Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Exclude All Rights and Warrants From the Pilot Rule for Trading Pauses Due to Extraordinary Market Volatility, 74109-74111 [2011-30810]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 230 / Wednesday, November 30, 2011 / Notices A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–65815; File No. SR–BX– 2011–079] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Exclude All Rights and Warrants From the Pilot Rule for Trading Pauses Due to Extraordinary Market Volatility November 23, 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 November 18, 2011, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (‘‘BX’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by BX. 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 BX proposes to exclude all rights and warrants from the pilot trading pause process under Rule 4120(a)(11) by amending IM–4120–3, which defines what is considered a ‘‘Circuit Breaker Security’’ under Rule 4120(a)(11). The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is italicized. * * * * * IM–4120–3. Circuit Breaker Securities Pilot The provisions of paragraph (a)(11) of this Rule shall be in effect during a pilot set to end on January 31, 2012. During the pilot, the term ‘‘Circuit Breaker Securities’’ shall mean all NMS stocks except rights and warrants. * * * * * emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, BX 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. BX has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. 1 15 2 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:30 Nov 29, 2011 Jkt 226001 1. Purpose BX proposes to exclude all rights and warrants from the trading pause process described under Rule 4120(a)(11) by excluding them from the definition of ‘‘Circuit Breaker Securities’’ under IM– 4120–3. The Commission approved Rule 4120(a)(11) and IM–4120–3 on a pilot basis on June 10, 2010, together with the analogous rules of other exchanges (collectively with BX, the ‘‘Exchanges’’) and FINRA, to provide for trading pauses in individual securities due to extraordinary market volatility in all securities included within the S&P 500 Index (‘‘S&P 500’’) (the ‘‘Pause Pilot’’).3 The Exchanges and FINRA subsequently received approval to add to the Pause Pilot the securities included in the Russell 1000 Index (‘‘Russell 1000’’) and a specified list of Exchange Traded Products (‘‘ETPs’’).4 On June 23, 2011, the Commission approved proposed rule changes of the Exchanges and FINRA to amend their respective rules to expand the Pause Pilot to include all remaining NMS 3 The Commission approved the Pause Pilot for all equities exchanges and FINRA. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62252 (June 10, 2010), 75 FR 34186 (June 16, 2010) (File Nos. SR–BATS– 2010–014; SR–EDGA–2010–01; SR–EDGX–2010–01; SR–BX–2010–037; SR–ISE–2010–48; SR–NYSE– 2010–39; SR–NYSEAmex–2010–46; SR–NYSEArca– 2010–41; SR–NASDAQ–2010–061; SR–CHX–2010– 10; SR–NSX–2010–05; and SR–CBOE–2010–047), and Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62251 (June 10, 2010), 75 FR 34183 (June 16, 2010) (SR– FINRA–2010–025). 4 The Commission approved the addition to the Pause Pilot of the securities included in the Russell 1000 and ETPs, where applicable, for all equities exchanges and FINRA. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62884 (September 10, 2010), 75 FR 56618 (September 16, 2010) (File Nos. SR–BATS– 2010–018; SR–BX–2010–044; SR–CBOE–2010–065; SR–CHX–2010–14; SR–EDGA–2010–05; SR–EDGX– 2010–05; SR–ISE–2010–66; SR–NASDAQ–2010– 079; SR–NYSE–2010–49; SR–NYSEAmex–2010–63; SR–NYSEArca–2010–61; and SR–NSX–2010–08, and Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62883 (September 10, 2010), 75 FR 56608 (September 16, 2010) (SR–FINRA–2010–033). BX submitted a proposed rule change shortly after the addition of the Russell 1000 securities and ETPs to extend the operation of the Pause Pilot, which was set to expire on December 10, 2010, until April 11, 2011. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63527 (December 10, 2010), 75 FR 78781 (December 16, 2010) (SR–BX–2010–088). On March 31, 2011, BX submitted a proposed rule change to further extend the Pause Pilot until the earlier of August 11, 2011 or the date on which a limit up/limit down mechanism to address extraordinary market volatility, if adopted, applies. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64176 (April 4, 2011), 76 FR 19821 (April 8, 2011) (SR–BX–2011–018). On August 8, 2011, BX submitted a proposed rule change to further extend the Pause Pilot until January 31, 2012. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 65093 (August 10, 2011), 76 FR 50781 (August 16, 2011) (SR–BX–2011–055). PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74109 stocks (‘‘Phase III Securities’’), which includes rights and warrants.5 Unlike the original Pause Pilot securities, the amended Pause Pilot applies wider percentage price moves to the Phase III Securities before a trading pause is triggered.6 The changes to the Pause Pilot became effective on August 8, 2011. The Exchanges and FINRA have analyzed the nature of trading pauses triggered since adoption of the Pause Pilot and found that over 25% of such pauses have occurred in rights and warrants. Further, the Exchanges and FINRA have experienced a significant increase in trading pauses involving rights and warrants since the implementation of the Phase III Securities, with such pauses representing approximately 52% [sic] all trading pauses occurring through the end of August 2011. Rights and warrants trade on equity exchanges, but are closely related to call options. Rights and warrants entitle owners to purchase shares of stock at predetermined prices subject to various timing and other conditions. Like options, the price of rights and warrants are affected by the price of the underlying stock as well as other factors, particularly the volatility of the stock. As a consequence, the prices of rights and warrants may move more dramatically than the prices of the underlying stocks even when the rights and warrants (and the underlying stock) are trading in an orderly manner. This difference in trading behavior may result in rights and warrants triggering the circuit breaker under the Pause Pilot and being subject to a trading pause, even while the underlying stock continues to trade. This can be particularly true of rights and warrants that have low prices. As such, the Exchanges and FINRA have determined to exclude rights and warrants from the Pause Pilot, and accordingly, BX is proposing to amend IM–4120–3 to exclude rights and warrants from the Pause Pilot under Rule 4120(a)(11). 