Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Qualified Contingent Cross (“QCC”) Orders, 52526-52528 [2015-21404]

Download as PDF 52526 DATES: Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 168 / Monday, August 31, 2015 / Notices Comments are due: September 1, 2015. Submit comments electronically via the Commission’s Filing Online system at http:// www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202–789–6820. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: interests of the general public in this proceeding (Public Representative). 3. Comments are due no later than September 1, 2015. 4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the Federal Register. By the Commission. Shoshana M. Grove, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–21468 Filed 8–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION Table of Contents [Docket No. CP2015–128; Order No. 2681] I. Introduction II. Notice of Commission Action III. Ordering Paragraphs New Postal Product I. Introduction On August 25, 2015, the Postal Service filed notice that it has entered into a Priority Mail International Regional Rate Boxes Contract 1 negotiated service agreement (Agreement).1 To support its Notice, the Postal Service filed a copy of the Agreement, a copy of the Governors’ Decision authorizing the product, a certification of compliance with 39 U.S.C. 3633(a), and an application for non-public treatment of certain materials. It also filed supporting financial workpapers. ACTION: II. Notice of Commission Action The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2015–130 for consideration of matters raised by the Notice. The Commission invites comments on whether the Postal Service’s filing is consistent with 39 U.S.C. 3632, 3633, or 3642, 39 CFR part 3015, and 39 CFR part 3020, subpart B. Comments are due no later than September 1, 2015. The public portions of the filing can be accessed via the Commission’s Web site (http://www.prc.gov). The Commission appoints Curtis E. Kidd to serve as Public Representative in this docket. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Postal Regulatory Commission. Notice. AGENCY: The Commission is noticing a recent Postal Service filing concerning an additional Global Expedited Package Services 3 negotiated service agreement. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps. DATES: Comments are due: September 1, 2015. ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission’s Filing Online system at http:// www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202–789–6820. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: treatment of certain materials. It also filed supporting financial workpapers. II. Notice of Commission Action The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2015–128 for consideration of matters raised by the Notice. The Commission invites comments on whether the Postal Service’s filing is consistent with 39 U.S.C. 3632, 3633, or 3642, 39 CFR part 3015, and 39 CFR part 3020, subpart B. Comments are due no later than September 1, 2015. The public portions of the filing can be accessed via the Commission’s Web site (http://www.prc.gov). The Commission appoints Kenneth R. Moeller to serve as an officer of the Commission to represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding (Public Representative). III. Ordering Paragraphs It is ordered: 1. The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2015–128 for consideration of the matters raised by the Postal Service’s Notice. 2. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Kenneth R. Moeller is appointed to serve as the Public Representative in this proceeding. 3. Comments are due no later than September 1, 2015. 4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the Federal Register. By the Commission. Shoshana M. Grove, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–21429 Filed 8–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P Table of Contents SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION I. Introduction II. Notice of Commission Action III. Ordering Paragraphs [Release No. 34–75756; File No. SR–CBOE– 2015–073] III. Ordering Paragraphs It is ordered: 1. The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2015–130 for consideration of the matters raised by the Postal Service’s Notice. 2. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Curtis E. Kidd is appointed to serve as an officer of the Commission to represent the I. Introduction On August 24, 2015, the Postal Service filed notice that it has entered into an additional Global Expedited Package Services 3 (GEPS 3) negotiated service agreement (Agreement).1 To support its Notice, the Postal Service filed a copy of the Agreement, a copy of the Governors’ Decision authorizing the product, a certification of compliance with 39 U.S.C. 3633(a), and an application for non-public Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Qualified Contingent Cross (‘‘QCC’’) Orders 1 Notice of United States Postal Service of Filing a Functionally Equivalent Priority Mail International Regional Rate Boxes 1 Negotiated Service Agreement and Application for Non-Public Treatment of Materials Filed Under Seal, August 25, 2015 (Notice). 1 Notice of United States Postal Service of Filing a Functionally Equivalent Global Expedited Package Services 3 Negotiated Service Agreement and Application for Non-Public Treatment of Materials Filed Under Seal, August 24, 2015 (Notice). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Aug 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 August 25, 2015. