Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Fee Rebates for Transactions in Qualified Contingent Cross Orders, 76880-76882 [2013-30181]

Download as PDF 76880 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 244 / Thursday, December 19, 2013 / Notices 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–NYSEArca–2013–116 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–NYSEArca–2013–116. 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– NYSEArca–2013–116 and should be submitted on or before January 9, 2014. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http:// nasdaqomxphlx.cchwallstreet.com/, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.42 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change [FR Doc. 2013–30179 Filed 12–18–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–71078; File No. SR–Phlx– 2013–119] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Fee Rebates for Transactions in Qualified Contingent Cross Orders December 13, 2013. 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 2, 2013, NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC (‘‘Phlx’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. 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 In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these 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 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 purpose of this filing is to offer an additional rebate applicable to both electronic QCC Orders (‘‘eQCC’’) 3 and Floor QCC Orders 4 (collectively ‘‘QCC Orders’’). The Exchange believes that the proposed amendment to its pricing for QCC Orders will enable the Exchange to attract additional QCC Orders by increasing the amount of rebates paid for certain increased thresholds. Today, the Exchange pays rebates on QCC Orders based on the following five tier rebate schedule: The Exchange proposes to offer an additional rebate applicable to Qualified Contingent Cross (‘‘QCC’’) orders. QCC REBATE SCHEDULE Rebate per contract Tier Threshold Tier 1 ..... Tier 2 ..... 0 to 299,999 contracts in a month .................................................................................................................................. 300,000 to 499,999 contracts in a month ....................................................................................................................... 42 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 A QCC Order is comprised of an order to buy or sell at least 1000 contracts that is identified as being part of a qualified contingent trade, as that term is defined in Rule 1080(o)(3), coupled with a contra-side order to buy or sell an equal number of contracts. The QCC Order must be executed at a price at or between the National Best Bid and Offer and be rejected if a Customer order is resting on the Exchange book at the same price. A QCC Order emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Dec 18, 2013 Jkt 232001 shall only be submitted electronically from off the floor to the PHLX XL II System. See Rule 1080(o). See also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64249 (April 7, 2011), 76 FR 20773 (April 13, 2011) (SR– Phlx–2011–47) (a rule change to establish a QCC Order to facilitate the execution of stock/option Qualified Contingent Trades (‘‘QCTs’’) that satisfy the requirements of the trade through exemption in connection with Rule 611(d) of the Regulation NMS). 4 A Floor QCC Order must: (i) Be for at least 1,000 contracts, (ii) meet the six requirements of Rule PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $0.00 0.07 1080(o)(3) which are modeled on the QCT Exemption, (iii) be executed at a price at or between the National Best Bid and Offer (‘‘NBBO’’); and (iv) be rejected if a Customer order is resting on the Exchange book at the same price. In order to satisfy the 1,000-contract requirement, a Floor QCC Order must be for 1,000 contracts and could not be, for example, two 500-contract orders or two 500contract legs. See Rule 1064(e). See also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64688 (June 16, 2011), 76 FR 36606 (June 22, 2011) (SR–Phlx–2011–56). E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 244 / Thursday, December 19, 2013 / Notices 76881 QCC REBATE SCHEDULE—Continued Rebate per contract Tier Threshold Tier 3 ..... Tier 4 ..... Tier 5 ..... 500,000 to 699,999 contracts in a month ....................................................................................................................... 700,000 to 999,999 contracts in a month ....................................................................................................................... Over 1,000,000 contracts in a month ............................................................................................................................. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Today, the Exchange pays a rebate on all qualifying executed QCC Orders, as defined in Exchange Rule 1080(o) and Floor QCC Orders, as defined in 1064(e), except where the transaction is either: (i) Customer-to-Customer; or (ii) a dividend,5 merger,6 short stock interest 7 or reversal or conversion strategy 8 execution. Today, the maximum rebate the Exchange will pay in a given month for QCC Orders is $375,000. Today, QCC Transaction Fees for a Specialist,9 Market Maker,10 Professional,11 Firm 12 and Broker-Dealer 13 are $0.20 per contract. The Exchange will continue to pay rebates on QCC Orders as described 5 A dividend strategy is defined as transactions done to achieve a dividend arbitrage involving the purchase, sale and exercise of in-the-money options of the same class, executed the first business day prior to the date on which the underlying stock goes ex-dividend. See Section II of the Pricing Schedule. 6 A merger strategy is defined as transactions done to achieve a merger arbitrage involving the purchase, sale and exercise of options of the same class and expiration date, executed the first business day prior to the date on which shareholders of record are required to elect their respective form of consideration, i.e., cash or stock. See Section II of the Pricing Schedule. 7 A short stock interest strategy is defined as transactions done to achieve a short stock interest arbitrage involving the purchase, sale and exercise of in-the-money options of the same class. See Section II of the Pricing Schedule. 8 Reversal and conversion strategies are types of transactions that employ calls and puts of the same strike price and the underlying stock. Reversals are established by combining a short stock position with a short put and a long call position that shares the same strike and expiration. Conversions employ long positions in the underlying stock that accompany long puts and short calls sharing the same strike and expiration. See Section II of the Pricing Schedule. 9 A ‘‘Specialist’’ is an Exchange member who is registered as an options specialist pursuant to Rule 1020(a). 10 A ‘‘Market Maker’’ includes Registered Options Traders (Rule 1014(b)(i) and (ii)), which includes Streaming Quote Traders (see Rule 1014(b)(ii)(A)) and Remote Streaming Quote Traders (see Rule 1014(b)(ii)(B)). Directed Participants are also market makers. 11 The term ‘‘Professional’’ means any person or entity that (i) is not a broker or dealer in securities, and (ii) places more than 390 orders in listed options per day on average during a calendar month for its own beneficial account(s). See Rule 1000(b)(14). 12 The term ‘‘Firm’’ applies to any transaction that is identified by a member or member organization for clearing in the Firm range at OCC. 13 The term ‘‘Broker-Dealer’’ applies to any transaction which is not subject to any of the other transaction fees applicable within a particular category. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Dec 18, 2013 Jkt 232001 above. The Exchange proposes to amend the QCC Rebate Schedule to offer an additional rebate of $35,000 if the member organization transacts 1,750,000 of qualifying QCC contracts (‘‘QCC Bonus’’). The QCC Bonus will only be available during the month of December 2013 and will be in addition to the maximum QCC Rebate of $375,000, if the $375,000 maximum is reached in December 2013. The QCC Bonus will not count toward the maximum QCC Rebate of $375,000. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal to amend its Pricing Schedule is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 14 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) and (b)(5) of the Act 15 in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which Phlx operates or controls, and is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. The Exchange believes that it is reasonable to offer market participants a QCC Bonus because the additional incentive will further incentivize market participants to transact a greater number of QCC Orders on the Exchange during the month of December 2013. With this proposal, a market participant would be entitled to the current QCC Rebates and would have the ability to earn an even greater rebate, during the month of December 2013, if the qualifying volume is transacted. The Exchange believes that the QCC Bonus is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because all qualifying market participants are entitled to the added rebate if they transact a qualifying number of QCC Orders during the month of December 2013. All market participants are eligible to transact QCC Orders. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose 14 15 15 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(4), (5). Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that its proposal to offer the QCC Bonus does not impose a burden on competition. The Exchange’s proposal should continue to encourage market participants to transact a greater number of QCC Orders in order to obtain the QCC Bonus during the month of December 2013. All market participants are eligible to transact QCC Orders. The Exchange operates in a highly competitive market, comprised of twelve options exchanges, in which market participants can easily and readily direct order flow to competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive or rebates to be inadequate. Accordingly, the fees that are assessed and the rebates paid by the Exchange described in the above proposal are influenced by these robust market forces and therefore must remain competitive with fees charged and rebates paid by other venues and therefore must continue to be reasonable and equitably allocated to those members that opt to direct orders to the Exchange rather than competing venues. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were either solicited or received. 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)(ii) of the Act.16 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine 16 15 Sfmt 4703 $0.08 0.09 0.11 E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 19DEN1 76882 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 244 / Thursday, December 19, 2013 / Notices whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– Phlx–2013–119 on the subject line. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.17 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–30181 Filed 12–18–13; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–71077; File No. SR–Topaz– 2013–14] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Topaz Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Schedule of Fees emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES December 13, 2013. • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. 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 December 2, 2013, the Topaz Exchange, LLC (d/b/ a ISE Gemini) (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘Topaz’’) 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 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 the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Topaz is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees to decrease Priority Customer taker fees for affiliated Members that achieve the ADV threshold for Tiers 2, 3, or 4. The proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Internet Web site at 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 the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization has prepared summaries, set forth in 1 15 17 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Dec 18, 2013 2 17 Jkt 232001 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Paper Comments All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Phlx–2013–119. 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 at 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal offices 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–Phlx– 2013–119, and should be submitted on or before January 9, 2014. Sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to decrease Priority Customer 3 taker fees for affiliated Members that achieve the average daily volume (‘‘ADV’’) threshold for Tiers 2, 3, or 4 as described below. The fee changes discussed apply to both Standard Options and Mini Options traded on the Exchange. The Exchange’s Schedule of Fees has separate tables for fees applicable to Standard Options and Mini Options. The Exchange notes that while the discussion below relates to fees for Standard Options, the fees for Mini Options, which are not discussed below, are and shall continue to be 1/ 10th of the fees for Standard Options. On September 3, 2013 the Exchange filed with the Commission an immediately effective rule filing that established volume-based tiered rebates for adding liquidity on the Exchange.4 Under the framework proposed in that rule filing, the Exchange established four qualifying tiers based on a Member’s ADV in a given month. The Exchange is now proposing to also apply tiers—which currently only apply to rebates for adding liquidity—to Priority Customer fees for removing liquidity. In order to qualify for the lower Priority Customer taker fee being proposed in this filing a Member would, at a minimum, have to qualify for Tier 2 by executing (i) a Total Affiliated Member ADV of 65,000 or more contracts, (ii) a Priority Customer Maker ADV of at least 20,000 contracts, or (iii) a Total Affiliated Member ADV of 40,000 contracts with a Minimum Priority Customer Maker ADV of 15,000 contracts. Currently all Members pay a Priority Customer taker fee of $0.45 per contract in Penny Symbols and SPY, and $0.82 per contract in non-Penny Symbols. Under the proposed rule change, Members that qualify for Tier 2 or higher will instead be charged taker fees for Priority Customer orders that are $0.01 per contract less than the taker fees currently charged on the Exchange. In particular, Members that have 3 A Priority Customer is a person or entity that is not a broker/dealer in securities, and does not place more than 390 orders in listed options per day on average during a calendar month for its own beneficial account(s). 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 70426 (September 17, 2013), 78 FR 58359 (September 23, 2013) (Topaz–2013–04). E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-71078; File No. SR-Phlx-2013-119]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to 
Fee Rebates for Transactions in Qualified Contingent Cross Orders

