Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Establishing Qualified Contingent Cross Orders, 25392-25394 [2011-10771]

Download as PDF 25392 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 86 / Wesnesday, May 4, 2011 / Notices 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 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–10805 Filed 5–3–11; 8:45 am] 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–ISE–2011–27 on the subject line. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–64354; File No. SR–CBOE– 2011–041] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Establishing Qualified Contingent Cross Orders April 27, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 • Send paper comments in triplicate notice is hereby given that, on April 18, to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, 2011, the Chicago Board Options Securities and Exchange Commission, Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘Exchange’’ or 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC ‘‘CBOE’’) filed with the Securities and 20549–1090. Exchange Commission (the All submissions should refer to File ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule Number SR–ISE–2011–27. This file change as described in Items I and II number should be included on the below, which Items have been prepared subject line if e-mail is used. To help the by the Exchange. The Commission is Commission process and review your publishing this notice to solicit comments more efficiently, please use comments on the proposed rule change only one method. The Commission will from interested persons. post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the Statement of the Terms of Substance of submission, all subsequent the Proposed Rule Change amendments, all written statements The Exchange is proposing rules to with respect to the proposed rule create a new order type referred to as a change that are filed with the qualified contingent cross order (‘‘QCC Commission, and all written Order’’). The text of the rule proposal is communications relating to the available on the Exchange’s Web site proposed rule change between the (http://www.cboe.org/legal), at the Commission and any person, other than Exchange’s Office of the Secretary and those that may be withheld from the at the Commissions Public Reference public in accordance with the Room. provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s available for Web site viewing and Statement of the Purpose of, and printing in the Commission’s Public Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Change Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 In its filing with the Commission, the a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also Exchange included statements will be available for inspection and concerning the purpose of and basis for copying at the principal office of the the proposed rule change and discussed Exchange. All comments received will any comments it received on the be posted without change; the proposed rule change. The text of these Commission does not edit personal statements may be examined at the identifying information from places specified in Item IV below. The submissions. You should submit only Exchange has prepared summaries, set information that you wish to make forth in sections A, B, and C below, of available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–ISE– 9 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 2011–27 and should be submitted on or 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). before May 25, 2011. 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 17:45 May 03, 2011 Jkt 223001 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Paper Comments VerDate Mar<15>2010 the most significant parts of such statements. PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1. Purpose The International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘ISE’’) recently received Commission approval of a proposed rule change which adopted a qualified contingent cross order type (the ‘‘ISE Proposal’’). CBOE has opposed the ISE Proposal, but believes we now need to adopt rules to introduce a similar order type for competitive reasons, as indicated in our qualified contingent order briefs and comment letters responding to the ISE Proposal.3 Therefore, CBOE is proposing to adopt rules related to a new QCC Order type. Background The Exchange is currently a party to the Options Order Protection and Locked/Crossed Market Plan (‘‘Distributive Linkage Plan’’),4 and has implemented Exchange rules in conjunction with that plan (the ‘‘Distributive Linkage Rules’’).5 Similar to Regulation NMS under the Act, the Distributive Linkage Plan requires, 3 ISE first proposed to adopt a qualified contingent cross order type through SR–ISE–2009– 35. This proposal was approved by the Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets (the ‘‘Division’’) pursuant to delegated authority on August 28, 