Self-Regulatory Organizations; Bats EDGA Exchange, Inc. f/k/a EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Adopt Exchange Rule 11.27 To Implement the Regulation NMS Plan To Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program, 17219-17225 [2016-06864]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 59 / Monday, March 28, 2016 / Notices Number SR–BatsBYX–2016–01 on the subject line. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Paper Comments [Release No. 34–77417; File No. SR– BatsEDGA–2016–01] • 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–BatsBYX–2016–01. 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– BatsBYX–2016–01, and should be submitted on or before April 18, 2016. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.46 Brent J. Fields, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–06865 Filed 3–25–16; 8:45 am] Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Self-Regulatory Organizations; Bats EDGA Exchange, Inc. f/k/a EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Adopt Exchange Rule 11.27 To Implement the Regulation NMS Plan To Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program March 22, 2016. 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 March 15, 2016, Bats EDGA Exchange, Inc. f/k/a EDGA Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘EDGA’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated this proposal as a ‘‘noncontroversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder,4 which renders it effective upon filing with the Commission. 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 filed a proposal to adopt Exchange Rule 11.27 to implement the Regulation NMS Plan to Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program (‘‘Plan’’). Specifically, the Exchange proposed Rule 11.27(b) to set forth the requirements for the collection and transmission of data pursuant to Appendices B and C of the Plan. The proposed rule change is substantially similar to proposed rule changes recently approved or published by the Commission by the Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. f/k/a BATS Exchange, Inc. (‘‘BZX’’) to adopt BZX Rule 11.27(b) which also sets forth requirements for the collection and transmission of data pursuant to Appendices B and C of the Plan.5 The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange’s Web site 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 77105 (February 10, 2016), 81 FR 8112 (February 17, 2016) (order approving SR–BATS–2015–102); and 77310 (March 7, 2016) (notice for comment and immediate effectiveness of SR–BATS–2016–27). 2 17 46 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:52 Mar 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17219 at www.batstrading.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose On August 25, 2014, NYSE Group, Inc., on behalf of the Exchange, BZX, Bats BYX Exchange, Inc., Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc., Bats EDGX Exchange, Inc., Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’), NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc., NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC, the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’), NYSE MKT LLC, and NYSE Arca, Inc. (collectively ‘‘Participants’’), filed with the Commission, pursuant to Section 11A of the Act 6 and Rule 608 of Regulation NMS thereunder,7 the Plan to Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program (‘‘Pilot’’).8 The Participants filed the Plan to comply with an order issued by the Commission on June 24, 2014.9 The Plan 10 was published for comment in the Federal Register on November 7, 2014, and approved by the Commission, as modified, on May 6, 2015.11 The Plan is designed to allow the Commission, market participants, and the public to study and assess the impact of increment conventions on the liquidity and trading of the common stocks of small-capitalization 6 15 U.S.C. 78k–1. CFR 242.608. 8 See Letter from Brendon J. Weiss, Vice President, Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., to Secretary, Commission, dated August 25, 2014. 9 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 72460 (June 24, 2014), 79 FR 36840 (June 30, 2014). 10 Unless otherwise specified, capitalized terms used in this rule filing are based on the defined terms of the Plan. 11 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 74892 (May 6, 2015), 80 FR 27513 (May 13, 2015) (‘‘Approval Order’’). 7 17 E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 17220 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 59 / Monday, March 28, 2016 / Notices Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES companies. Each Participant is required to comply, and to enforce compliance by its member organizations, as applicable, with the provisions of the Plan. As is described more fully below, the proposed rules would require Members 12 to comply with the applicable data collection requirements of the Plan.13 The Pilot will include stocks of companies with $3 billion or less in market capitalization, an average daily trading volume of one million shares or less, and a volume weighted average price of at least $2.00 for every trading day. The Pilot will consist of a control group of approximately 1400 Pilot Securities and three test groups with 400 Pilot Securities in each (selected by a stratified random sampling process).14 During the pilot, Pilot Securities in the control group will be quoted at the current tick size increment of $0.01 per share and will trade at the currently permitted increments. Pilot Securities in the first test group (‘‘Test Group One’’) will be quoted in $0.05 minimum increments but will continue to trade at any price increment that is currently permitted.15 Pilot Securities in the second test group (‘‘Test Group Two’’) will be quoted in $0.05 minimum increments and will trade at $0.05 minimum increments subject to a midpoint exception, a retail investor order exception, and a negotiated trade exception.16 Pilot Securities in the third test group (‘‘Test Group Three’’) will be subject to the same quoting and trading increments as Test Group Two and also will be subject to the ‘‘Trade-at’’ requirement to prevent price matching by a market participant that is not displaying at a Trading Center’s ‘‘Best Protected Bid’’ or ‘‘Best Protected Offer,’’ unless an enumerated exception applies.17 In addition to the exceptions provided under Test Group Two, an exception for Block Size orders and exceptions that mirror those under Rule 611 of Regulation NMS 18 will apply to the Trade-at requirement. In approving the Plan, the Commission noted that the Trading 12 The term ‘‘Member’’ is defined as ‘‘any registered broker or dealer that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange.’’ See Exchange Rule 1.5(n). 13 The Exchange proposes Interpretations and Policies .11 to Rule 11.27 to provide that the Rule shall be in effect during a pilot period to coincide with the pilot period for the Plan (including any extensions to the pilot period for the Plan). 14 See Section V of the Plan for identification of Pilot Securities, including criteria for selection and grouping. 15 See Section VI(B) of the Plan. 16 See Section VI(C) of the Plan. 17 See Section VI(D) of the Plan. 18 17 CFR 242.611. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:52 Mar 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 Center data reporting requirements would facilitate an analysis of the effects of the Pilot on liquidity (e.g., transaction costs by order size), execution quality (e.g., speed of order executions), market maker activity, competition between trading venues (e.g., routing frequency of market orders), transparency (e.g., choice between displayed and hidden orders), and market dynamics (e.g., rates and speed of order cancellations).19 The Commission noted that Market Maker profitability data would assist the Commission in evaluating the effect, if any, of a widened tick increment on market marker profits and any corresponding changes in the liquidity of small-capitalization securities.20 Compliance With the Data Collection Requirements of the Plan The Plan contains requirements for collecting and transmitting data to the Commission and to the public.21 Specifically, Appendix B.I of the Plan (Market Quality Statistics) requires Trading Centers 22 to submit variety of market quality statistics, including information about an order’s original size, whether the order was displayable or not, the cumulative number of orders, the cumulative number of shares of orders, and the cumulative number of shares executed within specific time increments, e.g., from 30 seconds to less than 60 seconds after the time of order receipt. This information shall be categorized by security, order type, original order size, hidden status, and coverage under Rule 605.23 Appendix B.I of the Plan also contains additional requirements for market orders and marketable limit orders, including the share-weighted average effective spread for executions of orders; the cumulative number of shares of orders executed with price improvement; and, for shares executed with price improvement, the 19 See Approval Order, 80 FR at 27543. 