Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend Pilot Programs Relating to FLEX Exercise Settlement Values and Minimum Value Sizes, 17463-17466 [2011-7264]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 29, 2011 / 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 The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act.11 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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: jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 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–ISE–2011–014 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–ISE–2011–014. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room 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–ISE–2011–014, and should be submitted on or before April 19, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–7265 Filed 3–28–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–64110; File No. SR–CBOE– 2011–024] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend Pilot Programs Relating to FLEX Exercise Settlement Values and Minimum Value Sizes March 23, 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 March 14, 2011, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘CBOE’’) 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 prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated the proposal as a ‘‘noncontroversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Mar 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17463 the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.4 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange is proposing to extend the operation of its pilot programs regarding permissible exercise settlement values and the elimination of minimum value sizes for Flexible Exchange Options (‘‘FLEX Options’’),5 which pilot programs are currently set to expire on March 28, 2011, through March 30, 2012. 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, 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 those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose On January 28, 2010, the Exchange received approval of a rule change that established two pilot programs regarding permissible exercise settlement values and the elimination of minimum value sizes for FLEX Options. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 5 FLEX Options provide investors with the ability to customize basic option features including size, expiration date, exercise style, and certain exercise prices. FLEX Options can be FLEX Index Options or FLEX Equity Options. In addition, other products are permitted to be traded pursuant to the FLEX trading procedures. For example, credit options are eligible for trading as FLEX Options pursuant to the FLEX rules in Chapters XXIVA and XXIVB. See CBOE Rules 24A.1(e) and (f), 24A.4(b)(1) and (c)(1), 24B.1(f) and (g), 24B.4(b)(1) and (c)(1), and 28.17. The rules governing the trading of FLEX Options on the FLEX Request for Quote (‘‘RFQ’’) System platform are contained in Chapter XXIVA. The rules governing the trading of FLEX Options on the FLEX Hybrid Trading System platform are contained in Chapter XXIVB. 4 17 E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 17464 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 29, 2011 / Notices The pilot programs are currently set to expire on March 28, 2011, unless otherwise extended or made permanent.6 The purpose of this rule change filing is to extend the two pilot programs through March 30, 2012. This filing does not propose any substantive changes to the pilot programs and contemplates that all other terms of FLEX Options will remain the same. Background on the Pilots jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Exercise Settlement Values Pilot for FLEX Index Options Under Rules 24A.4, Terms of FLEX Options, and 24B.4, Terms of FLEX Options, FLEX Options may expire on any business day specified as to day, month and year, not to exceed a maximum term of fifteen years. In addition, the exercise settlement value for FLEX Index Options can be specified as the index value determined by reference to the reported level of the index as derived from the opening or closing prices of the component securities (‘‘a.m. settlement’’ or ‘‘p.m. settlement,’’ respectively) or as a specified average, provided that the average index value must conform to the averaging parameters established by the Exchange.7 However, prior to the initiation of the exercise settlement values pilot, only a.m. settlements were permitted if a FLEX Index Option expires on, or within two business days of, a third-Friday-of-the-month expiration (‘‘Expiration Friday’’).8 Under the exercise settlement values pilot, this restriction on p.m. and specified average price settlements in FLEX Index Options was eliminated.9 The exercise settlement values pilot is operating for a period of fourteen 6 Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 61439 (January 28, 2010), 75 FR 5831 (February 4, 2010) (SR–CBOE–2009–087) (‘‘Approval Order’’) and 61676 (March 9, 2010), 75 FR 13191 (March 18, 2010) (SR–CBOE–2010–026). 7 See Rules 24A.4(b)(3) and 24B.4(b)(3); see also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 31920 (February 24, 1993), 58 FR 12280 (March 3, 1993) (SR–CBOE–92–17). The Exchange has determined to limit the averaging parameters to three alternatives: the average of the opening and closing index values; the average of the intra-day high and low index values; and the average of the opening, closing, and intra-day high and low index values. Any changes to the averaging parameters established by the Exchange would be announced to Trading Permit Holders via circular. 