Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Amendments to the EDGX Exchange, Inc. Fee Schedule, 76337-76339 [2013-29902]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 17, 2013 / Notices Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries will attend the Closed Meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters also may be present. The General Counsel of the Commission, or her designee, has certified that, in her opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3), (5), (7), 9(B) and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(3), (5), (7), 9(ii) and (10), permit consideration of the scheduled matter at the Closed Meeting. Commissioner Stein, as duty officer, voted to consider the item listed for the Closed Meeting in a closed session, and determined that no earlier notice was practicable. The subject matter of the Closed Meeting will be: Post argument discussion At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Dated: December 12, 2013. Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–30052 Filed 12–13–13; 11:15 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Public Law 94–409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold a Closed Meeting on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries will attend the Closed Meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters also may be present. The General Counsel of the Commission, or her designee, has certified that, in her opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3), (5), (7), 9(B) and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(3), (5), (7), 9(ii) and (10), permit consideration of the scheduled matter at the Closed Meeting. Commissioner Stein, as duty officer, voted to consider the items listed for the Closed Meeting in a closed session. The subject matter of the Closed Meeting will be: 14:45 Dec 16, 2013 Dated: December 12, 2013. Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–30053 Filed 12–13–13; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–71048; File No. SR–EDGX– 2013–44] Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Amendments to the EDGX Exchange, Inc. Fee Schedule December 11, 2013. BILLING CODE 8011–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 Institution and settlement of injunctive actions; institution and settlement of administrative proceedings; consideration of amicus participation; and other matters relating to enforcement proceedings. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Jkt 232001 Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on November 29, 2013, EDGX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘EDGX’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend its fees and rebates applicable to Members 3 of the Exchange pursuant to EDGX Rule 15.1(a) and (c) (‘‘Fee Schedule’’) to(i) remove Flag RS, which routes to PSX and adds liquidity; and (ii) increase the 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 The term ‘‘Member’’ is defined as ‘‘any registered broker or dealer, or any person associated with a registered broker or dealer, that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange. A Member will have the status of a ‘‘member’’ of the Exchange as that term is defined in Section 3(a)(3) of the Act.’’ See Exchange Rule 1.5(n). 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76337 rebate to add liquidity under the Market Depth Tier 1 from $0.0032 per share to $0.00325 per share and amend the criteria necessary to achieve the tier. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Internet Web site at www.directedge.com, at the Exchange’s principal office, and at the Public Reference Room of the Commission. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend its Fee Schedule to: (i) remove Flag RS, which routes to PSX and adds liquidity; and (ii) increase the rebate to add liquidity under the Market Depth Tier 1 from $0.0032 per share to $0.00325 per share and amend the criteria necessary to achieve the tier. Flag RS The Exchange proposes to amend its Fee Schedule to remove Flag RS, which routes to PSX and adds liquidity. The Exchange currently rebates orders that yield Flag RS $0.0020 per share for securities priced at or above $1.00 and charges no fee for securities priced below $1.00. These fees represent a pass through of the rate that Direct Edge ECN LLC (d/b/a DE Route) (‘‘DE Route’’), the Exchange’s affiliated routing brokerdealer, is rebated for routing orders to PSX when it does not qualify for a volume tiered rate. The Exchange recently began to incur increased excessive messaging fees from PSX.4 To mitigate the increased messaging fees, the Exchange intends to delete Flag RS from its Fee Schedule and no longer permit Members to route orders via DE 4 See the Excessive Messaging Policy under the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC fee schedule available at http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/ Trader.aspx?id=PriceListTrading2 (last visited November 20, 2013). E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1 76338 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 17, 2013 / Notices Route to post on the PSX. Members would continue to be able to route orders to PSX and remove liquidity via DE Route. Amendments to the Market Depth Tier 1 The Exchange proposes to amend its Fee Schedule to increase the rebate to add liquidity under the Market Depth Tier 1 and amend the criteria necessary to achieve the tier. Footnote 1 of the Fee Schedule currently provides that Members may qualify for the Market Depth Tier 1 and receive a rebate of $0.0032 per share for displayed liquidity added on EDGX if they post greater than or equal to 0.50% of the TCV in average daily trading volume (‘‘ADV’’) on EDGX in total, where at least 1,800,000 shares are NonDisplayed Orders that yield Flag HA. First, the Exchange proposes to increase the rebate to add liquidity under the Market Depth Tier 1 from $0.0032 per share to $0.00325 per share. Second, the Exchange proposes to amend Footnote 1 of its Fee Schedule to increase the ADV requirement of the Market Depth Tier from 1,800,000 shares of ADV to 4,000,000 shares of ADV of NonDisplayed Orders that yield Flag HA. Lastly, the Exchange also proposes to increase the requirement to post greater than or equal to 0.50% of the TCV in ADV on EDGX in total to 0.85% of the TCV on EDGX. The remainder of the footnote as it pertains to the Market Depth Tier 1 would remain unchanged. Implementation Date The Exchange proposes to implement these amendments to its Fee Schedule on December 2, 2013. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the objectives of Section 6 of the Act,5 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),6 in particular, as it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its Members and other persons using its facilities. Flag RS The Exchange believes that its proposal to delete Flag RS from its Fee Schedule represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among Members and other persons using its facilities because it will no longer offer routing to the PSX via its System routing table. The Exchange recently began to incur 5 15 6 15 U.S.C. 78f. U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:45 Dec 16, 2013 Jkt 232001 increased excessive messaging fees from PSX.7 To mitigate the increased messaging fees, the Exchange intends to delete Flag RS and no longer allow Members to route orders DE Route to post on the PSX. The Exchange notes that it will continue to comply with its obligations under Regulation NMS and will route to PSX to remove liquidity; however, it will not continue to offer Flag RS as a routing option to post liquidity to the PSX. Members seeking to post orders on the PSX may select alternative routing methods or to access the PSX directly. The Exchange believes that the proposed amendment is nondiscriminatory because it applies uniformly to all Members. Market Depth Tier 1 The Exchange believes that increasing the TCV and ADV requirements for the Market Depth Tier 1 represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges because increasing the thresholds to achieve the tier encourages Members to add displayed liquidity to the EDGX Book 8 each month, as only the displayed liquidity in this tier is awarded the rebate of $0.00325 per share. This tier also recognizes the contribution that non-displayed liquidity provides to the marketplace, including: (i) adding needed depth to the EDGX market; (ii) providing price support/depth of liquidity; and (iii) increasing diversity of liquidity to EDGX. The increased liquidity benefits all investors by deepening EDGX’s liquidity pool, offering additional flexibility for all investors to enjoy cost savings, supporting the quality of price discovery, promoting market transparency and improving investor protection. In addition, the Exchange also believes that the proposed amendment to the Market Depth Tier is non-discriminatory because it is available to all Members equally. The Exchange also believes that the increased rebate for the Market Depth Tier 1 represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges because the higher rebate is directly correlated with this tier’s amended criteria. The Exchange believes that the increased volume requirements necessary to achieve the Market Depth Tier 1 justifies its increased rebate. For example, for a Member to qualify for the tier most 7 See the Excessive Messaging Policy under the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC fee schedule available at http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/ Trader.aspx?id=PriceListTrading2 (last visited November 20, 2013). 8 The ‘‘EDGX Book’’ is defined as ‘‘the System’s electronic file of orders.’’ See Exchange Rule 1.5(d). PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 similar to the Market Depth Tier 1, the Market Depth Tier 2 and receive a rebate of $0.0029 per share, a Member needs to add 10,000,000 shares or more of ADV on a daily basis, measured monthly, and add at least 1,000,000 shares as nondisplayed orders that yield Flag HA. For a Member to qualify for the Market Depth Tier 1, a Member must post at least 0.85% of the TCV in ADV on EDGX in total, where at least 4 million shares are non-displayed orders that add liquidity to EDGX yielding Flag HA. Based on a TCV of six (6) billion shares, this would amount to 51,000,000 shares for the Market Depth Tier 1 while the Market Depth Tier 2 would require an ADV of 10,000,000 shares. Members seeking to achieve the Market Depth Tier 1 would also be required to post at least 4 million shares of non-displayed orders that add liquidity to EDGX yielding Flag HA, whereas the Market Depth Tier 2 would require that Members post 1,000,000 shares of nondisplayed orders that add liquidity to EDGX yielding Flag HA. Lastly, the Exchange believes that its proposal to increase the rebate offered by the Market Depth Tier 1 is nondiscriminatory because the proposed rate would continue to be available to all Members equally. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange believes its proposal amendments its Fee Schedule would not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange does not believe that any of these changes represent a significant departure from previous pricing offered by the Exchange or pricing offered by the Exchange’s competitors. Additionally, Members may opt to disfavor EDGX’s pricing if they believe that alternatives offer them better value. Accordingly, the Exchange does not believe that the proposed changes will impair the ability of Members or competing venues to maintain their competitive standing in the financial markets. Flag RS The Exchange believes that its proposal to delete Flag RS from its Fee Schedule would not impact intermarket competition because Members seeking to access the PSX to add liquidity may select alternative routing methods or access the PSX directly. The Exchange believes that its proposal would not burden intramarket competition because the proposed repeal of Flag RS would be available to all Members equally. E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 17, 2013 / Notices Market Depth Tier 1 The Exchange believes that its proposal amendments to the Market Depth Tier would increase intermarket competition because the increased volume requirements would incentivize Members to send higher volume to the Exchange. The Exchange believes that its proposal would neither increase nor decrease intramarket competition because the rate for the Market Depth Tier would continue to be available all Members equally and the ability of Members to meet the tier would benefit other Members by contributing to increased price discovery and better market quality at the Exchange. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from Members or other interested parties. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 9 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 10 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. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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– EDGX–2013–44 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 14:45 Dec 16, 2013 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–29902 Filed 12–16–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–71053; File No. SR–ISE– 2013–63] Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Schedule of Fees December 12, 2013. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that, on November 27, 2013, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or the ‘‘ISE’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the proposed rule change, as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared by the selfregulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The ISE proposes to exclude from its ADV calculations any trading day on which the Exchange is closed early for holiday observance. The proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http://www.ise.com), at the principal office of the Exchange, and 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, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to exclude from its average daily volume (‘‘ADV’’) calculations any trading day on which the Exchange is closed early for holiday observance. The Exchange provides volume-based tiered rebates for Priority Customer complex orders when these orders trade with non-Priority Customer orders in the complex order book, or trade with quotes and orders on the regular order book. These complex order rebates are provided to members in six tiers in both Standard and Mini Options based on the member’s ADV in Priority Customer complex contracts. On September 30, 2013 the Exchange filed with the Commission an immediately 1 15 10 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–EDGX–2013–44. 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 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–EDGX– 2013–44 and should be submitted on or before January 7, 2014. 11 17 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76339 2 17 E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 17DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-71048; File No. SR-EDGX-2013-44]


