Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating To Listing PHLX Proprietary Products, 23023-23026 [2014-09392]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 80 / Friday, April 25, 2014 / Notices Dated: April 21, 2014. Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. [FR Doc. 2014–09398 Filed 4–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–71977; File No. SR–BX– 2014–019] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating To Listing PHLX Proprietary Products April 21, 2014. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 April 10, 2014, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (‘‘BX’’ 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 the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend certain rules in order to permit the trading of options overlying NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC (‘‘Phlx’’) proprietary indexes and Phlx U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currencies on BX. The Exchange is proposing to amend the following BX Rules: Chapter I, Section 1 (Definitions), Chapter III, Section 7 (Position Limits), Section 9 (Exercise Limits), Chapter IV, Section 3 (Criteria for Underlying Securities), Section 6 (Series of Options Contracts Open for Trading), Section 9 (U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency Option Closing Settlement Value), Chapter VI, Section 4 (Meaning of Premium Quotes and Orders), Chapter VIII, Section 3 (Delivery and Payment), Chapter XIV, Section 5 (Position Limits for BroadBased Index Options), Section 7 (Position Limits for Industry and MicroNarrow Based Index Options) and Section 11 (Terms of Index Options Contracts). The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http://nasdaqomxbx.cchwall street.com, at the principal office of the 1 15 2 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:57 Apr 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 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 the proposed rule change is to amend BX’s Rules to include provisions to permit the trading of options overlying Phlx proprietary indexes on BX 3 and Phlx U.S. DollarSettled Foreign Currencies.4 Today, Phlx has various rules which pertain to the listing of options overlying Phlx proprietary indexes and U.S. DollarSettled Foreign Currencies. The Exchange proposes to list these Phlx proprietary products on the Exchange in the same manner and with the same terms as these options are traded on Phlx. Phlx Proprietary Indexes Position Limits The Exchange is proposing to amend various BX Rules to permit the listing of Phlx proprietary indexes. The Exchange is proposing to amend Chapter XIV, which pertains to indexes, specifically at Section 5 regarding position limits. The Exchange is proposing to amend this Rule to require Options Participants to comply with the rules of Phlx with respect to position limits for ‘‘PHLX proprietary products.’’ The Exchange is proposing a similar amendment to Section 7 relating to micro-narrow based indexes. Options Participants would be 3 Today, Phlx lists the following proprietary indexes on its market: SIG Oil Exploration & Production IndexTM (EPXSM); PHLX Semiconductor SectorSM (SOXSM); PHLX Housing SectorTM (HGXSM); PHLX Oil Service SectorSM (OSXSM); Phlx Utility SectorSM (UTYSM); and PHLX Gold/ Silver SectorSM (XAUSM). 4 Today, Phlx lists the following proprietary U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currencies: XDA (Australian Dollar); XDB (British Pound); XDC (Canadian Dollar); XDE (Euro); XDN (Japanese Yen); XDS (Swiss Franc); and XDZ (New Zealand Dollar). PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23023 required to comply with Phlx position limits relating to micro-narrow index options when transacting options overlying Phlx proprietary products. Options Participants would be required to comply with Phlx rules with respect to position limits for Phlx proprietary products. Definition The Exchange is also proposing to amend Chapter I, Section 1 which contains definitions to include the definition of closing index value. Specifically, the Exchange is adding the following definition for closing index value: ‘‘The [t]erm ‘closing index value’ in respect of a particular index means the current index value calculated at the close of business on the day of exercise, or, if the day of exercise is not a trading day, on the last trading day before exercise (P.M.-settled), unless the settlement value of the index is based on the opening price of each component issue on the primary market (A.M.settled).’’ This definition is the same definition that appears in Phlx Rules.5 Listing of Long-Term Index Options Finally, the Exchange proposes to amend Chapter XIV, Section 11 to amend the Terms of Index Options Contracts to amend the text related to Long Term Index Options Series. Today, BX may list long-term index options series that expire from twelve to sixty months from the date of issuance. The Exchange proposes to amend this timeframe to mirror the timeframe for Phlx index options which is nine to sixty months at Chapter XIV, Section 11(b)(1).6 In addition, the Exchange proposes to amend Chapter XIV, Section 11(b)(1)(i) to state that ‘‘Strike price interval, bid/ask differential and continuity Rules shall not apply to such options series until the time to expiration is less than nine (9) months.’’ Today, the timeframe is twelve months. The Exchange is conforming this text to the amendment in Section 11(b)(1). Phlx U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currencies Position Limits The Exchange is proposing to amend various BX Rules to permit the listing of Phlx proprietary U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currencies. The Exchange is proposing to amend Chapter III, which pertain to indexes, specifically at Section 7 regarding position limits. The Exchange is proposing to amend the rule to provide that no Options Participant shall make, for any account 5 See 6 See E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM Phlx Rule 1000A(a)(8). Phlx Rule 1101A. 25APN1 23024 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 80 / Friday, April 25, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES in which it has an interest or for the account of any Customer, an opening transaction on any exchange if the Options Participant has reason to believe that as a result of such transaction the Options Participant or its Customer would, acting alone or in concert with others, directly or indirectly exceed the applicable position limit fixed from time to time by Phlx with respect to U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency Options.’’ 