8 For example, prior to the pilot, the exercise settlement value of a FLEX Index Option that expires on the Tuesday before Expiration Friday could have an a.m., p.m. or specified average settlement. However, the exercise settlement value of a FLEX Index Option that expires on the Wednesday before Expiration Friday could only have an a.m. settlement. 9 No change was necessary or requested with respect to FLEX Equity Options. Regardless of the expiration date, FLEX Equity Options are settled by physical delivery of the underlying. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Mar 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 months and is currently set to expire on March 28, 2011. Minimum Value Size Pilot for All FLEX Options Prior to the initiation of the pilot eliminating the minimum value size requirements, the minimum value size requirements under Rules 24A.4 and 24B.4 were as follows: • For opening transactions in any FLEX series in which there is no open interest at the time a FLEX RFQ or FLEX Order, as applicable, is submitted, the minimum value size was (i) for FLEX Equity Options, the lesser of 250 contracts or the number of contracts overlying $1 million in the underlying securities; and (ii) for FLEX Index Options, $10 million Underlying Equivalent Value. Under a prior pilot program (which was superseded by the minimum value size pilot program), the ‘‘250 contracts’’ component above had been reduced to ‘‘150 contracts.’’ 10 • For a transaction in any currentlyopened FLEX series resulting from an RFQ or from trading against the electronic book (other than FLEX Quotes responsive to a FLEX Request for Quotes and FLEX Orders submitted to rest in the electronic book), the minimum value size was (i) for FLEX Equity Options, the lesser of 100 contracts or the number of contracts overlying $1 million in the underlying securities in the case of opening transactions, and 25 contracts in the case of closing transactions; and (ii) for FLEX Index Options, $1 million Underlying Equivalent Value in the case of both opening and closing transactions; or (iii) in either case the remaining underlying size or Underlying Equivalent Value on a closing transaction, whichever is less. • The minimum value size for FLEX Quotes responsive to an RFQ and FLEX Orders (undecremented size) submitted to rest in the electronic book was 25 contracts in the case of FLEX Equity Options, and $1 million Underlying Equivalent Value in the case of FLEX Index Options, or in either case the remaining underlying size or Underlying Equivalent Value on a closing transaction, whichever is less. In addition, with respect to FLEX Index Appointed Market-Makers, FLEX Quotes and FLEX Orders (undecremented size) must have been for at least $10 million Underlying 10 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57249 (March 4, 2008), 73 FR 13058 (March 11, 2008) (SR– CBOE–2006–36) (approval of rule change that, among other things, established a one-and-a-half year pilot program that reduced the minimum number contracts required for a FLEX Equity Option opening transaction in a new series). PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Equivalent Value or the dollar amount indicated in the Request for Quote (if applicable), whichever is less. Under the minimum value size pilot, these minimum value size requirements were eliminated. Like the exercise settlement values pilot mentioned above, the minimum value size pilot is operating for a period of fourteen months and is currently set to expire on March 28, 2011. Proposal CBOE is proposing to extend the two pilot programs through March 30, 2012. CBOE believes the pilot programs have been successful and well received by its membership and the investing public for the period that they have been in operation as pilots. In support of the proposed extension of the pilot programs, and as required by the pilot programs’ Approval Order, the Exchange has submitted to the Commission pilot program reports regarding the two pilots, which detail the Exchange’s experience with the two programs. Specifically, for the expiration settlement values pilot, the Exchange provided the Commission an annual report analyzing volume and open interest for each broad-based FLEX Index Options class overlying an Expiration Friday, p.m.-settled FLEX Index Options series.11 The annual report also contained information and analysis of FLEX Options trading patterns. The Exchange also provided the Commission, on a periodic basis, interim reports of volume and open interest. For the minimum value size pilot, the Exchange provided the Commission an annual report containing data and analysis of open interest and trading volume, and analysis of the types of investors that initiated opening FLEX Equity and Index Options transactions (i.e., institutional, high net worth, or retail). The reports were provided to the Commission on a confidential basis. The Exchange believes there is sufficient investor interest and demand in the pilot programs to warrant their extensions. The Exchange believes that the programs have provided investors with additional means of managing their risk exposures and carrying out their investment objectives. Furthermore, the Exchange has not experienced any adverse market effects with respect to the pilot programs. 11 The annual report also contained pilot period and pre-pilot period analyses of volume and open interest for Expiration Friday, a.m.