2009, Securities Exchange Act Release No. 60584 (August 28, 2009), 74 FR 45663 (September 3, 2009) (SR–ISE–2009–35), but this approval was stayed by a CBOE petition seeking full Commission review. See Letters from Joanne Moffic-Silver, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CBOE, dated September 4 and 14, 2009. ISE thereafter submitted its modified rule change, SR–ISE–2010–73, and a letter requesting that the Commission vacate the Division’s approval of SR– ISE–2009–35 simultaneous with the approval of SR–ISE–2010–73. CBOE submitted numerous letters objecting to ISE’s original and modified qualified contingent cross proposals, however, the Commission approved SR–ISE–2010–73 and set aside SR–ISE–2009–35 on February 24, 2011. See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 62523 (July 16, 2010), 75 FR 43211 (July 23, 2010) (SR–ISE– 2010–73) (ISE Proposal), 63955 (February 24, 2011) (SR–ISE–2010–73) (ISE Approval), and 69354 (February 24, 2011) (SR–ISE–2009–35); see also, e.g., CBOE comment letters and materials dated July 16, 2009, September 4, 2009, September 14, 2009, September 17, 2009, December 3, 2009, January 20, 2010, April 7, 2010, and April 9, 2010, which can be viewed at the following links: http:// www.sec.gov/comments/sr-ise-2009–35/ ise200935.shtml#notice; http://www.sec.gov/rules/ sro/ise/isearchive/isearchive2009.shtml#SR–ISE– 2009–35; and http://www.sec.gov/comments/sr–ise– 2010–73/ise201073.shtml. As a result, CBOE is submitting the instant rule change proposal as a competitive response to SR–ISE–2010–73. 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 60405 (July 30, 2009), 74 FR 39362 (August 6, 2009) (File No. 4–546). 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 60551 (August 20, 2009), 74 FR 43196 (August 26, 2009) (SR–CBOE–2009–040). E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 86 / Wesnesday, May 4, 2011 / Notices among other things, that the Exchange establish, maintain and enforce written policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to prevent ‘‘TradeThroughs.’’ 6 A Trade-Through is a transaction in an option series at a price that is inferior to the best price available in the market.7 The Distributive Linkage Plan replaced the Plan for the Purpose of Creating and Operating an Intermarket Option Linkage (‘‘Old Linkage Plan’’), and the Distributive Linkage Rules replaced the then-existing CBOE rules implementing the Old Linkage Plan (‘‘Old Linkage Rules’’). The Old Linkage Plan and the Old Linkage Rules provided a limited Trade-Through exemption for ‘‘Block Trades,’’ defined to be trades of 500 or more contracts with a premium value of at least $150,000.8 However, as with Regulation NMS, the Distributive Linkage Plan does not provide a Block Trade exemption. The ISE Proposal stated that the loss of the Block Trade exemption, among other things, adversely affects the ability of its members to effect large trades that are tied to stock,9 and therefore proposed a QCC as a limited substitute for the Block Trade exemption. While we continue to disagree with the premise that QCC serves as a limited substitute for the Block Trade exemption (e.g., the Block Trade exemption is designed to provide TradeThrough relief, as discussed above; whereas QCC does not provide TradeThrough relief, as discussed below) and our views with respect to the potential impact that the ISE Proposal may have on market structure remain unchanged,10 we nonetheless are proposing to adopt rules related to QCC Orders in order to permit the Exchange to remain competitive with ISE, and the other options exchanges that may also adopt rules for QCCs, by making QCC Orders available to CBOE Trading Permit Holders (‘‘TPHs’’) and their customers through the Exchange. Proposal The Exchange is proposing to amend CBOE Rule 6.53, Certain Types of Orders Defined, to include a new QCC Order type. When a CBOE TPH effects a qualified contingent trade (‘‘QCT’’) 11 6 Section 5(a) of the Distributive Linkage Plan. 2(21) of the Distributive Linkage Plan. 8 Old Linkage Plan Sections 2(3) and 8(c)(i)(C); and former CBOE Rule 6.80(2). 9 See ISE Proposal at 43212. 10 See note 3, supra. 11 The Commission, by order, has provided Trade-Through relief for QCTs from Rule 611(a) of Regulation NMS, 17 CFR 242.611(a). See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57620 (April 4, 2008) (the ‘‘QCT Release,’’ which supersedes a release initially jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 7 Section VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:45 May 03, 2011 Jkt 223001 in a Regulation NMS stock,12 the TPH will be permitted to cross the options leg(s) of the trade on CBOE immediately without exposure if the order is for at least 1000 contracts, is part of a QCT,13 is executed at a price at least equal to the national best bid or offer (‘‘NBBO’’), and there are no public customer orders resting in the Exchange’s electronic book at the same price. The QCC Order type would permit TPHs to provide their customers a net price for the entire trade, and then allow the TPH to execute the options leg(s) of the trade on CBOE at a price at least equal to the NBBO while using the QCT exemption to effect the trade in the equities leg at a price necessary to achieve the net price.14 Under the proposal, CBOE will not permit the options component(s) of a QCC Order to trade through the NBBO.15 granting the QCT exemption, Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54389 (August 31, 2006)). The QCT Release provides an exemption from Trade-Through liability in the equity market for multi-component, fully-hedged trades where one order is contingent on the execution of one or more additional orders. 