7 The Exchange is proposing a similar amendment to Section 9 related to Exercise Limits.8 These amendments would permit the Exchange to list these U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currencies with the same position and exercise limits as exist on Phlx today. Listing Criteria The Exchange is proposing to amend Chapter IV, Section 3(n) to list the criteria for underlying securities for U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency Options. This criteria is the same as the criteria for listing proprietary currencies on Phlx.9 Specifically, the Exchange proposes to add the following criteria: the British pound, the Swiss franc, the Canadian dollar, the Australian dollar, the Japanese yen, the U.S. dollar, the Mexican peso, the Euro, the Brazilian real, the Chinese yuan, the Danish krone, the New Zealand dollar, the Norwegian krone, the Russian ruble, the South African rand, the South Korean won, and the Swedish krona may be approved as underlying foreign currencies for options transactions by the Exchange, subject to any approval criteria the Exchange may deem necessary or appropriate in the interests of maintaining a fair and orderly market or for the protection of investors. In the event that any of the sovereign governments or the European Economic Community’s European Monetary System issuing any of the abovementioned currencies should issue a new currency intended to replace one of the above-mentioned currencies as the standard unit of the official medium of exchange of such government, such new currency also may be approved as an underlying foreign currency for options transactions by the Exchange, subject to any approval criteria the Exchange may deem necessary or appropriate in the interests of maintaining a fair and orderly market or for the protection of investors. Options trading in such new currency may occur simultaneously 7 See proposed Rule at Chapter III, Section 7(a)(iv). 8 See proposed Rule at Chapter III, Section 9(a)(iv). 9 See Phlx Rules 1009(c) and 1010 at Commentary .06. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:57 Apr 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 with options trading in any of the above-mentioned currencies; provided, however, that the Exchange shall withdraw its approval of options transactions in the currency which is intended to be replaced by such new currency as expeditiously as it deems consistent with the maintenance of a fair and orderly market or the protection of investors. The Exchange may determine to withdraw approval of an underlying foreign currency whenever it deems such withdrawal advisable in the public interest or for the protection of investors. In the event that the Exchange effects such a withdrawal, the Exchange shall not open for trading any additional series of options of the class covering that underlying foreign currency. The Exchange proposes to amend the Supplementary Material to Chapter IV, Section 6 by adding new Supplementary Material .09 with listing qualifications for U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options which are identical to those listing criteria on Phlx.10 Specifically, within each class of approved U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options, the Exchange may open for trading series of options expiring in consecutive calendar months (‘‘consecutive month series’’) and series of options expiring at three-month intervals (‘‘cycle month series’’), as provided in Supplementary Material at .09. Prior to the opening of trading in any series of U.S. DollarSettled Foreign Currency Options, the Exchange shall fix the expiration month and exercise price of option contracts included in each such series. The Supplementary Material to proposed Chapter IV, Section 6(A) [sic] states, with respect to each class of U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options, series of options having up to four consecutive expiration months may be opened for trading simultaneously, with the shortest-term series initially having no more than two months to expiration. Additional consecutive month series of the same class may be opened for trading on the Exchange at or about the time a prior consecutive month series expires, and the expiration month of each such new series shall normally be the month immediately succeeding the expiration month of the then outstanding consecutive month series of the same class of options having the longest remaining time to expiration. Supplementary Material to proposed Chapter IV, Section 6(B) [sic] states, the Exchange may designate one expiration cycle for each class of U.S. DollarSettled Foreign Currency option. An expiration cycle shall consist of four 10 See Rule 1012(a)(iii) and Commentary .06 and .07 to Rule 1012. See also Rule 1000(b)(16). PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 calendar months (‘‘cycle months’’) occurring at three-month intervals. With respect to any particular class of U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency option, series of options expiring in the four cycle months designated by the Exchange for that class may be opened for trading simultaneously, with the shortest-term series initially having approximately three months to expiration. Additional cycle month series of the same class may be opened for trading on the Exchange at or about the time a prior cycle month series expires, and the expiration month of each such new series shall normally be approximately three months after the expiration month of the then outstanding cycle month series of the same class of options having the longest remaining time to expiration. The Supplementary Material to proposed Chapter IV, Section 6(C) [sic] states, the Exchange may list, with respect to any U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency, options having up to three years from the time they are listed until expiration. There may be up to ten options series, options having up to thirty-six months from the time they are listed until expiration. There may be up to six additional expiration months. Strike price interval, bid/ask differential and continuity rules shall not apply to such options series until the time