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,7 in general, and furthers the objectives of 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64735 (June 23, 2011), 76 FR 38243 (June 29, 2011) (SR– BX–2011–025, et al.). 6 Under the amended Pause Pilot, a pause is triggered by a 30% or more price move in a Phase III Security priced at $1 or higher, and by a 50% or more price move to such a security priced less than $1. The price of a security is based on the closing price on the previous trading day, or, if no closing price exists, the last sale reported to the Consolidated Tape on the previous trading day. 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1 74110 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 230 / Wednesday, November 30, 2011 / Notices Section 6(b)(5),8 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. The proposed rule change also is designed to support the principles of Section 11A(a)(1) 9 of the Act in that it seeks to ensure fair competition among brokers and dealers and among exchange markets. BX believes that the proposed rule meets these requirements because it excludes certain securities from the rule’s coverage that are prone to triggering pauses because of their unique characteristics. These securities are unique in that they may move more dramatically than the prices of the underlying stocks to which they are related even when both securities are trading in an orderly manner. As such, the securities that are subject to this proposal may trigger a Pause Pilot circuit breaker and be subject to a trading pause, even while the underlying security continues to trade. Although there is little benefit in pausing trading in these securities, such pauses sequester regulatory resources that are better applied to the review of trading pauses in other securities that have a greater impact on the national market system. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition BX does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended. emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 10 and Rule 19b–(f)(6) thereunder.11 Because the proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). U.S.C. 78k–1(a)(1). 10 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 11 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 9 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:30 Nov 29, 2011 Jkt 226001 impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative prior to 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 12 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.13 A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 14 normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing. However, pursuant to Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) 15 the Commission may designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal may become operative immediately upon filing. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Including rights and warrants in the pilot program which may trigger a circuit breaker and be subject to a trading pause, even while the underlying security continues to trade, provides little benefit and has the potential to create confusion among investors. Excluding rights and warrants from the pilot program should minimize investor confusion that could result from temporary trading pauses in these securities. For this reason, the Commission designates the proposed rule change as operative upon the date of this Notice.16 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. 12 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) requires the Exchange to give the Commission written notice of the Exchange’s 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 satisfied this requirement. 14 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 15 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 16 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has also considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 13 17 PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 email to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR–BX–2011–079 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 No. SR–BX–2011–079. This file number should be included on the subject line if email 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–BX–2011–079 and should be submitted on or before December 21, 2011. E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 230 / Wednesday, November 30, 2011 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.17 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–30810 Filed 11–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–65824; File No. SR–CBOE– 2011–111] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Related to the Individual Stock Trading Pause Pilot Program November 23, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on November 23, 2011, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘CBOE’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated the proposal as a ‘‘noncontroversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.4 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange is proposing to amend CBOE Stock Exchange, LLC’s (‘‘CBSX’’, the CBOE’s stock trading facility) rules to exclude all rights and warrants from the individual stock trading pause pilot and to include a conforming amendment to CBOE’s options trading halt provisions. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http:// www.cboe.org/Legal), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. 