-settled FLEX Index series and Expiration Friday Non-FLEX Index series overlying the same index as an Expiration Friday, p.m.-settled FLEX Index option. E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 29, 2011 / Notices If, in the future, the Exchange proposes an additional extension of the pilot programs, or should the Exchange propose to make the pilot programs permanent (which the Exchange currently intends to do), the Exchange will submit, along with any filing proposing such amendments to the pilot programs, additional pilot program reports covering the extended period during which the pilot programs was in effect and including the details referenced above and consistent with the pilot programs’ Approval Order. In addition, with respect to the minimum value size pilot report in particular, the Exchange will include information on the underlying equivalent values. These pilot program reports would be submitted to the Commission at least two months prior to the new expiration date of the pilot programs. The Exchange will also continue, on a periodic basis, to submit interim reports of volume and open interest consistent with the terms of the exercise settlement values pilot program as described in the pilot programs’ Approval Order. All such pilot reports would continue to be provided on a confidential basis. As noted in the pilot programs’ Approval Order, any positions established under the respective pilot programs would not be impacted by the expiration of the pilot programs.12 and a national market system. Specifically, the Exchange believes that the proposed extension of the pilot programs, which permit additional exercise settlement values and eliminate minimum value size requirements, would provide greater opportunities for investors to manage risk through the use of FLEX Options. Further, the Exchange notes that it has not experienced any adverse effects from the operation of the pilot programs. 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 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 neither solicited nor received comments on the proposal. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 15 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.16 Because the proposed rule change does not (i) 2. Statutory Basis significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) The Exchange believes the proposed impose any significant burden on rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,13 in general, and furthers competition; and (iii) become operative prior to 30 days from the date on which the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,14 in particular, in that it is designed it was filed, or such shorter time as the to prevent fraudulent and manipulative Commission may designate, if acts and practices, to promote just and consistent with the protection of equitable principles of trade, to foster investors and the public interest, the cooperation and coordination with proposed rule change has become persons engaging in facilitating effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) transactions in securities, and to remove of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) impediments to and perfect the thereunder. mechanism of a free and open market A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 17 normally does not 12 For example, a position in a p.m.-settled FLEX become operative prior to 30 days after Index Option series that expires on Expiration the date of the filing. However, pursuant Friday in January 2015 could be established during to Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii),18 the the exercise settlement values pilot. If the pilot Commission may designate a shorter program were not extended (or made permanent), then the position could continue to exist. However, time if such action is consistent with the the Exchange notes that any further trading in the protection of investors and the public series would be restricted to transactions where at least one side of the trade is a closing transaction. As another example, a 10-contract FLEX Equity Option opening position that overlies less than $1 million in the underlying security and expires in January 2015 could be established during the minimum value size pilot. If the pilot program were not extended (or made permanent), then the position could continue to exist and any further trading in the series would be subject to the minimum value size requirements for continued trading in that series. See Approval Order, supra note 6, footnotes 9 and 10. 13 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 14 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Mar 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 15 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 17 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 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 filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Commission notes that the Exchange has satisfied this requirement. 