Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Rule 72(d) Regarding Agency Cross Transactions, 24078-24080 [2011-10409]

Download as PDF 24078 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 83 / Friday, April 29, 2011 / Notices subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of FINRA. 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–FINRA–2011–017 and should be submitted on or before May 16, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–10447 Filed 4–28–11; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–64334; File No. SR–NYSE– 2011–18] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Rule 72(d) Regarding Agency Cross Transactions srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES April 25, 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 April 19, 2011, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:39 Apr 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 72(d) with respect to agency cross transactions. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, at http://www.nyse.com, at the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and at http://www.sec.gov. 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 the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 8 17 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 Exchange proposes to amend Rule 72(d) with respect to agency cross transactions.3 Legacy Rule 72(b) became current Rule 72(d) when the Exchange adopted the New Market Model Pilot. Although the rule text was renumbered as part of the New Market Model Pilot filing, the substance of the rule was not changed from its prior version. 3 The provisions of Rule 72 are in effect during a pilot set to end on August 1, 2011. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58845 (October 24, 2008), 73 FR 64379 (October 29, 2008) (SR–NYSE–2008– 46) (establishing the ‘‘New Market Model Pilot’’ or ‘‘Pilot’’). See also Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 60756 (October 1, 2009), 74 FR 51628 (October 7, 2009) (SR–NYSE–2009–100) (extending Pilot to November 30, 2009); 61031 (November 19, 2009), 74 FR 62368 (November 27, 2009) (SR–NYSE– 2009–113) (extending Pilot to March 30, 2010); 61724 (March 17, 2010), 75 FR 14221 (March 24, 2010) (SR–NYSE–2010–25) (extending Pilot to September 30, 2010); 62819 (September 1, 2010), 75 FR 54937 (September 9, 2010) (SR–NYSE–2010–61) (extending Pilot to January 31, 2011); and 63618 (December 29, 2010), 76 FR 617 (January 5, 2011) (SR–NYSE–2010–85) (extending Pilot to August 1, 2011). PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Under NYSE Rule 72(d), when a member 4 has an order to buy and an order to sell an equivalent amount of the same security, and both orders are for 25,000 shares or more, the member may ‘‘cross’’ those orders at a price at or within the Exchange best bid or offer and does not have to break up the cross transaction to trade with any bids or offers previously displayed at the Exchange best bid or offer, including any interest with priority (a ‘‘72(d) crossing transaction’’).5 NYSE Rule 72(d) further provides that a member can effect a 72(d) crossing transaction only for the accounts of persons who are not members or member organizations. Accordingly, a Floor broker cannot use this provision for customers who are unaffiliated NYSE members or member organizations. The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 72(d) to change the required minimum share size from 25,000 and instead require that both the order to buy and the order to sell be ‘‘block’’ orders, which the Exchange proposes to define for purposes of Rule 72 as at least 10,000 shares or a quantity of stock having a market value of $200,000 or more, whichever is less.6 This proposed change would more closely align agency cross transactions with other ‘‘block’’ orders with respect to the minimum applicable order size.7 The Exchange further proposes to amend Rule 72(d) to modify the current restriction that a member may not effect a 72(d) crossing transaction for the account of a member or member organization. The Exchange instead proposes to conform Rule 72(d) to Rule 90, and restrict a member from effecting a 72(d) crossing transaction for the account of such member or member organization, an account of an associated person, or an account with respect to which the member, member organization or associated person 4 The reference to ‘‘member’’ in Rule 72(d) and this rule proposal means only Floor broker members. Designated Market Makers (‘‘DMMs’’), while members of the Exchange, do not have any agency relationships, and are therefore not able to effect this type of cross. 5 A transaction effected at the cross price in reliance on NYSE Rule 72(d) is printed as a ‘‘stopped stock’’ to denote that the transaction was outside of normal market procedures. See NYSE Rule 128A.16. See also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 31343 (October 21, 1992), 57 FR 48645 (October 27, 1992) (SR–NYSE–90–39). The Exchange notes that block-sized crosses outside of the Exchange best bid or offer are addressed under NYSE Rule 127. 6 The Exchange proposes to include the ‘‘block’’ definition as new Supplementary Material .10 to Rule 72. 