12 An ‘‘NMS stock’’ is defined in Rule 600 of Regulation NMS under the Exchange Act, 17 CFR 242.600. 13 The Exchange is proposing to define a qualified contingent cross trade substantively identical to the Commission’s definition in the QCT Release. A qualified contingent cross trade must meet the following conditions: (i) At least one component must be an NMS stock, as defined in Rule 600 of Regulation NMS, 17 CFR 242.600; (ii) all components must be effected with a product or price contingency that either has been agreed to by all the respective counterparties or arranged for by a broker-dealer as principal or agent; (iii) the execution of one component must be contingent upon the execution of all other components at or near the same time; (iv) the specific relationship between the component orders (e.g., the spread between the prices of the component orders) is determined by the time the contingent order is placed; (v) the component orders must bear a derivative relationship to one another, represent different classes of shares of the same issuer, or involve the securities of participants in mergers or with intentions to merge that have been announced or cancelled; and (vi) the transaction must be fully hedged (without regard to any prior existing position) as a result of other components of the contingent trade. Consistent with the QCT Release and the ISE Proposal, TPHs must demonstrate that the transaction is fully hedged using reasonable risk-valuation methodologies. See QCT Release, supra note 11, at footnote 9. 14 CBOE will adopt policies and procedures to ensure that TPHs use the QCC Order properly. First, we will require TPHs to properly mark all QCC Orders as such. In addition, CBOE will implement an examination and surveillance program to assess TPH compliance with the requirements applicable to QCC Orders, including the requirement that the stock leg of the transaction be executed at or near the same time as the options leg. We believe that ISE and other exchanges adopting a QCC-type order are also required to adopt similar policies and procedures. 15 While the QCC Order type does not provide exposure for price improvement for the options leg(s) of a stock-option order, the options leg(s) must be executed at the NBBO or better. The Commission has previously approved crossing PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 25393 Under this proposal, CBOE would permit QCC Orders to be submitted electronically from on or off the floor through the CBOE Hybrid Trading System. In this regard, we note that, in order to effect proprietary orders (including QCC Orders) electronically from on the floor of the Exchange, TPHs must ensure that they qualify for an exemption from Section 11(a)(1) of the Act,16 which concerns proprietary trading on an exchange by an exchange member. Generally, Section 11(a)(1) of the Act restricts any member of a national securities exchange from effecting any transaction on such exchange for (i) the member’s own account, (ii) the account of a person associated with the member, or (iii) an account over which the member or a person associated with the member exercises discretion, unless a specific exemption is available. Examples of common exemptions include the exemption for transactions by broker dealers acting in the capacity of a market maker under Section 11(a)(1)(A),17 the ‘‘G’’ exemption for yielding priority to non-members under Section 11(a)(1)(G) of the Act and Rule 11a1–1(T) thereunder,18 and ‘‘Effect vs. Execute’’ exemption under Rule 11a2– 2(T) under the Act.19 In this regard, we note that, consistent with existing Exchange Rules for effecting proprietary orders from on the floor of the Exchange, TPHs effecting QCC Orders and relying on the G exemption would be required to yield priority to any interest in the electronic book at the same price (not just public customer orders) to ensure that non-member interest is protected.20 The Exchange’s proposal addresses the mechanics of executing the stock and options components of a net-price transaction. The Exchange believes that it is necessary that it provide TPHs and their customers with the same trading capabilities available on other exchanges with respect to QCCs, transactions with no opportunity for price improvement. See, e.g., ISE Rules 715 and 721, and Interpretation and Policy .08 of CBOE Rule 6.74A. 16 15 U.S.C. 78k(a)(1). 