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on August 14, 2015, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘CBOE’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 1 15 2 17 E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 31AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 168 / Monday, August 31, 2015 / Notices ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange seeks to amend its rules related to QCC Orders. The text of the proposed rule change is provided below. (additions are italicized; deletions are [bracketed]) * * * * * Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated Rules * * * * * Rule 6.53. Certain Types of Orders Defined * * * * (u) Qualified Contingent Cross Order: A qualified contingent cross order is an initiating order to buy (sell) at least 1,000 standard option contracts or 10,000 mini-option contracts that is identified as being part of a qualified contingent trade coupled with a contraside order or orders totaling [to sell (buy)] an equal number of contracts. Qualified contingent cross orders with one option leg may only be entered in the standard increments applicable to simple orders in the options class under Rule 6.42. Qualified contingent cross orders with more than one option leg may be entered in the increments specified for complex orders under Rule 6.42. For purposes of this order type: * * * * * The text of the proposed rule change is also available on the Exchange’s Web site (http://www.cboe.com/AboutCBOE/ CBOELegalRegulatoryHome.aspx), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD 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 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Aug 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of this proposal is to expand the availability of QCC Orders by permitting multiple contra-parties on a QCC Order. Under the proposal, multiple contra-parties would be allowed; provided however, that the initiating QCC Order be for at least 1,000 contracts (in addition to meeting the other requirements of a QCC Order). This is intended to accommodate multiple contra-parties, as explained further below. Currently, a qualified contingent cross order must be comprised of an order to buy (sell) at least 1,000 standard option contracts or 10,000 mini-option contracts that is identified as being part of a qualified contingent trade 3 coupled with a contra-side order to sell (buy) an equal number of contracts. QCC Orders may execute without exposure provided the execution (1) is not at the same price as a public customer order resting in the electronic book and (2) is at or between the NBBO. A qualified contingent cross order will be cancelled if it cannot be executed. As noted above, the Exchange is now proposing to amend the definition of a QCC Order to allow multiple contraparties; provided however, that the initiating QCC Order be for at least 1,000 contracts (in addition to meeting the other requirements of a QCC Order). The Exchange notes that with regard to order entry, the first order submitted into the system is marked as the initiating/agency side and the second order is marked as the contra-side. Additionally, the contra-side order to a QCC Order will always be entered as a single order, even if that order consists of multiple contra-parties who are 3 A ‘‘qualified contingent trade’’ is a transaction consisting of two or more component orders, executed as agent or principal, where: (1) At least one component is an NMS stock, as defined in Rule 600 of Regulation NMS under the Exchange Act; (2) all components are effected with a product or price contingency that either has been agreed to by all the respective counterparties or arranged for by a broker-dealer as principal or agent; (3) the execution of one component is contingent upon the execution of all other components at or near the same time; (4) the specific relationship between the component orders (e.g., the spread between the prices of the component orders) is determined by the time the contingent order is placed; (5) the component orders bear a derivative relationship to one another, represent different classes of shares of the same issuer, or involve the securities of participants in mergers or with intentions to merge that have been announced or cancelled; and (6) the transaction is fully hedged (without regard to any prior existing position) as a result of other components of the contingent trade. PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52527 allocated their portion of the trade in a post-trade allocation. The Exchange notes that it will surveil QCC Orders to ensure the Trading Permit Holder (‘‘TPH’’) on the initiating side of the order is complying with the minimum 1,000 contract size requirement. The Exchange also checks to see if TPHs are aggregating multiple orders to meet the 1,000 contract minimum on the initiating side of the trade in violation of the requirements of the rule, enforcing compliance with this portion of the rule by checking to see if a TPH breaks up the initiating side of the order in a post trade allocation to different clearing firms, allocating less than 1,000 contracts to a party or multiple parties. Accordingly, the Exchange is proposing to amend the definition of QCC Order to clarify that an originating order to buy or sell at least 1,000 contracts coupled with a contra-side order or orders totaling an equal number of contracts is permitted. This is a competitive filing that is based on International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘ISE’’) Rule 715.4 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to the Exchange and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.5 Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Section 6(b)(5) 6 requirements that the rules of an exchange be 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 regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and 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. Additionally, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Section 6(b)(5) 7 requirement that 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71182 (December 24, 2013), 78 FR 79721 (January 2014) (SR–ISE–2013–71) (providing that QCC Orders can be comprised of multiple contra-parties) and Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71863 (April 3, 2014), 79 FR 19680 (April 9, 2014) (SR–ISE– 2013–72) (providing that QCC Orders can be comprised of multiple contra-parties for less than 1,000 contracts). 