Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Extending the Operation of Its Supplemental Liquidity Providers Pilot Under Rule 107B Until the Earlier of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Approval To Make Such Pilot Permanent or July 31, 2012, 82342-82344 [2011-33583]

Download as PDF 82342 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 251 / Friday, December 30, 2011 / Notices general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes that this filing is consistent with these principles because the NMM Pilot provides its market participants with a trading venue that utilizes an enhanced market structure to encourage the addition of liquidity, facilitate the trading of larger orders more efficiently, and operates to reward aggressive liquidity providers. Moreover, requesting an extension of the NMM Pilot will permit adequate time for: (i) The Exchange to prepare and submit a filing to make the rules governing the NMM Pilot permanent; (ii) public notice and comment; and (iii) completion of the 19b–4 approval process. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 13 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.14 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, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) 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. 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–NYSE–2011–65 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2011–65. 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 publicly available. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE– 2011–65 and should be submitted on or before January 20, 2012. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–33584 Filed 12–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 13 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 14 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:02 Dec 29, 2011 15 17 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–66045; File No. SR–NYSE– 2011–66] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Extending the Operation of Its Supplemental Liquidity Providers Pilot Under Rule 107B Until the Earlier of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Approval To Make Such Pilot Permanent or July 31, 2012 December 23, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) and Rule 19b–4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that December 16, 2011, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) 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 self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to extend the operation of its Supplemental Liquidity Providers Pilot (‘‘SLP Pilot’’ or ‘‘Pilot’’) (See Rule 107B), currently scheduled to expire on January 31, 2012, until the earlier of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) approval to make such Pilot permanent or July 31, 2012. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and www.nyse.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 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. E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 251 / Friday, December 30, 2011 / Notices A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change the SLP Pilot permanent, but does not expect that filing to be completed and approved by the Commission before January 31, 2012.6 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to extend the operation of its Supplemental Liquidity Providers Pilot,1 currently scheduled to expire on January 31, 2012, until the earlier of Commission approval to make such Pilot permanent or July 31, 2012. Proposal To Extend the Operation of the SLP Pilot srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background 2 In October 2008, the NYSE implemented significant changes to its market rules, execution technology and the rights and obligations of its market participants all of which were designed to improve execution quality on the Exchange. These changes are all elements of the Exchange’s enhanced market model referred to as the ‘‘New Market Model’’ (‘‘NMM Pilot’’).3 The SLP Pilot was launched in coordination with the NMM Pilot (see Rule 107B). As part of the NMM Pilot, NYSE eliminated the function of specialists on the Exchange creating a new category of market participant, the Designated Market Maker or DMM.4 Separately, the NYSE established the SLP Pilot, which established SLPs as a new class of market participants to supplement the liquidity provided by DMMs.5 The SLP Pilot is scheduled to end operation on January 31, 2012 or such earlier time as the Commission may determine to make the rules permanent. The Exchange is currently preparing a rule filing seeking permission to make 1 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58877 (October 29, 2008), 73 FR 65904 (November 5, 2008) (SR–NYSE–2008–108) (establishing the SLP Pilot). See also Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 59869 (May 6, 2009), 74 FR 22796 (May 14, 2009) (SR–NYSE–2009–46) (extending the operation of the SLP Pilot to October 1, 2009); 60756 (October 1, 2009), 74 FR 51628 (October 7, 2009) (SR–NYSE– 2009–100) (extending the operation of the New Market Model and the SLP Pilots to November 30, 2009); 61075 (November 30, 2009), 74 FR 64112 (December 7, 2009) (SR–NYSE–2009–119) (extending the operation of the SLP Pilot to March 30, 2010); 61840 (April 5, 2010), 75 FR 18563 (April 12, 2010) (SR–NYSE–2010–28) (extending the operation of the SLP Pilot to September 30, 2010); 62813 (September 1, 2010), 75 FR 54686 (September 8, 2010) (SR–NYSE–2010–62) (extending the operation of the SLP Pilot to January 31, 2011); 63616 (December 29, 2010), 76 FR 612 (January 5, 2011) (SR–NYSE–2010–86) (extending the operation of the SLP Pilot to August 1, 2011); and 64762 (June 28, 2011), 76 FR 39145 (July 5, 2011) (SR–NYSE–2011–30) (extending the operation of the SLP Pilot to January 31, 2012). 2 The information contained herein is a summary of the NMM Pilot and the SLP Pilot. See supra note [4] [sic] for a fuller description of those pilots. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58845 (October 24, 2008), 73 FR 64379 (October 29, 2008) (SR–NYSE–2008–46). 4 See NYSE Rule 103. 5 See NYSE Rule 107B. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:02 Dec 29, 2011 Jkt 226001 The NYSE established the SLP Pilot to provide incentives for quoting, to enhance competition among the existing group of liquidity providers, including the DMMs, and add new competitive market participants. The Exchange believes that the SLP Pilot, in coordination with the NMM Pilot, allows the Exchange to provide its market participants with a trading venue that utilizes an enhanced market structure to encourage the addition of liquidity, facilitate the trading of larger orders more efficiently and operates to reward aggressive liquidity providers. As such, the Exchange believes that the rules governing the SLP Pilot (Rule 107B) should be made permanent. Through this filing the Exchange seeks to extend the current operation of the SLP Pilot until July 31, 2012, in order to allow the Exchange to formally submit a filing to the Commission to convert the Pilot rule to a permanent rule.7 2. Statutory Basis The basis under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) for this proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(5) that an exchange have rules that are designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes that the instant filing is consistent with these principles because the SLP Pilot 6 The NMM Pilot was scheduled to expire on January 31, 2012. On December 16, 2011, the Exchange filed to extend the NMM Pilot until July 31, 2012 (See SR–NYSE–2011–65) (See also Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 64761 (June 28, 2011) 76 FR 39147 (July 5, 2011) (SR–NYSE– 2011–29) (extending the operation of the New Market Model Pilot to January 31, 2012); 63618 (December 29, 2010) 76 FR 617 (January 5, 2011) (SR–NYSE–2010–85) (extending the operation of the New Market Model Pilot to August 1, 2011); 62819 (September 1, 2010), 75 FR 54937 (September 9, 2010) (SR–NYSE–2010–61) (extending the operation of the New Market Model Pilot to January 31, 2011); 61724 (March 17, 2010), 75 FR 14221 (SR–NYSE–2010–25) (extending the operation of the New Market Model Pilot to September 30, 2010); and 61031 (November 19, 2009), 74 FR 62368 (SR–NYSE–2009–113) (extending the operation of the New Market Model Pilot to March 30, 2010). 7 The NYSE Amex SLP Pilot (NYSE Amex Equities Rule 107B) is also being extended until July 31, 2012 or until the Commission approves it as permanent (See SR–NYSEAmex–2011–103). PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 82343 provides its market participants with a trading venue that utilizes an enhanced market structure to encourage the addition of liquidity and operates to reward aggressive liquidity providers. Moreover, the instant filing requesting an extension of the SLP Pilot will permit adequate time for: (i) The Exchange to prepare and submit a filing to make the rules governing the SLP Pilot permanent; (ii) public notice and comment; and (iii) completion of the 19b–4 approval process. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 8 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.9 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, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) 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. 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: 8 15 9 17 E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 30DEN1 82344 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 251 / Friday, December 30, 2011 / Notices 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–NYSE–2011–66 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. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2011–66. 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 publicly available. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE– 2011–66 and should be submitted on or before January 20, 2012. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–33583 Filed 12–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–66044; File No. SR– NYSEAmex–2011–100] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Amex LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Amending NYSE Amex Equities Rule 103B, Which Governs the Allocation of Securities to DMMs December 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 December 15, 2011, NYSE Amex LLC (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Amex’’) 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 self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Amex Equities Rule 103B, which governs the allocation of securities to DMMs. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and www.nyse.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 those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Amex Equities Rule 103B, which governs the allocation of securities to DMMs. Specifically, as described in more detail below, the Exchange 1 15 10 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:02 Dec 29, 2011 2 17 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposes to extend the effective period of an allocation decision from six to twelve months, to permit an issuer to submit a written letter to an Exchange Selection Panel (‘‘ESP’’) expressing a preference for a DMM if the issuer has delegated authority to the Exchange to select the DMM unit, align the quiet period rule, and to make other conforming changes. First, the Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Amex Equities Rule 103(VI)(H), the Allocation Sunset Policy, to extend the effective period of an allocation decision from six to twelve months. The Exchange believes that extending the time period that allocation decisions remain effective is necessary because in some instances it is taking initial public offerings (‘‘IPOs’’) longer than six months to occur after the allocation process. Extending the effective period to twelve months will eliminate the need for a new IPO listing to repeat the allocation process if the six-month effective period has lapsed and thereby contribute to efficiency in the allocation process. Second, in those instances in which an issuer has delegated authority to the Exchange to select the DMM unit for the issuer under NYSE Amex Equities Rule 103B(III)(B), the Exchange proposes to permit the ESP to consider, as part of the selection process, written submissions from the issuer that express the issuer’s preference.3 The written submission from the issuer would be non-binding on the ESP. The Exchange previously allowed a listing company to supply a letter to an allocation committee, but eliminated this part of the rule when the Exchange streamlined the allocation process.4 The Exchange believes that allowing the issuer to provide a non-binding, written submission would better inform the ESP during the allocation process. Third, the Exchange also proposes to align the quiet period rule text so that the quiet period is triggered at the appropriate point, whether the issuer selects the DMM unit itself or delegates authority to the Exchange to select the DMM unit. Currently, NYSE Amex Equities Rule 103B(III)(A)(2) provides that, if the issuer selects the DMM unit, no DMM unit, or any individuals acting on its behalf, may have any contact with any listing company once the Exchange provides written notice to DMM units that the listing company is listing on the 3 Under NYSE Amex Equities Rule 103B(III), an issuer may either select its DMM unit directly or delegate authority to the Exchange to select its DMM unit. 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59022 (November 26, 2008), 73 FR 73683 (December 3, 2008) (SR–NYSEALTR–2008–10). E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-66045; File No. SR-NYSE-2011-66]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change 
Extending the Operation of Its Supplemental Liquidity Providers Pilot 
Under Rule 107B Until the Earlier of the Securities and Exchange 
Commission's Approval To Make Such Pilot Permanent or July 31, 2012