to expiration is less than nine months. For each expiration month opened for trading of U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options, in addition to the strike prices listed by the Exchange pursuant to Supplementary Material .09 to proposed Chapter IV, Section 6, the Exchange shall also list a single strike price of $0.01. Additional series of options of the same class may be opened for trading on the Exchange as the market price of the underlying foreign currency moves substantially from the initial exercise price or prices. The opening of a new series of options on the Exchange shall not affect any other series of options of the same class previously opened. The Exchange may initially list exercise strike prices for each expiration of U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options on currencies within a 40 percent band around the current Exchange Spot Price at fifty cent ($.50) intervals. Thus, if the Exchange Spot Price of the Euro were at $100.00, the Exchange would list strikes in $.50 intervals up to $120.00 and down to $80.00, for a total of eighty-one strike prices available for trading. As the Exchange Spot Price for U.S. DollarSettled Foreign Currency options moves, the Exchange may list new strike prices that, at the time of listing, do not E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 80 / Friday, April 25, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES exceed the Exchange Spot Price by more than 20 percent and are not less than the Exchange Spot Price by more than 20 percent. For example, if at the time of initial listing, the Exchange Spot Price of the Euro is at $100.00, the strike prices the Exchange will list will be $80.00 to $120.00. If the Exchange Spot Price then moves to $105.00, the Exchange may list additional strikes at the following prices: $105.50 to $126.00. The exercise price of each series of U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options opened for trading on the Exchange normally shall be fixed at a price per unit which is reasonably close to the current Exchange Spot Price per unit of the underlying foreign currency in the foreign exchange market at or before the time such series of options is first opened for trading on the Exchange, as determined by finding the arithmetic mean of Exchange Spot Prices. The Exchange defines the term ‘‘Exchange Spot Price’’ similar to the Phlx Rule 1000(b)(16), ‘‘in respect of an option contract on a foreign currency means the cash market spot price, for the sale of one foreign currency for another, quoted by various foreign exchange participants for the sale of a single unit of such foreign currency for immediate delivery that is calculated from the foreign currency price quotation reported by the foreign currency price quotation dissemination system selected by the Exchange, to which an appropriate multiplier is applied. The multiplier(s) will be: 100 for the British pound, the Euro, the Swiss franc, the Canadian dollar, the Australian dollar, the Brazilian real, and the New Zealand dollar; 1,000 for the Chinese yuan, the Danish krone, the Mexican peso, the Norwegian krone, the South African rand, and the Swedish krona; 10,000 for the Japanese yen and the Russian ruble; and 100,000 for the South Korean won.’’ Closing Settlement Value The Exchange proposes to add a new Chapter IV, Section 9 to address Closing Settlement Value. The Exchange is proposing to add language similar to that contained in a Phlx Rule.11 Specifically, the Exchange is adding language which states, U.S. DollarSettled Foreign Currency options are settled in U.S. dollars. The closing settlement value for the U.S. DollarSettled Foreign Currency options on the Australian dollar, the Euro, the British pound, the Canadian dollar, the Swiss franc, the Japanese yen, the Mexican peso, the Brazilian real, the Chinese yuan, the Danish krone, the New 11 See Phlx Rule 1057. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:57 Apr 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 Zealand dollar, the Norwegian krone, the Russian ruble, the South African rand, the South Korean won, and the Swedish krona shall be the Exchange Spot Price at 12:00:00 Eastern Time (noon) on the business day of expiration, or, in the case of an option contract expiring on a day that is not a business day, on the business day prior to the expiration date unless the Exchange determines to apply an alternative closing settlement value as a result of extraordinary circumstances. Neither the Exchange, nor any agent of the Exchange shall have any liability for damages, claims, losses or expenses caused by any errors, omissions, or delays in calculating or disseminating the current settlement value or the closing settlement value resulting from an act, condition, or cause beyond the reasonable control of the Exchange including but not limited to, an act of God; fire; flood; extraordinary weather conditions; war; insurrection; riot; strike; accident; action of government; communications or power failure; equipment or software malfunction; any error, omission, or delay in the reports of transactions in one or more underlying currencies or any error, omission or delay in the reports of the current settlement value or the closing settlement value by the Exchange. The Exchange shall post the closing settlement value on its Web site or disseminate it through one or more major market data vendors. Minimum Increments The Exchange also proposes to amend Chapter VI, Section 4 to add new sections (c) and (d) to add rule text similar to that of Phlx 12 to address minimum increments for quoting and bids and offers. Specifically, all options on foreign currencies where the underlying foreign currency is not the U.S. dollar shall have a minimum increment of $.01. In the case of options on foreign currencies, all bids or offers shall be expressed in terms of U.S. dollars per unit of the underlying foreign currency. E.g., a bid of ‘‘3.25’’ for a premium on a $170 strike price option on the British pound shall represent a bid to pay $325 per option contract. Delivery and Payment The Exchange proposes to amend Chapter VIII, Section 3 to add a new section (d) to address delivery and payment similar to a Phlx Rule.13 Specifically, in accordance with the 12 See Phlx Rules 1033(b)(ii) and 1034(a)(ii). Phlx Rule 1044. BX Rules at Chapter VIII, Section 3 contain a Delivery and Payment rule which would be