Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Extending the Pilot Period Regarding the Use of Multiple MPIDs on FINRA Facilities, 82022-82024 [2011-33447]

Download as PDF 82022 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 250 / Thursday, December 29, 2011 / Notices allocation algorithm are consistent with the Original FLEX System Approval Order and Trading Permit Holders and Rule 24B.5(b)(2)(ii), a Trading Permit Holder order that is relying on the ‘‘G’’ exemption continues to be prohibited from resting on the electronic book and such a Trading Permit Holder may rely on the ‘‘G’’ exemption if it sends an order to the electronic book and then cancels it immediately if it is not executed in full. 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 29 in general and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 30 in particular in that it should promote just and equitable principles of trade, serve to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and protect investors and the public interest. In particular, the Exchange believes that the use of FLEX Options provide CBOE Trading Permit Holders and investors with additional tools to trade customized options in an exchange environment 31 and greater opportunities to manage risk. The proposed changes to the existing series opening process and the allocation algorithms should serve to further those objectives and encourage use of FLEX Options by enhancing and simplifying the existing processes, which should make the system more efficient and effective and easier for users to understand. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. 29 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 31 FLEX Options provide Trading Permit Holders and investors with an improved but comparable alternative to the over-the-counter (‘‘OTC’’) market in customized options, which can take on contract characteristics similar to FLEX Options but are not subject to the same restrictions. The Exchange believes that making these changes will make the FLEX Hybrid Trading System an even more attractive alternative when market participants consider whether to execute their customized options in an exchange environment or in the OTC market. CBOE believes market participants benefit from being able to trade customized options in an exchange environment in several ways, including, but not limited to the following: (1) Enhanced efficiency in initiating and closing out positions; (2) increased market transparency; and (3) heightened contra-party creditworthiness due to the role of The Options Clearing Corporation as issuer and guarantor of FLEX Options. wreier-aviles on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 30 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:12 Dec 28, 2011 Jkt 226001 C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the proposal. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments 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 CBOE. 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–CBOE–2011–122 and should be submitted on or before January 19, 2012. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.32 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–33449 Filed 12–28–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–66033; File No. SR–FINRA– 2011–074] • 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 Number SR–CBOE–2011–122 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Extending the Pilot Period Regarding the Use of Multiple MPIDs on FINRA Facilities Paper Comments December 22, 2011. • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2011–122. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on December 21, 2011, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by FINRA. FINRA has designated the proposed rule change as constituting a ‘‘non-controversial’’ rule change under paragraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 under the Exchange Act,3 which renders the proposal effective upon receipt of this filing by the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to 32 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 1 15 E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 250 / Thursday, December 29, 2011 / Notices 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 FINRA is proposing to extend through January 25, 2013, the current rules regarding the use of multiple Market Participant Symbols (‘‘MPIDs’’) in FINRA Rules 6160 (with respect to Trade Reporting Facilities (‘‘TRFs’’)), 6170 (with respect to the Alternative Display Facility (‘‘ADF’’)), and 6480 (with respect to the OTC Reporting Facility (‘‘ORF’’)). The text of the proposed rule change is available on FINRA’s Web site at http://www.finra.org, at the principal office of FINRA, at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, FINRA 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. FINRA 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 wreier-aviles on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1. Purpose FINRA has three rules governing the use of multiple MPIDs on FINRA facilities: Rule 6160 (Multiple MPIDs for Trade Reporting Facility Participants), Rule 6170 (Primary and Additional MPIDs for Alternative Display Facility Participants), and Rule 6480 (Multiple MPIDs for Quoting and Trading in OTC Equity Securities). The pilot period for all three rules is scheduled to expire on January 27, 2012. FINRA believes that there continue to be legitimate business reasons for members to maintain multiple MPIDs for use on FINRA facilities. Consequently, FINRA is proposing to extend the pilot period for each of the three rules until January 25, 2013. FINRA is not proposing any other changes to the rules at this time; however, FINRA notes that it intends to file a proposed rule change within the next year that amends the rules governing multiple MPIDs, including a proposed rule change to make the rules permanent. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:12 Dec 28, 2011 Jkt 226001 (1) Rule 6160 Rule 6160 provides that any Trade Reporting Facility Participant that wishes to use more than one MPID for purposes of reporting trades to a TRF must submit a written request to, and obtain approval from, FINRA Operations for such additional MPIDs. In addition, Supplementary Material to the rule states that FINRA considers the issuance of, and trade reporting with, multiple MPIDs to be a privilege and not a right. A Trade Reporting Facility Participant must identify the purpose(s) and system(s) for which the multiple MPIDs will be used. If FINRA determines that the use of multiple MPIDs is detrimental to the marketplace, or that a Trade Reporting Facility Participant is using one or more additional MPIDs improperly or for other than the purpose(s) identified by the Participant, FINRA staff retains full discretion to limit or withdraw its grant of the additional MPID(s) to such Trade Reporting Facility Participant for purposes of reporting trades to a TRF. FINRA believes that Rule 6160 is necessary to consolidate the process of issuing, and tracking the use of, multiple MPIDs used to report trades to TRFs. Rule 6160 was approved by the Commission in 2006 on a pilot basis.4 The pilot period has been extended several times since the rule was originally adopted and currently expires on January 27, 2012.5 (2) Rule 6170 Rule 6170 provides that a Registered Reporting ADF ECN may request additional MPIDs for displaying quotes and orders and reporting trades through the ADF trade reporting facility, TRACS, for any ADF-Eligible Security. Among other things, Registered Reporting ADF ECNs are prohibited from using an additional MPID to accomplish indirectly what they are prohibited from doing directly through their Primary MPID. In addition, FINRA staff retains full discretion to determine whether a bona fide regulatory and/or business need exists for being granted an 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54715 (November 6, 2006), 71 FR 66354 (November 14, 2006); see also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54715A (November 14, 2006), 71 FR 67183 (November 20, 2006). 