Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending NYSE Rule 70.40(3) to Permit Member Organizations to Engage in Proprietary Trading From Their Approved Booth Premises in Certain OTC Bulletin Board and OTC Markets Securities, 30418-30421 [2011-12876]

Download as PDF 30418 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 101 / Wednesday, May 25, 2011 / Notices for an MPL Order from 100 shares to one share. This change would permit Users that enter an MPL Order for less than 100 shares to also specify a minimum executable size for the MPL Order. The Exchange is not proposing any other changes or amendments to the MPL Order. The Exchange intends to communicate the proposed reductions in the minimum order entry size and minimum executable size to its Users through a Rule Adoption Notice. public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 8 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.9 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),6 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5),7 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 further enhance opportunities for execution on the Exchange using MPL Orders, especially with respect to retail customer orders that are often smaller than one round lot of 100 shares. 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: 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. WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES 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 Because the foregoing proposed rule change: (1) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (3) by its terms does not become operative for 30 days after the date of this filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the 6 15 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:12 May 24, 2011 Jkt 223001 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–NYSEArca–2011–29 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–NYSEArca-2011–29. 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 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b– 4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) requires a self-regulatory organization to provide the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has fulfilled this requirement. 9 17 PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 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– NYSEArca–2011–29 and should be submitted on or before June 15, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–12877 Filed 5–24–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–64522; File No. SR–NYSE– 2011–22] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending NYSE Rule 70.40(3) to Permit Member Organizations to Engage in Proprietary Trading From Their Approved Booth Premises in Certain OTC Bulletin Board and OTC Markets Securities May 19, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that, on May 11, 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 and II below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. 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 proposes to amend NYSE Rule 70.40(3) to permit member organizations to engage in proprietary 10 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 101 / Wednesday, May 25, 2011 / Notices trading from their approved booth premises in certain OTC Bulletin Board (‘‘OTCBB’’) and OTC Markets 4 securities. 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 on the Commission’s Web site 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 self-regulatory organization 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 NYSE proposes to amend NYSE Rule 70.40(3) to permit member organizations to engage in proprietary trading from their approved booth premises in certain OTCBB and OTC Markets securities.5 In June 2007, the Exchange adopted NYSE Rule 70.40, which permits a member organization to operate its booth premises on the Exchange Floor in a manner similar to its ‘‘upstairs’’ office, thereby allowing member organizations to access other markets and trade a wider array of products from their booth premises and thus operate more efficiently and competitively.6 At the time that NYSE Rule 70.40 was adopted, it included certain conditions and limitations on such trading, including that only trading on behalf of customers would be permitted. As such, NYSE Rule 70.40(3) prohibits member organizations approved to operate booth WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES 4 The OTCBB and OTC Markets Group Inc. each operate electronic quotation systems for brokerdealers to trade unlisted securities. The marketplaces operated by OTC Markets Group Inc. include OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink. 5 The Exchange’s affiliate, NYSE Amex LLC (‘‘NYSE Amex’’), has proposed to adopt the same rule. See SR–NYSEAmex–2010–34. 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release 55908 (June 14, 2007), 72 FR 34056 (June 20, 2007) (SR– NYSE–2007–51) (notice of filing and immediate effectiveness of proposed rule change permitting member organizations to operate booth as upstairs office). Under NYSE Rule 70.40, only Floor brokers may conduct activity from booth premises. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:12 May 24, 2011 Jkt 223001 premises pursuant to such Rule from effecting any transaction from their approved booth premises for their own account, the account of an associated person, or an account with respect to which they or an associated person thereof exercise investment discretion on the Exchange. After more than three years of experience with NYSE Rule 70.40, member organizations have requested that certain types of proprietary trading be permitted under the Rule, and the Exchange has determined that it is appropriate to do so. Therefore, the Exchange proposes to revise NYSE Rule 70.40(3) to permit member organizations to effect transactions in the common, preferred, and debt securities of an operating company that is quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board or OTC Markets (an ‘‘OTC Security’’) from their approved booth premises for their own account, the account of an associated person, or an account with respect to which they or an associated person thereof exercise investment discretion, except that such member organizations could not effect such transactions in an OTC Security that is related to a security listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex.7 Because trading would be limited to the common, preferred, and debt securities of an operating company, a member organization could not trade in an index-based or derivative security (e.g., a right or warrant) that is quoted on the OTCBB or OTC Markets. Under the proposed rule change, an OTC Security would be considered related to a security listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex 8 if: (a) the OTC Security is issued by an issuer of a security that is listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex or that underlies an NYSE Amex option, or an affiliate of such issuer; (b) the OTC Security is subject to a corporate action that relates to the issuer of a security that is listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex or that underlies an NYSE Amex option, or an affiliate of such issuer; (c) the OTC Security is issued by an issuer of a security that is a component of a narrowbased security index 9 that is linked to a 7 Since the merger of NYSE and NYSE Amex in 2008, the exchanges have conducted equity trading from the same Trading Floor, and NYSE Amex has conducted options trading in rooms adjacent the Trading Floor. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58673 (September 29, 2008) (SR–Amex–2008– 62 and SR–NYSE–2008–60), 73 FR 57707 (October 3, 2008), and NYSE Rule 6A. 8 Securities listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market are traded on NYSE Amex pursuant to unlisted trading privileges and thus would be considered a security traded on NYSE Amex under the proposed rule change. See Rules 500–525–NYSE Amex Equities. 9 For purposes of the proposed rule, the definition of narrow-based security index would be the same PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30419 security that listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex or that underlies an Amex option; or (d) the OTC Security is issued by a foreign issuer or is a depositary receipt (or the equivalent thereof) for such a security, and a security issued by such foreign issuer or a depositary receipt (or the equivalent thereof) for such a security is listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex or underlies an NYSE Amex option. Under the proposed rule, a corporate action would be any action by an issuer of an OTC Security or a security listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex that causes a relationship between the price of the OTC Security and the price of the security that is listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex or that underlies an NYSE Amex option, such as the announcement of a merger, acquisition, joint venture, spinoff, dissolution, bankruptcy filing or other similar type of event involving the issuers. The Exchange believes that an NYSE member organization would not have any type of time, place, or information advantage with respect to the proposed proprietary trading activity that could create a potential issue or conflict with respect to the federal securities laws or Exchange rules. A member organization’s proprietary transactions in OTC Securities would receive the same treatment as any other investor’s transactions in such securities. Consistent with the permitted customer trading under current NYSE Rule 70.40, the Exchange would deem the proposed proprietary transactions to be off-Floor or ‘‘upstairs’’ transactions for purposes of its Rules.10 The Exchange believes that member organizations face increased competition as a result of changes in the structure of securities markets and are continually searching for ways to operate more efficiently.11 The proposed rule change would allow member organizations to expand the types of activities that can be conducted from booth premises and more efficiently use member organization staff. At the same time, the proposed proprietary transactions in OTC Securities would remain subject to all of the other provisions of NYSE Rule 70.40. First, a member organization as the definition in Section 3(a)(55) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’). 10 Because the transactions would be (1) solely in securities not listed or admitted to unlisted trading privileges on NYSE or NYSE Amex, and (2) deemed initiated from off the Floor of NYSE, NYSE does not believe that Section 11(a) of the Act or the rules thereunder would be implicated by the proposed rule change. 11 See supra note 6. E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1 WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES 30420 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 101 / Wednesday, May 25, 2011 / Notices would have to obtain approval from NYSE Regulation, Inc. (‘‘NYSER’’) to engage in proprietary OTC Securities trading from booth premises.12 Second, all such transactions would be subject to the regulatory requirements that apply to ‘‘upstairs’’ trading, including registration requirements and audit trail requirements applicable to those markets and supervision requirements under NYSE Rule 342.13 Finally, a member organization would be required to adopt and implement comprehensive written procedures governing the conduct and supervision of proprietary trading in OTC Securities handled through the booth and the staff responsible for such activities; such procedures must be reasonably designed to ensure that the member organization would be trading in compliance with the requirements of NYSE Rule 70.40, including that it is not effecting transactions from booth premises in OTC Securities that are related to securities listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex. A member organization would be required to obtain NYSER approval of such written procedures before such trading commences.14 A member organization would be required to regularly review such procedures and compliance therewith, and obtain approval from NYSER of any subsequent changes to such procedures.15 At a minimum, such written procedures must require the member organization to exercise due diligence before commencing trading in an OTC Security from the booth premises pursuant to this Rule to ensure that such trading is in compliance with the requirements of this Rule and that the member organization has procedures to monitor its trading activity in order to remain in compliance. A member organization must have supervisory systems in place that produce records sufficient to reconstruct, in a timesequenced manner, all orders with respect to which the member organization is trading from the booth premises under this Rule. The member organization must be able to demonstrate which OTC Security transactions were effected from the booth premises (as compared to offFloor trading, if applicable). If the 12 NYSE Rule 70.40(1). Rule 70.40(4) and (5). 