supplemented with the abovedescribed rule text. 13 See PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23025 applicable rules of The Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’), upon exercise of an in-the-money U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency option structured as a call, the holder receives, from OCC, U.S. dollars representing the difference between the exercise strike price and the closing settlement value of the U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options contract multiplied by the number of units of currency covered by the contract. For a U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency option structured as a put, the holder receives U.S. dollars representing the excess of the exercise price over the closing settlement value of the U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency option contract multiplied by the number of units of foreign currency covered by the contract. Definition The Exchange also proposes to add a new definition to Chapter I, Section 1 for foreign currency. This definition is the same definition that appears in Phlx Rules.14 The Exchange proposes to define foreign currency to mean means the standard unit of the official medium of exchange of a sovereign government including the United States Government (e.g., the British pound, the Swiss franc, the Canadian dollar, the Australian dollar, the Japanese yen, the Mexican peso, the Brazilian real, the Chinese yuan, the Danish krone, the New Zealand dollar, the Norwegian krone, the Russian ruble, the South African rand, the South Korean won, the Swedish krona, or the United States dollar) or the Euro. Surveillance and Capacity The Exchange represents that it has the necessary systems capacity to support listing these proprietary Phlx products on the Exchange. The Exchange represents that it has an adequate surveillance program in place. The Exchange is a member of the Intermarket Surveillance Group (‘‘ISG’’) under the Intermarket Surveillance Group Agreement, which was modernized in 2008, and may obtain trading information via the ISG from other exchanges who are members or affiliates of the ISG. ISG members include all of the U.S. registered stock and options markets and work together to coordinate surveillance and investigative information sharing in the stock and options markets. In addition, the major futures exchanges are affiliated members of the ISG, which allows for the sharing of surveillance information for potential intermarket trading abuses. 14 See E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM Phlx Rule 1000(b)(13). 25APN1 23026 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 80 / Friday, April 25, 2014 / Notices Incorporation of Phlx Rules BX proposes herein to incorporate by reference as BX Options Rules certain Phlx such that BX members will comply with a BX rule by complying with the Phlx rule referenced. In connection with its proposal to incorporate Phlx rules by reference, BX will file a request, pursuant to Rule 240.0–12,15 an exemption under Section 36 of the Act from the rule filing requirements of Section 19(b) of the Act for changes to those BX Options Rules that are effected solely by virtue of a change to a crossreferenced Phlx rule. BX agrees to provide written notice to Options Participants of any amendments to Phlx rules that are incorporated by reference.16 BX will notify Participants whenever Phlx proposes to change a rule that has been incorporated by reference into the BX Options Rules. 2. Statutory Basis mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 17 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 18 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, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The proposal would allow Phlx proprietary indexes and U.S. DollarSettled Foreign Currency options to be traded on BX, in addition to Phlx. Investors would have an additional venue in which to trade these proprietary products. The Exchange seeks to list and trade these proprietary products utilizing the same terms and conditions as Phlx. The proposed rules mirror the terms and conditions of Phlx proprietary products as they are listed and traded on Phlx. The Exchange believes that this will serve to minimize investor confusion as the products would be traded in the same manner with the same position limits, increments and listing conditions. 15 17 CFR 240.0–12. will provide such notice through a posting on the same Web site location where BX posts its own rule filings pursuant to Rule 19b–4(1) under Act, within the timeframe required by that Rule. The Web site posting will include a link to the location on the Phlx Web site where those SROs’ proposed rule changes are posted. 17 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 18 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 16 BX VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:57 Apr 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange intends to list and trade options on Phlx proprietary products on BX in the same manner that these products are traded on Phlx. 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 Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; does not impose any significant burden on competition; and by its terms does not become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 19 of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.20 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is: Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; for the protection of investors; or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BX–2014–019. 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–BX–2014–019 and should be submitted on or before May 16, 2014. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.21 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–09392 Filed 4–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 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–BX–2014–019 on the subject line. 19 15 20 17 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 21 17 E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 25APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 80 (Friday, April 25, 2014)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-71977; File No. SR-BX-2014-019]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating To 
Listing PHLX Proprietary Products

April 21, 2014.