7 See, e.g., NYSE Rules 104 and 127, which provide that a ‘‘block’’ shall be at least 10,000 shares or a quantity of stock having a market value of $200,000 or more, whichever is less. E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 83 / Friday, April 29, 2011 / Notices thereof exercises investment discretion. This proposed change would enable Floor brokers to effect 72(d) crossing transactions on behalf of unaffiliated members or member organizations. The Exchange also proposes to update a reference to the term ‘‘priority’’ within Rule 72(d), which was included in the rule based on the definition of the term ‘‘priority’’ under Exchange rules before adopting the New Market Model Pilot. NYSE Rule 72(d) currently provides that a member who is providing a better price to one side of the cross transaction must trade with all other market interest having priority at that price before trading with any part of the cross transaction. The Exchange proposes to modify this requirement so that the member seeking to provide price improvement must instead trade with all other displayed market interest on the Exchange at that price before trading with the cross transaction. The proposed change would expand protection for interest on the Display Book® 8 by requiring the member who is providing price improvement to trade not only with priority interest, but with all displayed interest in the Display Book.9 The Exchange proposes to similarly incorporate this change in Example 1 within Rule 72(d) by deleting the clause related to ‘‘priority’’ and replacing it with a reference to ‘‘displayed.’’ Finally, the Exchange proposes to remove the reference to ‘‘prevailing quotation’’ within Rule 72(d) and replace it with a reference to the ‘‘Exchange best bid or offer.’’ This change would provide clarity regarding the price at which a member could effect a 72(d) crossing transaction, but does not alter the meaning of the current rule or the mechanics of a 72(d) crossing transaction. 2. Statutory Basis srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),10 in general, and furthers the 8 The Display Book system is an order management and execution facility. The Display Book receives and displays orders to the DMMs, contains order information and provides a mechanism to execute and report transactions and publish the results to the Consolidated Tape. The Display Book is connected to a number of other Exchange systems for the purposes of comparison, surveillance and reporting information to customers and other market data and national market systems. 9 The Exchange notes that displayed interest does not include the reserve portion of any orders on the Display Book. This proposed amendment to Rule 72(d) does not change the obligation of the member providing price improvement to comply with Rule 90. 10 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:39 Apr 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 objectives of Section 6(b)(5),11 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in 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 proposed rule change would more closely align Rule 72(d) with other Exchange rules concerning block-sized orders and the accounts for which agency orders may be crossed while also expanding protection for interest on the Display Book by requiring that such interest must be executed before a member could break up an agency cross. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition 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 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 Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 12 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.13 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. A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 14 normally does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the filing. However, pursuant to Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii),15 the 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 13 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 14 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 15 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 12 15 PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24079 Commission may designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. 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. 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–NYSE–2011–18 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–NYSE–2011–18. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 24080 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 83 / Friday, April 29, 2011 / Notices Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. 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VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:39 Apr 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 The meeting is open to the public; however, advance notice of attendance is requested. Anyone wishing to attend and/or make a presentation to the Houston District Office Advisory Committee must contact Sonia Maldonado, Business Development Specialist by February 9, 2011, by fax or email in order to be placed on the agenda. Sonia Maldonado, Business Development Specialist, SBA; 8701 South Gessner Drive, Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77074, Fax 202–481–5617, or e-mail Sonia.maldonado@sba.gov. Additionally, if you need accommodations because of a disability or require additional information, please contact Sonia Maldonado. For more information, please visit our Web site at http://www.sba.gov/tx. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: March 19, 2011. Dan Jones, SBA Committee Management Officer. 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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-64334; File No. SR-NYSE-2011-18]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To 
Amend Rule 72(d) Regarding Agency Cross Transactions

