Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Its Rules Governing the Short-Term Option Series Program To Introduce Finer Strike Price Intervals for Related Non-Short Term Options, 51205-51207 [2014-20337]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 166 / Wednesday, August 27, 2014 / Notices A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–72889; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2014–90] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Its Rules Governing the Short-Term Option Series Program To Introduce Finer Strike Price Intervals for Related NonShort Term Options August 21, 2014. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that, on August 18, 2014, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend its rules governing the Short-Term Option Series program to introduce finer strike price intervals for Related non-Short Term Options. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. 1 15 U.S.C.78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 2 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Aug 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend its rules governing the Short-Term Option Series (‘‘STOS’’) program to introduce finer strike price intervals for Related non-Short Term Options. In particular, the Exchange proposes to amend its rules to permit the listing of Related non-Short Term Options during the month prior to expiration in the same strike price intervals as allowed for STOS. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change would increase market efficiency as it would harmonize strike price intervals for contracts that are close to expiration—whether listed pursuant to a weekly or monthly expiration schedule—and would align the Exchange’s rules with recently approved changes to the rules governing STOS programs of other options exchanges,4 which would enable the Exchange to compete equally and fairly with other options exchanges in satisfying strong customer demand to have the ability to execute hedging and trading strategies in finer strike price intervals. Pursuant to Commentary .07(b) to Rule 6.4, the Exchange may list short term options in up to fifty option classes, in addition to option classes that are selected by other securities exchanges that employ a similar program under their respective rules.5 For each of these option classes, the Exchange may list five short term option expiration dates at any given time, not counting monthly or quarterly expirations.6 Specifically, on any Thursday or Friday that is a business day, the Exchange currently may list short term options that expire at the close of business on each of the next 4 See Securities and Exchange Act Release Nos. 72098 (May 6, 2014), 79 FR 27006 (May 12, 2014) (Notice); 72452 (June 24, 2014), 79 FR 36848 (June 30, 2014) (SR–ISE–2014–23) (Approval Order). The present filing is consistent with the recently approved filing by the International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘ISE’’) in all material respects, except that the Exchange is only proposing to amend the STOS program for equity options and proposes no changes to STOS program for index options. For STOS program rules regarding index options, see Rule 5.19; Rule 5.10(b)(24). This filing is also similarly consistent with the recent filing for immediate effectiveness by the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (‘‘CBOE’’). See Securities and Exchange Act Release No. 72539 (July 3, 2014), 79 FR 39447 (July 10, 2014) (SR–CBOE–2014–052). 5 The Exchange notes that the number of option classes that may participate in the STOS program is aggregated between equity options and index options and is not apportioned between equity options and index options. 6 See Commentary .07(a) to Rule 6.4. PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51205 five Fridays that are business days and are not Fridays in which monthly or quarterly options expire.7 These short term option series, which can be several weeks or more from expiration, may be listed in strike price intervals of $0.50, $1, or $2.50, with the finer strike price intervals being offered for lower priced securities, and for options that trade in the Exchange’s $1 Strike Price Interval Program (as discussed further below).8 More specifically, per current Commentary .07(e) to Rule 6.4, the strike price interval for STOS may be $0.50 or greater for option classes that both trade in $1 Strike Price Intervals and are in the STOS program. If the class does not trade in $1 Strike Price Intervals, the Exchange may list STOS in $0.50 intervals for strike prices less than $75; in $1 intervals for strike prices that are between $75 and $150; and in $2.50 intervals for strike prices greater than $150.9 The Exchange may also list standard expiration contracts, which are listed in accordance with the regular monthly expiration cycle, in wider strike price intervals of $2.50, $5, or $10,10 though the Exchange also operates strike programs, such as the $1 Strike Price Interval program mentioned above, which allows the Exchange to list a limited number of option classes in finer strike price intervals.11 In general, however, the Exchange must list standard expiration contracts in $2.50 intervals for strike prices $25 or less, $5 intervals for strike prices greater than $25, and $10 intervals for strike prices 7 Id. 8 See Commentary .07(e) to Rule 6.4. 