18 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 16 17 PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17465 interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay to permit the current pilot to continue uninterrupted. In support of this, CBOE notes, among other things, that it is only proposing to extend the existing pilots and is not proposing any substantive changes to the pilot programs. The Commission finds that waiver of the operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Commission notes in waiving the 30-day operative delay that CBOE’s original pilot was published for comment in the Federal Register and the Commission only received comments in support of the pilots.19 Further, CBOE is proposing to extend the existing pilots on the same terms and conditions as they were originally approved by the Commission. This includes, as described in more detail above, a representation that CBOE will continue to monitor the pilots and submit certain interim reports during the extended pilot period, as well as a final report covering the pilot period should the Exchange decide to extend or file for permanent approval of the pilots. Finally, the Commission notes that the Exchange has represented that it has not experienced any adverse market effects with respect to the pilot programs. Based on the above, the Commission finds that it is consistent with investor protection and the public interest to waive the 30-day operative delay in accordance with Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) so that the pilots can continue on an uninterrupted bases, and therefore designates the proposal operative upon filing.20 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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. 19 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 61439 (January 28, 2010), 75 FR 5831 (February 4, 2010) (SR–CBOE–2009–087) and 61183 (December 16, 2009), 74 FR 68435 (December 24, 2009) (SR– CBOE–2009–087). 20 For 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). E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 17466 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 29, 2011 / Notices 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–2011–024 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. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–64115; File No. SR–ISE– 2006–01] Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, Inc. (n/k/a the International Securities Exchange, LLC); Order Approving a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Exchange Rule Governing Directed Orders March 23, 2011. I. Introduction jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES On January 5, 2006, the International Securities Exchange, Inc. (n/k/a the International Securities Exchange, LLC) All submissions should refer to File (‘‘ISE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Number SR–CBOE–2011–024. This file Securities and Exchange Commission number should be included on the (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section subject line if e-mail is used. To help the 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act Commission process and review your of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 comments more efficiently, please use thereunder,2 a proposal to amend ISE only one method. The Commission will Rule 811 to allow the identity of a firm post all comments on the Commission’s entering a Directed Order to be Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ disclosed to a Directed Market Maker rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the (‘‘DMM’’). The proposed rule change was submission, all subsequent published for comment in the Federal amendments, all written statements Register on January 19, 2006.3 The with respect to the proposed rule Commission received comment letters change that are filed with the from the Interactive Brokers Group Commission, and all written supporting the proposal, and from communications relating to the Citadel opposing the proposal.4 This proposed rule change between the order approves the proposed rule Commission and any person, other than change. those that may be withheld from the II. Description of the Proposal public in accordance with the The Exchange currently operates a provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be Directed Order system in which available for Web site viewing and Electronic Access Members (‘‘EAMs’’) printing in the Commission’s Public can send an order to a DMM for possible Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). business days between the hours of 10 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53103 also will be available for inspection and (January 11, 2006), 71 FR 3144. copying at the principal office of the 4 See letters to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Exchange. All comments received will Commission, from Thomas Peterffy, Chairman, and be posted without change; the David M. Battan, Vice President, Interactive Brokers Group, dated February 10, 2006 (‘‘IB Letter’’) and Commission does not edit personal Adam C. Cooper, Senior Managing Director & identifying information from General Counsel, Citadel, dated February 27, 2006 submissions. You should submit only (‘‘Citadel Letter’’), incorporating by reference a letter information that you wish to make from Adam C. Cooper, Senior Managing Director & General Counsel, Citadel, dated January 11, 2006 available publicly. All submissions (‘‘Citadel Letter II’’). should refer to File No. SR–CBOE– In reviewing this proposed rule change, the 2011–024 and should be submitted on Commission also considered a comment letter by or before April 19, 2011. the American Stock Exchange in response to a For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.21 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–7264 Filed 3–28–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 21 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Mar 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 proposed rule change submitted by the ISE to amend ISE Rule 811 to allow the identity of a firm entering a Directed Order to be disclosed to a DMM on a temporary basis, which became immediately effective upon filing with the Commission. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53104 (January 11, 2006), 71 FR 3142 January 19, 2006 (SR–ISE– 2006–02). See also letter to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Commission, from Neal L. Wolkoff, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, American Stock Exchange, dated February 3, 2006 (‘‘Amex Letter’’) and February 7, 2006 (‘‘Amex Letter II’’). PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 price improvement.5 If a DMM accepts Directed Orders generally, that DMM must accept all Directed Orders from all EAMs. Once such a DMM receives a Directed Order, it either (i) must enter the order into the Exchange’s Price Improvement Mechanism (‘‘PIM’’) auction and guarantee its execution at a price better than the ISE best bid or offer (‘‘ISE BBO’’) by at least a penny and equal to or better than the National Best Bid and Offer (‘‘NBBO’’) 6 or (ii) must release the order into the Exchange’s limit order book, in which case there are certain restrictions on the DMM interacting with the order. On January 5, 2006, ISE filed a proposed rule change, which became immediately effective upon filing with the Commission, to alter its existing Directed Order system on a temporary basis so that the system would disclose the identity of the firm entering a Directed Order to a DMM.7 The rule permitting the ISE system to identify to DMMs the firm from which a Directed Order originates continues to operate on a pilot basis through May 31, 2011.8 ISE proposes in this filing to amend ISE Rule 811 to permit the identity of an EAM that enters a Directed Order to be made available to the DMM and thus to make permanent its rule change that has been operating on a pilot basis for the past five years. III. Discussion After careful review of the proposal and of the comment letters, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange 9 and, in 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52331 (August 24, 2005), 70 FR 51856 (August 31, 2005) (SR–ISE–2004–16). 6 See ISE Rule 723. 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53104 (January 11, 2006), 71 FR 3142 (January 19, 2006) (rule change was effective until June 30, 2006). The Commission received three comment letters regarding the temporary system change. See IB Letter, Amex Letter, and Amex Letter II, supra note 4. 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 53104 (January 11, 2006), 71 FR 3142 January 19, 2006 (SR–ISE–2006–02); 54083 (June 30, 2006), 71 FR 38920 (July 10, 2006) (SR–ISE–2006–35); 54542 (September 29, 2006), 71 FR 59170 (October 6, 2006) (SR–ISE–2006–57); 55144 (January 22, 2007), 72 FR 3890 (January 26, 2007) (SR–ISE–2007–05); 56155 (July 27, 2007), 72 FR 43306 (August 3, 2007) (SR–ISE–2007–67); 59176 (January 24, 2008), 73 FR 5615 (January 30, 2008) (SR–ISE–2008–08); 59276 (January 22, 2009), 74 FR 5007 (January 28, 2009) (SR–ISE–2009–02); 59943 (May 20, 2009), 74 FR 25296 (May 27, 2009) (SR–ISE–2009–28); 60956 (November 6, 2009), 74 FR 58674 (November 13, 2009) (SR–ISE–2009–93); and 63357 (November 22, 2010), 75 FR 73144 (November 29, 2010) (SR–ISE– 2010–110). 9 Citadel argues that this proposal facilitates anticompetitive behavior and therefore violates Section E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 60 (Tuesday, March 29, 2011)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-64110; File No. SR-CBOE-2011-024]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed 
Rule Change To Extend Pilot Programs Relating to FLEX Exercise 
Settlement Values and Minimum Value Sizes

March 23, 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 March 14, 2011, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated (``Exchange'' or ``CBOE'') 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 prepared by 
the Exchange. The Exchange has designated the proposal as a ``non-
controversial'' proposed rule change pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\4\ 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.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange is proposing to extend the operation of its pilot 
programs regarding permissible exercise settlement values and the 
elimination of minimum value sizes for Flexible Exchange Options 
(``FLEX Options''),\5\ which pilot programs are currently set to expire 
on March 28, 2011, through March 30, 2012. 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.
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    \5\ FLEX Options provide investors with the ability to customize 
basic option features including size, expiration date, exercise 
style, and certain exercise prices. FLEX Options can be FLEX Index 
Options or FLEX Equity Options. In addition, other products are 
permitted to be traded pursuant to the FLEX trading procedures. For 
example, credit options are eligible for trading as FLEX Options 
pursuant to the FLEX rules in Chapters XXIVA and XXIVB. See CBOE 
Rules 24A.1(e) and (f), 24A.4(b)(1) and (c)(1), 24B.1(f) and (g), 
24B.4(b)(1) and (c)(1), and 28.17. The rules governing the trading 
of FLEX Options on the FLEX Request for Quote (``RFQ'') System 
platform are contained in Chapter XXIVA. The rules governing the 
trading of FLEX Options on the FLEX Hybrid Trading System platform 
are contained in Chapter XXIVB.
