Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Amendments to the EDGX Exchange, Inc. Fee Schedule, 64409-64411 [2011-26857]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 201 / Tuesday, October 18, 2011 / Notices FINRA members, the Exchange has represented that they have received ample notice of the proposed change and will be given additional time, until January 31, 2012, to comply with the proposed rule change. Finally, the Commission notes that the proposed rule change is consistent with FINRA and Nasdaq rules previously approved by the Commission. The Commission, therefore, designates the proposed rule change to be operative upon filing with the Commission. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NYSEARCA–2011–69 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–2011–69. 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Oct 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 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 Number SR– NYSEARCA–2011–69 and should be submitted on or before November 8, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.24 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–26858 Filed 10–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–65541; File No. SR–EDGX– 2011–31] Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Amendments to the EDGX Exchange, Inc. Fee Schedule October 12, 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 September 30, 2011, the EDGX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or the ‘‘EDGX’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared by the selfregulatory 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 its fees and rebates applicable to Members 3 24 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 A Member is any registered broker or dealer, or any person associated with a registered broker or dealer, that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64409 of the Exchange pursuant to EDGX Rule 15.1(a) and (c). All of the changes described herein are applicable to EDGX Members. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Internet Web site at http:// www.directedge.com. 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 these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change Purpose The Exchange proposes to decrease the charge assessed for removing liquidity fromthe Exchange from $0.0030 per share to $0.0029 per share. In the Exchange’s feeschedule, these modifications are reflected in Flags N, W, 6 and PI, where liquidityis removed. The Exchange proposes adding footnote 12 to state that a removal rate of$0.0029 per share applies where an MPID’s add liquidity ratio is equal to or greaterthan 10%. The add liquidity ratio is defined as ‘‘added’’ flags/(‘‘added’’ flags + ‘‘removal’’ flags) × 100, where added flags includeB, H, V, Y, MM, 3, or 4 and removal flags include MT, N, W, PI, or 6. The removalrate of $0.0029 per share applies to single MPIDs only as share volume calculationsfor wholly owned affiliates cannot be aggregated across multiple MPIDs on aprospective basis. The Exchange also proposes to add language to state that theremoval rate of $0.0030 per share will apply where a Member does not meet the addliquidity ratio of at least 10%. The Exchange proposes to add the RR Flag for orders that are routed to the EDGA Exchange and remove liquidity using routing strategies IOCX and IOCT, as defined in Exchange Rules 11.9(b)(3)(l) and (m). The Exchange proposes to assess a charge of $0.0007 per share to account for the passthrough of the proposed EDGA fee for removing liquidity. The Exchange proposes to add the PI Flag to the fee schedule for orders that E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1 64410 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 201 / Tuesday, October 18, 2011 / Notices remove liquidity from the EDGX Exchange against the Midpoint Match, as defined in Exchange Rule 11.5(c)(7). The Exchange proposes to assess a charge of $0.0029 per share, which corresponds to the proposed fee of $0.0029 per share assessed for removing liquidity from the Exchange. The Exchange proposes to incorporate the H Flag for Non-Displayed Orders that add liquidity, as defined in Exchange Rule 11.5(c)(8), but not including Midpoint Match Orders. The Exchange proposes to provide a rebate of $0.0015 per share. The Exchange proposes to eliminate the FIX (ECN Translator) 4 logical port fee effective as of October 1, 2011, as the ECN Translator is no longer being used by its Members and non-members.5 The Exchange proposes to make technical amendments to Flags MM and MT to add ‘‘using Midpoint Match order type’’ to further clarify the order types where the fees will be assessed. The Exchange proposes to make a technical amendment to footnote 9 by adding ‘‘per share’’ to clarify that the fee will be calculated on a per share basis. The Exchange also proposes to make technical amendments to the membership fee table included in the fee schedule to eliminate the word ‘‘proposed’’ since these fees were effective on September 1, 2011 6 and add the word ‘‘will’’ to footnote 3. The Exchange proposes to implement these amendments to its fee schedule on October 1, 2011. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes are consistent with the objectives of Section 6 of the Exchange Act,7 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),8 in particular, as it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. The Exchange believes that the proposed decrease in rate for removing liquidity from $0.0030 per share to $0.0029 per share provided that a certain add liquidity ratio is met by Members (and the conforming flag 4 The ECN Translator allows a Member or nonmember who previously connected to Direct Edge’s ECN to be re-directed automatically to EDGX Exchange, Inc. It can only be accessed through a FIX port. 5 Members were notified on May 3, 2011 that the ECN Translator ports would no longer be available as of August 1, 2011. 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34– 65189 (August 24, 2011), 76 FR 53990 (August 30, 2011) (SR–EDGX–2011–26). 7 15 U.S.C. 78f. 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Oct 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 changes to flags N, W, 6, and PI) represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges. The Exchange believes that this decreased fee to Members would incent further liquidity to the Exchange and provide an incentive for Members to provide liquidity that supports the quality of price discovery and promotes market transparency. The tier rewards Members who provide liquidity to the Exchange (at least a 10% add liquidity ratio), and provides a decreased fee that is reasonably related to the value to the exchange’s market quality associated with higher volumes. Such similar ratios are also used by NYSE Arca.9 Such increased volume also increases potential revenue to the Exchange, and would allow the Exchange to spread its administrative and infrastructure costs over a greater number of shares, leading to lower per share costs. These lower per share costs would allow the Exchange to pass on the savings to Members in the form of a lower fee. The Exchange believes that the proposed rate is non-discriminatory in that it applies uniformly to all Members. In addition, the Exchange proposes to apply a removal rate of $0.0029 per share to single MPIDs only, which is consistent with the precedent set forth by NASDAQ in its fee schedule, where it gives different rates for liquidity ‘‘added through any single MPID’’ versus liquidity ‘‘added by firms’’ as whole.10 The Exchange believes this competitive pricing promotes increased liquidity provision to EDGX by each individual MPID, which supports the quality of price discovery and promotes market transparency. At this time, the Exchange approximates that more than 