    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 April 10, 2014, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (``BX'' 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 the 
Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend certain rules in order to permit the 
trading of options overlying NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC (``Phlx'') proprietary 
indexes and Phlx U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currencies on BX. The 
Exchange is proposing to amend the following BX Rules: Chapter I, 
Section 1 (Definitions), Chapter III, Section 7 (Position Limits), 
Section 9 (Exercise Limits), Chapter IV, Section 3 (Criteria for 
Underlying Securities), Section 6 (Series of Options Contracts Open for 
Trading), Section 9 (U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency Option 
Closing Settlement Value), Chapter VI, Section 4 (Meaning of Premium 
Quotes and Orders), Chapter VIII, Section 3 (Delivery and Payment), 
Chapter XIV, Section 5 (Position Limits for Broad-Based Index Options), 
Section 7 (Position Limits for Industry and Micro-Narrow Based Index 
Options) and Section 11 (Terms of Index Options Contracts).
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Web site at http://nasdaqomxbx.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 the proposed rule change is to amend BX's Rules to 
include provisions to permit the trading of options overlying Phlx 
proprietary indexes on BX \3\ and Phlx U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign 
Currencies.\4\ Today, Phlx has various rules which pertain to the 
listing of options overlying Phlx proprietary indexes and U.S. Dollar-
Settled Foreign Currencies. The Exchange proposes to list these Phlx 
proprietary products on the Exchange in the same manner and with the 
same terms as these options are traded on Phlx.
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    \3\ Today, Phlx lists the following proprietary indexes on its 
market: SIG Oil Exploration & Production Index\TM\ (EPX\SM\); PHLX 
Semiconductor Sector\SM\ (SOX\SM\); PHLX Housing Sector\TM\ 
(HGX\SM\); PHLX Oil Service Sector\SM\ (OSX\SM\); Phlx Utility 
Sector\SM\ (UTY\SM\); and PHLX Gold/Silver Sector\SM\ (XAU\SM\).
    \4\ Today, Phlx lists the following proprietary U.S. Dollar-
Settled Foreign Currencies: XDA (Australian Dollar); XDB (British 
Pound); XDC (Canadian Dollar); XDE (Euro); XDN (Japanese Yen); XDS 
(Swiss Franc); and XDZ (New Zealand Dollar).
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Phlx Proprietary Indexes
Position Limits
    The Exchange is proposing to amend various BX Rules to permit the 
listing of Phlx proprietary indexes. The Exchange is proposing to amend 
Chapter XIV, which pertains to indexes, specifically at Section 5 
regarding position limits. The Exchange is proposing to amend this Rule 
to require Options Participants to comply with the rules of Phlx with 
respect to position limits for ``PHLX proprietary products.'' The 
Exchange is proposing a similar amendment to Section 7 relating to 
micro-narrow based indexes. Options Participants would be required to 
comply with Phlx position limits relating to micro-narrow index options 
when transacting options overlying Phlx proprietary products. Options 
Participants would be required to comply with Phlx rules with respect 
to position limits for Phlx proprietary products.
Definition
    The Exchange is also proposing to amend Chapter I, Section 1 which 
contains definitions to include the definition of closing index value. 
Specifically, the Exchange is adding the following definition for 
closing index value: ``The [t]erm `closing index value' in respect of a 
particular index means the current index value calculated at the close 
of business on the day of exercise, or, if the day of exercise is not a 
trading day, on the last trading day before exercise (P.M.-settled), 
unless the settlement value of the index is based on the opening price 
of each component issue on the primary market (A.M.-settled).'' This 
definition is the same definition that appears in Phlx Rules.\5\
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Listing of Long-Term Index Options
    Finally, the Exchange proposes to amend Chapter XIV, Section 11 to 
amend the Terms of Index Options Contracts to amend the text related to 
Long Term Index Options Series. Today, BX may list long-term index 
options series that expire from twelve to sixty months from the date of 
issuance. The Exchange proposes to amend this timeframe to mirror the 
timeframe for Phlx index options which is nine to sixty months at 
Chapter XIV, Section 11(b)(1).\6\ In addition, the Exchange proposes to 
amend Chapter XIV, Section 11(b)(1)(i) to state that ``Strike price 
interval, bid/ask differential and continuity Rules shall not apply to 
such options series until the time to expiration is less than nine (9) 
months.'' Today, the timeframe is twelve months. The Exchange is 
conforming this text to the amendment in Section 11(b)(1).
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Phlx U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currencies
Position Limits
    The Exchange is proposing to amend various BX Rules to permit the 
listing of Phlx proprietary U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currencies. The 
Exchange is proposing to amend Chapter III, which pertain to indexes, 
specifically at Section 7 regarding position limits. The Exchange is 
proposing to amend the rule to provide that no Options Participant 
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in which it has an interest or for the account of any Customer, an 
opening transaction on any exchange if the Options Participant has 
reason to believe that as a result of such transaction the Options 
Participant or its Customer would, acting alone or in concert with 
others, directly or indirectly exceed the applicable position limit 
fixed from time to time by Phlx with respect to U.S. Dollar-Settled 
Foreign Currency Options.'' \7\ The Exchange is proposing a similar 
amendment to Section 9 related to Exercise Limits.\8\ These amendments 
would permit the Exchange to list these U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign 
Currencies with the same position and exercise limits as exist on Phlx 
today.