14 If a member organization had already obtained approval to operate a booth premises under NYSE Rule 70.40, it would still be required to update its written procedures to address proprietary trading in OTC Securities and obtain NYSER approval under NYSE Rule 70.40(7). 15 NYSE Rule 70.40(6) and (7). 13 NYSE VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:12 May 24, 2011 Jkt 223001 member organization could not demonstrate which trading is from the booth premises, the Exchange would presume that all such trading was effected from the booth premises. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,16 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,17 in particular, in that it is 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. The proposed rule change provides member organizations with a means to remain competitive in view of changes in the markets by permitting Floor brokers to engage in proprietary trading in certain OTC Securities from their booth premises. Such trading offers member organizations no time, place, or information advantage but permits them to more fully utilize booth staff and thereby operate their booth premises more efficiently in conjunction with upstairs trading. The permitted proprietary trading activity in OTC Securities would remain subject to robust, existing regulatory requirements that serve to foster just and equitable principles of trade. 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 Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which 16 15 17 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) by order approve or disapprove the 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–NYSE–2011–22 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–2011–22. 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 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– E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 101 / Wednesday, May 25, 2011 / Notices 2011–22 and should be submitted on or before June 15, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.18 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–12876 Filed 5–24–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 7479] Determination Under Subsection 402(d)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974, As Amended—Continuation of Waiver Authority Pursuant to the authority vested in the President under the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, Public Law 93–618, 88 Stat. 1978 (hereinafter ‘‘the Act’’), and assigned to the Secretary of State by virtue of Section 1(a) of Executive Order 13346 of July 8, 2004, as well as the authority delegated to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources by Delegation of Authority 245–1 of February 13, 2009, I determine, pursuant to Section 402(d)(1) of the Act, 19 U.S.C. 2432(d)(1), that the further extension of the waiver authority granted by Section 402 of the Act will substantially promote the objectives of Section 402 of the Act. I further determine that continuation of the waiver applicable to Turkmenistan will substantially promote the objectives of Section 402 of the Act. This determination shall be published in the Federal Register. Dated: May 13, 2011. Thomas R. Nides, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. [FR Doc. 2011–12990 Filed 5–24–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–46–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Airport Noise Compatibility Planning Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA SUMMARY: 18 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:12 May 24, 2011 Jkt 223001 invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for [a new or to renew an] information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on March 10, 2011, vol. 76, no. 47, page 13266. The respondents are those airport operators voluntarily submitting noise exposure maps and noise compatibility programs to the FAA for review and approval. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by June 24, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carla Scott on (202) 385–4293, or by e-mail at: Carla.Scott@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 2120–0517. Title: Airport Noise Compatibility Planning. Form Numbers: There are no FAA forms associated with this collection. Type of Review: Renewal of an information collection. Background: The voluntarily submitted information from the current CFR part 150 collection, e.g., airport noise exposure maps and airport noise compatibility programs, or their revisions, is used by the FAA to conduct reviews of the submissions to determine if an airport sponsor’s noise compatibility program is eligible for Federal grant funds. If airport operators did not voluntarily submit noise exposure maps and noise compatibility programs for FAA review and approval, the airport operator would not be eligible for the set aside of discretionary grant funds. Respondents: Approximately 15 airport operators. Frequency: Information is collected on occasion. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 3882.6 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 56,160 hours. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to (202) 395–6974, or mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30421 information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA’s performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Issued in Washington, DC, on May 18, 2011. Carla Scott, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, AES–200. [FR Doc. 2011–12849 Filed 5–24–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: General Operating and Flight Rules Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. Part A of Subtitle VII of the Revised Title 49 U.S.C. authorizes the issuance of regulations governing the use of navigable airspace. Information is collected to determine compliance with Federal regulations. Respondents are individual airmen, state or local governments, and businesses. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by July 25, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carla Scott on (202) 385–4293, or by e-mail at: Carla.Scott@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 2120–0005. Title: General Operating and Flight Rules. Form Numbers: There are no FAA forms associated with this collection. Type of Review: Renewal of an information collection. Background: The reporting and recordkeeping requirements of Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 91, General Operating and Flight Rules, are SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 101 (Wednesday, May 25, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 30418-30421]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-64522; File No. SR-NYSE-2011-22]


 Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending NYSE Rule 70.40(3) to 
Permit Member Organizations to Engage in Proprietary Trading From Their 
Approved Booth Premises in Certain OTC Bulletin Board and OTC Markets 
Securities

May 19, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (the ``Act'') \2\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\3\ notice is hereby 
given that, on May 11, 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 
and II below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory 
organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit 
comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78a.
    \3\ 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 NYSE Rule 70.40(3) to permit member 
organizations to engage in proprietary

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trading from their approved booth premises in certain OTC Bulletin 
Board (``OTCBB'') and OTC Markets \4\ securities. 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 on the 
Commission's Web site at http://www.sec.gov.
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    \4\ The OTCBB and OTC Markets Group Inc. each operate electronic 
quotation systems for broker-dealers to trade unlisted securities. 
The marketplaces operated by OTC Markets Group Inc. include OTCQX, 
OTCQB and OTC Pink.
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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 self-regulatory organization 
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
    NYSE proposes to amend NYSE Rule 70.40(3) to permit member 
organizations to engage in proprietary trading from their approved 
booth premises in certain OTCBB and OTC Markets securities.\5\
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    \5\ The Exchange's affiliate, NYSE Amex LLC (``NYSE Amex''), has 
proposed to adopt the same rule. See SR-NYSEAmex-2010-34.
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    In June 2007, the Exchange adopted NYSE Rule 70.40, which permits a 
member organization to operate its booth premises on the Exchange Floor 
in a manner similar to its ``upstairs'' office, thereby allowing member 
organizations to access other markets and trade a wider array of 
products from their booth premises and thus operate more efficiently 
and competitively.\6\ At the time that NYSE Rule 70.40 was adopted, it 
included certain conditions and limitations on such trading, including 
that only trading on behalf of customers would be permitted. As such, 
NYSE Rule 70.40(3) prohibits member organizations approved to operate 
booth premises pursuant to such Rule from effecting any transaction 
from their approved booth premises for their own account, the account 
of an associated person, or an account with respect to which they or an 
associated person thereof exercise investment discretion on the 
Exchange.
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    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release 55908 (June 14, 2007), 
72 FR 34056 (June 20, 2007) (SR-NYSE-2007-51) (notice of filing and 
immediate effectiveness of proposed rule change permitting member 
organizations to operate booth as upstairs office). Under NYSE Rule 
70.40, only Floor brokers may conduct activity from booth premises.
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    After more than three years of experience with NYSE Rule 70.40, 
member organizations have requested that certain types of proprietary 
trading be permitted under the Rule, and the Exchange has determined 
that it is appropriate to do so. Therefore, the Exchange proposes to 
revise NYSE Rule 70.40(3) to permit member organizations to effect 
transactions in the common, preferred, and debt securities of an 
operating company that is quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board or OTC 
Markets (an ``OTC Security'') from their approved booth premises for 
their own account, the account of an associated person, or an account 
with respect to which they or an associated person thereof exercise 
investment discretion, except that such member organizations could not 
effect such transactions in an OTC Security that is related to a 
security listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex.\7\ Because 
trading would be limited to the common, preferred, and debt securities 
of an operating company, a member organization could not trade in an 
index-based or derivative security (e.g., a right or warrant) that is 
quoted on the OTCBB or OTC Markets.
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    \7\ Since the merger of NYSE and NYSE Amex in 2008, the 
exchanges have conducted equity trading from the same Trading Floor, 
and NYSE Amex has conducted options trading in rooms adjacent the 
Trading Floor. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58673 
(September 29, 2008) (SR-Amex-2008-62 and SR-NYSE-2008-60), 73 FR 
57707 (October 3, 2008), and NYSE Rule 6A.
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    Under the proposed rule change, an OTC Security would be considered 
related to a security listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex \8\ 
if:
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    \8\ Securities listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market are traded on 
NYSE Amex pursuant to unlisted trading privileges and thus would be 
considered a security traded on NYSE Amex under the proposed rule 
change. See Rules 500-525-NYSE Amex Equities.

    (a) the OTC Security is issued by an issuer of a security that 
is listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex or that underlies 
an NYSE Amex option, or an affiliate of such issuer;
    (b) the OTC Security is subject to a corporate action that 
relates to the issuer of a security that is listed or traded on the 
Exchange or NYSE Amex or that underlies an NYSE Amex option, or an 
affiliate of such issuer;
    (c) the OTC Security is issued by an issuer of a security that 
is a component of a narrow-based security index \9\ that is linked 
to a security that listed or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex or 
that underlies an Amex option; or
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    \9\ For purposes of the proposed rule, the definition of narrow-
based security index would be the same as the definition in Section 
3(a)(55) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Act'').
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    (d) the OTC Security is issued by a foreign issuer or is a 
depositary receipt (or the equivalent thereof) for such a security, 
and a security issued by such foreign issuer or a depositary receipt 
(or the equivalent thereof) for such a security is listed or traded 
on the Exchange or NYSE Amex or underlies an NYSE Amex option.