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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 those statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in 
sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such 
statements.

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

1. Purpose
    On January 28, 2010, the Exchange received approval of a rule 
change that established two pilot programs regarding permissible 
exercise settlement values and the elimination of minimum value sizes 
for FLEX Options.

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The pilot programs are currently set to expire on March 28, 2011, 
unless otherwise extended or made permanent.\6\ The purpose of this 
rule change filing is to extend the two pilot programs through March 
30, 2012. This filing does not propose any substantive changes to the 
pilot programs and contemplates that all other terms of FLEX Options 
will remain the same.
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    \6\ Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 61439 (January 28, 
2010), 75 FR 5831 (February 4, 2010) (SR-CBOE-2009-087) (``Approval 
Order'') and 61676 (March 9, 2010), 75 FR 13191 (March 18, 2010) 
(SR-CBOE-2010-026).
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Background on the Pilots
Exercise Settlement Values Pilot for FLEX Index Options
    Under Rules 24A.4, Terms of FLEX Options, and 24B.4, Terms of FLEX 
Options, FLEX Options may expire on any business day specified as to 
day, month and year, not to exceed a maximum term of fifteen years. In 
addition, the exercise settlement value for FLEX Index Options can be 
specified as the index value determined by reference to the reported 
level of the index as derived from the opening or closing prices of the 
component securities (``a.m. settlement'' or ``p.m. settlement,'' 
respectively) or as a specified average, provided that the average 
index value must conform to the averaging parameters established by the 
Exchange.\7\ However, prior to the initiation of the exercise 
settlement values pilot, only a.m. settlements were permitted if a FLEX 
Index Option expires on, or within two business days of, a third-
Friday-of-the-month expiration (``Expiration Friday'').\8\
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    \7\ See Rules 24A.4(b)(3) and 24B.4(b)(3); see also Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 31920 (February 24, 1993), 58 FR 12280 
(March 3, 1993) (SR-CBOE-92-17). The Exchange has determined to 
limit the averaging parameters to three alternatives: the average of 
the opening and closing index values; the average of the intra-day 
high and low index values; and the average of the opening, closing, 
and intra-day high and low index values. Any changes to the 
averaging parameters established by the Exchange would be announced 
to Trading Permit Holders via circular.
    \8\ For example, prior to the pilot, the exercise settlement 
value of a FLEX Index Option that expires on the Tuesday before 
Expiration Friday could have an a.m., p.m. or specified average 
settlement. However, the exercise settlement value of a FLEX Index 
Option that expires on the Wednesday before Expiration Friday could 
only have an a.m. settlement.
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    Under the exercise settlement values pilot, this restriction on 
p.m. and specified average price settlements in FLEX Index Options was 
eliminated.\9\ The exercise settlement values pilot is operating for a 
period of fourteen months and is currently set to expire on March 28, 
2011.
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    \9\ No change was necessary or requested with respect to FLEX 
Equity Options. Regardless of the expiration date, FLEX Equity 
Options are settled by physical delivery of the underlying.
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Minimum Value Size Pilot for All FLEX Options
    Prior to the initiation of the pilot eliminating the minimum value 
size requirements, the minimum value size requirements under Rules 
24A.4 and 24B.4 were as follows:
     For opening transactions in any FLEX series in which there 
is no open interest at the time a FLEX RFQ or FLEX Order, as 
applicable, is submitted, the minimum value size was (i) for FLEX 
Equity Options, the lesser of 250 contracts or the number of contracts 
overlying $1 million in the underlying securities; and (ii) for FLEX 
Index Options, $10 million Underlying Equivalent Value. Under a prior 
pilot program (which was superseded by the minimum value size pilot 
program), the ``250 contracts'' component above had been reduced to 
``150 contracts.'' \10\
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    \10\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57249 (March 4, 
2008), 73 FR 13058 (March 11, 2008) (SR-CBOE-2006-36) (approval of 
rule change that, among other things, established a one-and-a-half 
year pilot program that reduced the minimum number contracts 
required for a FLEX Equity Option opening transaction in a new 
series).