December 13, 2013.
    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 2, 2013, NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC (``Phlx'' or ``Exchange'') 
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' or 
``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, 
and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. 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 offer an additional rebate applicable to 
Qualified Contingent Cross (``QCC'') orders.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Web site at http://nasdaqomxphlx.cchwallstreet.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 Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these 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 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 purpose of this filing is to offer an additional rebate 
applicable to both electronic QCC Orders (``eQCC'') \3\ and Floor QCC 
Orders \4\ (collectively ``QCC Orders''). The Exchange believes that 
the proposed amendment to its pricing for QCC Orders will enable the 
Exchange to attract additional QCC Orders by increasing the amount of 
rebates paid for certain increased thresholds.
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    \3\ A QCC Order is comprised of an order to buy or sell at least 
1000 contracts that is identified as being part of a qualified 
contingent trade, as that term is defined in Rule 1080(o)(3), 
coupled with a contra-side order to buy or sell an equal number of 
contracts. The QCC Order must be executed at a price at or between 
the National Best Bid and Offer and be rejected if a Customer order 
is resting on the Exchange book at the same price. A QCC Order shall 
only be submitted electronically from off the floor to the PHLX XL 
II System. See Rule 1080(o). See also Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 64249 (April 7, 2011), 76 FR 20773 (April 13, 2011) (SR-
Phlx-2011-47) (a rule change to establish a QCC Order to facilitate 
the execution of stock/option Qualified Contingent Trades (``QCTs'') 
that satisfy the requirements of the trade through exemption in 
connection with Rule 611(d) of the Regulation NMS).
    \4\ A Floor QCC Order must: (i) Be for at least 1,000 contracts, 
(ii) meet the six requirements of Rule 1080(o)(3) which are modeled 
on the QCT Exemption, (iii) be executed at a price at or between the 
National Best Bid and Offer (``NBBO''); and (iv) be rejected if a 
Customer order is resting on the Exchange book at the same price. In 
order to satisfy the 1,000-contract requirement, a Floor QCC Order 
must be for 1,000 contracts and could not be, for example, two 500-
contract orders or two 500-contract legs. See Rule 1064(e). See also 
Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64688 (June 16, 2011), 76 FR 
36606 (June 22, 2011) (SR-Phlx-2011-56).
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    Today, the Exchange pays rebates on QCC Orders based on the 
following five tier rebate schedule:

