Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Extending the Operation of Its New Market Model Pilot, Until the Earlier of Securities and Exchange Commission Approval To Make Such Pilot Permanent or July 31, 2012, 82340-82342 [2011-33584]

Download as PDF 82340 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 251 / Friday, December 30, 2011 / Notices Executive Floor Governors or non-DMM Floor Governors for a total of six members. The Exchange proposes to eliminate the reference to including non-DMM Executive Floor Governors in order to streamline the Rule. Executive Floor Governors are considered a subset of Floor Governors, and therefore both references are not necessary in the Rule. 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),5 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5),6 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system. Specifically, the Exchange believes that extending the sunset period from six to 12 months will foster cooperation and coordination with person engaged in facilitating securities transactions and will remove impediments to a free and open market because it recognizes that all IPOs may not be brought to market in a six month period and avoids repeating administrative steps in the listing process, thereby promoting efficient use of the Exchange’s resources. The proposed rule change also supports just and equitable principles of trade by providing issuers with a greater opportunity for input in the allocation process. In addition, aligning the quiet periods under the Rule will promote consistency, fairness, and objectivity in the allocation process. Finally, the Exchange believes that the change to the rule text concerning the composition of the ESP is technical in nature and simply removes a redundancy. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 7 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.8 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–2011–64 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–2011–64. 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– 2011–64 and should be submitted on or before January 20, 2012. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–33585 Filed 12–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–66046; File No. SR–NYSE– 2011–65] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Extending the Operation of Its New Market Model Pilot, Until the Earlier of Securities and Exchange Commission 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’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 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 9 17 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 6 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:02 Dec 29, 2011 7 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 8 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C.78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 251 / Friday, December 30, 2011 / Notices 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 New Market Model Pilot, currently scheduled to expire on January 31, 2012, until the earlier of Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘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. 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 New Market Model Pilot (‘‘NMM Pilot’’),3 currently scheduled to expire on January 31, 2012, until the earlier of Commission approval to make such pilot permanent or July 31, 2012. The Exchange notes that parallel changes are proposed to be made to the rules of NYSE Amex LLC.4 Background 5 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. Certain of the enhanced market model changes were implemented through a pilot program. 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.6 The DMMs, like specialists, have affirmative obligations to make an orderly market, including continuous quoting requirements and obligations to re-enter the market when reaching across to execute against trading interest. Unlike specialists, DMMs have a minimum quoting requirement 7 in their assigned securities and no longer have a negative obligation. DMMs are also no longer agents for public customer orders.8 In addition, the Exchange implemented a system change that allowed DMMs to create a schedule of additional non-displayed liquidity at various price points where the DMM is willing to interact with interest and provide price improvement to orders in the Exchange’s system. This schedule is known as the DMM Capital Commitment Schedule (‘‘CCS’’).9 CCS provides the Display Book® 10 with the amount of shares that the DMM is willing to trade at price points outside, at and inside the Exchange Best Bid or Best Offer (‘‘BBO’’). CCS interest is separate and distinct from other DMM interest in that it serves as the interest of last resort. 4 See SR–NYSEAmex–2011–102. information contained herein is a summary of the NMM Pilot. See supra note [4] [sic] for a fuller description. 6 See NYSE Rule 103. 7 See NYSE Rule 104. 8 See NYSE Rule 60; see also NYSE Rules 104 and 1000. 9 See NYSE Rule 1000. 10 The Display Book system is an order management and execution facility. The Display Book system receives and displays orders to the DMMs, contains the order information, and provides a mechanism to execute and report transactions and publish the results to the Consolidated Tape. The Display Book system is connected to a number of other Exchange systems for the purposes of comparison, surveillance, and reporting information to customers and other market data and national market systems. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 5 The 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58845 (October 24, 2008), 73 FR 64379 (October 29, 2008) (SR–NYSE–2008–46). See also Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 60756 (October 1, 2009), 74 FR 51628 (October 7, 2009) (SR–NYSE–2009–100) (extending Pilot to November 30, 2009); 61031 (November 19, 2009), 74 FR 62368 (November 27, 2009) (SR–NYSE–2009–113) (extending Pilot to March 30, 2010); 61724 (March 17, 2010), 75 FR 14221 (March 24, 2010) (SR–NYSE–2010–25) (extending Pilot to September 30, 2010); 62819 (September 1, 2010), 75 FR 54937 (September 9, 2010) (SR–NYSE–2010–61) (extending Pilot to January 31, 2011); 63616 (December 29, 2010), 76 FR 612 (January 5, 2011) (SR–NYSE–2010–86) (extending Pilot to August 1, 2011) and 64761 (June 28, 2011), 76 FR 39147 (July 5, 2011) (SR–NYSE– 2011–29) (extending Pilot to January 31, 2012). VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:02 Dec 29, 2011 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 82341 The NMM Pilot further modified the logic for allocating executed shares among market participants having trading interest at a price point upon execution of incoming orders. The modified logic rewards displayed orders that establish the Exchange’s BBO. During the operation of the NMM Pilot orders, or portions thereof, that establish priority 11 retain that priority until the portion of the order that established priority is exhausted. Where no one order has established priority, shares are distributed among all market participants on parity. The NMM Pilot was originally scheduled to end operation on October 1, 2009, or such earlier time as the Commission may determine to make the rules permanent. The Exchange filed to extend the operation of the Pilot on several occasions in order to prepare a rule filing seeking permission to make the above described changes permanent.12 The Exchange is currently still preparing such formal submission but does not expect that filing to be completed and approved by the Commission before January 31, 2012. Proposal To Extend the Operation of the NMM Pilot The NYSE established the NMM Pilot to provide incentives for quoting, to enhance competition among the existing group of liquidity providers and to add a new competitive market participant. The Exchange believes that 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 NMM Pilot should be made permanent. Through this filing the Exchange seeks to extend the current operation of the NMM Pilot until July 31, 2012, in order to allow the Exchange time to formally submit a filing to the Commission to convert the pilot rules to permanent rules. 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 11 See 12 See E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM NYSE Rule 72(a)(ii). supra note 4. 30DEN1 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