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     For a transaction in any currently-opened FLEX series 
resulting from an RFQ or from trading against the electronic book 
(other than FLEX Quotes responsive to a FLEX Request for Quotes and 
FLEX Orders submitted to rest in the electronic book), the minimum 
value size was (i) for FLEX Equity Options, the lesser of 100 contracts 
or the number of contracts overlying $1 million in the underlying 
securities in the case of opening transactions, and 25 contracts in the 
case of closing transactions; and (ii) for FLEX Index Options, $1 
million Underlying Equivalent Value in the case of both opening and 
closing transactions; or (iii) in either case the remaining underlying 
size or Underlying Equivalent Value on a closing transaction, whichever 
is less.
     The minimum value size for FLEX Quotes responsive to an 
RFQ and FLEX Orders (undecremented size) submitted to rest in the 
electronic book was 25 contracts in the case of FLEX Equity Options, 
and $1 million Underlying Equivalent Value in the case of FLEX Index 
Options, or in either case the remaining underlying size or Underlying 
Equivalent Value on a closing transaction, whichever is less. In 
addition, with respect to FLEX Index Appointed Market-Makers, FLEX 
Quotes and FLEX Orders (undecremented size) must have been for at least 
$10 million Underlying Equivalent Value or the dollar amount indicated 
in the Request for Quote (if applicable), whichever is less.
    Under the minimum value size pilot, these minimum value size 
requirements were eliminated. Like the exercise settlement values pilot 
mentioned above, the minimum value size pilot is operating for a period 
of fourteen months and is currently set to expire on March 28, 2011.
Proposal
    CBOE is proposing to extend the two pilot programs through March 
30, 2012. CBOE believes the pilot programs have been successful and 
well received by its membership and the investing public for the period 
that they have been in operation as pilots.
    In support of the proposed extension of the pilot programs, and as 
required by the pilot programs' Approval Order, the Exchange has 
submitted to the Commission pilot program reports regarding the two 
pilots, which detail the Exchange's experience with the two programs. 
Specifically, for the expiration settlement values pilot, the Exchange 
provided the Commission an annual report analyzing volume and open 
interest for each broad-based FLEX Index Options class overlying an 
Expiration Friday, p.m.-settled FLEX Index Options series.\11\ The 
annual report also contained information and analysis of FLEX Options 
trading patterns. The Exchange also provided the Commission, on a 
periodic basis, interim reports of volume and open interest. For the 
minimum value size pilot, the Exchange provided the Commission an 
annual report containing data and analysis of open interest and trading 
volume, and analysis of the types of investors that initiated opening 
FLEX Equity and Index Options transactions (i.e., institutional, high 
net worth, or retail). The reports were provided to the Commission on a 
confidential basis.
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    \11\ The annual report also contained pilot period and pre-pilot 
period analyses of volume and open interest for Expiration Friday, 
a.m.-settled FLEX Index series and Expiration Friday Non-FLEX Index 
series overlying the same index as an Expiration Friday, p.m.-
settled FLEX Index option.
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    The Exchange believes there is sufficient investor interest and 
demand in the pilot programs to warrant their extensions. The Exchange 
believes that the programs have provided investors with additional 
means of managing their risk exposures and carrying out their 
investment objectives. Furthermore, the Exchange has not experienced 
any adverse market effects with respect to the pilot programs.