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 6 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 7 Id. E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 52528 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 168 / Monday, August 31, 2015 / Notices the rules of an exchange not be designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. In particular, the Exchange believes removing the size restriction placed on the contra-side to a QCC Order may increase liquidity and improve the prices at which QCC Orders get executed and, therefore, provide more opportunity to participate in QCC trades, consistent with the key principles behind the QCC Order. Also, consistent with Section 6(b)(8) of the Act, the Exchange seeks to compete with other options exchanges for QCC Orders involving multiple parties, including where there are multiple contra-parties. The Exchange believes that this will be beneficial to participants because allowing multiple contra-parties should foster competition for filling one side of a QCC Order and thereby result in potentially better prices, as opposed to only allowing one contra-party and, thereby requiring that contra-party to do a larger size order which could result in a worse price for the trade. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition CBOE 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. As described above, the current rule change is being proposed as a competitive response to ISE Rule 715. Also, the proposal may relieve burden on competition, which results from ISE and CBOE having different rules regarding QCC Orders. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others IV. Solicitation of Comments The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing 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 after the date of the filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 8 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 9 thereunder. 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) requires a self-regulatory organization to give 9 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Aug 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 The Commission notes that, given the differing requirements as between the originating side and contra-side for QCC Orders, it is essential that the Exchange be able to clearly identify and monitor— throughout the life of a QCC Order, beginning at the time of order entry on the Exchange through the post-trade allocation process—each side of the QCC Order and ensure that the requirements of the order type are being satisfied including, importantly, those relating to the originating side. The Commission believes this to be critical so that the Exchange can ensure that market participants are not able to circumvent the requirements of the QCC Order (as amended by this proposed rule change), each of which the Commission continues to believe are critical to ensuring that the QCC Order is narrowly drawn.10 Further, the Commission notes that the Exchange has made certain representations regarding its enforcement and surveillance of its TPH’s use of QCC Orders, including, for example, not only at the time of order entry, but through the post-trade allocation process as well. 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. 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: the Commission written notice of its intent to file 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. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement. 10 The Commission expects the Exchange to have the capability to enable it to surveil that such requirements are being met. Though the Exchange has stated its ability to do so, if the Exchange is not able to have such monitoring at any point in time, the Commission would expect the Exchange to take other steps to ensure that the QCC Order cannot be improperly used. For example, if the Exchange were not able to identify and monitor which side of a QCC Order is the originating order, the Commission would expect that it would require that both sides of the QCC Order meet the more stringent requirements of the originating side, i.e., that it be for a single order for at least 1,000 contracts. PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 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– CBOE–2015–073 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–CBOE–2015–073. 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–CBOE– 2015–073 and should be submitted on or before September 21, 2015. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–21404 Filed 8–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 11 17 E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 31AUN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-75756; File No. SR-CBOE-2015-073]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed 
Rule Change Relating to Qualified Contingent Cross (``QCC'') Orders

