charge for the sale of certain market data with respect to the 
trading of securities on CBSX. CBSX is CBOE's stock trading facility.
    CBOE currently collects and processes market data with respect to 
quotes and orders and the prices of trades for all securities that are 
traded on CBSX. This market data includes the ``best bid and offer,'' 
or ``BBO'', consisting of all outstanding quotes and standing orders at 
the best available price level on each side of the market, with 
aggregate size (``BBO data,'' sometimes referred to as ``top of book 
data''). Data with respect to executed trades is referred to as ``last 
sale'' data. CBOE reports CBSX BBO data under the Consolidated 
Quotation Plan (``CQ Plan'') and CBSX last sale data under the 
Consolidated Tape Association Plan (``CTA Plan'') with respect to NYSE-
listed securities and securities listed on exchanges other than NYSE 
and Nasdaq for inclusion in those Plans' consolidated data streams. 
CBOE reports CBSX BBO data and CBSX last sale data under the Nasdaq 
Unlisted Trading Privileges Plan (``Nasdaq/UTP Plan'') with respect to 
Nasdaq-listed securities for inclusion in that Plan's consolidated data 
stream.
    MDX provides to ``Customers'' \3\ a real-time, low latency data 
feed that includes the CBSX BBO data and last sale data. (This data 
feed is sometimes referred to in this filing as the ``BBO Data Feed''). 
The BBO and last sale data contained in the BBO Data Feed is identical 
to the data that CBOE sends to the processors under the CQ, CTA and 
Nasdaq/UTP Plans.\4\ In addition, the BBO Data Feed includes certain 
data that is not included in the data sent to the processors under the 
CQ, CTA and Nasdaq/UTP Plans, namely, totals of customer versus non-
customer shares at the BBO and All-or-None contingency orders priced 
better than or equal to the BBO. The purpose of this proposed rule 
change is to establish the fees MDX will charge for the sale of the BBO 
Data Feed.
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    \3\ A ``Customer'' is any entity that receives the BBO Data Feed 
directly from MDX's system and then distributes it either internally 
or externally to Subscribers. A ``Subscriber'' is a person (other 
than an employee of a Customer) that receives the BBO Data Feed from 
a Customer for its own internal use.
    \4\ The Exchange notes that MDX makes available to Customers the 
BBO data and last sale data that is included in the BBO Data Feed no 
earlier than the time at which the Exchange sends that data to the 
processors under the CQ, CTA and Nasdaq/UTP Plans. The Exchange also 
notes that it also makes the BBO data and last sale data that is 
included in the BBO Data Feed available directly to CBSX Trading 
Permit Holders, and permits them to redistribute the data to their 
customers.
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    MDX would charge Customers a ``direct connect fee'' of $500 per 
connection per month. MDX would also charge Customers a ``per user 
fee'' of $25 per month per ``Authorized User'' or ``Device'' for 
receipt of the BBO Data Feed by Subscribers. An ``Authorized User'' is 
defined as an individual user (an individual human being) who is 
uniquely identified (by user ID and confidential password or other 
unambiguous method reasonably acceptable to MDX) and authorized by a 
Customer to access the BBO Data Feed supplied by the Customer. A 
``Device'' is defined as any computer, workstation or other item of 
equipment, fixed or portable, that receives, accesses and/or displays 
data in visual, audible or other form. Either a CBSX Trading Permit 
Holder or a non-CBSX Trading Permit Holder may be a Customer. All 
Customers would be assessed the same fees.
    The proposed fees would be implemented on March 1, 2011.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (``Act'') \5\ in general, and, in particular, with Section 6(b)(4) 
of the Act \6\ in that it provides for the equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees and other charges among CBSX Trading Permit 
Holders and other persons using its facilities, and with Section 
6(b)(5) \7\ of the Act in that there will be no unfair discrimination 
between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers in the distribution of 
the data. In addition, the Exchange believes that the proposed