17 15 U.S.C. 78k(a)(1)(A). 18 15 U.S.C. 78k(a)(1)(G) and 17 CFR 240.11a1– 1(T). 19 17 CFR 240.11a2–2(T). 20 See, e.g., Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59546 (March 10, 2009), 74 FR 11144 (March 16, 2009)(SR–CBOE–2009–016) and related CBOE Regulatory Circular RG09–35 (regulatory circular provides TPHs guidance on the application of Section 11(a)(1) to trading on CBOE’s Hybrid Trading System; the circular describes Section 11(a)(1) and certain of the exemptions to Section 11(a)(1) as well as the application of the (G) Order exemption and the Effect vs. Execute exemption (Rule 11a2–2(T)) to trading on the Hybrid Trading System). E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 25394 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 86 / Wesnesday, May 4, 2011 / Notices including the change proposed herein, which would permit TPHs to execution the options leg(s) of large complex orders on the Exchange. This rule change is being proposed as a competitive response, and is substantially similar in all material respects, to the ISE Proposal that was recently approved by the Commission.21 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,22 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,23 in particular, in that an exchange should have rules that are designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. In particular, the proposed QCC Order type will prevent executions from occurring when there is a public customer order resting in the electronic book at the same price and will assure that only large-size orders (i.e., orders of at least 1000 contracts) are eligible. The proposed rule will facilitate the ability of CBOE TPHs to execute large options orders that are tied to stock in an efficient manner, while also protecting the national market system against Trade-Throughs. 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 Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory 21 See note 3, supra. U.S.C. 78f(b). 23 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 22 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:45 May 03, 2011 Jkt 223001 organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–CBOE–2011–041 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–2011–041. 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– PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2011–041 and should be submitted on or before May 25, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.24 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–10771 Filed 5–3–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–64358; File No. SR–CHX– 2011–03] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Alter the CHX Fee Schedule Relating to the CHX Connect Service April 28, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that, on April 26, 2011, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘CHX’’ or ‘‘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. CHX has filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b4(f)(2) thereunder,4 which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 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 CHX proposes to amend its Schedule of Participant Fees and Assessments (the ‘‘Fee Schedule’’), effective April 26, 2011, to alter its schedule of fees for Participants relating to its CHX Connect service. The text of this proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http:// www.chx.com/rules/ proposed_rules.htm, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC, 20549. 24 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 1 15 E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-64354; File No. SR-CBOE-2011-041]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Establishing 
Qualified Contingent Cross Orders

April 27, 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 18, 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 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 is proposing rules to create a new order type referred 
to as a qualified contingent cross order (``QCC Order''). The text of 
the rule proposal is available on the Exchange's Web site (http://www.cboe.org/legal), at the Exchange's Office of the Secretary and at 
the Commissions 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 these 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
    The International Securities Exchange, LLC (``ISE'') recently 
received Commission approval of a proposed rule change which adopted a 
qualified contingent cross order type (the ``ISE Proposal''). CBOE has 
opposed the ISE Proposal, but believes we now need to adopt rules to 
introduce a similar order type for competitive reasons, as indicated in 
our qualified contingent order briefs and comment letters responding to 
the ISE Proposal.\3\ Therefore, CBOE is proposing to adopt rules 
related to a new QCC Order type.