9 Id. 10 See Rule 6.4(f) (‘‘Unless otherwise stated in the rules of the Exchange, the Exchange shall list option series at intervals of $2.50 or greater for strike prices that are less than $25.00, $5.00 or greater where the strike prices are greater than $25.00, and $10.00 or greater where the strike prices are greater than $200.00.’’). 11 See Commentary .04 to Rule 6.4 (allows the Exchange to designate up to 150 options classes on individual stocks to be traded in $1 strike price intervals where the strike price is between $50 and $1. See also Commentary .13 to Rule 6.4 (‘‘$0.50 Strike Program’’, which allows the Exchange to designate a limited number of its listed options on individual stocks for which the interval of strike prices will be $0.50 where the strike price is $5.50 or less, but only for options classes whose underlying securities closed at or below $5.00 in its primary market on the previous trading day and which have national average daily volume that equals or exceeds 1,000 contracts per day as determined by the Options Clearing Corporation during the preceding three calendar months. The $0.50 Strike Program is currently limited to options classes overlying no more than 20 individual stocks specifically designated by the Exchange. However, the Exchange may list $0.50 strike prices in any other option classes if those classes are specifically designated by other securities exchanges that employ a similar $0.50 Strike Program under their respective rules.). E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 51206 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 166 / Wednesday, August 27, 2014 / Notices greater than $200.12 Pursuant to the Exchange current rules, during the week prior to expiration only, the Exchange is permitted to list Related non-Short Term Option contracts in the narrower strike price intervals available for STOS.13 This exception to the standard strike price intervals is available only during the week prior to expiration, however, standard expiration contracts regularly trade at significantly wider intervals than their weekly counterparts. For example, assume ABC is trading at $56.54 and the monthly expiration contract is three weeks to expiration. Assume also that the Exchange has listed all available STOS expirations and thus has STOS listed on ABC for weeks one, two, four, five, and six. Each of the five weekly ABC expiration dates can be listed with strike prices in $0.50 intervals, including, for example, the $56.50 at-the-money strike. Because the monthly expiration contract has three weeks to expiration, however, the atthe-money strikes must be listed in $5 intervals unless those options are eligible for one of the Exchange’s other strike price programs. In this instance, that would mean that investors would be limited to choosing, for example, between the $55 and $60 strike prices instead of the $56.50 at-the-money strike available for STOS. This is the case even though contracts on the same option class that expire both several weeks before and several weeks after the monthly expiration are eligible for finer strike price intervals. Under the proposed rule change, the Exchange would be permitted to list the Related non-Short Term Option on ABC, which is less than a month to expiration, in the same strike price intervals as allowed for short term option series. Thus, the Exchange would be able to list, and investors would be able to trade, all expirations described above with the same uniform $0.50 strike price interval. As proposed, the Exchange would be permitted to begin listing the monthly expiration contract in these narrower intervals at any time during the month prior to expiration, which begins on the first trading day after the prior month’s expiration date, subject to the provisions of other Exchange rules. For example, since the April 2014 monthly option expired on Saturday, April 19, the proposed rule change would allow the Exchange to list the May 2014 monthly option in short term option intervals starting Monday, April 21. Thus, the Exchange proposes to amend Commentary .05(c) and .07(e) to Rule 6.4 to reflect that the Exchange 12 See 13 See Rule 6.4(f). Commentary.05(c) and .07(e) to Rule 6.4. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Aug 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 may list Related non-Short Term Options in the same strike price intervals as allowed for STOS at any time during the month prior to expiration.14 The Exchange believes that introducing consistent strike price intervals for STOS and Related nonShort Term options during the month prior to expiration will benefit investors by giving them more flexibility to closely tailor their investment decisions. The Exchange also believes that the proposed rule change will provide the investing public and other markets with additional opportunities to hedge their investments, thus allowing these investors to better manage their risk exposure. In addition, as noted above, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change will harmonize the Exchange’s rules with recently approved rules on competing options exchanges, which consistency across markets will benefit investors.15 With regard to the impact of this proposal on system capacity, the Exchange has analyzed its capacity and represents that it and the Options Price Reporting Authority (‘‘OPRA’’) have the necessary systems capacity to handle any potential additional traffic associated with this proposed rule change. The Exchange believes that its OTP Firms and OTP Holders will not have a capacity issue as a result of this proposal. The Exchange also represents that it does not believe this expansion will cause fragmentation of liquidity. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,16 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5),17 in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes that the proposed change will result in a continuing benefit to investors by giving them more flexibility to closely tailor their investment and hedging decisions, 14 The Exchange also proposes to amend Commentary .05(c) and .07(e) to Rule 6.4 to delete reference to ‘‘on Thursday and Friday’’ to conform the Exchange’s treatment of Related non-STOS with that of other options Exchanges. See, e.g., CBOE Rule 5.5(6) (‘‘Related non-Short Term Option series shall be opened during the month prior to expiration in the same manner as permitted in Rule 5.5(d) [Short Term Options Program] and in the same strike price intervals that are permitted in this Rule 5.5(d)(5) [Strike Interval]’’). 15 See supra n. 4. 16 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 17 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 thus allowing them to better manage their risk exposure. As noted above, standard expiration options currently trade in wider intervals than their weekly counterparts, except during the week prior to expiration. As a result, contracts on the same option class that expire both several weeks before and several weeks after the standard expiration are eligible to trade in strike price intervals that the standard expiration contract is not. This inconsistency is [sic] has arisen due the growth and expansion of the STOS program in response to customer demand. In fact, the Exchange had been limited to listing one short term option expiration date pursuant to the STOS program and it is only in the last two years that the Exchange amended its rules to permit it to list up to five short term option expiration dates in addition to standard expiration options.18 As noted above, the STOS program has been very well-received by market participants, in particular by retail investors. There is continuing strong customer demand for having the ability to execute hedging and trading strategies in the finer strike price intervals available in STOS, and the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will increase market efficiency by harmonizing strike price intervals for contracts that are close to expiration, whether those contracts happen to be listed pursuant to weekly or monthly expiration cycles. The Exchange notes that, in addition to listing standard expiration contracts in short term option intervals during the expiration week, it already operates several programs that allow for strike price intervals for standard expiration contracts that range from $0.50 to $2.50.19 The Exchange believes that each of these programs has been successful but notes that limitations on the number of option classes that may be selected for each of these programs means that many standard expiration contracts must still be listed in wider intervals than their short term option counterparts. For example, the $0.50 Strike Price Program, which offers the narrowest strike price interval, only permits the Exchange to designate up to twenty option classes to trade in $0.50 intervals, in addition to option classes selected by other exchanges that employ a similar program.20 Thus, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will fill the gap between strike price 18 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 68190 (November 8, 2012), 77 FR 68193 (November 15, 2012) (SR–NYSEArca–2012–95). 19 See supra nn. 10–12. 20 See supra n. 11. E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 166 / Wednesday, August 27, 2014 / Notices intervals allowed for STOS and Related non-Short Term Options. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change, like the other strike price programs currently offered by the Exchange, will benefit investors by giving them more flexibility to closely tailor their investment and hedging decisions. With regard to the impact of this proposal on system capacity, the Exchange has analyzed its capacity and represents that it and the OPRA have the necessary systems capacity to handle any potential additional traffic associated with this proposed rule change. The Exchange believes that its OTP Firms and OTP Holders will not have a capacity issue as a result of this proposal. The Exchange also represents that it does not believe this expansion will cause fragmentation of liquidity. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the Proposal will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. To the contrary, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will result in additional investment options and opportunities to achieve the investment objectives of market participants seeking efficient trading and hedging vehicles, to the benefit of investors, market participants, and the marketplace in general. Specifically, the Exchange believes that investors will benefit from the availability of strike price intervals in standard expiration contracts that match the intervals currently permitted for short term options with a similar time to expiration, and from the clarification regarding the listing of additional series during the week of expiration. In addition, as noted above, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is pro-competitive and will allow the Exchange to compete more effectively with other options exchanges that have already adopted changes to their STOS programs that are substantially identical to the changes proposed by this filing. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the proposed rule change does not (i) significantly affect the protection of investors or the public VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Aug 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 21 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.22 The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal may become operative immediately upon filing. The Exchange stated that waiver of this requirement would enable the Exchange to, as soon as possible, have the ability to compete with other exchanges that have incorporated the proposed rule change to their STOS Programs and would help eliminate investor confusion and promote competition among the option exchanges. For these reasons, the Commission believes that the proposed rule change presents no novel issues and that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest; and will allow the Exchange to remain competitive with other exchanges. Therefore, the Commission designates the proposed rule change to be operative upon filing.23 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: 21 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). As required under Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii), the Exchange provided the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and the text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. 23 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has also considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 22 17 PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 51207 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–2014–90 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–NYSEArca–2014–90. 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–2014–90 and should be submitted on or before September 17, 2014. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.24 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–20337 Filed 8–26–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 24 17 E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 27AUN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-72889; File No. SR-NYSEArca-2014-90]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Its Rules 
Governing the Short-Term Option Series Program To Introduce Finer 
Strike Price Intervals for Related Non-Short Term Options

August 21, 2014.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (the ``Act'') \2\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\3\ notice is hereby 
given that, on August 18, 2014, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
``NYSE Arca'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 
``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II 
below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory 
organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit 
comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C.78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78a.
    \3\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend its rules governing the Short-Term 
Option Series program to introduce finer strike price intervals for 
Related non-Short Term Options. The text of the proposed rule change is 
available on the Exchange's Web site at www.nyse.com, at the principal 
office of the Exchange, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

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

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend its rules governing the Short-Term 
Option Series (``STOS'') program to introduce finer strike price 
intervals for Related non-Short Term Options. In particular, the 
Exchange proposes to amend its rules to permit the listing of Related 
non-Short Term Options during the month prior to expiration in the same 
strike price intervals as allowed for STOS. The Exchange believes that 
the proposed rule change would increase market efficiency as it would 
harmonize strike price intervals for contracts that are close to 
expiration--whether listed pursuant to a weekly or monthly expiration 
schedule--and would align the Exchange's rules with recently approved 
changes to the rules governing STOS programs of other options 
exchanges,\4\ which would enable the Exchange to compete equally and 
fairly with other options exchanges in satisfying strong customer 
demand to have the ability to execute hedging and trading strategies in 
finer strike price intervals.
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    \4\ See Securities and Exchange Act Release Nos. 72098 (May 6, 
2014), 79 FR 27006 (May 12, 2014) (Notice); 72452 (June 24, 2014), 
79 FR 36848 (June 30, 2014) (SR-ISE-2014-23) (Approval Order). The 
present filing is consistent with the recently approved filing by 
the International Securities Exchange, LLC (``ISE'') in all material 
respects, except that the Exchange is only proposing to amend the 
STOS program for equity options and proposes no changes to STOS 
program for index options. For STOS program rules regarding index 
options, see Rule 5.19; Rule 5.10(b)(24). This filing is also 
similarly consistent with the recent filing for immediate 
effectiveness by the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (``CBOE''). 
See Securities and Exchange Act Release No. 72539 (July 3, 2014), 79 
FR 39447 (July 10, 2014) (SR-CBOE-2014-052).
