Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 6.62(k) To Disallow Market Orders From Being Eligible for Designation as An Immediate-or-Cancel Order, 75608-75609 [2014-29618]

Download as PDF 75608 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 243 / Thursday, December 18, 2014 / Notices 2014–29 and should be submitted on or before January 8, 2015. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–29616 Filed 12–17–14; 8:45 am] A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–73830; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2014–138] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 6.62(k) To Disallow Market Orders From Being Eligible for Designation as An Immediate-or-Cancel Order December 12, 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 December 2, 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 6.62(k) (Certain Types of Orders Defined) to disallow Market Orders from being eligible for designation as an Immediate-or-Cancel order (‘‘IOC Order’’). 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 the 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 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:23 Dec 17, 2014 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. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 6.62(k) to disallow Market Orders from being eligible for designation as an IOC Order. Per Rule 6.62(k), an IOC Order is defined as ‘‘A Market or Limit Order that is to be executed in whole or in part on the Exchange as soon as such order is received, and the portion not so executed is to be treated as canceled.’’ Per Rule 6.62(a), ‘‘[a] Market Order is an order to buy or sell a stated number of option contracts and is to be executed at the best price obtainable when the order reaches the Exchange.’’ Market participants entering a Market Order are instructing the Exchange to execute their order in its entirety at the best price, immediately upon arrival at the Exchange, subject to Trade Collar Protection set forth in Rule 6.60(a). The Exchange believes that attaching the IOC time-in-force condition to a Market Order is unnecessary because Market Orders, by definition, are intended to be executed at the best price available at the Exchange. In essence, except when subject to Trade Collar Protection, a Market Order already operates similarly to an order with an IOC time-in-force condition. To streamline the offerings of Exchange order types, the Exchange therefore proposes to eliminate the ability to designate a Market Orders [sic] as an IOC Order. The Exchange believes the proposed change would assist with the maintenance of fair and orderly markets because it would reduce the complexity of order types available to market participants and would help clarify the nature of order types available for trading on the Exchange. Implementation The Exchange will announce the implementation date of this change through a Trader Update. 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) 4 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the 4 15 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b). Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 ‘‘Act’’), in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5),5 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system. Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed change would assist with the maintenance of fair and orderly markets because it would reduce the complexity of order types available to market participants, thereby adding transparency and clarity to the Exchange’s rules, and would help clarify the nature of order types available for trading on the Exchange. The Exchange further believes that deleting the IOC time-in-force modifier for Market Orders would also remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market by ensuring that members, regulators and the public can more easily navigate the Exchange’s rulebook and better understand the order types available for trading on the Exchange. Moreover, the Exchange believes that the elimination of the IOC time-in-force modifier for Market Orders would simplify order processing and reduce the burden on system capacity, which the Exchange believes is consistent with promoting just and equitable principles of trade as well as protecting investors and the public interest. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. Specifically, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change would relieve a burden on competition by eliminating an order type and streamlining the Exchange’s rule. In doing so, the proposed rule change would also serve to promote regulatory clarity and consistency, thereby reducing burdens on the marketplace and facilitating investor protection. 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. 5 15 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 18DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 243 / Thursday, December 18, 2014 / Notices III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 6 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.7 Because the proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative prior to 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.8 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings under Section 19(b)(2)(B) 9 of the Act to determine whether the proposed rule change 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 Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSEArca–2014–138. 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 such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR– NYSEArca–2014–138, and should be submitted on or before January 8, 2015. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. • 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–2014–138 on the subject line. [FR Doc. 2014–29618 Filed 12–17–14; 8:45 am] Paper Comments Geo Finance Corporation; Order of Suspension of Trading • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 6 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 8 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. 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). 7 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:23 Dec 17, 2014 Jkt 235001 BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [File No. 500–1] December 16, 2014. It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of Geo Finance Corporation (‘‘Geo Finance’’) because of concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially 10 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75609 manipulative activity related to Geo Finance common stock. Geo Finance is a Florida corporation with its principal place of business located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Its stock is quoted on OTC Link, (previously ‘‘Pink Sheets’’) operated by OTC Markets Group Inc., under the ticker symbol: GEFI. The Commission is of the opinion that the public interest and the protection of investors require a suspension of trading in the securities of the above-listed company. Therefore, it is ordered, pursuant to Section 12(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that trading in the securities of the above-listed company is suspended for the period from 9:30 a.m. EST, on December 16, 2014 through 11:59 p.m. EST, on December 30, 2014. By the Commission. Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–29729 Filed 12–16–14; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 8978] Updated Call for Reviewers of the World Ocean Assessment U.S. Department of State. Notice of a Certification. 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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-73830; File No. SR-NYSEArca-2014-138]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 
6.62(k) To Disallow Market Orders From Being Eligible for Designation 
as An Immediate-or-Cancel Order