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63729 (January 18, 2011), 76 FR 4403 (January 25, 2011); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 61297 (January 6, 2010), 75 FR 2173 (January 14, 2010); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59183 (December 30, 2008), 74 FR 842 (January 8, 2009); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57217 (January 28, 2008), 73 FR 6234 (February 1, 2008); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55206 (January 31, 2007), 72 FR 5479 (February 6, 2007). PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 82023 additional MPID privilege and to limit or withdraw the additional MPID display privilege at any time. The procedures for requesting, and the restrictions surrounding the use of, multiple MPIDs are set forth in Supplementary Material to the rule. The Commission approved Rule 6170 on a pilot basis on August 11, 2006.6 The pilot period has been extended several times since the rule was originally adopted and currently expires on January 27, 2012.7 (3) Rule 6480 Like Rule 6160, Rule 6480 provides that any member that wishes to use more than one MPID for purposes of quoting an OTC Equity Security or reporting trades to the ORF must submit a written request to, and obtain approval from, FINRA Operations for such additional MPIDs. The rule also states that a member that posts a quotation in an OTC Equity Security and reports to a FINRA system a trade resulting from such posted quotation must utilize the same MPID for reporting purposes. In addition, Supplementary Material to the rule states that FINRA considers the issuance of, and trade reporting with, multiple MPIDs to be a privilege and not a right. When requesting an additional MPID(s), a member must identify the purpose(s) and system(s) for which the multiple MPIDs will be used. If FINRA determines that the use of multiple MPIDs is detrimental to the marketplace, or that a member is using one or more additional MPIDs improperly or for purposes other than the purpose(s) identified by the member, FINRA staff retains full discretion to limit or withdraw its grant of the additional MPID(s) to such member. 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54307 (August 11, 2006), 71 FR 47551 (August 17, 2006). By its terms, the initial pilot period expired on January 26, 2007, to coincide with the expiration of the ADF pilot period. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53699 (April 21, 2006), 71 FR 25271 (April 28, 2006). On January 26, 2007, the Commission approved a proposed rule change to make the ADF rules permanent. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55181 (January 26, 2007), 72 FR 5093 (February 2, 2007). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63729 (January 18, 2011), 76 FR 4403 (January 25, 2011); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 61297 (January 6, 2010), 75 FR 2173 (January 14, 2010); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59183 (December 30, 2008), 74 FR 842 (January 8, 2009); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57217 (January 28, 2008), 73 FR 6234 (February 1, 2008); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55206 (January 31, 2007), 72 FR 5479 (February 6, 2007). E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 82024 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 250 / Thursday, December 29, 2011 / Notices FINRA adopted Rule 6480 on a pilot basis on July 23, 2009.8 The pilot period currently expires on January 27, 2012.9 FINRA has filed the proposed rule change for immediate effectiveness. The implementation date of the proposed rule change will be January 27, 2012. 2. Statutory Basis FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,10 which requires, among other things, that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with these requirements because it will continue to provide a process by which members can request, and FINRA can properly allocate, the use of additional MPIDs for displaying quotes and orders through the ADF or reporting trades to a TRF or the ORF. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition FINRA 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 Exchange Act. 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. wreier-aviles on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing 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 for 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, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 60414 (July 31, 2009), 74 FR 39721 (August 7, 2009). 9 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63729 (January 18, 2011), 76 FR 4403 (January 25, 2011); see also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 61297 (January 6, 2010), 75 FR 2173 (January 14, 2010). 10 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(6). VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:12 Dec 28, 2011 Jkt 226001 Act 11 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.12 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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or 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 email to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–FINRA–2011–074 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–FINRA–2011–074. 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 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) requires the self-regulatory organization to submit to the Commission 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. FINRA has satisfied this requirement. 12 17 PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 FINRA. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–FINRA–2011–074 and should be submitted on or before January 19, 2012. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–33447 Filed 12–28–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–66031; File No. SR–NYSE– 2011–62] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Supplementary Material .26 (Pegging for d-Quotes and e-Quotes) to NYSE Rule 70 December 22, 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 December 14, 2011, New York Stock Exchange LLC (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE’’) 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 the Exchange. The Exchange filed 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. 13 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 E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-66033; File No. SR-FINRA-2011-074]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of 
Proposed Rule Change Extending the Pilot Period Regarding the Use of 
Multiple MPIDs on FINRA Facilities