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    Pursuant to Commentary .07(b) to Rule 6.4, the Exchange may list 
short term options in up to fifty option classes, in addition to option 
classes that are selected by other securities exchanges that employ a 
similar program under their respective rules.\5\ For each of these 
option classes, the Exchange may list five short term option expiration 
dates at any given time, not counting monthly or quarterly 
expirations.\6\ Specifically, on any Thursday or Friday that is a 
business day, the Exchange currently may list short term options that 
expire at the close of business on each of the next five Fridays that 
are business days and are not Fridays in which monthly or quarterly 
options expire.\7\ These short term option series, which can be several 
weeks or more from expiration, may be listed in strike price intervals 
of $0.50, $1, or $2.50, with the finer strike price intervals being 
offered for lower priced securities, and for options that trade in the 
Exchange's $1 Strike Price Interval Program (as discussed further 
below).\8\ More specifically, per current Commentary .07(e) to Rule 
6.4, the strike price interval for STOS may be $0.50 or greater for 
option classes that both trade in $1 Strike Price Intervals and are in 
the STOS program. If the class does not trade in $1 Strike Price 
Intervals, the Exchange may list STOS in $0.50 intervals for strike 
prices less than $75; in $1 intervals for strike prices that are 
between $75 and $150; and in $2.50 intervals for strike prices greater 
than $150.\9\
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    \5\ The Exchange notes that the number of option classes that 
may participate in the STOS program is aggregated between equity 
options and index options and is not apportioned between equity 
options and index options.
    \6\ See Commentary .07(a) to Rule 6.4.
    \7\ Id.
    \8\ See Commentary .07(e) to Rule 6.4.
    \9\ Id.
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    The Exchange may also list standard expiration contracts, which are 
listed in accordance with the regular monthly expiration cycle, in 
wider strike price intervals of $2.50, $5, or $10,\10\ though the 
Exchange also operates strike programs, such as the $1 Strike Price 
Interval program mentioned above, which allows the Exchange to list a 
limited number of option classes in finer strike price intervals.\11\ 
In general, however, the Exchange must list standard expiration 
contracts in $2.50 intervals for strike prices $25 or less, $5 
intervals for strike prices greater than $25, and $10 intervals for 
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greater than $200.\12\ Pursuant to the Exchange current rules, during 
the week prior to expiration only, the Exchange is permitted to list 
Related non-Short Term Option contracts in the narrower strike price 
intervals available for STOS.\13\ This exception to the standard strike 
price intervals is available only during the week prior to expiration, 
however, standard expiration contracts regularly trade at significantly 
wider intervals than their weekly counterparts.
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    \10\ See Rule 6.4(f) (``Unless otherwise stated in the rules of 
the Exchange, the Exchange shall list option series at intervals of 
$2.50 or greater for strike prices that are less than $25.00, $5.00 
or greater where the strike prices are greater than $25.00, and 
$10.00 or greater where the strike prices are greater than 
$200.00.'').
    \11\ See Commentary .04 to Rule 6.4 (allows the Exchange to 
designate up to 150 options classes on individual stocks to be 
traded in $1 strike price intervals where the strike price is 
between $50 and $1. See also Commentary .13 to Rule 6.4 (``$0.50 
Strike Program'', which allows the Exchange to designate a limited 
number of its listed options on individual stocks for which the 
interval of strike prices will be $0.50 where the strike price is 
$5.50 or less, but only for options classes whose underlying 
securities closed at or below $5.00 in its primary market on the 
previous trading day and which have national average daily volume 
that equals or exceeds 1,000 contracts per day as determined by the 
Options Clearing Corporation during the preceding three calendar 
months. The $0.50 Strike Program is currently limited to options 
classes overlying no more than 20 individual stocks specifically 
designated by the Exchange. However, the Exchange may list $0.50 
strike prices in any other option classes if those classes are 
specifically designated by other securities exchanges that employ a 
similar $0.50 Strike Program under their respective rules.).
    \12\ See Rule 6.4(f).
    \13\ See Commentary.05(c) and .07(e) to Rule 6.4.
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    For example, assume ABC is trading at $56.54 and the monthly 
expiration contract is three weeks to expiration. Assume also that the 
Exchange has listed all available STOS expirations and thus has STOS 
listed on ABC for weeks one, two, four, five, and six. Each of the five 
weekly ABC expiration dates can be listed with strike prices in $0.50 
intervals, including, for example, the $56.50 at-the-money strike. 