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[Release No. 34-66046; File No. SR-NYSE-2011-65]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change 
Extending the Operation of Its New Market Model Pilot, Until the 
Earlier of Securities and Exchange Commission 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'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ 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

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change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been 
prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is 
publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change 
from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C.78s(b)(1).
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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 New Market 
Model Pilot, currently scheduled to expire on January 31, 2012, until 
the earlier of Securities and Exchange Commission (``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.

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 New Market 
Model Pilot (``NMM Pilot''),\3\ 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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    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58845 (October 24, 
2008), 73 FR 64379 (October 29, 2008) (SR-NYSE-2008-46). See also 
Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 60756 (October 1, 2009), 74 FR 
51628 (October 7, 2009) (SR-NYSE-2009-100) (extending Pilot to 
November 30, 2009); 61031 (November 19, 2009), 74 FR 62368 (November 
27, 2009) (SR-NYSE-2009-113) (extending Pilot to March 30, 2010); 
61724 (March 17, 2010), 75 FR 14221 (March 24, 2010) (SR-NYSE-2010-
25) (extending Pilot to September 30, 2010); 62819 (September 1, 
2010), 75 FR 54937 (September 9, 2010) (SR-NYSE-2010-61) (extending 
Pilot to January 31, 2011); 63616 (December 29, 2010), 76 FR 612 
(January 5, 2011) (SR-NYSE-2010-86) (extending Pilot to August 1, 
2011) and 64761 (June 28, 2011), 76 FR 39147 (July 5, 2011) (SR-
NYSE-2011-29) (extending Pilot to January 31, 2012).
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    The Exchange notes that parallel changes are proposed to be made to 
the rules of NYSE Amex LLC.\4\
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    \4\ See SR-NYSEAmex-2011-102.
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Background \5\
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    \5\ The information contained herein is a summary of the NMM 
Pilot. See supra note [4] [sic] for a fuller description.
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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. Certain of the enhanced market model 
changes were implemented through a pilot program.
    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.\6\ The DMMs, like 
specialists, have affirmative obligations to make an orderly market, 
including continuous quoting requirements and obligations to re-enter 
the market when reaching across to execute against trading interest. 
Unlike specialists, DMMs have a minimum quoting requirement \7\ in 
their assigned securities and no longer have a negative obligation. 
DMMs are also no longer agents for public customer orders.\8\
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    \6\ See NYSE Rule 103.
    \7\ See NYSE Rule 104.
    \8\ See NYSE Rule 60; see also NYSE Rules 104 and 1000.
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    In addition, the Exchange implemented a system change that allowed 
DMMs to create a schedule of additional non-displayed liquidity at 
various price points where the DMM is willing to interact with interest 
and provide price improvement to orders in the Exchange's system. This 
schedule is known as the DMM Capital Commitment Schedule (``CCS'').\9\ 
CCS provides the Display Book[reg] \10\ with the amount of 
shares that the DMM is willing to trade at price points outside, at and 
inside the Exchange Best Bid or Best Offer (``BBO''). CCS interest is 
separate and distinct from other DMM interest in that it serves as the 
interest of last resort.
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    \9\ See NYSE Rule 1000.
    \10\ The Display Book system is an order management and 
execution facility. The Display Book system receives and displays 
orders to the DMMs, contains the order information, and provides a 
mechanism to execute and report transactions and publish the results 
to the Consolidated Tape. The Display Book system is connected to a 
number of other Exchange systems for the purposes of comparison, 
surveillance, and reporting information to customers and other 
market data and national market systems.
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    The NMM Pilot further modified the logic for allocating executed 
shares among market participants having trading interest at a price 
point upon execution of incoming orders. The modified logic rewards 
displayed orders that establish the Exchange's BBO. During the 
operation of the NMM Pilot orders, or portions thereof, that establish 
priority \11\ retain that priority until the portion of the order that 
established priority is exhausted. Where no one order has established 
priority, shares are distributed among all market participants on 
parity.
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    \11\ See NYSE Rule 72(a)(ii).
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    The NMM Pilot was originally scheduled to end operation on October 
1, 2009, or such earlier time as the Commission may determine to make 
the rules permanent. The Exchange filed to extend the operation of the 
Pilot on several occasions in order to prepare a rule filing seeking 
permission to make the above described changes permanent.\12\ The 
Exchange is currently still preparing such formal submission but does 
not expect that filing to be completed and approved by the Commission 
before January 31, 2012.
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Proposal To Extend the Operation of the NMM Pilot

    The NYSE established the NMM Pilot to provide incentives for 
quoting, to enhance competition among the existing group of liquidity 
providers and to add a new competitive market participant. The Exchange 
believes that 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 NMM Pilot should be made permanent. Through this 
filing the Exchange seeks to extend the current operation of the NMM 
Pilot until July 31, 2012, in order to allow the Exchange time to 
formally submit a filing to the Commission to convert the pilot rules 
to permanent rules.
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

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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.

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.
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
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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:

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-2011-65 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\
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
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