17 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)(iii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 1 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:30 Nov 29, 2011 Jkt 226001 II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 6.3C to exclude all rights and warrants from the single stock circuit breaker under the rule. The Commission approved Rule 6.3C on a pilot basis on June 10, 2010 to provide for trading pauses in individual securities due to extraordinary market volatility (‘‘Trading Pause’’) in all securities included within the S&P 500 ® Index (‘‘S&P 500’’) (‘‘Pause Pilot’’).5 The Exchange subsequently received approval to add to the Pause Pilot the securities included in the Russell 1000® Index (‘‘Russell 1000’’) and a specified list of Exchange Traded Products (‘‘ETPs’’).6 5 The Commission approved the Pause Pilot for all equities exchanges and FINRA. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62252 (June 10, 2010), 75 FR 34186 (June 16, 2010) (File Nos. SR–BATS– 2010–014; SR–EDGA–2010–01; SR–EDGX–2010–01; SR–BX–2010–037; SR–ISE–2010–48; SR–NYSE– 2010–39; SR–NYSEAmex–2010–46; SR–NYSEArca– 2010–41; SR–NASDAQ–2010–061; SR–CHX–2010– 10; SR–NSX–2010–05; and SR–CBOE–2010–047) and Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62251 (June 10, 2010), 75 FR 34183 (June 16, 2010) (SR– FINRA–2010–025). 6 The Commission approved the addition to the Pause Pilot of the securities included in the Russell 1000 and ETPs, where applicable, for all equities exchanges and FINRA See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62884 (September 10, 2010), 75 FR 56618 (September 16, 2010) (File Nos. SR–BATS– 2010–018; SR–BX–2010–044; SR–CBOE–2010–065; SR–CHX–2010–14; SR–EDGA–2010–05; SR–EDGX– 2010–05; SR–ISE–2010–66; SR–NASDAQ–2010– 079; SR–NYSE–2010–49; SR–NYSEAmex–2010–63; SR–NYSEArca–2010–61; and SR–NSX–2010–08 and Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62883 (September 10, 2010), 75 FR 56608 (September 16, 2010) (SR–FINRA–2010–033). The Pause Pilot, which was originally set to expire on December 10, 2010, has been extended and is currently set to expire on January 31, 2012. See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 63502 (December 9, 2010), 75 FR 78306 (December 15, 2010) (SR–CBOE–2010–112) (extension of Pilot through April 11, 2011); 64194 (April 5, 2011), 76 FR 20389 (April 12, 2011)(SR– CBOE–2011–031)(extension of Pilot through the PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74111 On June 23, 2011, the Commission approved proposed rule changes to expand the Pause Pilot to include all remaining NMS stocks (‘‘Phase III Securities’’), which included rights and warrants.7 Unlike the original Pause Pilot securities, amended Rule 6.3C applies wider percentage price moves to the Phase III Securities before a trading pause is triggered.8 The changes to Rule 6.3C became effective on August 8, 2011.9 Analysis of the nature of the trading pauses triggered since adoption of the Pause Pilot notes that over 25% of such pauses have occurred in rights and warrants. Further, there has been a significant increase in trading pauses involving rights and warrants since the implementation of the Phase III Securities, with such pauses representing approximately 52% [sic] all trading pauses occurring through the end of August 2011. Rights and warrants trade on equity exchanges, but are closely related to call options. Rights and warrants entitle owners to purchase shares of stock at predetermined prices subject to various timing and other conditions. Like options, the price of rights and warrants are affected by the price of the underlying stock as well as other factors, particularly the volatility of the stock. As a consequence, the prices of rights and warrants may move more dramatically than the prices of the underlying stocks even when the rights and warrants (and the underlying stock) are trading in an orderly manner. This difference in trading behavior may result in a scenario whereby the rights and warrants trigger the circuit breaker under Rule 6.3C and are subject to a trading pause, even while the underlying stock continues to trade. This can be particularly true of rights and warrants that have low prices. Accordingly, the Exchange is proposing to exclude rights and warrants from the trading pause under Rule 6.3C. earlier of August 11, 2011 or the date on which a limit up-limit down mechanism to address extraordinary market volatility, if adopted, applies to the pilot stocks) and 65070 (August 9, 2011), 76 FR 50516 (August 15, 2011)(SR–CBOE–2011–076). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64735 (June 23, 2011), 76 FR 38243 (June 29, 2011) (SR– NASDAQ–2011–067, et al.). 8 Under amended Rule 6.3C, a pause is triggered by a 30% or more price move in a Phase III Security priced at $1 or higher, and by a 50% or more price move to such a security priced less than $1. The price of a security is based on the closing price on the previous trading day, or, if no closing price exists, the last sale reported to the Consolidated Tape on the previous trading day. 9 The Exchange notes that CBSX is not currently the primary listing market for any stocks, and thus, will not be issuing any trading pauses pursuant to its rules. E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-65815; File No. SR-BX-2011-079]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Exclude 
All Rights and Warrants From the Pilot Rule for Trading Pauses Due to 
Extraordinary Market Volatility

November 23, 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 November 18, 2011, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (``BX''), filed with the 
Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the proposed rule 
change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been 
prepared by BX. 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

    BX proposes to exclude all rights and warrants from the pilot 
trading pause process under Rule 4120(a)(11) by amending IM-4120-3, 
which defines what is considered a ``Circuit Breaker Security'' under 
Rule 4120(a)(11).