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    If, in the future, the Exchange proposes an additional extension of 
the pilot programs, or should the Exchange propose to make the pilot 
programs permanent (which the Exchange currently intends to do), the 
Exchange will submit, along with any filing proposing such amendments 
to the pilot programs, additional pilot program reports covering the 
extended period during which the pilot programs was in effect and 
including the details referenced above and consistent with the pilot 
programs' Approval Order. In addition, with respect to the minimum 
value size pilot report in particular, the Exchange will include 
information on the underlying equivalent values. These pilot program 
reports would be submitted to the Commission at least two months prior 
to the new expiration date of the pilot programs. The Exchange will 
also continue, on a periodic basis, to submit interim reports of volume 
and open interest consistent with the terms of the exercise settlement 
values pilot program as described in the pilot programs' Approval 
Order. All such pilot reports would continue to be provided on a 
confidential basis. As noted in the pilot programs' Approval Order, any 
positions established under the respective pilot programs would not be 
impacted by the expiration of the pilot programs.\12\
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    \12\ For example, a position in a p.m.-settled FLEX Index Option 
series that expires on Expiration Friday in January 2015 could be 
established during the exercise settlement values pilot. If the 
pilot program were not extended (or made permanent), then the 
position could continue to exist. However, the Exchange notes that 
any further trading in the series would be restricted to 
transactions where at least one side of the trade is a closing 
transaction. As another example, a 10-contract FLEX Equity Option 
opening position that overlies less than $1 million in the 
underlying security and expires in January 2015 could be established 
during the minimum value size pilot. If the pilot program were not 
extended (or made permanent), then the position could continue to 
exist and any further trading in the series would be subject to the 
minimum value size requirements for continued trading in that 
series. See Approval Order, supra note 6, footnotes 9 and 10.
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
Section 6(b) of the Act,\13\ in general, and furthers the objectives of 
Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\14\ in particular, in that it is designed 
to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote 
just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and 
coordination with persons engaging in facilitating transactions in 
securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a 
free and open market and a national market system. Specifically, the 
Exchange believes that the proposed extension of the pilot programs, 
which permit additional exercise settlement values and eliminate 
minimum value size requirements, would provide greater opportunities 
for investors to manage risk through the use of FLEX Options. Further, 
the Exchange notes that it has not experienced any adverse effects from 
the operation of the pilot programs.
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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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 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 neither solicited nor received comments on the 
proposal.

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

    The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \15\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\16\ 
Because the 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 prior to 
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, the proposed rule change has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.
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    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \16\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) \17\ normally 
does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the 
filing. However, pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii),\18\ the Commission 
may designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has 
requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay to 
permit the current pilot to continue uninterrupted. In support of this, 
CBOE notes, among other things, that it is only proposing to extend the 
existing pilots and is not proposing any substantive changes to the 
pilot programs.
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    \17\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). 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 filing of the 
proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the 
Commission. The Commission notes that the Exchange has satisfied 
this requirement.
    \18\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
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    The Commission finds that waiver of the operative delay is 
consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. 
The Commission notes in waiving the 30-day operative delay that CBOE's 
original pilot was published for comment in the Federal Register and 
the Commission only received comments in support of the pilots.\19\ 
Further, CBOE is proposing to extend the existing pilots on the same 
terms and conditions as they were originally approved by the 
Commission. This includes, as described in more detail above, a 
representation that CBOE will continue to monitor the pilots and submit 
certain interim reports during the extended pilot period, as well as a 
final report covering the pilot period should the Exchange decide to 
extend or file for permanent approval of the pilots. Finally, the 
Commission notes that the Exchange has represented that it has not 
experienced any adverse market effects with respect to the pilot 
programs. Based on the above, the Commission finds that it is 
consistent with investor protection and the public interest to waive 
the 30-day operative delay in accordance with Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) so 
that the pilots can continue on an uninterrupted bases, and therefore 
designates the proposal operative upon filing.\20\
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    \19\ See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 61439 (January 28, 
2010), 75 FR 5831 (February 4, 2010) (SR-CBOE-2009-087) and 61183 
(December 16, 2009), 74 FR 68435 (December 24, 2009) (SR-CBOE-2009-
087).
    \20\ For 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 such 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.

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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-2011-024 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-2011-024. 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 such 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 No. SR-CBOE-2011-024 and should be 
submitted on or before April 19, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\21\
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    \21\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
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