20 Id. 21 The Exchange is also required by the Plan to establish, maintain, and enforce written policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to comply with applicable quoting and trading requirements specified in the Plan. The Exchange intends to separately propose rules that would require compliance by its Members with the applicable quoting and trading requirements specified in the Plan, and has reserved Paragraph (a) for such rules. 22 The Plan incorporates the definition of a ‘‘Trading Center’’ from Rule 600(b)(78) of Regulation NMS. Regulation NMS defines a ‘‘Trading Center’’ as ‘‘a national securities exchange or national securities association that operates an SRO trading facility, an alternative trading system, an exchange market maker, an OTC market maker, or any other broker or dealer that executes orders internally by trading as principal or crossing orders as agent.’’ See 17 CFR 242.600(b). 23 17 CFR 242.605. PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 share-weighted average amount per share that prices were improved. Appendix B.II of the Plan (Market and Marketable Limit Order Data) requires Trading Centers to submit information relating to market orders and marketable limit orders, including the time of order receipt, order type, the order size, the National Best Bid and National Best Offer (‘‘NBBO’’) quoted price, the NBBO quoted depth, the average execution price-share-weighted average, and the average execution time-share-weighted average. The Plan requires Appendix B.I and B.II data to be submitted by Participants that operate a Trading Center, and by members of the Participants that operate Trading Centers. The Plan provides that each Participant that is the Designated Examining Authority (‘‘DEA’’) for a member of the Participant that operates a Trading Center shall collect such data in a pipe delimited format, beginning six months prior to the Pilot Period and ending six months after the end of the Pilot Period. The Plan also requires the Participant, operating as DEA, to transmit this information to the SEC within 30 calendar days following month end. The Exchange is therefore proposing Rule 11.27(b) to set forth the requirements for the collection and transmission of data pursuant to Appendices B and C of the Plan. Proposed Rule 11.27(b) is substantially similar to proposed rule changes by BZX that were recently approved or published by the Commission to adopt BZX Rule 11.27(b) which also sets forth requirements for the collection and transmission of data pursuant to Appendices B and C of the Plan.24 Proposed Rule 11.27(b)(1) requires that a Member that operates a Trading Center shall establish, maintain and enforce written policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to comply with the data collection and transmission requirements of Items I and II to Appendix B of the Plan, and a Member that is a Market Maker shall establish, maintain and enforce written policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to comply with the data collection and transmission requirements of Item IV of Appendix B of the Plan and Item I of Appendix C of the Plan. Proposed Rule 11.27(b)(2) provides that the Exchange shall collect and transmit to the SEC the data described in Items I and II of Appendix B of the Plan relating to trading activity in PrePilot Securities and Pilot Securities on a Trading Center operated by the 24 See E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM supra note 5. 28MRN1 Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 59 / Monday, March 28, 2016 / Notices Exchange. The Exchange shall transmit such data to the SEC in a pipe delimited format, on a disaggregated basis by Trading Center, within 30 calendar days following month end for: (i) Each PrePilot Data Collection Security for the period beginning six months prior to the Pilot Period through the trading day immediately preceding the Pilot Period; and (ii) each Pilot Security for the period beginning on the first day of the Pilot Period through six months after the end of the Pilot Period. The Exchange also shall make such data publicly available on the Exchange Web site on a monthly basis at no charge and will not identify the Member that generated the data. Appendix B.IV (Daily Market Maker Participation Statistics) requires a Participant to collect data related to Market Maker participation from each Market Maker 25 engaging in trading activity on a Trading Center operated by the Participant. The Exchange is therefore proposing Rule 11.27(b)(3) to gather data about a Market Maker’s participation in Pilot Securities and PrePilot Data Collection Securities. Proposed Rule 11.27(b)(3)(A) provides that a Member that is a Market Maker shall collect and transmit to their DEA data relating to Item IV of Appendix B of the Plan with respect to activity conducted on any Trading Center in Pilot Securities and Pre-Pilot Data Collection Securities in furtherance of its status as a registered Market Maker, including a Trading Center that executes trades otherwise than on a national securities exchange, for transactions that have settled or reached settlement date. The proposed rule requires Market Makers to transmit such data in a format required by their DEA, by 12:00 p.m. EST on T+4 for: (i) Transactions in each Pre-Pilot Data Collection Security for the period beginning six months prior to the Pilot Period through the trading day immediately preceding the Pilot Period; and (ii) for transactions in each Pilot Security for the period beginning on the first day of the Pilot Period through six months after the end of the Pilot Period. The Exchange understands that some Members may utilize a DEA that is not a Participant to the Plan and that their DEA would not be subject to the Plan’s data collection requirements. In such case, a DEA that is not a Participant of the Plan would not be required to collect the required data and may not establish procedures for which Members it acts a DEA for to report the data required under subparagraphs (b)(3)(A) of Rule 11.27 and in accordance with Item IV of Appendix B of the Plan. Therefore, the Exchange proposes to adopt subparagraph (b)(3)(B) to Rule 11.27 to require a Member that is a Market Maker whose DEA is not a Participant to the Plan to transmit the data collected pursuant to paragraph (3)(A) of Rule 11.27(b) to FINRA, which is a Participant to the Plan and is to collect data relating to Item IV of Appendix B of the Plan on behalf of the Participants. For Market Makers for which it is the DEA, FINRA issued a Market Maker Transaction Data Technical Specification to collect data on Pre-Pilot Data Collection Securities and Pilot Securities from Trading Centers to comply with the Plan’s data collection requirements.26 Proposed Rule 11.27(b)(3)(C) provides that the Exchange shall transmit the data collected by the DEA or FINRA pursuant to Rule 11.27(b)(3)(A) and (B) above relating to Market Maker activity on a Trading Center operated by the Exchange to the SEC in a pipe delimited format within 30 calendar days following month end. The Exchange shall also make such data publicly available on the Exchange Web site on a monthly basis at no charge and shall not identify the Trading Center that generated the data. Appendix C.I (Market Maker Profitability) requires a Participant to collect data related to Market Maker profitability from each Market Maker for which it is the DEA. Specifically, the Participant is required to collect the total number of shares of orders executed by the Market Maker; the raw Market Maker realized trading profits, and the raw Market Maker unrealized trading profits. Data shall be collected for dates starting six months prior to the Pilot Period through six months after the end of the Pilot Period. This data shall be collected on a monthly basis, to be provided in a pipe delimited format to the Participant, as DEA, within 30 calendar days following month end. Appendix C.II (Aggregated Market Maker Profitability) requires the Participant, as DEA, to aggregate the Appendix C.I data, and to categorize this data by security as well as by the control group and each Test Group. That aggregated data shall contain information relating to total raw Market Maker realized trading profits, volumeweighted average of raw Market Maker realized trading profits, the total raw 25 The Plan defines a Market Maker as ‘‘a dealer registered with any self-regulatory organization, in accordance with the rules thereof, as (i) a market maker or (ii) a liquidity provider with an obligation to maintain continuous, two-sided trading interest.’’ 26 FINRA members for which FINRA is their DEA should refer to the Market Maker Transaction Data Technical Specification on the FINRA Web site at http://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/marketmaker-transaction-data-tech-specs.pdf. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:52 Mar 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17221 Market Maker unrealized trading profits, and the volume-weighted average of Market Maker unrealized trading profits. The Exchange is therefore proposing Rule 11.27(b)(4) to set forth the requirements for the collection and transmission of data pursuant to Appendix C.I of the Plan. Proposed Rule 11.27(b)(4)(A) requires that a Member that is a Market Maker shall collect and transmit to their DEA the data described in Item I of Appendix C of the Plan with respect to executions in Pilot Securities that have settled or reached settlement date that were executed on any Trading Center. The proposed rule also requires Members to provide such data in a format required by their DEA by 12 p.m. EST on T+4 for executions during and outside of Regular Trading Hours in each: (i) Pre-Pilot Data Collection Security for the period beginning six months prior to the Pilot Period through the trading day immediately preceding the Pilot Period; and (ii) Pilot Security for the period beginning on the first day of the Pilot Period through six months after the end of the Pilot Period. For the same reasons set forth above for subparagraph (b)(3)(B) to Rule 11.27, the Exchange proposes to adopt subparagraph (b)(4)(B) to Rule 11.27 to require a Member that is a Market Maker whose DEA is not a Participant to the Plan to transmit the data collected pursuant to paragraph (4)(A) of Rule 11.27(b) to FINRA. As stated above, FINRA is a Participant to the Plan and is to collect data relating to Item I of Appendix C of the Plan on behalf of the Participants. For Market Makers for which it is the DEA, FINRA issued a Market Maker Transaction Data Technical Specification to collect data on Pre-Pilot Data Collection Securities and Pilot Securities from Trading Centers to comply with the Plan’s data collection requirements.27 The Exchange is also adopting a rule setting forth the manner in which Market Maker participation will be calculated. Item III of Appendix B of the Plan requires each Participant that is a national securities exchange to collect daily Market Maker registration statistics categorized by security, including the following information: (i) Ticker symbol; (ii) the Participant exchange; (iii) number of registered market makers; and (iv) the number of other registered liquidity providers. Therefore, the Exchange proposes to adopt Rule 11.27(b)(5) providing that the Exchange shall collect and transmit to the SEC the data described in Item III of Appendix B of the Plan relating to daily Market Maker registration 27 Id. E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 17222 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 59 / Monday, March 28, 2016 / Notices Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES statistics in a pipe delimited format within 30 calendar days following month end for: (i) Transactions in each Pre-Pilot Data Collection Security for the period beginning six months prior to the Pilot Period through the trading day immediately preceding the Pilot Period; and (ii) transactions in each Pilot Security for the period beginning on the first day of the Pilot Period through six months after the end of the Pilot Period. The Exchange is also proposing, through Interpretations and Policies, to clarify other aspects of the data collection requirements.28 Proposed Interpretations and Policies .02 relates to the use of the retail investor order flag for purposes of Appendix B.II(n) reporting. The Plan currently states that market and marketable limit orders shall include a ‘‘yes/no’’ field relating to the Retail Investor Order flag. The Exchange is proposing Interpretations and Policies .02 to clarify that, for purposes of the reporting requirement in Appendix B.II(n), a Trading Center shall report ‘‘y’’ to their DEA where it is relying upon the Retail Investor Order exception to Test Groups Two and Three, and ‘‘n’’ for all other instances.29 The Exchange believes that requiring the identification of a Retail Investor Orders only where the exception may apply (i.e., Pilot Securities in Test Groups Two and Three) is consistent with Appendix B.II(n). Interpretations and Policies .03 requires that Members populate a field to identify to their DEA whether an order is affected by the bands in place pursuant to the National Market System Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility.30 Pursuant to the Limit-Up Limit-Down Plan, between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the Securities Information Processor (‘‘SIP’’) calculates a lower price band and an upper price 28 The Exchange is also proposing Interpretations and Policies .01 to Rule 11.27 to clarify that certain enumerated terms used throughout Rule 11.27 shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Plan. 29 FINRA, on behalf of the Plan Participants submitted a letter to Commission requesting exemption from certain provisions of the Plan related to data collection. See letter from Marcia E. Asquith, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary, FINRA dated December 9, 2015 to Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary, Commission (‘‘Exemption Request’’). The Commission, pursuant to its authority under Rule 608(e) of Regulation NMS, granted BZX a limited exemption from the requirement to comply with certain provisions of the Plan as specified in the letter and noted herein. See letter from David Shillman, Associate Director, Division of Trading and Markets, Commission to Eric Swanson, General Counsel, BZX, dated February 10, 2016 (‘‘Exemption Letter’’). 30 See National Market System Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility, Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67091 (May 31, 2012), 77 FR 33498 (June 6, 2012) (File No. 4–631) (‘‘LimitUp Limit-Down Plan’’). VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:52 Mar 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 band for each NMS stock. These price bands represent a specified percentage above or below the stock’s reference price, which generally is calculated based on reported transactions in that stock over the preceding five minutes. When one side of the market for an individual security is outside the applicable price band, the SIP identifies that quotation as non-executable. When the other side of the market reaches the applicable price band (e.g., the offer reaches the lower price band), the security enters a Limit State. The stock would exit a Limit State if, within 15 seconds of entering the Limit State, all Limit State Quotations were executed or canceled in their entirety. If the security does not exit a Limit State within 15 seconds, then the primary listing exchange declares a five-minute trading pause, which would be applicable to all markets trading the security. The Exchange and the other Participants have determined that it is appropriate to create a new flag for reporting orders that are affected by the Limit-Up Limit-Down bands. Accordingly, a Trading Center shall report a value of ‘‘Y’’ to their DEA when the ability of an order to execute has been affected by the Limit-Up LimitDown bands in effect at the time of order receipt. A Trading Center shall report a value of ‘‘N’’ to their DEA when the ability of an order to execute has not been affected by the Limit-Up LimitDown bands in effect at the time of order receipt. Interpretations and Policies .03 also requires, for securities that may trade in a foreign market, that the Participant indicate whether the order was handled domestically, or routed to a foreign venue. Accordingly, the Participant will indicate, for purposes of Appendix B.I, whether the order was: (1) Fully executed domestically, or (2) fully or partially executed on a foreign market. For purposes of Appendix B.II, the Participant will classify all orders in securities that may trade in a foreign market Pilot and Pre-Pilot Securities as: (1) Directed to a domestic venue for execution; (2) may only be directed to a foreign venue for execution; or (3) was fully or partially directed to a foreign venue at the discretion of the member. The Exchange believes that this proposed flag will better identify orders in securities that may trade in a foreign market, as such orders that were routed to foreign venues would not be subject to the Plan’s quoting and trading requirements, and could otherwise compromise the integrity of the data. Interpretations and Policies .04 relates to the time ranges specified in Appendix B.I.a(14), B.I.a(15), B.I.a(21) PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and B.I.a(22).31 The Exchange and the other Participants have determined that it is appropriate to change the reporting times in these provisions to require more granular reporting for these categories. Accordingly, the Exchange proposes to add Appendix B.I.a(14A), which will require Trading Centers to report the cumulative number of shares of orders executed from 100 microseconds to less than 1 millisecond after the time of order receipt. Appendix B.I.a(15) will be changed to require the cumulative number of shares of orders executed from 1 millisecond to less than 100 milliseconds after the time of order receipt. The Exchange also proposes to add Appendix B.I.a(21A), which will require Trading Centers to report the cumulative number of shares of orders canceled from 100 microseconds to less than 1 millisecond after the time of order receipt. Appendix B.I.a(22) will be changed to require the cumulative number of shares of orders canceled from 1 millisecond to less than 100 milliseconds after the time of order receipt. The Exchange believes that these new reporting requirements will contribute to a meaningful analysis of the Pilot by producing more granular data on these points.32 Interpretations and Policies .05 relates to the relevant measurement for purposes of Appendix B.I.a(31)–(33) reporting. Currently, the Plan states that this data shall be reported as of the time of order execution. The Exchange and the other Participants believe that this information should more properly be captured at the time of order receipt as evaluating share-weighted average prices at the time of order receipt is more consistent with the goal of observing the effect of the Pilot on the liquidity of Pilot Securities. The Exchange is therefore proposing to make this change through Interpretations and Policies .05.33 This change will make these provisions consistent with the 31 Specifically, Appendix B.I.a(14) requires reporting of the cumulative number of shares of orders executed from 0 to less than 100 microseconds after the time of order receipt; Appendix B.I.a(15) requires reporting of the cumulative number of shares of orders executed from 100 microseconds to less than 100 milliseconds after the time of order receipt; Appendix B.I.a(21) requires reporting of the cumulative number of shares of orders cancelled from 0 to less than 100 microseconds after the time of order receipt; and Appendix B.I.a(22) requires reporting of the cumulative number of shares of orders cancelled from 100 microseconds to less than 100 milliseconds after the time of order receipt. 