December 22, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Exchange Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby 
given that on December 21, 2011, Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority, Inc. (``FINRA'') filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') the proposed rule change as 
described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by 
FINRA. FINRA has designated the proposed rule change as constituting a 
``non-controversial'' rule change under paragraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-4 
under the Exchange Act,\3\ which renders the proposal effective upon 
receipt of this filing by the Commission. The Commission is publishing 
this notice to

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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.
    \3\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    FINRA is proposing to extend through January 25, 2013, the current 
rules regarding the use of multiple Market Participant Symbols 
(``MPIDs'') in FINRA Rules 6160 (with respect to Trade Reporting 
Facilities (``TRFs'')), 6170 (with respect to the Alternative Display 
Facility (``ADF'')), and 6480 (with respect to the OTC Reporting 
Facility (``ORF'')).
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on FINRA's Web 
site at http://www.finra.org, at the principal office of FINRA, at the 
Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, FINRA 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. FINRA 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

1. Purpose
    FINRA has three rules governing the use of multiple MPIDs on FINRA 
facilities: Rule 6160 (Multiple MPIDs for Trade Reporting Facility 
Participants), Rule 6170 (Primary and Additional MPIDs for Alternative 
Display Facility Participants), and Rule 6480 (Multiple MPIDs for 
Quoting and Trading in OTC Equity Securities). The pilot period for all 
three rules is scheduled to expire on January 27, 2012. FINRA believes 
that there continue to be legitimate business reasons for members to 
maintain multiple MPIDs for use on FINRA facilities. Consequently, 
FINRA is proposing to extend the pilot period for each of the three 
rules until January 25, 2013. FINRA is not proposing any other changes 
to the rules at this time; however, FINRA notes that it intends to file 
a proposed rule change within the next year that amends the rules 
governing multiple MPIDs, including a proposed rule change to make the 
rules permanent.
(1) Rule 6160
    Rule 6160 provides that any Trade Reporting Facility Participant 
that wishes to use more than one MPID for purposes of reporting trades 
to a TRF must submit a written request to, and obtain approval from, 
FINRA Operations for such additional MPIDs. In addition, Supplementary 
Material to the rule states that FINRA considers the issuance of, and 
trade reporting with, multiple MPIDs to be a privilege and not a right. 
A Trade Reporting Facility Participant must identify the purpose(s) and 
system(s) for which the multiple MPIDs will be used. If FINRA 
determines that the use of multiple MPIDs is detrimental to the 
marketplace, or that a Trade Reporting Facility Participant is using 
one or more additional MPIDs improperly or for other than the 
purpose(s) identified by the Participant, FINRA staff retains full 
discretion to limit or withdraw its grant of the additional MPID(s) to 
such Trade Reporting Facility Participant for purposes of reporting 
trades to a TRF. FINRA believes that Rule 6160 is necessary to 
consolidate the process of issuing, and tracking the use of, multiple 
MPIDs used to report trades to TRFs.
    Rule 6160 was approved by the Commission in 2006 on a pilot 
basis.\4\ The pilot period has been extended several times since the 
rule was originally adopted and currently expires on January 27, 
2012.\5\
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    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54715 (November 6, 
2006), 71 FR 66354 (November 14, 2006); see also Securities Exchange 
Act Release No. 54715A (November 14, 2006), 71 FR 67183 (November 
20, 2006).
    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63729 (January 18, 
2011), 76 FR 4403 (January 25, 2011); Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 61297 (January 6, 2010), 75 FR 2173 (January 14, 2010); 
Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59183 (December 30, 2008), 74 FR 
842 (January 8, 2009); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57217 
(January 28, 2008), 73 FR 6234 (February 1, 2008); Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 55206 (January 31, 2007), 72 FR 5479 
(February 6, 2007).
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(2) Rule 6170
    Rule 6170 provides that a Registered Reporting ADF ECN may request 
additional MPIDs for displaying quotes and orders and reporting trades 
through the ADF trade reporting facility, TRACS, for any ADF-Eligible 
Security. Among other things, Registered Reporting ADF ECNs are 
prohibited from using an additional MPID to accomplish indirectly what 
they are prohibited from doing directly through their Primary MPID. In 
addition, FINRA staff retains full discretion to determine whether a 
bona fide regulatory and/or business need exists for being granted an 
additional MPID privilege and to limit or withdraw the additional MPID 
display privilege at any time. The procedures for requesting, and the 
restrictions surrounding the use of, multiple MPIDs are set forth in 
Supplementary Material to the rule.
    The Commission approved Rule 6170 on a pilot basis on August 11, 