                           QCC Rebate Schedule
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                                                            Rebate per
          Tier                      Threshold                contract
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Tier 1.................  0 to 299,999 contracts in a               $0.00
                          month.
Tier 2.................  300,000 to 499,999 contracts in            0.07
                          a month.

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Tier 3.................  500,000 to 699,999 contracts in           $0.08
                          a month.
Tier 4.................  700,000 to 999,999 contracts in            0.09
                          a month.
Tier 5.................  Over 1,000,000 contracts in a              0.11
                          month.
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Today, the Exchange pays a rebate on all qualifying executed QCC 
Orders, as defined in Exchange Rule 1080(o) and Floor QCC Orders, as 
defined in 1064(e), except where the transaction is either: (i) 
Customer-to-Customer; or (ii) a dividend,\5\ merger,\6\ short stock 
interest \7\ or reversal or conversion strategy \8\ execution. Today, 
the maximum rebate the Exchange will pay in a given month for QCC 
Orders is $375,000. Today, QCC Transaction Fees for a Specialist,\9\ 
Market Maker,\10\ Professional,\11\ Firm \12\ and Broker-Dealer \13\ 
are $0.20 per contract.
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    \5\ A dividend strategy is defined as transactions done to 
achieve a dividend arbitrage involving the purchase, sale and 
exercise of in-the-money options of the same class, executed the 
first business day prior to the date on which the underlying stock 
goes ex-dividend. See Section II of the Pricing Schedule.
    \6\ A merger strategy is defined as transactions done to achieve 
a merger arbitrage involving the purchase, sale and exercise of 
options of the same class and expiration date, executed the first 
business day prior to the date on which shareholders of record are 
required to elect their respective form of consideration, i.e., cash 
or stock. See Section II of the Pricing Schedule.
    \7\ A short stock interest strategy is defined as transactions 
done to achieve a short stock interest arbitrage involving the 
purchase, sale and exercise of in-the-money options of the same 
class. See Section II of the Pricing Schedule.
    \8\ Reversal and conversion strategies are types of transactions 
that employ calls and puts of the same strike price and the 
underlying stock. Reversals are established by combining a short 
stock position with a short put and a long call position that shares 
the same strike and expiration. Conversions employ long positions in 
the underlying stock that accompany long puts and short calls 
sharing the same strike and expiration. See Section II of the 
Pricing Schedule.
    \9\ A ``Specialist'' is an Exchange member who is registered as 
an options specialist pursuant to Rule 1020(a).
    \10\ A ``Market Maker'' includes Registered Options Traders 
(Rule 1014(b)(i) and (ii)), which includes Streaming Quote Traders 
(see Rule 1014(b)(ii)(A)) and Remote Streaming Quote Traders (see 
Rule 1014(b)(ii)(B)). Directed Participants are also market makers.
    \11\ The term ``Professional'' means any person or entity that 
(i) is not a broker or dealer in securities, and (ii) places more 
than 390 orders in listed options per day on average during a 
calendar month for its own beneficial account(s). See Rule 
1000(b)(14).
    \12\ The term ``Firm'' applies to any transaction that is 
identified by a member or member organization for clearing in the 
Firm range at OCC.
    \13\ The term ``Broker-Dealer'' applies to any transaction which 
is not subject to any of the other transaction fees applicable 
within a particular category.
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    The Exchange will continue to pay rebates on QCC Orders as 
described above. The Exchange proposes to amend the QCC Rebate Schedule 
to offer an additional rebate of $35,000 if the member organization 
transacts 1,750,000 of qualifying QCC contracts (``QCC Bonus''). The 
QCC Bonus will only be available during the month of December 2013 and 
will be in addition to the maximum QCC Rebate of $375,000, if the 
$375,000 maximum is reached in December 2013. The QCC Bonus will not 
count toward the maximum QCC Rebate of $375,000.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal to amend its Pricing 
Schedule is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act \14\ in general, 
and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) and (b)(5) of the Act 
\15\ in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and 
other persons using any facility or system which Phlx operates or 
controls, and is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between 
customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers.
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    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
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    The Exchange believes that it is reasonable to offer market 
participants a QCC Bonus because the additional incentive will further 
incentivize market participants to transact a greater number of QCC 
Orders on the Exchange during the month of December 2013. With this 
proposal, a market participant would be entitled to the current QCC 
Rebates and would have the ability to earn an even greater rebate, 
during the month of December 2013, if the qualifying volume is 
transacted.
    The Exchange believes that the QCC Bonus is equitable and not 
unfairly discriminatory because all qualifying market participants are 
entitled to the added rebate if they transact a qualifying number of 
QCC Orders during the month of December 2013. All market participants 
are eligible to transact QCC Orders.

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 not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that its 
proposal to offer the QCC Bonus does not impose a burden on 
competition. The Exchange's proposal should continue to encourage 
market participants to transact a greater number of QCC Orders in order 
to obtain the QCC Bonus during the month of December 2013. All market 
participants are eligible to transact QCC Orders.
    The Exchange operates in a highly competitive market, comprised of 
twelve options exchanges, in which market participants can easily and 
readily direct order flow to competing venues if they deem fee levels 
at a particular venue to be excessive or rebates to be inadequate. 
Accordingly, the fees that are assessed and the rebates paid by the 
Exchange described in the above proposal are influenced by these robust 
market forces and therefore must remain competitive with fees charged 
and rebates paid by other venues and therefore must continue to be 
reasonable and equitably allocated to those members that opt to direct 
orders to the Exchange rather than competing venues.

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

    No written comments were either solicited or received.

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)(ii) of the Act.\16\ At any time within 60 days of the 
filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may 
temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission 
that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, 
for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the 
purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the 
Commission shall institute proceedings to determine

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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-Phlx-2013-119 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-Phlx-2013-119. 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 at 100 F Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090 on official business days between the hours 
of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be 
available for inspection and copying at the principal offices 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-
Phlx-2013-119, and should be submitted on or before January 9, 2014.
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    \17\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\17\
Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-30181 Filed 12-18-13; 8:45 am]
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