April 25, 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 April 19, 2011, New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' or the 
``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 
``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, 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).
    \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 Rule 72(d) with respect to agency 
cross transactions. The text of the proposed rule change is available 
at the Exchange, at http://www.nyse.com, at the Commission's Public 
Reference Room, and at http://www.sec.gov.

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 the 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 72(d) with respect to agency 
cross transactions.\3\ Legacy Rule 72(b) became current Rule 72(d) when 
the Exchange adopted the New Market Model Pilot. Although the rule text 
was renumbered as part of the New Market Model Pilot filing, the 
substance of the rule was not changed from its prior version.
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    \3\ The provisions of Rule 72 are in effect during a pilot set 
to end on August 1, 2011. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 
58845 (October 24, 2008), 73 FR 64379 (October 29, 2008) (SR-NYSE-
2008-46) (establishing the ``New Market Model Pilot'' or ``Pilot''). 
See also Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 60756 (October 1, 
2009), 74 FR 51628 (October 7, 2009) (SR-NYSE-2009-100) (extending 
Pilot to November 30, 2009); 61031 (November 19, 2009), 74 FR 62368 
(November 27, 2009) (SR-NYSE-2009-113) (extending Pilot to March 30, 
2010); 61724 (March 17, 2010), 75 FR 14221 (March 24, 2010) (SR-
NYSE-2010-25) (extending Pilot to September 30, 2010); 62819 
(September 1, 2010), 75 FR 54937 (September 9, 2010) (SR-NYSE-2010-
61) (extending Pilot to January 31, 2011); and 63618 (December 29, 
2010), 76 FR 617 (January 5, 2011) (SR-NYSE-2010-85) (extending 
Pilot to August 1, 2011).
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    Under NYSE Rule 72(d), when a member \4\ has an order to buy and an 
order to sell an equivalent amount of the same security, and both 
orders are for 25,000 shares or more, the member may ``cross'' those 
orders at a price at or within the Exchange best bid or offer and does 
not have to break up the cross transaction to trade with any bids or 
offers previously displayed at the Exchange best bid or offer, 
including any interest with priority (a ``72(d) crossing 
transaction'').\5\ NYSE Rule 72(d) further provides that a member can 
effect a 72(d) crossing transaction only for the accounts of persons 
who are not members or member organizations. Accordingly, a Floor 
broker cannot use this provision for customers who are unaffiliated 
NYSE members or member organizations.
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    \4\ The reference to ``member'' in Rule 72(d) and this rule 
proposal means only Floor broker members. Designated Market Makers 
(``DMMs''), while members of the Exchange, do not have any agency 
relationships, and are therefore not able to effect this type of 
cross.
    \5\ A transaction effected at the cross price in reliance on 
NYSE Rule 72(d) is printed as a ``stopped stock'' to denote that the 
transaction was outside of normal market procedures. See NYSE Rule 
128A.16. See also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 31343 (October 
21, 1992), 57 FR 48645 (October 27, 1992) (SR-NYSE-90-39). The 
Exchange notes that block-sized crosses outside of the Exchange best 
bid or offer are addressed under NYSE Rule 127.
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    The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 72(d) to change the required 
minimum share size from 25,000 and instead require that both the order 
to buy and the order to sell be ``block'' orders, which the Exchange 
proposes to define for purposes of Rule 72 as at least 10,000 shares or 
a quantity of stock having a market value of $200,000 or more, 
whichever is less.\6\ This proposed change would more closely align 
agency cross transactions with other ``block'' orders with respect to 
the minimum applicable order size.\7\
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    \6\ The Exchange proposes to include the ``block'' definition as 
new Supplementary Material .10 to Rule 72.
    \7\ See, e.g., NYSE Rules 104 and 127, which provide that a 
``block'' shall be at least 10,000 shares or a quantity of stock 
having a market value of $200,000 or more, whichever is less.
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    The Exchange further proposes to amend Rule 72(d) to modify the 
current restriction that a member may not effect a 72(d) crossing 
transaction for the account of a member or member organization. The 
Exchange instead proposes to conform Rule 72(d) to Rule 90, and 
restrict a member from effecting a 72(d) crossing transaction for the 
account of such member or member organization, an account of an 
associated person, or an account with respect to which the member, 
member organization or associated person

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thereof exercises investment discretion. This proposed change would 
enable Floor brokers to effect 72(d) crossing transactions on behalf of 
unaffiliated members or member organizations.
    The Exchange also proposes to update a reference to the term 
``priority'' within Rule 72(d), which was included in the rule based on 
the definition of the term ``priority'' under Exchange rules before 
adopting the New Market Model Pilot. NYSE Rule 72(d) currently provides 
that a member who is providing a better price to one side of the cross 
transaction must trade with all other market interest having priority 
at that price before trading with any part of the cross transaction. 
The Exchange proposes to modify this requirement so that the member 
seeking to provide price improvement must instead trade with all other 
displayed market interest on the Exchange at that price before trading 
with the cross transaction. The proposed change would expand protection 
for interest on the Display Book[reg] \8\ by requiring the member who 
is providing price improvement to trade not only with priority 
interest, but with all displayed interest in the Display Book.\9\ The 
Exchange proposes to similarly incorporate this change in Example 1 
within Rule 72(d) by deleting the clause related to ``priority'' and 
replacing it with a reference to ``displayed.''
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    \8\ The Display Book system is an order management and execution 
facility. The Display Book receives and displays orders to the DMMs, 
contains order information and provides a mechanism to execute and 
report transactions and publish the results to the Consolidated 
Tape. The Display Book is connected to a number of other Exchange 
systems for the purposes of comparison, surveillance and reporting 
information to customers and other market data and national market 
systems.
    \9\ The Exchange notes that displayed interest does not include 
the reserve portion of any orders on the Display Book. This proposed 
amendment to Rule 72(d) does not change the obligation of the member 
providing price improvement to comply with Rule 90.
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    Finally, the Exchange proposes to remove the reference to 
``prevailing quotation'' within Rule 72(d) and replace it with a 
reference to the ``Exchange best bid or offer.'' This change would 
provide clarity regarding the price at which a member could effect a 
72(d) crossing transaction, but does not alter the meaning of the 
current rule or the mechanics of a 72(d) crossing transaction.
2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Act''),\10\ in general, and 
furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5),\11\ in particular, in that 
it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and 
practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster 
cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in 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 proposed rule change would more closely align Rule 
72(d) with other Exchange rules concerning block-sized orders and the 
accounts for which agency orders may be crossed while also expanding 
protection for interest on the Display Book by requiring that such 
interest must be executed before a member could break up an agency 
cross.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition 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

    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 Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \12\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\13\ 
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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    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \13\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) \14\ normally 
does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the 
filing. However, pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii),\15\ the Commission 
may designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest.
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    \14\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \15\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
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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. 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-NYSE-2011-18 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-NYSE-2011-18. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and 
printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the

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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-
NYSE-2011-18 and should be submitted on or before May 20, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\16\
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    \16\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-10409 Filed 4-28-11; 8:45 am]
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