Because the monthly expiration contract has three weeks to expiration, 
however, the at-the-money strikes must be listed in $5 intervals unless 
those options are eligible for one of the Exchange's other strike price 
programs. In this instance, that would mean that investors would be 
limited to choosing, for example, between the $55 and $60 strike prices 
instead of the $56.50 at-the-money strike available for STOS. This is 
the case even though contracts on the same option class that expire 
both several weeks before and several weeks after the monthly 
expiration are eligible for finer strike price intervals. Under the 
proposed rule change, the Exchange would be permitted to list the 
Related non-Short Term Option on ABC, which is less than a month to 
expiration, in the same strike price intervals as allowed for short 
term option series. Thus, the Exchange would be able to list, and 
investors would be able to trade, all expirations described above with 
the same uniform $0.50 strike price interval.
    As proposed, the Exchange would be permitted to begin listing the 
monthly expiration contract in these narrower intervals at any time 
during the month prior to expiration, which begins on the first trading 
day after the prior month's expiration date, subject to the provisions 
of other Exchange rules. For example, since the April 2014 monthly 
option expired on Saturday, April 19, the proposed rule change would 
allow the Exchange to list the May 2014 monthly option in short term 
option intervals starting Monday, April 21.
    Thus, the Exchange proposes to amend Commentary .05(c) and .07(e) 
to Rule 6.4 to reflect that the Exchange may list Related non-Short 
Term Options in the same strike price intervals as allowed for STOS at 
any time during the month prior to expiration.\14\ The Exchange 
believes that introducing consistent strike price intervals for STOS 
and Related non-Short Term options during the month prior to expiration 
will benefit investors by giving them more flexibility to closely 
tailor their investment decisions. The Exchange also believes that the 
proposed rule change will provide the investing public and other 
markets with additional opportunities to hedge their investments, thus 
allowing these investors to better manage their risk exposure. In 
addition, as noted above, the Exchange believes the proposed rule 
change will harmonize the Exchange's rules with recently approved rules 
on competing options exchanges, which consistency across markets will 
benefit investors.\15\
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    \14\ The Exchange also proposes to amend Commentary .05(c) and 
.07(e) to Rule 6.4 to delete reference to ``on Thursday and Friday'' 
to conform the Exchange's treatment of Related non-STOS with that of 
other options Exchanges. See, e.g., CBOE Rule 5.5(6) (``Related non-
Short Term Option series shall be opened during the month prior to 
expiration in the same manner as permitted in Rule 5.5(d) [Short 
Term Options Program] and in the same strike price intervals that 
are permitted in this Rule 5.5(d)(5) [Strike Interval]'').
    \15\ See supra n. 4.
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    With regard to the impact of this proposal on system capacity, the 
Exchange has analyzed its capacity and represents that it and the 
Options Price Reporting Authority (``OPRA'') have the necessary systems 
capacity to handle any potential additional traffic associated with 
this proposed rule change. The Exchange believes that its OTP Firms and 
OTP Holders will not have a capacity issue as a result of this 
proposal. The Exchange also represents that it does not believe this 
expansion will cause fragmentation of liquidity.
 2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed change is consistent with 
Section 6(b) of the Act,\16\ in general, and furthers the objectives of 
Section 6(b)(5),\17\ in particular, in that it is designed to promote 
just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to, and 
perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and, in general, to 
protect investors and the public interest.
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    \16\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \17\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed change will result in a 
continuing benefit to investors by giving them more flexibility to 
closely tailor their investment and hedging decisions, thus allowing 
them to better manage their risk exposure. As noted above, standard 
expiration options currently trade in wider intervals than their weekly 
counterparts, except during the week prior to expiration. As a result, 
contracts on the same option class that expire both several weeks 
before and several weeks after the standard expiration are eligible to 
trade in strike price intervals that the standard expiration contract 
is not. This inconsistency is [sic] has arisen due the growth and 
expansion of the STOS program in response to customer demand. In fact, 
the Exchange had been limited to listing one short term option 
expiration date pursuant to the STOS program and it is only in the last 
two years that the Exchange amended its rules to permit it to list up 
to five short term option expiration dates in addition to standard 
expiration options.\18\
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    \18\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 68190 (November 8, 
2012), 77 FR 68193 (November 15, 2012) (SR-NYSEArca-2012-95).