32 The Commission granted BZX an exemption from Rule 608(c) related to this provision. See Exemption Letter, supra note 29. 33 The Commission granted BZX an exemption from Rule 608(c) related to this provision. See Exemption Letter, supra note 29. E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 59 / Monday, March 28, 2016 / Notices remainder of the statistics in Appendix B.I.a, which are all based on order receipt. Interpretations and Policies .06 addresses the status of not-held and auction orders for purposes of Appendix B.I reporting. Currently, Appendix B.I sets forth eight categories of orders, including market orders, marketable limit orders, and inside-the-quote resting limit orders, for which daily market quality statistics must be reported. Currently, Appendix B.I does not provide a category for not held orders, clean cross orders, auction orders, or orders received when the NBBO is crossed. The Exchange and the other Participants have determined that it is appropriate to include separate categories for these orders types for purposes of Appendix B reporting. The Exchange is therefore proposing Interpretations and Policies .06 to provide that not held orders shall be included as an order type for purposes of Appendix B reporting, and shall be assigned the number (18). Clean cross orders shall be included as an order type for purposes of Appendix B reporting, and shall be assigned the number (19); auction orders shall be included an as order type for purposes of Appendix B reporting, and shall be assigned the number (20); and orders that cannot otherwise be classified, including, for example, orders received when the NBBO is crossed shall be included as an order type for purposes of Appendix B reporting, and shall be assigned the number (21). All of these orders already are included in the scope of Appendix B; however, without this proposed change, these order types would be categorized with other orders, such as regular held orders, that should be able to be fully executed upon receipt, which would compromise the value of this data. The Exchange is proposing Interpretations and Policies .07 to clarify the scope of the Plan as it relates to Members that only execute orders limited purposes. Specifically, The Exchange and the other Participants believe that a Member that only executes orders otherwise than on a national securities exchange for the purpose of: (1) Correcting a bona fide error related to the execution of a customer order; (2) purchasing a security from a customer at a nominal price solely for purposes of liquidating the customer’s position; or (3) completing the fractional share portion of an order 34 shall not be deemed a 34 The Exchange notes that where a Member purchases a fractional share from a customer, the Trading Center that executes the remaining whole VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:52 Mar 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 Trading Center for purposes of Appendix B to the Plan. The Exchange is therefore proposing Supplementary Material .09 to make this clarification. The Exchange is proposing Interpretations and Policies .08 to clarify that, for purposes of the Plan, Trading Centers must begin the data collection required pursuant to Appendix B.I.a(1) through B.II.(y) of the Plan and Item I of Appendix C of the Plan on April 4, 2016. While the Exchange or the Member’s DEA will provide the information required by Appendix B and C of the Plan during the Pilot Period, the requirement that the Exchange or their DEA provide information to the SEC within 30 days following month end and make such data publicly available on its Web site pursuant to Appendix B and C shall commence six months prior to the beginning of the Pilot Period.35 The Exchange is proposing Interpretations and Policies .09 to address the requirement in Appendix C.I(b) of the Plan that the calculation of raw Market Maker realized trading profits utilize a last in, first out (‘‘LIFO’’)-like method to determine which share prices shall be used in that calculation. The Exchange and the other Participants believe that it is more appropriate to utilize a methodology that yields LIFO-like results, rather than utilizing a LIFO-like method, and the Exchange is therefore proposing Interpretations and Policies .09 to make this change.36 The Exchange is shares of that customer order would subject to subject to Appendix B of the Plan. 35 In its order approving the Plan, the SEC noted that the Pilot shall be implemented within one year of the date of publication of its order, e.g., by May 6, 2016. See Approval Order, 80 FR at 27545. However, on November 6, 2015, the SEC extended the implementation date approximately five months to October 3, 2016. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 76382 (November 6, 2015), 80 FR 70284 (File No. 4–657) (Order Granting Exemption From Compliance With the National Market System Plan To Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program). See also Letter from Brendon J. Weiss, Co-Head, Government Affairs, Intercontinental Exchange/NYSE, to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Commission, dated November 4, 2015 (requesting the data collection period be extended until six months after the requisite SRO rules are approved, and the implementation data of the Tick Size Pilot until six months thereafter). 36 Appendix C.I currently requires Market Maker profitability statistics to include (1) the total number of shares of orders executed by the Market Maker; (2) raw Market Maker realized trading profits, which is the difference between the market value of Market Maker shares and the market value of Market Maker purchases, using a LIFO-like method; and (3) raw Market Maker unrealized trading profits, which is the difference between the purchase or sale price of the end-of-day inventory position of the Market Maker and the Closing Price. In the case of a short position, the Closing Price from the sale will be subtracted; in the case of a long position, the purchase price will be subtracted from the Closing Price. PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17223 proposing that, for purposes of Item I of Appendix C, the Participants shall calculate daily Market Maker realized profitability statistics for each trading day on a daily LIFO basis using reported trade price and shall include only trades executed on the subject trading day. The daily LIFO calculation shall not include any positions carried over from previous trading days. For purposes of Item I.c of Appendix C, the Participants shall calculate daily Market Maker unrealized profitability statistics for each trading day on an average price basis. Specifically, the Participants must calculate the volume weighted average price of the excess (deficit) of buy volume over sell volume for the current trading day using reported trade price. The gain (loss) of the excess (deficit) of buy volume over sell volume shall be determined by using the volume weighted average price compared to the closing price of the security as reported by the primary listing exchange. In reporting unrealized trading profits, the Participant shall also report the number of excess (deficit) shares held by the Market Maker, the volume weighted average price of that excess (deficit) and the closing price of the security as reported by the primary listing exchange used in reporting unrealized profit.37 Finally, the Exchange is proposing Interpretations and Policies .10 to address the securities that will be used for data collection purposes prior to the commencement of the Pilot. The Exchange and the other Participants have determined that it is appropriate to collect data for a group of securities that is larger, and using different quantitative thresholds, than the group of securities that will be Pilot Securities. The Exchange is therefore proposing Interpretations and Policies .10 to define ‘‘Pre-Pilot Data Collection Securities’’ as the securities designated by the Participants for purposes of the data collection requirements described in Items I, II and IV of Appendix B and Item I of Appendix C of the Plan for the period beginning six months prior to the Pilot Period and ending on the trading day immediately preceding the Pilot Period. The Participants shall compile the list of Pre-Pilot Data Collection Securities by selecting all NMS stocks with a market capitalization of $5 billion or less, a Consolidated Average Daily Volume (CADV) of 2 million shares or less and a closing price of $1 per share or more. The market capitalization and the closing price thresholds shall be applied to the last 37 The Commission granted BZX an exemption from Rule 608(c) related to this provision. See Exemption Letter, supra note 29. E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 17224 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 59 / Monday, March 28, 2016 / Notices day of the Pre-Pilot measurement period, and the CADV threshold shall be applied to the duration of the Pre-Pilot measurement period. The Pre-Pilot measurement period shall be the three calendar months ending on the day when the Pre-Pilot Data Collection Securities are selected. The Pre-Pilot Data Collection Securities shall be selected thirty days prior to the commencement of the six-month PrePilot Period. On the trading day that is the first trading day of the Pilot Period through six months after the end of the Pilot Period, the data collection requirements will become applicable to the Pilot Securities only. A Pilot Security will only be eligible to be included in a Test Group if it was a PrePilot Security. Implementation Date The proposed rule change will be effective on April 4, 2016. Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 38 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 39 in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes that this proposal is consistent with the Act because it implements and clarifies the provisions of the Plan, and is designed to assist the Exchange in meeting its regulatory obligations pursuant of the Plan. In approving the Plan, the SEC noted that the Pilot was an appropriate, data-driven test that was designed to evaluate the impact of a wider tick size on trading, liquidity, and the market quality of securities of smaller capitalization companies, and was therefore in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that this proposal is in furtherance of the objectives of the Plan, as identified by the SEC, and is therefore consistent with the Act because the proposal implements and clarifies the requirements of the Plan and applies specific obligations to Members in furtherance of compliance with the Plan. 38 15 39 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:52 Mar 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange notes that the proposed rule change implements the provisions of the Plan, and is designed to assist the Exchange in meeting its regulatory obligations pursuant of the Plan. The Exchange also notes that the data collection requirements for Members that operate Trading Centers will apply equally to all such Members, as will the data collection requirements for Market Makers. Plan become effective.44 Therefore, the Commission hereby waives the operative delay and designates the proposal operative as of the date of this Notice.45 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 change should be approved or disapproved. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. 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: 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, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 40 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder.41 A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b–4(f)(6) under the Act 42 normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of its filing. However, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) 43 permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission believes that waiver of the operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because it would allow the Exchange to implement the proposed amendments by April 4, 2016, the date upon which the data collection requirements of the 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. 42 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 43 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 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– BatsEDGA–2016–01 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–BatsEDGA–2016–01. 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 40 15 41 17 PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 76382 (November 6, 2015), 80 FR 70284 (File No. 4–657) (Order Granting Exemption From Compliance With the National Market System Plan To Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program). 45 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). E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 59 / Monday, March 28, 2016 / Notices 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– BatsEDGA–2016–01, and should be submitted on or before April 18, 2016. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.46 Brent J. Fields, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–06864 Filed 3–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Public Law 94–409, the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold an Open Meeting on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium, Room L–002. The subject matter of the Open Meeting will be: 1. The Commission will consider whether to issue a concept release seeking comment on modernizing certain business and financial disclosure requirements in Regulation S–K. 2. The Commission will consider whether to adopt rules under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 regarding the business conduct standards for security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted, or postponed, please contact: the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. 46 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:52 Mar 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 Dated: March 23, 2016. Brent J. Fields, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–07021 Filed 3–24–16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–77416; File No. SRBatsEDGX–2016–01] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Bats EDGX Exchange, Inc. f/k/a EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change to Adopt Exchange Rule 11.27 To Implement the Regulation NMS Plan To Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program March 22, 2016. 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 March 15, 2016, Bats EDGX Exchange, Inc. f/k/a EDGX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘EDGX’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated this proposal as a ‘‘noncontroversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder,4 which renders it effective upon filing with the Commission. 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 filed a proposal to adopt Exchange Rule 11.27 to implement the Regulation NMS Plan to Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program (‘‘Plan’’). Specifically, the Exchange proposed Rule 11.27(b) to set forth the requirements for the collection and transmission of data pursuant to Appendices B and C of the Plan. The proposed rule change is substantially similar to proposed rule changes recently approved or published by the Commission by the Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. f/k/a BATS Exchange, Inc. (‘‘BZX’’) to adopt BZX Rule 11.27(b) which also sets forth requirements for the collection 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b-4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii). 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17225 and transmission of data pursuant to Appendices B and C of the Plan.5 The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange’s Web site at www.batstrading.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose On August 25, 2014, NYSE Group, Inc., on behalf of the Exchange, BZX, Bats BYX Exchange, Inc., Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc., Bats EDGA Exchange, Inc., Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’), NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc., NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC, the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’), NYSE MKT LLC, and NYSE Arca, Inc. (collectively ‘‘Participants’’), filed with the Commission, pursuant to Section 11A of the Act 6 and Rule 608 of Regulation NMS thereunder,7 the Plan to Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program (‘‘Pilot’’).8 The Participants filed the Plan to comply with an order issued by the Commission on June 24, 2014.9 The Plan 10 was published for comment in the Federal Register on November 7, 2014, and approved by the 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 77105 (February 10, 2016), 81 FR 8112 (February 17, 2016) (order approving SR–BATS–2015–102); and 77310 (March 7, 2016) (notice for comment and immediate effectiveness of SR–BATS–2016–27). 6 15 U.S.C. 78k–1. 7 17 CFR 242.608. 8 See Letter from Brendon J. Weiss, Vice President, Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., to Secretary, Commission, dated August 25, 2014. 9 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 72460 (June 24, 2014), 79 FR 36840 (June 30, 2014). 10 Unless otherwise specified, capitalized terms used in this rule filing are based on the defined terms of the Plan. E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-77417; File No. SR-BatsEDGA-2016-01]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Bats EDGA Exchange, Inc. f/k/a 
EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a 
Proposed Rule Change To Adopt Exchange Rule 11.27 To Implement the 
Regulation NMS Plan To Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program

March 22, 2016.