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    \3\ ISE first proposed to adopt a qualified contingent cross 
order type through SR-ISE-2009-35. This proposal was approved by the 
Commission's Division of Trading and Markets (the ``Division'') 
pursuant to delegated authority on August 28, 2009, Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 60584 (August 28, 2009), 74 FR 45663 
(September 3, 2009) (SR-ISE-2009-35), but this approval was stayed 
by a CBOE petition seeking full Commission review. See Letters from 
Joanne Moffic-Silver, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CBOE, 
dated September 4 and 14, 2009. ISE thereafter submitted its 
modified rule change, SR-ISE-2010-73, and a letter requesting that 
the Commission vacate the Division's approval of SR-ISE-2009-35 
simultaneous with the approval of SR-ISE-2010-73. CBOE submitted 
numerous letters objecting to ISE's original and modified qualified 
contingent cross proposals, however, the Commission approved SR-ISE-
2010-73 and set aside SR-ISE-2009-35 on February 24, 2011. See 
Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 62523 (July 16, 2010), 75 FR 
43211 (July 23, 2010) (SR-ISE-2010-73) (ISE Proposal), 63955 
(February 24, 2011) (SR-ISE-2010-73) (ISE Approval), and 69354 
(February 24, 2011) (SR-ISE-2009-35); see also, e.g., CBOE comment 
letters and materials dated July 16, 2009, September 4, 2009, 
September 14, 2009, September 17, 2009, December 3, 2009, January 
20, 2010, April 7, 2010, and April 9, 2010, which can be viewed at 
the following links: http://www.sec.gov/comments/sr-ise-2009-35/ise200935.shtml#notice; http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro/ise/isearchive/isearchive2009.shtml#SR-ISE-2009-35; and http://www.sec.gov/comments/sr-ise-2010-73/ise201073.shtml. As a result, CBOE is 
submitting the instant rule change proposal as a competitive 
response to SR-ISE-2010-73.
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    Background
    The Exchange is currently a party to the Options Order Protection 
and Locked/Crossed Market Plan (``Distributive Linkage Plan''),\4\ and 
has implemented Exchange rules in conjunction with that plan (the 
``Distributive Linkage Rules'').\5\ Similar to Regulation NMS under the 
Act, the Distributive Linkage Plan requires,

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among other things, that the Exchange establish, maintain and enforce 
written policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to prevent 
``Trade-Throughs.'' \6\ A Trade-Through is a transaction in an option 
series at a price that is inferior to the best price available in the 
market.\7\
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    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 60405 (July 30, 
2009), 74 FR 39362 (August 6, 2009) (File No. 4-546).
    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 60551 (August 20, 
2009), 74 FR 43196 (August 26, 2009) (SR-CBOE-2009-040).
    \6\ Section 5(a) of the Distributive Linkage Plan.
    \7\ Section 2(21) of the Distributive Linkage Plan.
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    The Distributive Linkage Plan replaced the Plan for the Purpose of 
Creating and Operating an Intermarket Option Linkage (``Old Linkage 
Plan''), and the Distributive Linkage Rules replaced the then-existing 
CBOE rules implementing the Old Linkage Plan (``Old Linkage Rules''). 
The Old Linkage Plan and the Old Linkage Rules provided a limited 
Trade-Through exemption for ``Block Trades,'' defined to be trades of 
500 or more contracts with a premium value of at least $150,000.\8\ 
However, as with Regulation NMS, the Distributive Linkage Plan does not 
provide a Block Trade exemption.
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    \8\ Old Linkage Plan Sections 2(3) and 8(c)(i)(C); and former 
CBOE Rule 6.80(2).
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    The ISE Proposal stated that the loss of the Block Trade exemption, 
among other things, adversely affects the ability of its members to 
effect large trades that are tied to stock,\9\ and therefore proposed a 
QCC as a limited substitute for the Block Trade exemption. While we 
continue to disagree with the premise that QCC serves as a limited 
substitute for the Block Trade exemption (e.g., the Block Trade 
exemption is designed to provide Trade-Through relief, as discussed 
above; whereas QCC does not provide Trade-Through relief, as discussed 
below) and our views with respect to the potential impact that the ISE 
Proposal may have on market structure remain unchanged,\10\ we 
nonetheless are proposing to adopt rules related to QCC Orders in order 
to permit the Exchange to remain competitive with ISE, and the other 
options exchanges that may also adopt rules for QCCs, by making QCC 
Orders available to CBOE Trading Permit Holders (``TPHs'') and their 
customers through the Exchange.