 December 23, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act'') and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that 
December 16, 2011, New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' or 
``Exchange'') 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 self-regulatory 
organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit 
comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to extend the operation of its Supplemental 
Liquidity Providers Pilot (``SLP Pilot'' or ``Pilot'') (See Rule 107B), 
currently scheduled to expire on January 31, 2012, until the earlier of 
the Securities and Exchange Commission's (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') 
approval to make such Pilot permanent or July 31, 2012. The text of the 
proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission's 
Public Reference Room, and www.nyse.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 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.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to extend the operation of its Supplemental 
Liquidity Providers Pilot,\1\ currently scheduled to expire on January 
31, 2012, until the earlier of Commission approval to make such Pilot 
permanent or July 31, 2012.
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    \1\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58877 (October 29, 
2008), 73 FR 65904 (November 5, 2008) (SR-NYSE-2008-108) 
(establishing the SLP Pilot). See also Securities Exchange Act 
Release Nos. 59869 (May 6, 2009), 74 FR 22796 (May 14, 2009) (SR-
NYSE-2009-46) (extending the operation of the SLP Pilot to October 
1, 2009); 60756 (October 1, 2009), 74 FR 51628 (October 7, 2009) 
(SR-NYSE-2009-100) (extending the operation of the New Market Model 
and the SLP Pilots to November 30, 2009); 61075 (November 30, 2009), 
74 FR 64112 (December 7, 2009) (SR-NYSE-2009-119) (extending the 
operation of the SLP Pilot to March 30, 2010); 61840 (April 5, 
2010), 75 FR 18563 (April 12, 2010) (SR-NYSE-2010-28) (extending the 
operation of the SLP Pilot to September 30, 2010); 62813 (September 
1, 2010), 75 FR 54686 (September 8, 2010) (SR-NYSE-2010-62) 
(extending the operation of the SLP Pilot to January 31, 2011); 
63616 (December 29, 2010), 76 FR 612 (January 5, 2011) (SR-NYSE-
2010-86) (extending the operation of the SLP Pilot to August 1, 
2011); and 64762 (June 28, 2011), 76 FR 39145 (July 5, 2011) (SR-
NYSE-2011-30) (extending the operation of the SLP Pilot to January 
31, 2012).
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    \2\ The information contained herein is a summary of the NMM 
Pilot and the SLP Pilot. See supra note [4] [sic] for a fuller 
description of those pilots.
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    In October 2008, the NYSE implemented significant changes to its 
market rules, execution technology and the rights and obligations of 
its market participants all of which were designed to improve execution 
quality on the Exchange. These changes are all elements of the 
Exchange's enhanced market model referred to as the ``New Market 
Model'' (``NMM Pilot'').\3\ The SLP Pilot was launched in coordination 
with the NMM Pilot (see Rule 107B).
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    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58845 (October 24, 
2008), 73 FR 64379 (October 29, 2008) (SR-NYSE-2008-46).
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    As part of the NMM Pilot, NYSE eliminated the function of 
specialists on the Exchange creating a new category of market 
participant, the Designated Market Maker or DMM.\4\ Separately, the 
NYSE established the SLP Pilot, which established SLPs as a new class 
of market participants to supplement the liquidity provided by DMMs.\5\
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    \4\ See NYSE Rule 103.
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    The SLP Pilot is scheduled to end operation on January 31, 2012 or 
such earlier time as the Commission may determine to make the rules 
permanent. The Exchange is currently preparing a rule filing seeking 
permission to make the SLP Pilot permanent, but does not expect that 
filing to be completed and approved by the Commission before January 
31, 2012.\6\
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    \6\ The NMM Pilot was scheduled to expire on January 31, 2012. 
On December 16, 2011, the Exchange filed to extend the NMM Pilot 
until July 31, 2012 (See SR-NYSE-2011-65) (See also Securities 
Exchange Act Release Nos. 64761 (June 28, 2011) 76 FR 39147 (July 5, 
2011) (SR-NYSE-2011-29) (extending the operation of the New Market 
Model Pilot to January 31, 2012); 63618 (December 29, 2010) 76 FR 
617 (January 5, 2011) (SR-NYSE-2010-85) (extending the operation of 
the New Market Model Pilot to August 1, 2011); 62819 (September 1, 
2010), 75 FR 54937 (September 9, 2010) (SR-NYSE-2010-61) (extending 
the operation of the New Market Model Pilot to January 31, 2011); 
61724 (March 17, 2010), 75 FR 14221 (SR-NYSE-2010-25) (extending the 
operation of the New Market Model Pilot to September 30, 2010); and 
61031 (November 19, 2009), 74 FR 62368 (SR-NYSE-2009-113) (extending 
the operation of the New Market Model Pilot to March 30, 2010).
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Proposal To Extend the Operation of the SLP Pilot