    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 March 15, 2016, Bats EDGA Exchange, Inc. f/k/a EDGA Exchange, 
Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or ``EDGA'') filed with the Securities and 
Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the proposed rule change as 
described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by 
the Exchange. The Exchange has designated this proposal as a ``non-
controversial'' proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of 
the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder,\4\ which renders it 
effective upon filing with the Commission. 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.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange filed a proposal to adopt Exchange Rule 11.27 to 
implement the Regulation NMS Plan to Implement a Tick Size Pilot 
Program (``Plan''). Specifically, the Exchange proposed Rule 11.27(b) 
to set forth the requirements for the collection and transmission of 
data pursuant to Appendices B and C of the Plan. The proposed rule 
change is substantially similar to proposed rule changes recently 
approved or published by the Commission by the Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. 
f/k/a BATS Exchange, Inc. (``BZX'') to adopt BZX Rule 11.27(b) which 
also sets forth requirements for the collection and transmission of 
data pursuant to Appendices B and C of the Plan.\5\
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 77105 (February 10, 
2016), 81 FR 8112 (February 17, 2016) (order approving SR-BATS-2015-
102); and 77310 (March 7, 2016) (notice for comment and immediate 
effectiveness of SR-BATS-2016-27).
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    The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange's 
Web site at www.batstrading.com, at the principal office of the 
Exchange, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

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

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

1. Purpose
    On August 25, 2014, NYSE Group, Inc., on behalf of the Exchange, 
BZX, Bats BYX Exchange, Inc., Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc., Bats EDGX 
Exchange, Inc., Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. 
(``FINRA''), NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc., NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC, the Nasdaq Stock 
Market LLC, New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE''), NYSE MKT LLC, and 
NYSE Arca, Inc. (collectively ``Participants''), filed with the 
Commission, pursuant to Section 11A of the Act \6\ and Rule 608 of 
Regulation NMS thereunder,\7\ the Plan to Implement a Tick Size Pilot 
Program (``Pilot'').\8\ The Participants filed the Plan to comply with 
an order issued by the Commission on June 24, 2014.\9\ The Plan \10\ 
was published for comment in the Federal Register on November 7, 2014, 
and approved by the Commission, as modified, on May 6, 2015.\11\
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1.
    \7\ 17 CFR 242.608.
    \8\ See Letter from Brendon J. Weiss, Vice President, 
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., to Secretary, Commission, dated 
August 25, 2014.
    \9\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 72460 (June 24, 
2014), 79 FR 36840 (June 30, 2014).
    \10\ Unless otherwise specified, capitalized terms used in this 
rule filing are based on the defined terms of the Plan.
    \11\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 74892 (May 6, 
2015), 80 FR 27513 (May 13, 2015) (``Approval Order'').
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    The Plan is designed to allow the Commission, market participants, 
and the public to study and assess the impact of increment conventions 
on the liquidity and trading of the common stocks of small-
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companies. Each Participant is required to comply, and to enforce 
compliance by its member organizations, as applicable, with the 
provisions of the Plan. As is described more fully below, the proposed 
rules would require Members \12\ to comply with the applicable data 
collection requirements of the Plan.\13\
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    \12\ The term ``Member'' is defined as ``any registered broker 
or dealer that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange.'' 
See Exchange Rule 1.5(n).
    \13\ The Exchange proposes Interpretations and Policies .11 to 
Rule 11.27 to provide that the Rule shall be in effect during a 
pilot period to coincide with the pilot period for the Plan 
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    The Pilot will include stocks of companies with $3 billion or less 
in market capitalization, an average daily trading volume of one 
million shares or less, and a volume weighted average price of at least 
$2.00 for every trading day. The Pilot will consist of a control group 
of approximately 1400 Pilot Securities and three test groups with 400 
Pilot Securities in each (selected by a stratified random sampling 
process).\14\ During the pilot, Pilot Securities in the control group 
will be quoted at the current tick size increment of $0.01 per share 
and will trade at the currently permitted increments. Pilot Securities 
in the first test group (``Test Group One'') will be quoted in $0.05 
minimum increments but will continue to trade at any price increment 
that is currently permitted.\15\ Pilot Securities in the second test 
group (``Test Group Two'') will be quoted in $0.05 minimum increments 
and will trade at $0.05 minimum increments subject to a midpoint 
exception, a retail investor order exception, and a negotiated trade 
exception.\16\ Pilot Securities in the third test group (``Test Group 
Three'') will be subject to the same quoting and trading increments as 
Test Group Two and also will be subject to the ``Trade-at'' requirement 
to prevent price matching by a market participant that is not 
displaying at a Trading Center's ``Best Protected Bid'' or ``Best 
Protected Offer,'' unless an enumerated exception applies.\17\ In 
addition to the exceptions provided under Test Group Two, an exception 
for Block Size orders and exceptions that mirror those under Rule 611 
of Regulation NMS \18\ will apply to the Trade-at requirement.
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    \14\ See Section V of the Plan for identification of Pilot 
Securities, including criteria for selection and grouping.
    \15\ See Section VI(B) of the Plan.
    \16\ See Section VI(C) of the Plan.
    \17\ See Section VI(D) of the Plan.
    \18\ 17 CFR 242.611.
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    In approving the Plan, the Commission noted that the Trading Center 
data reporting requirements would facilitate an analysis of the effects 
of the Pilot on liquidity (e.g., transaction costs by order size), 
execution quality (e.g., speed of order executions), market maker 
activity, competition between trading venues (e.g., routing frequency 
of market orders), transparency (e.g., choice between displayed and 
hidden orders), and market dynamics (e.g., rates and speed of order 
cancellations).\19\ The Commission noted that Market Maker 
profitability data would assist the Commission in evaluating the 
effect, if any, of a widened tick increment on market marker profits 
and any corresponding changes in the liquidity of small-capitalization 
securities.\20\
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Compliance With the Data Collection Requirements of the Plan
    The Plan contains requirements for collecting and transmitting data 
to the Commission and to the public.\21\ Specifically, Appendix B.I of 
the Plan (Market Quality Statistics) requires Trading Centers \22\ to 
submit variety of market quality statistics, including information 
about an order's original size, whether the order was displayable or 
not, the cumulative number of orders, the cumulative number of shares 
of orders, and the cumulative number of shares executed within specific 
time increments, e.g., from 30 seconds to less than 60 seconds after 
the time of order receipt. This information shall be categorized by 
security, order type, original order size, hidden status, and coverage 
under Rule 605.\23\ Appendix B.I of the Plan also contains additional 
requirements for market orders and marketable limit orders, including 
the share-weighted average effective spread for executions of orders; 
the cumulative number of shares of orders executed with price 
improvement; and, for shares executed with price improvement, the 
share-weighted average amount per share that prices were improved.