250 MPIDs will qualify for this reduced rate. In footnote 12 of the fee schedule, the Exchange states that a removal rate of $0.0029 per share cannot be aggregated across multiple MPIDs on a prospective basis because the Exchange does not want to incidentally reward MPID(s) that do not contribute to this liquidity provision. The Exchange believes that the proposed rate is nondiscriminatory in that it applies uniformly to all Members and MPIDs. The Exchange believes that the proposed fee for the PI flag of $0.0029 per share represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges since the fee is in line with standard rate for removal of liquidity from the Exchange of $0.0029 per share.11 The PI flag will increase transparency for Members as well as enable them to track their orders that execute against the Midpoint Match and result in price improvement. The Exchange also believes that the PI Flag will afford the Exchange the flexibility to offer additional cost savings and/or price discounts for orders that offer price improvements in the future. Similarly, the Exchange believes that the proposed rate is non-discriminatory in that it applies uniformly to all Members. The Exchange believes that the proposed charge associated with the RR flag ($0.0007 per share) represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges since it reflects a pass through of the proposed EDGA fee for removing liquidity of $0.0007 per share. The RR Flag will only apply to orders incorporating routing strategies IOCX or IOCT, which are the Exchange’s only two routing strategies that solely sweep EDGX and then route the balance of the order to EDGA. The RR Flag differs from the I Flag because the RR Flag is the result of two routing strategies that target EDGA, and the I Flag is the result of multiple routing strategies that execute at EDGA amongst other destinations. In addition, the Exchange believes the resulting effect of the RR Flag is consistent with similar strategies that solely target one other away exchange such as ROBA, ROBY and ROPA (and also pass on the removal rate of those respective exchange), pursuant to Exchange Rules 11.9(b)(3)(e), 11.9(b)(3)(g) and 11.9(b)(3)(k). In addition, EDGX believes that it is reasonable and equitable to pass on these fees to its members. The Exchange believes that the proposed charge is non-discriminatory in that it applies uniformly to all Members. The Exchange believes that the proposed rebate of $0.0015 per share for adding non-displayed orders to the EDGX book represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges as it is designed to incentivize Members to add hidden liquidity to the book, but not reward them as much as those who offer displayed liquidity (standard rebate of $0.0023 per share). The Exchange implemented the H Flag in order to differentiate between the relative value (and rebates) of non-displayed orders and displayed orders. In addition, the rate is [sic] line with other similar 9 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64593 (June 3, 2011), 76 FR 33380 (June 8, 2011) (SR– NYSEArca–2011–34) (introducing Investor Tier 1 and Investor Tier 2). 10 See http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/ Trader.aspx?id=PriceListTrading2. 11 The Exchange notes that the PI flag is to be contrasted with the MT flag in that the PI flag results from an incidental match against Midpoint Match, while the MT flag results from a Member intentionally sending order flow through Midpoint Match. PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 201 / Tuesday, October 18, 2011 / Notices exchange rebates offered for hidden liquidity by BATS (rebate of $0.0017 per share), Nasdsaq tiered rate of .0010/ .0015), and NYSE Arca (rebate of $0.0015 per share). The Exchange believes that the proposed rebate is nondiscriminatory in that it applies uniformly to all Members. The Exchange believes that the proposed elimination of the FIX (ECN Translator) logical port fee represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges as the ECN Translator is no longer used by any Members and therefore, its elimination will not impact any Members. The proposed elimination of the fee also provides more simplicity to the fee schedule. The Exchange notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily direct order flow to competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive. The proposed rule changes reflect a competitive pricing structure designed to incent market participants to direct their order flow to the Exchange. The Exchange believes that the proposed rates are nondiscriminatory in that they apply uniformly to all Members. The Exchange believes the fees and credits remain competitive with those charged by other venues and therefore continue to be reasonable and equitably allocated to Members. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested parties. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3) [sic] of the Act 12 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 13 thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if 12 15 13 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 19b–4(f)(2). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Oct 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 64411 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. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. 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: [FR Doc. 2011–26857 Filed 10–17–11; 8:45 am] 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–EDGX–2011–31 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Modify the Minimum Quantity Order BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–65536; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2011–140] October 12, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 Paper Comments notice is hereby given that on • Send paper comments in triplicate September 30, 2011, The NASDAQ to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Stock Market LLC (‘‘NASDAQ’’) filed Securities and Exchange Commission, with the Securities and Exchange 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the 20549–1090. proposed rule change as described in All submissions should refer to File Items I, II, and III below, which Items Number SR–EDGX–2011–31 This file have been prepared by NASDAQ. The number should be included on the Commission is publishing this notice to subject line if e-mail is used. To help the solicit comments on the proposed rule Commission process and review your change from interested persons. comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s post all comments on the Commission’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ the Proposed Rule Change rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the NASDAQ is filing this proposed rule submission, all subsequent change to modify the operation of its amendments, all written statements Minimum Quantity Order. NASDAQ with respect to the proposed rule proposes to implement the rule change change that are filed with the on a date that is at least thirty days after Commission, and all written the date of the filing, but prior to communications relating to the November 30, 2011. The text of the proposed rule change between the proposed rule change is available at Commission and any person, other than http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com/, at those that may be withheld from the NASDAQ’s principal office, and at the public in accordance with the Commission’s Public Reference 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–EDGX– 14 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2011–31 and should be submitted on or 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. before November 8, 2011. PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-65541; File No. SR-EDGX-2011-31]


 Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to 
Amendments to the EDGX Exchange, Inc. Fee Schedule

October 12, 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 September 30, 2011, the EDGX Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' 
or the ``EDGX'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, 
and III below, which items have been prepared by the 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).
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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 its fees and rebates applicable to 
Members \3\ of the Exchange pursuant to EDGX Rule 15.1(a) and (c). All 
of the changes described herein are applicable to EDGX Members. The 
text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Internet Web site at http://www.directedge.com.
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    \3\ A Member is any registered broker or dealer, or any person 
associated with a registered broker or dealer, that has been 
admitted to membership in the Exchange.
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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 these statements may be examined at 
the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization 
has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the 
most significant aspects of such statements.

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

Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to decrease the charge assessed for removing 
liquidity fromthe Exchange from $0.0030 per share to $0.0029 per share. 
In the Exchange's feeschedule, these modifications are reflected in 
Flags N, W, 6 and PI, where liquidityis removed. The Exchange proposes 
adding footnote 12 to state that a removal rate of$0.0029 per share 
applies where an MPID's add liquidity ratio is equal to or greaterthan 
10%. The add liquidity ratio is defined as ``added'' flags/(``added'' 
flags + ``removal'' flags) x 100, where added flags includeB, H, V, Y, 
MM, 3, or 4 and removal flags include MT, N, W, PI, or 6. The 
removalrate of $0.0029 per share applies to single MPIDs only as share 
volume calculationsfor wholly owned affiliates cannot be aggregated 
across multiple MPIDs on aprospective basis. The Exchange also proposes 
to add language to state that theremoval rate of $0.0030 per share will 
apply where a Member does not meet the addliquidity ratio of at least 
10%.
    The Exchange proposes to add the RR Flag for orders that are routed 
to the EDGA Exchange and remove liquidity using routing strategies IOCX 
and IOCT, as defined in Exchange Rules 11.9(b)(3)(l) and (m). The 
Exchange proposes to assess a charge of $0.0007 per share to account 
for the pass-through of the proposed EDGA fee for removing liquidity.
    The Exchange proposes to add the PI Flag to the fee schedule for 
orders that