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    As noted above, the STOS program has been very well-received by 
market participants, in particular by retail investors. There is 
continuing strong customer demand for having the ability to execute 
hedging and trading strategies in the finer strike price intervals 
available in STOS, and the Exchange believes that the proposed rule 
change will increase market efficiency by harmonizing strike price 
intervals for contracts that are close to expiration, whether those 
contracts happen to be listed pursuant to weekly or monthly expiration 
cycles. The Exchange notes that, in addition to listing standard 
expiration contracts in short term option intervals during the 
expiration week, it already operates several programs that allow for 
strike price intervals for standard expiration contracts that range 
from $0.50 to $2.50.\19\ The Exchange believes that each of these 
programs has been successful but notes that limitations on the number 
of option classes that may be selected for each of these programs means 
that many standard expiration contracts must still be listed in wider 
intervals than their short term option counterparts. For example, the 
$0.50 Strike Price Program, which offers the narrowest strike price 
interval, only permits the Exchange to designate up to twenty option 
classes to trade in $0.50 intervals, in addition to option classes 
selected by other exchanges that employ a similar program.\20\ Thus, 
the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will fill the gap 
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intervals allowed for STOS and Related non-Short Term Options. The 
Exchange believes that the proposed rule change, like the other strike 
price programs currently offered by the Exchange, will benefit 
investors by giving them more flexibility to closely tailor their 
investment and hedging decisions.
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    \19\ See supra nn. 10-12.
    \20\ See supra n. 11.
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    With regard to the impact of this proposal on system capacity, the 
Exchange has analyzed its capacity and represents that it and the OPRA 
have the necessary systems capacity to handle any potential additional 
traffic associated with this proposed rule change. The Exchange 
believes that its OTP Firms and OTP Holders will not have a capacity 
issue as a result of this proposal. The Exchange also represents that 
it does not believe this expansion will cause fragmentation of 
liquidity.

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

    The Exchange does not believe that the Proposal will impose any 
burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of 
the purposes of the Act. To the contrary, the Exchange believes that 
the proposed rule change will result in additional investment options 
and opportunities to achieve the investment objectives of market 
participants seeking efficient trading and hedging vehicles, to the 
benefit of investors, market participants, and the marketplace in 
general. Specifically, the Exchange believes that investors will 
benefit from the availability of strike price intervals in standard 
expiration contracts that match the intervals currently permitted for 
short term options with a similar time to expiration, and from the 
clarification regarding the listing of additional series during the 
week of expiration. In addition, as noted above, the Exchange believes 
the proposed rule change is pro-competitive and will allow the Exchange 
to compete more effectively with other options exchanges that have 
already adopted changes to their STOS programs that are substantially 
identical to the changes proposed by this filing.

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

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

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

    Because the proposed rule change does not (i) significantly affect 
the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any 
significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 
days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the 
Commission may designate, the proposed rule change has become effective 
pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \21\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
thereunder.\22\
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    \21\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \22\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). As required under Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii), the Exchange provided the Commission with written 
notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a 
brief description and the text of the proposed rule change, at least 
five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule 
change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission.
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    The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative 
delay so that the proposal may become operative immediately upon 
filing. The Exchange stated that waiver of this requirement would 
enable the Exchange to, as soon as possible, have the ability to 
compete with other exchanges that have incorporated the proposed rule 
change to their STOS Programs and would help eliminate investor 
confusion and promote competition among the option exchanges. For these 
reasons, the Commission believes that the proposed rule change presents 
no novel issues and that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is 
consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest; 
and will allow the Exchange to remain competitive with other exchanges. 
Therefore, the Commission designates the proposed rule change to be 
operative upon filing.\23\
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    \23\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, 
the Commission has also considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
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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-NYSEArca-2014-90 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-NYSEArca-2014-90. 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-2014-90 and should 
be submitted on or before September 17, 2014.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\24\
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    \24\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-20337 Filed 8-26-14; 8:45 am]
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