    The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new 
language is italicized.
* * * * *

IM-4120-3. Circuit Breaker Securities Pilot

    The provisions of paragraph (a)(11) of this Rule shall be in 
effect during a pilot set to end on January 31, 2012. During the 
pilot, the term ``Circuit Breaker Securities'' shall mean all NMS 
stocks except rights and warrants.
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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, BX 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. BX 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 the 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    BX proposes to exclude all rights and warrants from the trading 
pause process described under Rule 4120(a)(11) by excluding them from 
the definition of ``Circuit Breaker Securities'' under IM-4120-3. The 
Commission approved Rule 4120(a)(11) and IM-4120-3 on a pilot basis on 
June 10, 2010, together with the analogous rules of other exchanges 
(collectively with BX, the ``Exchanges'') and FINRA, to provide for 
trading pauses in individual securities due to extraordinary market 
volatility in all securities included within the S&P 500 Index (``S&P 
500'') (the ``Pause Pilot'').\3\ The Exchanges and FINRA subsequently 
received approval to add to the Pause Pilot the securities included in 
the Russell 1000 Index (``Russell 1000'') and a specified list of 
Exchange Traded Products (``ETPs'').\4\
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    \3\ The Commission approved the Pause Pilot for all equities 
exchanges and FINRA. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62252 
(June 10, 2010), 75 FR 34186 (June 16, 2010) (File Nos. SR-BATS-
2010-014; SR-EDGA-2010-01; SR-EDGX-2010-01; SR-BX-2010-037; SR-ISE-
2010-48; SR-NYSE-2010-39; SR-NYSEAmex-2010-46; SR-NYSEArca-2010-41; 
SR-NASDAQ-2010-061; SR-CHX-2010-10; SR-NSX-2010-05; and SR-CBOE-
2010-047), and Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62251 (June 10, 
2010), 75 FR 34183 (June 16, 2010) (SR-FINRA-2010-025).
    \4\ The Commission approved the addition to the Pause Pilot of 
the securities included in the Russell 1000 and ETPs, where 
applicable, for all equities exchanges and FINRA. See Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 62884 (September 10, 2010), 75 FR 56618 
(September 16, 2010) (File Nos. SR-BATS-2010-018; SR-BX-2010-044; 
SR-CBOE-2010-065; SR-CHX-2010-14; SR-EDGA-2010-05; SR-EDGX-2010-05; 
SR-ISE-2010-66; SR-NASDAQ-2010-079; SR-NYSE-2010-49; SR-NYSEAmex-
2010-63; SR-NYSEArca-2010-61; and SR-NSX-2010-08, and Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 62883 (September 10, 2010), 75 FR 56608 
(September 16, 2010) (SR-FINRA-2010-033). BX submitted a proposed 
rule change shortly after the addition of the Russell 1000 
securities and ETPs to extend the operation of the Pause Pilot, 
which was set to expire on December 10, 2010, until April 11, 2011. 
See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63527 (December 10, 2010), 
75 FR 78781 (December 16, 2010) (SR-BX-2010-088). On March 31, 2011, 
BX submitted a proposed rule change to further extend the Pause 
Pilot until the earlier of August 11, 2011 or the date on which a 
limit up/limit down mechanism to address extraordinary market 
volatility, if adopted, applies. See Securities Exchange Act Release 
No. 64176 (April 4, 2011), 76 FR 19821 (April 8, 2011) (SR-BX-2011-
018). On August 8, 2011, BX submitted a proposed rule change to 
further extend the Pause Pilot until January 31, 2012. See 
Securities Exchange Act Release No. 65093 (August 10, 2011), 76 FR 
50781 (August 16, 2011) (SR-BX-2011-055).