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

December 11, 2013.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given 
that on November 29, 2013, EDGX Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
``EDGX'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II 
and III below, which items have been prepared by the self-regulatory 
organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit 
comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend its fees and rebates applicable to 
Members \3\ of the Exchange pursuant to EDGX Rule 15.1(a) and (c) 
(``Fee Schedule'') to(i) remove Flag RS, which routes to PSX and adds 
liquidity; and (ii) increase the rebate to add liquidity under the 
Market Depth Tier 1 from $0.0032 per share to $0.00325 per share and 
amend the criteria necessary to achieve the tier. The text of the 
proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Internet Web site 
at www.directedge.com, at the Exchange's principal office, and at the 
Public Reference Room of the Commission.
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    \3\ The term ``Member'' is defined as ``any registered broker or 
dealer, or any person associated with a registered broker or dealer, 
that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange. A Member will 
have the status of a ``member'' of the Exchange as that term is 
defined in Section 3(a)(3) of the Act.'' See Exchange Rule 1.5(n).
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II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization 
included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the 
proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the 
proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at 
the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization 
has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the 
most significant aspects of such statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend its Fee Schedule to: (i) remove Flag 
RS, which routes to PSX and adds liquidity; and (ii) increase the 
rebate to add liquidity under the Market Depth Tier 1 from $0.0032 per 
share to $0.00325 per share and amend the criteria necessary to achieve 
the tier.
Flag RS
    The Exchange proposes to amend its Fee Schedule to remove Flag RS, 
which routes to PSX and adds liquidity. The Exchange currently rebates 
orders that yield Flag RS $0.0020 per share for securities priced at or 
above $1.00 and charges no fee for securities priced below $1.00. These 
fees represent a pass through of the rate that Direct Edge ECN LLC (d/
b/a DE Route) (``DE Route''), the Exchange's affiliated routing broker-
dealer, is rebated for routing orders to PSX when it does not qualify 
for a volume tiered rate. The Exchange recently began to incur 
increased excessive messaging fees from PSX.\4\ To mitigate the 
increased messaging fees, the Exchange intends to delete Flag RS from 
its Fee Schedule and no longer permit Members to route orders via DE