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    \21\ The Exchange is also required by the Plan to establish, 
maintain, and enforce written policies and procedures that are 
reasonably designed to comply with applicable quoting and trading 
requirements specified in the Plan. The Exchange intends to 
separately propose rules that would require compliance by its 
Members with the applicable quoting and trading requirements 
specified in the Plan, and has reserved Paragraph (a) for such 
rules.
    \22\ The Plan incorporates the definition of a ``Trading 
Center'' from Rule 600(b)(78) of Regulation NMS. Regulation NMS 
defines a ``Trading Center'' as ``a national securities exchange or 
national securities association that operates an SRO trading 
facility, an alternative trading system, an exchange market maker, 
an OTC market maker, or any other broker or dealer that executes 
orders internally by trading as principal or crossing orders as 
agent.'' See 17 CFR 242.600(b).
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    Appendix B.II of the Plan (Market and Marketable Limit Order Data) 
requires Trading Centers to submit information relating to market 
orders and marketable limit orders, including the time of order 
receipt, order type, the order size, the National Best Bid and National 
Best Offer (``NBBO'') quoted price, the NBBO quoted depth, the average 
execution price-share-weighted average, and the average execution time-
share-weighted average.
    The Plan requires Appendix B.I and B.II data to be submitted by 
Participants that operate a Trading Center, and by members of the 
Participants that operate Trading Centers. The Plan provides that each 
Participant that is the Designated Examining Authority (``DEA'') for a 
member of the Participant that operates a Trading Center shall collect 
such data in a pipe delimited format, beginning six months prior to the 
Pilot Period and ending six months after the end of the Pilot Period. 
The Plan also requires the Participant, operating as DEA, to transmit 
this information to the SEC within 30 calendar days following month 
end.
    The Exchange is therefore proposing Rule 11.27(b) to set forth the 
requirements for the collection and transmission of data pursuant to 
Appendices B and C of the Plan. Proposed Rule 11.27(b) is substantially 
similar to proposed rule changes by BZX that were recently approved or 
published by the Commission to adopt BZX Rule 11.27(b) which also sets 
forth requirements for the collection and transmission of data pursuant 
to Appendices B and C of the Plan.\24\
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    Proposed Rule 11.27(b)(1) requires that a Member that operates a 
Trading Center shall establish, maintain and enforce written policies 
and procedures that are reasonably designed to comply with the data 
collection and transmission requirements of Items I and II to Appendix 
B of the Plan, and a Member that is a Market Maker shall establish, 
maintain and enforce written policies and procedures that are 
reasonably designed to comply with the data collection and transmission 
requirements of Item IV of Appendix B of the Plan and Item I of 
Appendix C of the Plan.
    Proposed Rule 11.27(b)(2) provides that the Exchange shall collect 
and transmit to the SEC the data described in Items I and II of 
Appendix B of the Plan relating to trading activity in Pre-Pilot 
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Exchange. The Exchange shall transmit such data to the SEC in a pipe 
delimited format, on a disaggregated basis by Trading Center, within 30 
calendar days following month end for: (i) Each Pre-Pilot Data 
Collection Security for the period beginning six months prior to the 
Pilot Period through the trading day immediately preceding the Pilot 
Period; and (ii) each Pilot Security for the period beginning on the 
first day of the Pilot Period through six months after the end of the 
Pilot Period. The Exchange also shall make such data publicly available 
on the Exchange Web site on a monthly basis at no charge and will not 
identify the Member that generated the data.
    Appendix B.IV (Daily Market Maker Participation Statistics) 
requires a Participant to collect data related to Market Maker 
participation from each Market Maker \25\ engaging in trading activity 
on a Trading Center operated by the Participant. The Exchange is 
therefore proposing Rule 11.27(b)(3) to gather data about a Market 
Maker's participation in Pilot Securities and Pre-Pilot Data Collection 
Securities. Proposed Rule 11.27(b)(3)(A) provides that a Member that is 
a Market Maker shall collect and transmit to their DEA data relating to 
Item IV of Appendix B of the Plan with respect to activity conducted on 
any Trading Center in Pilot Securities and Pre-Pilot Data Collection 
Securities in furtherance of its status as a registered Market Maker, 
including a Trading Center that executes trades otherwise than on a 
national securities exchange, for transactions that have settled or 
reached settlement date. The proposed rule requires Market Makers to 
transmit such data in a format required by their DEA, by 12:00 p.m. EST 
on T+4 for: (i) Transactions in each Pre-Pilot Data Collection Security 
for the period beginning six months prior to the Pilot Period through 
the trading day immediately preceding the Pilot Period; and (ii) for 
transactions in each Pilot Security for the period beginning on the 
first day of the Pilot Period through six months after the end of the 
Pilot Period.
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    \25\ The Plan defines a Market Maker as ``a dealer registered 
with any self-regulatory organization, in accordance with the rules 
thereof, as (i) a market maker or (ii) a liquidity provider with an 
obligation to maintain continuous, two-sided trading interest.''
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    The Exchange understands that some Members may utilize a DEA that 
is not a Participant to the Plan and that their DEA would not be 
subject to the Plan's data collection requirements. In such case, a DEA 
that is not a Participant of the Plan would not be required to collect 
the required data and may not establish procedures for which Members it 
acts a DEA for to report the data required under subparagraphs 
(b)(3)(A) of Rule 11.27 and in accordance with Item IV of Appendix B of 
the Plan. Therefore, the Exchange proposes to adopt subparagraph 
(b)(3)(B) to Rule 11.27 to require a Member that is a Market Maker 
whose DEA is not a Participant to the Plan to transmit the data 
collected pursuant to paragraph (3)(A) of Rule 11.27(b) to FINRA, which 
is a Participant to the Plan and is to collect data relating to Item IV 
of Appendix B of the Plan on behalf of the Participants. For Market 
Makers for which it is the DEA, FINRA issued a Market Maker Transaction 
Data Technical Specification to collect data on Pre-Pilot Data 
Collection Securities and Pilot Securities from Trading Centers to 
comply with the Plan's data collection requirements.\26\
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    \26\ FINRA members for which FINRA is their DEA should refer to 
the Market Maker Transaction Data Technical Specification on the 
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    Proposed Rule 11.27(b)(3)(C) provides that the Exchange shall 
transmit the data collected by the DEA or FINRA pursuant to Rule 
11.27(b)(3)(A) and (B) above relating to Market Maker activity on a 
Trading Center operated by the Exchange to the SEC in a pipe delimited 
format within 30 calendar days following month end. The Exchange shall 
also make such data publicly available on the Exchange Web site on a 
monthly basis at no charge and shall not identify the Trading Center 
that generated the data.
    Appendix C.I (Market Maker Profitability) requires a Participant to 
collect data related to Market Maker profitability from each Market 
Maker for which it is the DEA. Specifically, the Participant is 
required to collect the total number of shares of orders executed by 
the Market Maker; the raw Market Maker realized trading profits, and 
the raw Market Maker unrealized trading profits. Data shall be 
collected for dates starting six months prior to the Pilot Period 
through six months after the end of the Pilot Period. This data shall 
be collected on a monthly basis, to be provided in a pipe delimited 
format to the Participant, as DEA, within 30 calendar days following 
month end. Appendix C.II (Aggregated Market Maker Profitability) 
requires the Participant, as DEA, to aggregate the Appendix C.I data, 
and to categorize this data by security as well as by the control group 
and each Test Group. That aggregated data shall contain information 
relating to total raw Market Maker realized trading profits, volume-
weighted average of raw Market Maker realized trading profits, the 
total raw Market Maker unrealized trading profits, and the volume-
weighted average of Market Maker unrealized trading profits.