    The NYSE established the SLP Pilot to provide incentives for 
quoting, to enhance competition among the existing group of liquidity 
providers, including the DMMs, and add new competitive market 
participants. The Exchange believes that the SLP Pilot, in coordination 
with the NMM Pilot, allows the Exchange to provide its market 
participants with a trading venue that utilizes an enhanced market 
structure to encourage the addition of liquidity, facilitate the 
trading of larger orders more efficiently and operates to reward 
aggressive liquidity providers. As such, the Exchange believes that the 
rules governing the SLP Pilot (Rule 107B) should be made permanent. 
Through this filing the Exchange seeks to extend the current operation 
of the SLP Pilot until July 31, 2012, in order to allow the Exchange to 
formally submit a filing to the Commission to convert the Pilot rule to 
a permanent rule.\7\
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    \7\ The NYSE Amex SLP Pilot (NYSE Amex Equities Rule 107B) is 
also being extended until July 31, 2012 or until the Commission 
approves it as permanent (See SR-NYSEAmex-2011-103).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The basis under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Act'') 
for this proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(5) 
that an exchange have rules that are designed to promote just and 
equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the 
mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and, 
in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange 
believes that the instant filing is consistent with these principles 
because the SLP Pilot provides its market participants with a trading 
venue that utilizes an enhanced market structure to encourage the 
addition of liquidity and operates to reward aggressive liquidity 
providers. Moreover, the instant filing requesting an extension of the 
SLP Pilot will permit adequate time for: (i) The Exchange to prepare 
and submit a filing to make the rules governing the SLP Pilot 
permanent; (ii) public notice and comment; and (iii) completion of the 
19b-4 approval process.

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

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

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

    No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

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

    The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \8\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\9\ 
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, the proposed rule change 
has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and 
Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.
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    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.

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:

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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-NYSE-2011-66 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2011-66. 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 publicly available. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2011-66 and should be 
submitted on or before January 20, 2012.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\10\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-33583 Filed 12-29-11; 8:45 am]
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