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remove liquidity from the EDGX Exchange against the Midpoint Match, as 
defined in Exchange Rule 11.5(c)(7). The Exchange proposes to assess a 
charge of $0.0029 per share, which corresponds to the proposed fee of 
$0.0029 per share assessed for removing liquidity from the Exchange.
    The Exchange proposes to incorporate the H Flag for Non-Displayed 
Orders that add liquidity, as defined in Exchange Rule 11.5(c)(8), but 
not including Midpoint Match Orders. The Exchange proposes to provide a 
rebate of $0.0015 per share.
    The Exchange proposes to eliminate the FIX (ECN Translator) \4\ 
logical port fee effective as of October 1, 2011, as the ECN Translator 
is no longer being used by its Members and non-members.\5\
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    \4\ The ECN Translator allows a Member or non-member who 
previously connected to Direct Edge's ECN to be re-directed 
automatically to EDGX Exchange, Inc. It can only be accessed through 
a FIX port.
    \5\ Members were notified on May 3, 2011 that the ECN Translator 
ports would no longer be available as of August 1, 2011.
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    The Exchange proposes to make technical amendments to Flags MM and 
MT to add ``using Midpoint Match order type'' to further clarify the 
order types where the fees will be assessed.
    The Exchange proposes to make a technical amendment to footnote 9 
by adding ``per share'' to clarify that the fee will be calculated on a 
per share basis.
    The Exchange also proposes to make technical amendments to the 
membership fee table included in the fee schedule to eliminate the word 
``proposed'' since these fees were effective on September 1, 2011 \6\ 
and add the word ``will'' to footnote 3.
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    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34-65189 (August 24, 
2011), 76 FR 53990 (August 30, 2011) (SR-EDGX-2011-26).
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    The Exchange proposes to implement these amendments to its fee 
schedule on October 1, 2011.
Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes are consistent 
with the objectives of Section 6 of the Exchange Act,\7\ in general, 
and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),\8\ in particular, as it 
is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, 
fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its 
facilities.
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed decrease in rate for 
removing liquidity from $0.0030 per share to $0.0029 per share provided 
that a certain add liquidity ratio is met by Members (and the 
conforming flag changes to flags N, W, 6, and PI) represents an 
equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges. The 
Exchange believes that this decreased fee to Members would incent 
further liquidity to the Exchange and provide an incentive for Members 
to provide liquidity that supports the quality of price discovery and 
promotes market transparency. The tier rewards Members who provide 
liquidity to the Exchange (at least a 10% add liquidity ratio), and 
provides a decreased fee that is reasonably related to the value to the 
exchange's market quality associated with higher volumes. Such similar 
ratios are also used by NYSE Arca.\9\ Such increased volume also 
increases potential revenue to the Exchange, and would allow the 
Exchange to spread its administrative and infrastructure costs over a 
greater number of shares, leading to lower per share costs. These lower 
per share costs would allow the Exchange to pass on the savings to 
Members in the form of a lower fee. The Exchange believes that the 
proposed rate is non-discriminatory in that it applies uniformly to all 
Members.
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    \9\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64593 (June 3, 
2011), 76 FR 33380 (June 8, 2011) (SR-NYSEArca-2011-34) (introducing 
Investor Tier 1 and Investor Tier 2).
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    In addition, the Exchange proposes to apply a removal rate of 
$0.0029 per share to single MPIDs only, which is consistent with the 
precedent set forth by NASDAQ in its fee schedule, where it gives 
different rates for liquidity ``added through any single MPID'' versus 
liquidity ``added by firms'' as whole.\10\ The Exchange believes this 
competitive pricing promotes increased liquidity provision to EDGX by 
each individual MPID, which supports the quality of price discovery and 
promotes market transparency. At this time, the Exchange approximates 
that more than 250 MPIDs will qualify for this reduced rate. In 
footnote 12 of the fee schedule, the Exchange states that a removal 
rate of $0.0029 per share cannot be aggregated across multiple MPIDs on 
a prospective basis because the Exchange does not want to incidentally 
reward MPID(s) that do not contribute to this liquidity provision. The 
Exchange believes that the proposed rate is non-discriminatory in that 
it applies uniformly to all Members and MPIDs.
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed fee for the PI flag of 
$0.0029 per share represents an equitable allocation of reasonable 
dues, fees, and other charges since the fee is in line with standard 
rate for removal of liquidity from the Exchange of $0.0029 per 
share.\11\ The PI flag will increase transparency for Members as well 
as enable them to track their orders that execute against the Midpoint 
Match and result in price improvement. The Exchange also believes that 
the PI Flag will afford the Exchange the flexibility to offer 
additional cost savings and/or price discounts for orders that offer 
price improvements in the future. Similarly, the Exchange believes that 
the proposed rate is non-discriminatory in that it applies uniformly to 
all Members.
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    \11\ The Exchange notes that the PI flag is to be contrasted 
with the MT flag in that the PI flag results from an incidental 
match against Midpoint Match, while the MT flag results from a 
Member intentionally sending order flow through Midpoint Match.
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed charge associated with the 
RR flag ($0.0007 per share) represents an equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees, and other charges since it reflects a pass 
through of the proposed EDGA fee for removing liquidity of $0.0007 per 
share. The RR Flag will only apply to orders incorporating routing 
strategies IOCX or IOCT, which are the Exchange's only two routing 
strategies that solely sweep EDGX and then route the balance of the 
order to EDGA. The RR Flag differs from the I Flag because the RR Flag 
is the result of two routing strategies that target EDGA, and the I 
Flag is the result of multiple routing strategies that execute at EDGA 
amongst other destinations. In addition, the Exchange believes the 
resulting effect of the RR Flag is consistent with similar strategies 
that solely target one other away exchange such as ROBA, ROBY and ROPA 
(and also pass on the removal rate of those respective exchange), 
pursuant to Exchange Rules 11.9(b)(3)(e), 11.9(b)(3)(g) and 
11.9(b)(3)(k). In addition, EDGX believes that it is reasonable and 
equitable to pass on these fees to its members. The Exchange believes 
that the proposed charge is non-discriminatory in that it applies 
uniformly to all Members.
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rebate of $0.0015 per share 
for adding non-displayed orders to the EDGX book represents an 
equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges as it 
is designed to incentivize Members to add hidden liquidity to the book, 
but not reward them as much as those who offer displayed liquidity 
(standard rebate of $0.0023 per share). The Exchange implemented the H 
Flag in order to differentiate between the relative value (and rebates) 
of non-displayed orders and displayed orders. In addition, the rate is 
[sic] line with other similar