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Route to post on the PSX. Members would continue to be able to route 
orders to PSX and remove liquidity via DE Route.
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    \4\ See the Excessive Messaging Policy under the Nasdaq Stock 
Market LLC fee schedule available at http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/Trader.aspx?id=PriceListTrading2 (last visited November 20, 2013).
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Amendments to the Market Depth Tier 1
    The Exchange proposes to amend its Fee Schedule to increase the 
rebate to add liquidity under the Market Depth Tier 1 and amend the 
criteria necessary to achieve the tier. Footnote 1 of the Fee Schedule 
currently provides that Members may qualify for the Market Depth Tier 1 
and receive a rebate of $0.0032 per share for displayed liquidity added 
on EDGX if they post greater than or equal to 0.50% of the TCV in 
average daily trading volume (``ADV'') on EDGX in total, where at least 
1,800,000 shares are Non-Displayed Orders that yield Flag HA. First, 
the Exchange proposes to increase the rebate to add liquidity under the 
Market Depth Tier 1 from $0.0032 per share to $0.00325 per share. 
Second, the Exchange proposes to amend Footnote 1 of its Fee Schedule 
to increase the ADV requirement of the Market Depth Tier from 1,800,000 
shares of ADV to 4,000,000 shares of ADV of Non-Displayed Orders that 
yield Flag HA. Lastly, the Exchange also proposes to increase the 
requirement to post greater than or equal to 0.50% of the TCV in ADV on 
EDGX in total to 0.85% of the TCV on EDGX. The remainder of the 
footnote as it pertains to the Market Depth Tier 1 would remain 
unchanged.
Implementation Date
    The Exchange proposes to implement these amendments to its Fee 
Schedule on December 2, 2013.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the objectives of Section 6 of the Act,\5\ in general, and 
furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),\6\ in particular, as it is 
designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, 
fees and other charges among its Members and other persons using its 
facilities.
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
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Flag RS
    The Exchange believes that its proposal to delete Flag RS from its 
Fee Schedule represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, 
fees, and other charges among Members and other persons using its 
facilities because it will no longer offer routing to the PSX via its 
System routing table. The Exchange recently began to incur increased 
excessive messaging fees from PSX.\7\ To mitigate the increased 
messaging fees, the Exchange intends to delete Flag RS and no longer 
allow Members to route orders DE Route to post on the PSX. The Exchange 
notes that it will continue to comply with its obligations under 
Regulation NMS and will route to PSX to remove liquidity; however, it 
will not continue to offer Flag RS as a routing option to post 
liquidity to the PSX. Members seeking to post orders on the PSX may 
select alternative routing methods or to access the PSX directly. The 
Exchange believes that the proposed amendment is non-discriminatory 
because it applies uniformly to all Members.
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    \7\ See the Excessive Messaging Policy under the Nasdaq Stock 
Market LLC fee schedule available at http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/Trader.aspx?id=PriceListTrading2 (last visited November 20, 2013).
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Market Depth Tier 1
    The Exchange believes that increasing the TCV and ADV requirements 
for the Market Depth Tier 1 represents an equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees, and other charges because increasing the 
thresholds to achieve the tier encourages Members to add displayed 
liquidity to the EDGX Book \8\ each month, as only the displayed 
liquidity in this tier is awarded the rebate of $0.00325 per share. 
This tier also recognizes the contribution that non-displayed liquidity 
provides to the marketplace, including: (i) adding needed depth to the 
EDGX market; (ii) providing price support/depth of liquidity; and (iii) 
increasing diversity of liquidity to EDGX. The increased liquidity 
benefits all investors by deepening EDGX's liquidity pool, offering 
additional flexibility for all investors to enjoy cost savings, 
supporting the quality of price discovery, promoting market 
transparency and improving investor protection. In addition, the 
Exchange also believes that the proposed amendment to the Market Depth 
Tier is non-discriminatory because it is available to all Members 
equally.
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    \8\ The ``EDGX Book'' is defined as ``the System's electronic 
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    The Exchange also believes that the increased rebate for the Market 
Depth Tier 1 represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, 
fees, and other charges because the higher rebate is directly 
correlated with this tier's amended criteria. The Exchange believes 
that the increased volume requirements necessary to achieve the Market 
Depth Tier 1 justifies its increased rebate. For example, for a Member 
to qualify for the tier most similar to the Market Depth Tier 1, the 
Market Depth Tier 2 and receive a rebate of $0.0029 per share, a Member 
needs to add 10,000,000 shares or more of ADV on a daily basis, 
measured monthly, and add at least 1,000,000 shares as non-displayed 
orders that yield Flag HA. For a Member to qualify for the Market Depth 
Tier 1, a Member must post at least 0.85% of the TCV in ADV on EDGX in 
total, where at least 4 million shares are non-displayed orders that 
add liquidity to EDGX yielding Flag HA. Based on a TCV of six (6) 
billion shares, this would amount to 51,000,000 shares for the Market 
Depth Tier 1 while the Market Depth Tier 2 would require an ADV of 
10,000,000 shares. Members seeking to achieve the Market Depth Tier 1 
would also be required to post at least 4 million shares of non-
displayed orders that add liquidity to EDGX yielding Flag HA, whereas 
the Market Depth Tier 2 would require that Members post 1,000,000 
shares of non-displayed orders that add liquidity to EDGX yielding Flag 
HA.
    Lastly, the Exchange believes that its proposal to increase the 
rebate offered by the Market Depth Tier 1 is non-discriminatory because 
the proposed rate would continue to be available to all Members 
equally.