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    \7\ See proposed Rule at Chapter III, Section 7(a)(iv).
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Listing Criteria
    The Exchange is proposing to amend Chapter IV, Section 3(n) to list 
the criteria for underlying securities for U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign 
Currency Options. This criteria is the same as the criteria for listing 
proprietary currencies on Phlx.\9\ Specifically, the Exchange proposes 
to add the following criteria: the British pound, the Swiss franc, the 
Canadian dollar, the Australian dollar, the Japanese yen, the U.S. 
dollar, the Mexican peso, the Euro, the Brazilian real, the Chinese 
yuan, the Danish krone, the New Zealand dollar, the Norwegian krone, 
the Russian ruble, the South African rand, the South Korean won, and 
the Swedish krona may be approved as underlying foreign currencies for 
options transactions by the Exchange, subject to any approval criteria 
the Exchange may deem necessary or appropriate in the interests of 
maintaining a fair and orderly market or for the protection of 
investors. In the event that any of the sovereign governments or the 
European Economic Community's European Monetary System issuing any of 
the above-mentioned currencies should issue a new currency intended to 
replace one of the above-mentioned currencies as the standard unit of 
the official medium of exchange of such government, such new currency 
also may be approved as an underlying foreign currency for options 
transactions by the Exchange, subject to any approval criteria the 
Exchange may deem necessary or appropriate in the interests of 
maintaining a fair and orderly market or for the protection of 
investors. Options trading in such new currency may occur 
simultaneously with options trading in any of the above-mentioned 
currencies; provided, however, that the Exchange shall withdraw its 
approval of options transactions in the currency which is intended to 
be replaced by such new currency as expeditiously as it deems 
consistent with the maintenance of a fair and orderly market or the 
protection of investors. The Exchange may determine to withdraw 
approval of an underlying foreign currency whenever it deems such 
withdrawal advisable in the public interest or for the protection of 
investors. In the event that the Exchange effects such a withdrawal, 
the Exchange shall not open for trading any additional series of 
options of the class covering that underlying foreign currency.
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    The Exchange proposes to amend the Supplementary Material to 
Chapter IV, Section 6 by adding new Supplementary Material .09 with 
listing qualifications for U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options 
which are identical to those listing criteria on Phlx.\10\ 
Specifically, within each class of approved U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign 
Currency options, the Exchange may open for trading series of options 
expiring in consecutive calendar months (``consecutive month series'') 
and series of options expiring at three-month intervals (``cycle month 
series''), as provided in Supplementary Material at .09. Prior to the 
opening of trading in any series of U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign 
Currency Options, the Exchange shall fix the expiration month and 
exercise price of option contracts included in each such series.
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    \10\ See Rule 1012(a)(iii) and Commentary .06 and .07 to Rule 
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    The Supplementary Material to proposed Chapter IV, Section 6(A) 
[sic] states, with respect to each class of U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign 
Currency options, series of options having up to four consecutive 
expiration months may be opened for trading simultaneously, with the 
shortest-term series initially having no more than two months to 
expiration. Additional consecutive month series of the same class may 
be opened for trading on the Exchange at or about the time a prior 
consecutive month series expires, and the expiration month of each such 
new series shall normally be the month immediately succeeding the 
expiration month of the then outstanding consecutive month series of 
the same class of options having the longest remaining time to 
expiration.
    Supplementary Material to proposed Chapter IV, Section 6(B) [sic] 
states, the Exchange may designate one expiration cycle for each class 
of U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency option. An expiration cycle 
shall consist of four calendar months (``cycle months'') occurring at 
three-month intervals. With respect to any particular class of U.S. 
Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency option, series of options expiring in 
the four cycle months designated by the Exchange for that class may be 
opened for trading simultaneously, with the shortest-term series 
initially having approximately three months to expiration. Additional 
cycle month series of the same class may be opened for trading on the 
Exchange at or about the time a prior cycle month series expires, and 
the expiration month of each such new series shall normally be 
approximately three months after the expiration month of the then 
outstanding cycle month series of the same class of options having the 
longest remaining time to expiration.
    The Supplementary Material to proposed Chapter IV, Section 6(C) 
[sic] states, the Exchange may list, with respect to any U.S. Dollar-
Settled Foreign Currency, options having up to three years from the 
time they are listed until expiration. There may be up to ten options 
series, options having up to thirty-six months from the time they are 
listed until expiration. There may be up to six additional expiration 
months. Strike price interval, bid/ask differential and continuity 
rules shall not apply to such options series until the time to 
expiration is less than nine months. For each expiration month opened 
for trading of U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options, in 
addition to the strike prices listed by the Exchange pursuant to 
Supplementary Material .09 to proposed Chapter IV, Section 6, the 
Exchange shall also list a single strike price of $0.01. Additional 
series of options of the same class may be opened for trading on the 
Exchange as the market price of the underlying foreign currency moves 
substantially from the initial exercise price or prices. The opening of 
a new series of options on the Exchange shall not affect any other 
series of options of the same class previously opened.