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exchange rebates offered for hidden liquidity by BATS (rebate of 
$0.0017 per share), Nasdsaq tiered rate of .0010/.0015), and NYSE Arca 
(rebate of $0.0015 per share). The Exchange believes that the proposed 
rebate is non-discriminatory in that it applies uniformly to all 
Members.
    The Exchange believes that the proposed elimination of the FIX (ECN 
Translator) logical port fee represents an equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees, and other charges as the ECN Translator is no 
longer used by any Members and therefore, its elimination will not 
impact any Members. The proposed elimination of the fee also provides 
more simplicity to the fee schedule.
    The Exchange notes that it operates in a highly competitive market 
in which market participants can readily direct order flow to competing 
venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive. 
The proposed rule changes reflect a competitive pricing structure 
designed to incent market participants to direct their order flow to 
the Exchange. The Exchange believes that the proposed rates are non-
discriminatory in that they apply uniformly to all Members. The 
Exchange believes the fees and credits remain competitive with those 
charged by other venues and therefore continue to be reasonable and 
equitably allocated to Members.

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

    The proposed rule change does not 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 has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, 
comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received 
any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested 
parties.

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

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3) [sic] of the Act \12\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) \13\ thereunder. 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.
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    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \13\ 17 CFR 19b-4(f)(2).
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an E-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-EDGX-2011-31 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-EDGX-2011-31 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-EDGX-2011-31 and should be 
submitted on or before November 8, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\14\
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    \14\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Elizabeth M. Murphy,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-26857 Filed 10-17-11; 8:45 am]
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