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    \9\ See ISE Proposal at 43212.
    \10\ See note 3, supra.
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Proposal

    The Exchange is proposing to amend CBOE Rule 6.53, Certain Types of 
Orders Defined, to include a new QCC Order type. When a CBOE TPH 
effects a qualified contingent trade (``QCT'') \11\ in a Regulation NMS 
stock,\12\ the TPH will be permitted to cross the options leg(s) of the 
trade on CBOE immediately without exposure if the order is for at least 
1000 contracts, is part of a QCT,\13\ is executed at a price at least 
equal to the national best bid or offer (``NBBO''), and there are no 
public customer orders resting in the Exchange's electronic book at the 
same price.
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    \11\ The Commission, by order, has provided Trade-Through relief 
for QCTs from Rule 611(a) of Regulation NMS, 17 CFR 242.611(a). See 
Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57620 (April 4, 2008) (the ``QCT 
Release,'' which supersedes a release initially granting the QCT 
exemption, Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54389 (August 31, 
2006)). The QCT Release provides an exemption from Trade-Through 
liability in the equity market for multi-component, fully-hedged 
trades where one order is contingent on the execution of one or more 
additional orders.
    \12\ An ``NMS stock'' is defined in Rule 600 of Regulation NMS 
under the Exchange Act, 17 CFR 242.600.
    \13\ The Exchange is proposing to define a qualified contingent 
cross trade substantively identical to the Commission's definition 
in the QCT Release. A qualified contingent cross trade must meet the 
following conditions: (i) At least one component must be an NMS 
stock, as defined in Rule 600 of Regulation NMS, 17 CFR 242.600; 
(ii) all components must be effected with a product or price 
contingency that either has been agreed to by all the respective 
counterparties or arranged for by a broker-dealer as principal or 
agent; (iii) the execution of one component must be contingent upon 
the execution of all other components at or near the same time; (iv) 
the specific relationship between the component orders (e.g., the 
spread between the prices of the component orders) is determined by 
the time the contingent order is placed; (v) the component orders 
must bear a derivative relationship to one another, represent 
different classes of shares of the same issuer, or involve the 
securities of participants in mergers or with intentions to merge 
that have been announced or cancelled; and (vi) the transaction must 
be fully hedged (without regard to any prior existing position) as a 
result of other components of the contingent trade. Consistent with 
the QCT Release and the ISE Proposal, TPHs must demonstrate that the 
transaction is fully hedged using reasonable risk-valuation 
methodologies. See QCT Release, supra note 11, at footnote 9.
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    The QCC Order type would permit TPHs to provide their customers a 
net price for the entire trade, and then allow the TPH to execute the 
options leg(s) of the trade on CBOE at a price at least equal to the 
NBBO while using the QCT exemption to effect the trade in the equities 
leg at a price necessary to achieve the net price.\14\ Under the 
proposal, CBOE will not permit the options component(s) of a QCC Order 
to trade through the NBBO.\15\
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    \14\ CBOE will adopt policies and procedures to ensure that TPHs 
use the QCC Order properly. First, we will require TPHs to properly 
mark all QCC Orders as such. In addition, CBOE will implement an 
examination and surveillance program to assess TPH compliance with 
the requirements applicable to QCC Orders, including the requirement 
that the stock leg of the transaction be executed at or near the 
same time as the options leg. We believe that ISE and other 
exchanges adopting a QCC-type order are also required to adopt 
similar policies and procedures.