    The Exchange may initially list exercise strike prices for each 
expiration of U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options on 
currencies within a 40 percent band around the current Exchange Spot 
Price at fifty cent ($.50) intervals. Thus, if the Exchange Spot Price 
of the Euro were at $100.00, the Exchange would list strikes in $.50 
intervals up to $120.00 and down to $80.00, for a total of eighty-one 
strike prices available for trading. As the Exchange Spot Price for 
U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options moves, the Exchange may 
list new strike prices that, at the time of listing, do not

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exceed the Exchange Spot Price by more than 20 percent and are not less 
than the Exchange Spot Price by more than 20 percent. For example, if 
at the time of initial listing, the Exchange Spot Price of the Euro is 
at $100.00, the strike prices the Exchange will list will be $80.00 to 
$120.00. If the Exchange Spot Price then moves to $105.00, the Exchange 
may list additional strikes at the following prices: $105.50 to 
$126.00. The exercise price of each series of U.S. Dollar-Settled 
Foreign Currency options opened for trading on the Exchange normally 
shall be fixed at a price per unit which is reasonably close to the 
current Exchange Spot Price per unit of the underlying foreign currency 
in the foreign exchange market at or before the time such series of 
options is first opened for trading on the Exchange, as determined by 
finding the arithmetic mean of Exchange Spot Prices.
    The Exchange defines the term ``Exchange Spot Price'' similar to 
the Phlx Rule 1000(b)(16), ``in respect of an option contract on a 
foreign currency means the cash market spot price, for the sale of one 
foreign currency for another, quoted by various foreign exchange 
participants for the sale of a single unit of such foreign currency for 
immediate delivery that is calculated from the foreign currency price 
quotation reported by the foreign currency price quotation 
dissemination system selected by the Exchange, to which an appropriate 
multiplier is applied. The multiplier(s) will be: 100 for the British 
pound, the Euro, the Swiss franc, the Canadian dollar, the Australian 
dollar, the Brazilian real, and the New Zealand dollar; 1,000 for the 
Chinese yuan, the Danish krone, the Mexican peso, the Norwegian krone, 
the South African rand, and the Swedish krona; 10,000 for the Japanese 
yen and the Russian ruble; and 100,000 for the South Korean won.''
Closing Settlement Value
    The Exchange proposes to add a new Chapter IV, Section 9 to address 
Closing Settlement Value. The Exchange is proposing to add language 
similar to that contained in a Phlx Rule.\11\ Specifically, the 
Exchange is adding language which states, U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign 
Currency options are settled in U.S. dollars. The closing settlement 
value for the U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options on the 
Australian dollar, the Euro, the British pound, the Canadian dollar, 
the Swiss franc, the Japanese yen, the Mexican peso, the Brazilian 
real, the Chinese yuan, the Danish krone, the New Zealand dollar, the 
Norwegian krone, the Russian ruble, the South African rand, the South 
Korean won, and the Swedish krona shall be the Exchange Spot Price at 
12:00:00 Eastern Time (noon) on the business day of expiration, or, in 
the case of an option contract expiring on a day that is not a business 
day, on the business day prior to the expiration date unless the 
Exchange determines to apply an alternative closing settlement value as 
a result of extraordinary circumstances. Neither the Exchange, nor any 
agent of the Exchange shall have any liability for damages, claims, 
losses or expenses caused by any errors, omissions, or delays in 
calculating or disseminating the current settlement value or the 
closing settlement value resulting from an act, condition, or cause 
beyond the reasonable control of the Exchange including but not limited 
to, an act of God; fire; flood; extraordinary weather conditions; war; 
insurrection; riot; strike; accident; action of government; 
communications or power failure; equipment or software malfunction; any 
error, omission, or delay in the reports of transactions in one or more 
underlying currencies or any error, omission or delay in the reports of 
the current settlement value or the closing settlement value by the 
Exchange. The Exchange shall post the closing settlement value on its 
Web site or disseminate it through one or more major market data 
vendors.
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Minimum Increments
    The Exchange also proposes to amend Chapter VI, Section 4 to add 
new sections (c) and (d) to add rule text similar to that of Phlx \12\ 
to address minimum increments for quoting and bids and offers. 
Specifically, all options on foreign currencies where the underlying 
foreign currency is not the U.S. dollar shall have a minimum increment 
of $.01. In the case of options on foreign currencies, all bids or 
offers shall be expressed in terms of U.S. dollars per unit of the 
underlying foreign currency. E.g., a bid of ``3.25'' for a premium on a 
$170 strike price option on the British pound shall represent a bid to 
pay $325 per option contract.