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rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(8) \8\ 
of the Act in that it does not impose any burden on competition not 
necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The 
fees charged would be the same for all market participants, and 
therefore do not unreasonably discriminate among market participants.
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed market data fees are 
consistent with the requirements of the Act for several reasons. First, 
they compare favorably to fees that other markets charge for similar 
products. For example, the proposed direct connect fee of $500 per 
connection per month and per user fee of $25 per month compares 
favorably to the fees Nasdaq and NYSE charge for similar market data 
products. Nasdaq charges distributors of its ``Nasdaq Basic'' data feed 
a monthly fee of $1,500 per firm and charges each professional 
subscriber a per subscriber monthly charge of $10 for Nasdaq-listed 
stocks, $5 for NYSE-listed stocks, and $5 for Amex-listed stocks.\9\ 
Like the BBO Data Feed, the Nasdaq Basic data feed includes best bid 
and offer data and last sale data as well as other market data. NYSE 
charges a monthly fee of $1,500 for the receipt of access to the ``NYSE 
BBO'' data feed plus $15 per month per professional subscriber and $5 
per month per non-professional subscriber. The NYSE BBO data feed 
provides best bid and offer information for NYSE-traded securities.\10\
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    \9\ See, Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59933 (May 15, 
2009), 74 FR 24889 (May 26, 2009) and http://www.nasdaqtrader.com. 
Nasdaq charges each non-professional subscriber to Nasdaq Basic a 
per subscriber monthly charge of $0.50 for Nasdaq-listed stocks, 
$0.25 for NYSE-listed stocks, and $0.25 for Amex-listed stocks.
    \10\ See, Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62181 (May 26, 
2010), 75 FR 31488 (June 3, 2010) and http://www.nyxdata.com.
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    The Exchange also believes that the proposed fees for the BBO Data 
Feed are consistent with the requirements of the Act because 
competition provides an effective constraint on the market data fees 
that the Exchange, through MDX, has the ability and the incentive to 
charge. CBSX has a compelling need to attract order flow from market 
participants in order to maintain its share of trading volume. This 
compelling need to attract order flow imposes significant pressure on 
CBOE to act reasonably in setting its fees for market data, 
particularly given that the market participants that will pay such fees 
often will be the same market participants from whom CBSX must attract 
order flow. These market participants include broker-dealers that 
control the handling of a large volume of customer and proprietary 
order flow. Given the portability of order flow from one exchange to 
another, any exchange that sought to charge unreasonably high data fees 
would risk alienating many of the same customers on whose orders it 
depends for competitive survival. CBSX competes for order flow with the 
other national securities exchanges that currently trade equities, with 
electronic communication networks (``ECNs'') and with other trading 
platforms.
    CBOE is constrained in pricing the BBO Data Feed by the 
availability to market participants of alternatives to purchasing the 
BBO Data Feed. CBOE must consider the extent to which market 
participants would choose one or more alternatives instead of 
purchasing the exchange's data. For example, the BBO data and last sale 
data available in the BBO Data Feed is included in the CQ, CTA and 
Nasdaq/UTP data feeds. The CQ, CTA and Nasdaq/UTP data feeds are widely 
distributed and relatively inexpensive, thus constraining CBOE's 
ability to price the BBO Data Feed. In this respect, the CQ, CTA and 
Nasdaq/UTP data feeds, which include CBSX's transaction information, 
are significant alternatives to the BBO Data Feed product.
    Further, the various self-regulatory organizations, ECNs and the 
several Trade Reporting Facilities of FINRA that produce proprietary 
data are sources of competition for MDX. As noted above, Nasdaq and 
NYSE offer market data products that compete with the BBO Data Feed. In 
addition, the Exchange believes other exchanges may currently offer 
top-of-book market data products for a fee or for free.
    For the reasons cited above, the Exchange believes that the BBO 
Data Feed offering, including the proposed fees, is equitable, fair, 
reasonable and not unreasonably discriminatory. In addition, the 
Exchange believes that no substantial countervailing basis exists to 
support a finding that the proposed terms and fees for the BBO Data 
Feed fails to meet the requirements of the Act.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any 
burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that the BBO 
Data Feed offered by MDX will help attract new users and new order flow 
to CBSX, thereby improving CBSX's ability to compete in the market for 
order flow and executions.

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

    No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

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

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \11\ and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 \12\ 
thereunder. 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.
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \12\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2). [sic]
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change 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-CBOE-2011-018 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-CBOE-2011-018. 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

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Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed 
rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those 
that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions 
of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in 
the Commission's Public Reference Room on official business days 
between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will 
be available for inspection and copying at the principal offices of the 
Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the 
Commission does not edit personal identifying information from 
submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make 
available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-
CBOE-2011-018, and should be submitted on or before March 28, 2011.
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    \13\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\13\
Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-5063 Filed 3-4-11; 8:45 am]
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