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

    The Exchange believes its proposal amendments its Fee Schedule 
would not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or 
appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange 
does not believe that any of these changes represent a significant 
departure from previous pricing offered by the Exchange or pricing 
offered by the Exchange's competitors. Additionally, Members may opt to 
disfavor EDGX's pricing if they believe that alternatives offer them 
better value. Accordingly, the Exchange does not believe that the 
proposed changes will impair the ability of Members or competing venues 
to maintain their competitive standing in the financial markets.
Flag RS
    The Exchange believes that its proposal to delete Flag RS from its 
Fee Schedule would not impact intermarket competition because Members 
seeking to access the PSX to add liquidity may select alternative 
routing methods or access the PSX directly. The Exchange believes that 
its proposal would not burden intramarket competition because the 
proposed repeal of Flag RS would be available to all Members equally.

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Market Depth Tier 1
    The Exchange believes that its proposal amendments to the Market 
Depth Tier would increase intermarket competition because the increased 
volume requirements would incentivize Members to send higher volume to 
the Exchange. The Exchange believes that its proposal would neither 
increase nor decrease intramarket competition because the rate for the 
Market Depth Tier would continue to be available all Members equally 
and the ability of Members to meet the tier would benefit other Members 
by contributing to increased price discovery and better market quality 
at the Exchange.

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

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

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

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \9\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) \10\ thereunder. At any 
time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the 
Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it 
appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate 
in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \10\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-EDGX-2013-44 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-EDGX-2013-44. 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 
10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available 
for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-EDGX-2013-44 and should be 
submitted on or before January 7, 2014.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\11\
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    \11\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-29902 Filed 12-16-13; 8:45 am]
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