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Delivery and Payment
    The Exchange proposes to amend Chapter VIII, Section 3 to add a new 
section (d) to address delivery and payment similar to a Phlx Rule.\13\ 
Specifically, in accordance with the applicable rules of The Options 
Clearing Corporation (``OCC''), upon exercise of an in-the-money U.S. 
Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency option structured as a call, the holder 
receives, from OCC, U.S. dollars representing the difference between 
the exercise strike price and the closing settlement value of the U.S. 
Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency options contract multiplied by the 
number of units of currency covered by the contract. For a U.S. Dollar-
Settled Foreign Currency option structured as a put, the holder 
receives U.S. dollars representing the excess of the exercise price 
over the closing settlement value of the U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign 
Currency option contract multiplied by the number of units of foreign 
currency covered by the contract.
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    \13\ See Phlx Rule 1044. BX Rules at Chapter VIII, Section 3 
contain a Delivery and Payment rule which would be supplemented with 
the above-described rule text.
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Definition
    The Exchange also proposes to add a new definition to Chapter I, 
Section 1 for foreign currency. This definition is the same definition 
that appears in Phlx Rules.\14\ The Exchange proposes to define foreign 
currency to mean means the standard unit of the official medium of 
exchange of a sovereign government including the United States 
Government (e.g., the British pound, the Swiss franc, the Canadian 
dollar, the Australian dollar, the Japanese yen, the Mexican peso, the 
Brazilian real, the Chinese yuan, the Danish krone, the New Zealand 
dollar, the Norwegian krone, the Russian ruble, the South African rand, 
the South Korean won, the Swedish krona, or the United States dollar) 
or the Euro.
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Surveillance and Capacity

    The Exchange represents that it has the necessary systems capacity 
to support listing these proprietary Phlx products on the Exchange. The 
Exchange represents that it has an adequate surveillance program in 
place. The Exchange is a member of the Intermarket Surveillance Group 
(``ISG'') under the Intermarket Surveillance Group Agreement, which was 
modernized in 2008, and may obtain trading information via the ISG from 
other exchanges who are members or affiliates of the ISG. ISG members 
include all of the U.S. registered stock and options markets and work 
together to coordinate surveillance and investigative information 
sharing in the stock and options markets. In addition, the major 
futures exchanges are affiliated members of the ISG, which allows for 
the sharing of surveillance information for potential intermarket 
trading abuses.

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Incorporation of Phlx Rules
    BX proposes herein to incorporate by reference as BX Options Rules 
certain Phlx such that BX members will comply with a BX rule by 
complying with the Phlx rule referenced. In connection with its 
proposal to incorporate Phlx rules by reference, BX will file a 
request, pursuant to Rule 240.0-12,\15\ an exemption under Section 36 
of the Act from the rule filing requirements of Section 19(b) of the 
Act for changes to those BX Options Rules that are effected solely by 
virtue of a change to a cross-referenced Phlx rule. BX agrees to 
provide written notice to Options Participants of any amendments to 
Phlx rules that are incorporated by reference.\16\ BX will notify 
Participants whenever Phlx proposes to change a rule that has been 
incorporated by reference into the BX Options Rules.
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    \15\ 17 CFR 240.0-12.
    \16\ BX will provide such notice through a posting on the same 
Web site location where BX posts its own rule filings pursuant to 
Rule 19b-4(1) under Act, within the timeframe required by that Rule. 
The Web site posting will include a link to the location on the Phlx 
Web site where those SROs' proposed rule changes are posted.
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 
6(b) of the Act \17\ in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 
6(b)(5) of the Act \18\ 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, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a 
free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to 
protect investors and the public interest.
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    \17\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \18\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The proposal would allow Phlx proprietary indexes and U.S. Dollar-
Settled Foreign Currency options to be traded on BX, in addition to 
Phlx. Investors would have an additional venue in which to trade these 
proprietary products. The Exchange seeks to list and trade these 
proprietary products utilizing the same terms and conditions as Phlx. 
The proposed rules mirror the terms and conditions of Phlx proprietary 
products as they are listed and traded on Phlx. The Exchange believes 
that this will serve to minimize investor confusion as the products 
would be traded in the same manner with the same position limits, 
increments and listing conditions.

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

    The proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition 
that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of 
the Act. The Exchange intends to list and trade options on Phlx 
proprietary products on BX in the same manner that these products are 
traded on Phlx.

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

    Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not significantly 
affect the protection of investors or the public interest; does not 
impose any significant burden on competition; and by its terms does not 
become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or 
such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) \19\ of the Act and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.\20\
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is: Necessary 
or appropriate in the public interest; for the protection of investors; 
or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the 
Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute 
proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved 
or disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-BX-2014-019 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-BX-2014-019. 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-BX-2014-019 and 
should be submitted on or before May 16, 2014.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\21\
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    \21\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-09392 Filed 4-24-14; 8:45 am]
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