    Under the proposed rule, a corporate action would be any action by 
an issuer of an OTC Security or a security listed or traded on the 
Exchange or NYSE Amex that causes a relationship between the price of 
the OTC Security and the price of the security that is listed or traded 
on the Exchange or NYSE Amex or that underlies an NYSE Amex option, 
such as the announcement of a merger, acquisition, joint venture, 
spinoff, dissolution, bankruptcy filing or other similar type of event 
involving the issuers.
    The Exchange believes that an NYSE member organization would not 
have any type of time, place, or information advantage with respect to 
the proposed proprietary trading activity that could create a potential 
issue or conflict with respect to the federal securities laws or 
Exchange rules. A member organization's proprietary transactions in OTC 
Securities would receive the same treatment as any other investor's 
transactions in such securities. Consistent with the permitted customer 
trading under current NYSE Rule 70.40, the Exchange would deem the 
proposed proprietary transactions to be off-Floor or ``upstairs'' 
transactions for purposes of its Rules.\10\
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    \10\ Because the transactions would be (1) solely in securities 
not listed or admitted to unlisted trading privileges on NYSE or 
NYSE Amex, and (2) deemed initiated from off the Floor of NYSE, NYSE 
does not believe that Section 11(a) of the Act or the rules 
thereunder would be implicated by the proposed rule change.
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    The Exchange believes that member organizations face increased 
competition as a result of changes in the structure of securities 
markets and are continually searching for ways to operate more 
efficiently.\11\ The proposed rule change would allow member 
organizations to expand the types of activities that can be conducted 
from booth premises and more efficiently use member organization staff.
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    At the same time, the proposed proprietary transactions in OTC 
Securities would remain subject to all of the other provisions of NYSE 
Rule 70.40. First, a member organization

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would have to obtain approval from NYSE Regulation, Inc. (``NYSER'') to 
engage in proprietary OTC Securities trading from booth premises.\12\
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    Second, all such transactions would be subject to the regulatory 
requirements that apply to ``upstairs'' trading, including registration 
requirements and audit trail requirements applicable to those markets 
and supervision requirements under NYSE Rule 342.\13\
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    Finally, a member organization would be required to adopt and 
implement comprehensive written procedures governing the conduct and 
supervision of proprietary trading in OTC Securities handled through 
the booth and the staff responsible for such activities; such 
procedures must be reasonably designed to ensure that the member 
organization would be trading in compliance with the requirements of 
NYSE Rule 70.40, including that it is not effecting transactions from 
booth premises in OTC Securities that are related to securities listed 
or traded on the Exchange or NYSE Amex. A member organization would be 
required to obtain NYSER approval of such written procedures before 
such trading commences.\14\ A member organization would be required to 
regularly review such procedures and compliance therewith, and obtain 
approval from NYSER of any subsequent changes to such procedures.\15\
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    \14\ If a member organization had already obtained approval to 
operate a booth premises under NYSE Rule 70.40, it would still be 
required to update its written procedures to address proprietary 
trading in OTC Securities and obtain NYSER approval under NYSE Rule 
70.40(7).
    \15\ NYSE Rule 70.40(6) and (7).
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    At a minimum, such written procedures must require the member 
organization to exercise due diligence before commencing trading in an 
OTC Security from the booth premises pursuant to this Rule to ensure 
that such trading is in compliance with the requirements of this Rule 
and that the member organization has procedures to monitor its trading 
activity in order to remain in compliance. A member organization must 
have supervisory systems in place that produce records sufficient to 
reconstruct, in a time-sequenced manner, all orders with respect to 
which the member organization is trading from the booth premises under 
this Rule. The member organization must be able to demonstrate which 
OTC Security transactions were effected from the booth premises (as 
compared to off-Floor trading, if applicable). If the member 
organization could not demonstrate which trading is from the booth 
premises, the Exchange would presume that all such trading was effected 
from the booth premises.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 
6(b) of the Act,\16\ in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 
6(b)(5) of the Act,\17\ in particular, in that it is 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. The 
proposed rule change provides member organizations with a means to 
remain competitive in view of changes in the markets by permitting 
Floor brokers to engage in proprietary trading in certain OTC 
Securities from their booth premises. Such trading offers member 
organizations no time, place, or information advantage but permits them 
to more fully utilize booth staff and thereby operate their booth 
premises more efficiently in conjunction with upstairs trading. The 
permitted proprietary trading activity in OTC Securities would remain 
subject to robust, existing regulatory requirements that serve to 
foster just and equitable principles of trade.
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    \16\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \17\ 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

    Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the 
Commission may designate 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 the 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-NYSE-2011-22 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-2011-22. 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 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-

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2011-22 and should be submitted on or before June 15, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\18\
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    \18\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-12876 Filed 5-24-11; 8:45 am]
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