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    On June 23, 2011, the Commission approved proposed rule changes of 
the Exchanges and FINRA to amend their respective rules to expand the 
Pause Pilot to include all remaining NMS stocks (``Phase III 
Securities''), which includes rights and warrants.\5\ Unlike the 
original Pause Pilot securities, the amended Pause Pilot applies wider 
percentage price moves to the Phase III Securities before a trading 
pause is triggered.\6\ The changes to the Pause Pilot became effective 
on August 8, 2011.
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64735 (June 23, 
2011), 76 FR 38243 (June 29, 2011) (SR-BX-2011-025, et al.).
    \6\ Under the amended Pause Pilot, a pause is triggered by a 30% 
or more price move in a Phase III Security priced at $1 or higher, 
and by a 50% or more price move to such a security priced less than 
$1. The price of a security is based on the closing price on the 
previous trading day, or, if no closing price exists, the last sale 
reported to the Consolidated Tape on the previous trading day.
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    The Exchanges and FINRA have analyzed the nature of trading pauses 
triggered since adoption of the Pause Pilot and found that over 25% of 
such pauses have occurred in rights and warrants. Further, the 
Exchanges and FINRA have experienced a significant increase in trading 
pauses involving rights and warrants since the implementation of the 
Phase III Securities, with such pauses representing approximately 52% 
[sic] all trading pauses occurring through the end of August 2011. 
Rights and warrants trade on equity exchanges, but are closely related 
to call options. Rights and warrants entitle owners to purchase shares 
of stock at predetermined prices subject to various timing and other 
conditions. Like options, the price of rights and warrants are affected 
by the price of the underlying stock as well as other factors, 
particularly the volatility of the stock. As a consequence, the prices 
of rights and warrants may move more dramatically than the prices of 
the underlying stocks even when the rights and warrants (and the 
underlying stock) are trading in an orderly manner. This difference in 
trading behavior may result in rights and warrants triggering the 
circuit breaker under the Pause Pilot and being subject to a trading 
pause, even while the underlying stock continues to trade. This can be 
particularly true of rights and warrants that have low prices. As such, 
the Exchanges and FINRA have determined to exclude rights and warrants 
from the Pause Pilot, and accordingly, BX is proposing to amend IM-
4120-3 to exclude rights and warrants from the Pause Pilot under Rule 
4120(a)(11).
2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the 
Act,\7\ in general, and furthers the objectives of

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Section 6(b)(5),\8\ 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. The proposed rule change also is 
designed to support the principles of Section 11A(a)(1) \9\ of the Act 
in that it seeks to ensure fair competition among brokers and dealers 
and among exchange markets. BX believes that the proposed rule meets 
these requirements because it excludes certain securities from the 
rule's coverage that are prone to triggering pauses because of their 
unique characteristics. These securities are unique in that they may 
move more dramatically than the prices of the underlying stocks to 
which they are related even when both securities are trading in an 
orderly manner. As such, the securities that are subject to this 
proposal may trigger a Pause Pilot circuit breaker and be subject to a 
trading pause, even while the underlying security continues to trade. 
Although there is little benefit in pausing trading in these 
securities, such pauses sequester regulatory resources that are better 
applied to the review of trading pauses in other securities that have a 
greater impact on the national market system.
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1(a)(1).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    BX does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 
any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

    The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \10\ and Rule 19b-(f)(6) thereunder.\11\ 
Because the proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the 
protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any 
significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative prior to 
30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as 
the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \12\ and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.\13\
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \11\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \13\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) 
requires the Exchange to give the Commission written notice of the 
Exchange's 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 satisfied this requirement.
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) \14\ normally 
does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing. 
However, pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) \15\ the Commission may 
designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked 
the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal 
may become operative immediately upon filing.
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    \14\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \15\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
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    The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is 
consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. 
Including rights and warrants in the pilot program which may trigger a 
circuit breaker and be subject to a trading pause, even while the 
underlying security continues to trade, provides little benefit and has 
the potential to create confusion among investors. Excluding rights and 
warrants from the pilot program should minimize investor confusion that 
could result from temporary trading pauses in these securities. For 
this reason, the Commission designates the proposed rule change as 
operative upon the date of this Notice.\16\
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    \16\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, 
the Commission has also considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of 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:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File No. SR-BX-2011-079 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 No. SR-BX-2011-079. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if email 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-BX-2011-079 and 
should be submitted on or before December 21, 2011.



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    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\17\
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    \17\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-30810 Filed 11-29-11; 8:45 am]
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