    \15\ While the QCC Order type does not provide exposure for 
price improvement for the options leg(s) of a stock-option order, 
the options leg(s) must be executed at the NBBO or better. The 
Commission has previously approved crossing transactions with no 
opportunity for price improvement. See, e.g., ISE Rules 715 and 721, 
and Interpretation and Policy .08 of CBOE Rule 6.74A.
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    Under this proposal, CBOE would permit QCC Orders to be submitted 
electronically from on or off the floor through the CBOE Hybrid Trading 
System. In this regard, we note that, in order to effect proprietary 
orders (including QCC Orders) electronically from on the floor of the 
Exchange, TPHs must ensure that they qualify for an exemption from 
Section 11(a)(1) of the Act,\16\ which concerns proprietary trading on 
an exchange by an exchange member. Generally, Section 11(a)(1) of the 
Act restricts any member of a national securities exchange from 
effecting any transaction on such exchange for (i) the member's own 
account, (ii) the account of a person associated with the member, or 
(iii) an account over which the member or a person associated with the 
member exercises discretion, unless a specific exemption is available. 
Examples of common exemptions include the exemption for transactions by 
broker dealers acting in the capacity of a market maker under Section 
11(a)(1)(A),\17\ the ``G'' exemption for yielding priority to non-
members under Section 11(a)(1)(G) of the Act and Rule 11a1-1(T) 
thereunder,\18\ and ``Effect vs. Execute'' exemption under Rule 11a2-
2(T) under the Act.\19\ In this regard, we note that, consistent with 
existing Exchange Rules for effecting proprietary orders from on the 
floor of the Exchange, TPHs effecting QCC Orders and relying on the G 
exemption would be required to yield priority to any interest in the 
electronic book at the same price (not just public customer orders) to 
ensure that non-member interest is protected.\20\
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    \16\ 15 U.S.C. 78k(a)(1).
    \17\ 15 U.S.C. 78k(a)(1)(A).
    \18\ 15 U.S.C. 78k(a)(1)(G) and 17 CFR 240.11a1-1(T).
    \19\ 17 CFR 240.11a2-2(T).
    \20\ See, e.g., Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59546 (March 
10, 2009), 74 FR 11144 (March 16, 2009)(SR-CBOE-2009-016) and 
related CBOE Regulatory Circular RG09-35 (regulatory circular 
provides TPHs guidance on the application of Section 11(a)(1) to 
trading on CBOE's Hybrid Trading System; the circular describes 
Section 11(a)(1) and certain of the exemptions to Section 11(a)(1) 
as well as the application of the (G) Order exemption and the Effect 
vs. Execute exemption (Rule 11a2-2(T)) to trading on the Hybrid 
Trading System).
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    The Exchange's proposal addresses the mechanics of executing the 
stock and options components of a net-price transaction. The Exchange 
believes that it is necessary that it provide TPHs and their customers 
with the same trading capabilities available on other exchanges with 
respect to QCCs,

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including the change proposed herein, which would permit TPHs to 
execution the options leg(s) of large complex orders on the Exchange. 
This rule change is being proposed as a competitive response, and is 
substantially similar in all material respects, to the ISE Proposal 
that was recently approved by the Commission.\21\
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    \21\ See note 3, supra.
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2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the 
Act,\22\ in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of 
the Act,\23\ in particular, in that an exchange should have rules that 
are designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 
to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove 
impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and 
a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest. In particular, the proposed QCC Order type will 
prevent executions from occurring when there is a public customer order 
resting in the electronic book at the same price and will assure that 
only large-size orders (i.e., orders of at least 1000 contracts) are 
eligible. The proposed rule will facilitate the ability of CBOE TPHs to 
execute large options orders that are tied to stock in an efficient 
manner, while also protecting the national market system against Trade-
Throughs.
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    \22\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \23\ 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

    Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may 
designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to 
be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to 
which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:
    (A) By order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or
    (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-CBOE-2011-041 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-2011-041. 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-2011-041 and should be 
submitted on or before May 25, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\24\
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    \24\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
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