December 12, 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 December 2, 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 the 
Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 6.62(k) (Certain Types of 
Orders Defined) to disallow Market Orders from being eligible for 
designation as an Immediate-or-Cancel order (``IOC Order''). 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 the 
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 Rule 6.62(k) to disallow Market 
Orders from being eligible for designation as an IOC Order.
    Per Rule 6.62(k), an IOC Order is defined as ``A Market or Limit 
Order that is to be executed in whole or in part on the Exchange as 
soon as such order is received, and the portion not so executed is to 
be treated as canceled.'' Per Rule 6.62(a), ``[a] Market Order is an 
order to buy or sell a stated number of option contracts and is to be 
executed at the best price obtainable when the order reaches the 
Exchange.'' Market participants entering a Market Order are instructing 
the Exchange to execute their order in its entirety at the best price, 
immediately upon arrival at the Exchange, subject to Trade Collar 
Protection set forth in Rule 6.60(a).
    The Exchange believes that attaching the IOC time-in-force 
condition to a Market Order is unnecessary because Market Orders, by 
definition, are intended to be executed at the best price available at 
the Exchange. In essence, except when subject to Trade Collar 
Protection, a Market Order already operates similarly to an order with 
an IOC time-in-force condition. To streamline the offerings of Exchange 
order types, the Exchange therefore proposes to eliminate the ability 
to designate a Market Orders [sic] as an IOC Order. The Exchange 
believes the proposed change would assist with the maintenance of fair 
and orderly markets because it would reduce the complexity of order 
types available to market participants and would help clarify the 
nature of order types available for trading on the Exchange.
Implementation
    The Exchange will announce the implementation date of this change 
through a Trader Update.
2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) \4\ of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Act''), in general, and furthers 
the objectives of Section 6(b)(5),\5\ in particular, in that it is 
designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to 
promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation 
and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in 
securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a 
free and open market and a national market system. Specifically, the 
Exchange believes the proposed change would assist with the maintenance 
of fair and orderly markets because it would reduce the complexity of 
order types available to market participants, thereby adding 
transparency and clarity to the Exchange's rules, and would help 
clarify the nature of order types available for trading on the 
Exchange. The Exchange further believes that deleting the IOC time-in-
force modifier for Market Orders would also remove impediments to and 
perfect the mechanism of a free and open market by ensuring that 
members, regulators and the public can more easily navigate the 
Exchange's rulebook and better understand the order types available for 
trading on the Exchange. Moreover, the Exchange believes that the 
elimination of the IOC time-in-force modifier for Market Orders would 
simplify order processing and reduce the burden on system capacity, 
which the Exchange believes is consistent with promoting just and 
equitable principles of trade as well as protecting investors and the 
public interest.
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    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. Specifically, the Exchange 
believes that the proposed rule change would relieve a burden on 
competition by eliminating an order type and streamlining the 
Exchange's rule. In doing so, the proposed rule change would also serve 
to promote regulatory clarity and consistency, thereby reducing burdens 
on the marketplace and facilitating investor protection.

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.

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

    The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \6\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\7\ 
Because the proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the 
protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any 
significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative prior to 
30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as 
the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6) thereunder.\8\
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \7\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \8\ 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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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission 
takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings under 
Section 19(b)(2)(B) \9\ of the Act to determine whether the proposed 
rule change should be approved or disapproved.
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B).
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSEArca-2014-138 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-2014-138. 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 such filing also will be available 
for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSEArca-2014-138, and 
should be submitted on or before January 8, 2015.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\10\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
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