August 25, 2015.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given 
that on August 14, 2015, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated 
(the ``Exchange'' or ``CBOE'') filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (the

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``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II 
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).
    \2\ 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 seeks to amend its rules related to QCC Orders. The 
text of the proposed rule change is provided below.

(additions are italicized; deletions are [bracketed])
* * * * *

Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated Rules

* * * * *

Rule 6.53. Certain Types of Orders Defined

* * * * *
    (u) Qualified Contingent Cross Order: A qualified contingent cross 
order is an initiating order to buy (sell) at least 1,000 standard 
option contracts or 10,000 mini-option contracts that is identified as 
being part of a qualified contingent trade coupled with a contra-side 
order or orders totaling [to sell (buy)] an equal number of contracts. 
Qualified contingent cross orders with one option leg may only be 
entered in the standard increments applicable to simple orders in the 
options class under Rule 6.42. Qualified contingent cross orders with 
more than one option leg may be entered in the increments specified for 
complex orders under Rule 6.42. For purposes of this order type:
* * * * *
    The text of the proposed rule change is also available on the 
Exchange's Web site (http://www.cboe.com/AboutCBOE/CBOELegalRegulatoryHome.aspx), at the Exchange's Office of the 
Secretary, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

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

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

1. Purpose
    The purpose of this proposal is to expand the availability of QCC 
Orders by permitting multiple contra-parties on a QCC Order. Under the 
proposal, multiple contra-parties would be allowed; provided however, 
that the initiating QCC Order be for at least 1,000 contracts (in 
addition to meeting the other requirements of a QCC Order). This is 
intended to accommodate multiple contra-parties, as explained further 
below.
    Currently, a qualified contingent cross order must be comprised of 
an order to buy (sell) at least 1,000 standard option contracts or 
10,000 mini-option contracts that is identified as being part of a 
qualified contingent trade \3\ coupled with a contra-side order to sell 
(buy) an equal number of contracts. QCC Orders may execute without 
exposure provided the execution (1) is not at the same price as a 
public customer order resting in the electronic book and (2) is at or 
between the NBBO. A qualified contingent cross order will be cancelled 
if it cannot be executed.
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    \3\ A ``qualified contingent trade'' is a transaction consisting 
of two or more component orders, executed as agent or principal, 
where: (1) At least one component is an NMS stock, as defined in 
Rule 600 of Regulation NMS under the Exchange Act; (2) all 
components are effected with a product or price contingency that 
either has been agreed to by all the respective counterparties or 
arranged for by a broker-dealer as principal or agent; (3) the 
execution of one component is contingent upon the execution of all 
other components at or near the same time; (4) the specific 
relationship between the component orders (e.g., the spread between 
the prices of the component orders) is determined by the time the 
contingent order is placed; (5) the component orders bear a 
derivative relationship to one another, represent different classes 
of shares of the same issuer, or involve the securities of 
participants in mergers or with intentions to merge that have been 
announced or cancelled; and (6) the transaction is fully hedged 
(without regard to any prior existing position) as a result of other 
components of the contingent trade.
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    As noted above, the Exchange is now proposing to amend the 
definition of a QCC Order to allow multiple contra-parties; provided 
however, that the initiating QCC Order be for at least 1,000 contracts 
(in addition to meeting the other requirements of a QCC Order). The 
Exchange notes that with regard to order entry, the first order 
submitted into the system is marked as the initiating/agency side and 
the second order is marked as the contra-side. Additionally, the 
contra-side order to a QCC Order will always be entered as a single 
order, even if that order consists of multiple contra-parties who are 
allocated their portion of the trade in a post-trade allocation.
    The Exchange notes that it will surveil QCC Orders to ensure the 
Trading Permit Holder (``TPH'') on the initiating side of the order is 
complying with the minimum 1,000 contract size requirement. The 
Exchange also checks to see if TPHs are aggregating multiple orders to 
meet the 1,000 contract minimum on the initiating side of the trade in 
violation of the requirements of the rule, enforcing compliance with 
this portion of the rule by checking to see if a TPH breaks up the 
initiating side of the order in a post trade allocation to different 
clearing firms, allocating less than 1,000 contracts to a party or 
multiple parties.
    Accordingly, the Exchange is proposing to amend the definition of 
QCC Order to clarify that an originating order to buy or sell at least 
1,000 contracts coupled with a contra-side order or orders totaling an 
equal number of contracts is permitted. This is a competitive filing 
that is based on International Securities Exchange, LLC (``ISE'') Rule 
715.\4\
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    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71182 (December 24, 
2013), 78 FR 79721 (January 2014) (SR-ISE-2013-71) (providing that 
QCC Orders can be comprised of multiple contra-parties) and 
Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71863 (April 3, 2014), 79 FR 
19680 (April 9, 2014) (SR-ISE-2013-72) (providing that QCC Orders 
can be comprised of multiple contra-parties for less than 1,000 
contracts).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Act'') and the rules and 
regulations thereunder applicable to the Exchange and, in particular, 
the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.\5\ Specifically, the 
Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the 
Section 6(b)(5) \6\ requirements that the rules of an exchange be 
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 regulating, clearing, 
settling, processing information with respect to, and 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. Additionally, 
the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the 
Section 6(b)(5) \7\ requirement that