2006.\6\ The pilot period has been extended several times since the 
rule was originally adopted and currently expires on January 27, 
2012.\7\
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    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54307 (August 11, 
2006), 71 FR 47551 (August 17, 2006). By its terms, the initial 
pilot period expired on January 26, 2007, to coincide with the 
expiration of the ADF pilot period. See Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 53699 (April 21, 2006), 71 FR 25271 (April 28, 2006). On 
January 26, 2007, the Commission approved a proposed rule change to 
make the ADF rules permanent. See Securities Exchange Act Release 
No. 55181 (January 26, 2007), 72 FR 5093 (February 2, 2007).
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63729 (January 18, 
2011), 76 FR 4403 (January 25, 2011); Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 61297 (January 6, 2010), 75 FR 2173 (January 14, 2010); 
Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59183 (December 30, 2008), 74 FR 
842 (January 8, 2009); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57217 
(January 28, 2008), 73 FR 6234 (February 1, 2008); Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 55206 (January 31, 2007), 72 FR 5479 
(February 6, 2007).
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(3) Rule 6480
    Like Rule 6160, Rule 6480 provides that any member that wishes to 
use more than one MPID for purposes of quoting an OTC Equity Security 
or reporting trades to the ORF must submit a written request to, and 
obtain approval from, FINRA Operations for such additional MPIDs. The 
rule also states that a member that posts a quotation in an OTC Equity 
Security and reports to a FINRA system a trade resulting from such 
posted quotation must utilize the same MPID for reporting purposes. In 
addition, Supplementary Material to the rule states that FINRA 
considers the issuance of, and trade reporting with, multiple MPIDs to 
be a privilege and not a right. When requesting an additional MPID(s), 
a member must identify the purpose(s) and system(s) for which the 
multiple MPIDs will be used. If FINRA determines that the use of 
multiple MPIDs is detrimental to the marketplace, or that a member is 
using one or more additional MPIDs improperly or for purposes other 
than the purpose(s) identified by the member, FINRA staff retains full 
discretion to limit or withdraw its grant of the additional MPID(s) to 
such member.

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    FINRA adopted Rule 6480 on a pilot basis on July 23, 2009.\8\ The 
pilot period currently expires on January 27, 2012.\9\
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    \8\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 60414 (July 31, 
2009), 74 FR 39721 (August 7, 2009).
    \9\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63729 (January 18, 
2011), 76 FR 4403 (January 25, 2011); see also Securities Exchange 
Act Release No. 61297 (January 6, 2010), 75 FR 2173 (January 14, 
2010).
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    FINRA has filed the proposed rule change for immediate 
effectiveness. The implementation date of the proposed rule change will 
be January 27, 2012.
2. Statutory Basis
    FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the 
provisions of Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,\10\ which requires, among 
other things, that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent 
and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest. FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is 
consistent with these requirements because it will continue to provide 
a process by which members can request, and FINRA can properly 
allocate, the use of additional MPIDs for displaying quotes and orders 
through the ADF or reporting trades to a TRF or the ORF.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(6).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    FINRA 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 Exchange Act.

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

    Because the foregoing 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 for 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, it 
has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \11\ 
and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\12\
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \12\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) 
requires the self-regulatory organization to submit to the 
Commission 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. FINRA has satisfied this requirement.
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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. If the Commission 
takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to 
determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or 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 email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-FINRA-2011-074 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-FINRA-2011-074. 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 FINRA. All comments 
received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit 
personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit 
only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-FINRA-2011-074 and should be 
submitted on or before January 19, 2012.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\13\
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    \13\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-33447 Filed 12-28-11; 8:45 am]
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