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the rules of an exchange not be designed to permit unfair 
discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers.
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    In particular, the Exchange believes removing the size restriction 
placed on the contra-side to a QCC Order may increase liquidity and 
improve the prices at which QCC Orders get executed and, therefore, 
provide more opportunity to participate in QCC trades, consistent with 
the key principles behind the QCC Order. Also, consistent with Section 
6(b)(8) of the Act, the Exchange seeks to compete with other options 
exchanges for QCC Orders involving multiple parties, including where 
there are multiple contra-parties. The Exchange believes that this will 
be beneficial to participants because allowing multiple contra-parties 
should foster competition for filling one side of a QCC Order and 
thereby result in potentially better prices, as opposed to only 
allowing one contra-party and, thereby requiring that contra-party to 
do a larger size order which could result in a worse price for the 
trade.

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

    CBOE 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. As described above, the current 
rule change is being proposed as a competitive response to ISE Rule 
715. Also, the proposal may relieve burden on competition, which 
results from ISE and CBOE having different rules regarding QCC Orders.

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

    The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the 
proposed rule change.

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

    Because the foregoing 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 after the date of the filing, or such 
shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective 
pursuant to 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \8\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) \9\ 
thereunder.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \9\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission 
written notice of its intent to file 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. 
The Exchange has satisfied this requirement.
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    The Commission notes that, given the differing requirements as 
between the originating side and contra-side for QCC Orders, it is 
essential that the Exchange be able to clearly identify and monitor--
throughout the life of a QCC Order, beginning at the time of order 
entry on the Exchange through the post-trade allocation process--each 
side of the QCC Order and ensure that the requirements of the order 
type are being satisfied including, importantly, those relating to the 
originating side. The Commission believes this to be critical so that 
the Exchange can ensure that market participants are not able to 
circumvent the requirements of the QCC Order (as amended by this 
proposed rule change), each of which the Commission continues to 
believe are critical to ensuring that the QCC Order is narrowly 
drawn.\10\ Further, the Commission notes that the Exchange has made 
certain representations regarding its enforcement and surveillance of 
its TPH's use of QCC Orders, including, for example, not only at the 
time of order entry, but through the post-trade allocation process as 
well.
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    \10\ The Commission expects the Exchange to have the capability 
to enable it to surveil that such requirements are being met. Though 
the Exchange has stated its ability to do so, if the Exchange is not 
able to have such monitoring at any point in time, the Commission 
would expect the Exchange to take other steps to ensure that the QCC 
Order cannot be improperly used. For example, if the Exchange were 
not able to identify and monitor which side of a QCC Order is the 
originating order, the Commission would expect that it would require 
that both sides of the QCC Order meet the more stringent 
requirements of the originating side, i.e., that it be for a single 
order for at least 1,000 contracts.
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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-CBOE-2015-073 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-CBOE-2015-073. 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-CBOE-2015-073 and should be 
submitted on or before September 21, 2015.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\11\
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    \11\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Robert W. Errett,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2015-21404 Filed 8-28-15; 8:45 am]
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