    The Exchange is therefore proposing Rule 11.27(b)(4) to set forth 
the requirements for the collection and transmission of data pursuant 
to Appendix C.I of the Plan. Proposed Rule 11.27(b)(4)(A) requires that 
a Member that is a Market Maker shall collect and transmit to their DEA 
the data described in Item I of Appendix C of the Plan with respect to 
executions in Pilot Securities that have settled or reached settlement 
date that were executed on any Trading Center. The proposed rule also 
requires Members to provide such data in a format required by their DEA 
by 12 p.m. EST on T+4 for executions during and outside of Regular 
Trading Hours in each: (i) Pre-Pilot Data Collection Security for the 
period beginning six months prior to the Pilot Period through the 
trading day immediately preceding the Pilot Period; and (ii) Pilot 
Security for the period beginning on the first day of the Pilot Period 
through six months after the end of the Pilot Period.
    For the same reasons set forth above for subparagraph (b)(3)(B) to 
Rule 11.27, the Exchange proposes to adopt subparagraph (b)(4)(B) to 
Rule 11.27 to require a Member that is a Market Maker whose DEA is not 
a Participant to the Plan to transmit the data collected pursuant to 
paragraph (4)(A) of Rule 11.27(b) to FINRA. As stated above, FINRA is a 
Participant to the Plan and is to collect data relating to Item I of 
Appendix C of the Plan on behalf of the Participants. For Market Makers 
for which it is the DEA, FINRA issued a Market Maker Transaction Data 
Technical Specification to collect data on Pre-Pilot Data Collection 
Securities and Pilot Securities from Trading Centers to comply with the 
Plan's data collection requirements.\27\
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    The Exchange is also adopting a rule setting forth the manner in 
which Market Maker participation will be calculated. Item III of 
Appendix B of the Plan requires each Participant that is a national 
securities exchange to collect daily Market Maker registration 
statistics categorized by security, including the following 
information: (i) Ticker symbol; (ii) the Participant exchange; (iii) 
number of registered market makers; and (iv) the number of other 
registered liquidity providers. Therefore, the Exchange proposes to 
adopt Rule 11.27(b)(5) providing that the Exchange shall collect and 
transmit to the SEC the data described in Item III of Appendix B of the 
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statistics in a pipe delimited format within 30 calendar days following 
month end for: (i) Transactions in each Pre-Pilot Data Collection 
Security for the period beginning six months prior to the Pilot Period 
through the trading day immediately preceding the Pilot Period; and 
(ii) transactions in each Pilot Security for the period beginning on 
the first day of the Pilot Period through six months after the end of 
the Pilot Period.
    The Exchange is also proposing, through Interpretations and 
Policies, to clarify other aspects of the data collection 
requirements.\28\ Proposed Interpretations and Policies .02 relates to 
the use of the retail investor order flag for purposes of Appendix 
B.II(n) reporting. The Plan currently states that market and marketable 
limit orders shall include a ``yes/no'' field relating to the Retail 
Investor Order flag. The Exchange is proposing Interpretations and 
Policies .02 to clarify that, for purposes of the reporting requirement 
in Appendix B.II(n), a Trading Center shall report ``y'' to their DEA 
where it is relying upon the Retail Investor Order exception to Test 
Groups Two and Three, and ``n'' for all other instances.\29\ The 
Exchange believes that requiring the identification of a Retail 
Investor Orders only where the exception may apply (i.e., Pilot 
Securities in Test Groups Two and Three) is consistent with Appendix 
B.II(n).
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    \28\ The Exchange is also proposing Interpretations and Policies 
.01 to Rule 11.27 to clarify that certain enumerated terms used 
throughout Rule 11.27 shall have the same meaning as set forth in 
the Plan.
    \29\ FINRA, on behalf of the Plan Participants submitted a 
letter to Commission requesting exemption from certain provisions of 
the Plan related to data collection. See letter from Marcia E. 
Asquith, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary, FINRA dated 
December 9, 2015 to Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary, Commission 
(``Exemption Request''). The Commission, pursuant to its authority 
under Rule 608(e) of Regulation NMS, granted BZX a limited exemption 
from the requirement to comply with certain provisions of the Plan 
as specified in the letter and noted herein. See letter from David 
Shillman, Associate Director, Division of Trading and Markets, 
Commission to Eric Swanson, General Counsel, BZX, dated February 10, 
2016 (``Exemption Letter'').
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    Interpretations and Policies .03 requires that Members populate a 
field to identify to their DEA whether an order is affected by the 
bands in place pursuant to the National Market System Plan to Address 
Extraordinary Market Volatility.\30\ Pursuant to the Limit-Up Limit-
Down Plan, between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the Securities Information 
Processor (``SIP'') calculates a lower price band and an upper price 
band for each NMS stock. These price bands represent a specified 
percentage above or below the stock's reference price, which generally 
is calculated based on reported transactions in that stock over the 
preceding five minutes. When one side of the market for an individual 
security is outside the applicable price band, the SIP identifies that 
quotation as non-executable. When the other side of the market reaches 
the applicable price band (e.g., the offer reaches the lower price 
band), the security enters a Limit State. The stock would exit a Limit 
State if, within 15 seconds of entering the Limit State, all Limit 
State Quotations were executed or canceled in their entirety. If the 
security does not exit a Limit State within 15 seconds, then the 
primary listing exchange declares a five-minute trading pause, which 
would be applicable to all markets trading the security.
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    \30\ See National Market System Plan to Address Extraordinary 
Market Volatility, Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67091 (May 
31, 2012), 77 FR 33498 (June 6, 2012) (File No. 4-631) (``Limit-Up 
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    The Exchange and the other Participants have determined that it is 
appropriate to create a new flag for reporting orders that are affected 
by the Limit-Up Limit-Down bands. Accordingly, a Trading Center shall 
report a value of ``Y'' to their DEA when the ability of an order to 
execute has been affected by the Limit-Up Limit-Down bands in effect at 
the time of order receipt. A Trading Center shall report a value of 
``N'' to their DEA when the ability of an order to execute has not been 
affected by the Limit-Up Limit-Down bands in effect at the time of 
order receipt.
    Interpretations and Policies .03 also requires, for securities that 
may trade in a foreign market, that the Participant indicate whether 
the order was handled domestically, or routed to a foreign venue. 
Accordingly, the Participant will indicate, for purposes of Appendix 
B.I, whether the order was: (1) Fully executed domestically, or (2) 
fully or partially executed on a foreign market. For purposes of 
Appendix B.II, the Participant will classify all orders in securities 
that may trade in a foreign market Pilot and Pre-Pilot Securities as: 
(1) Directed to a domestic venue for execution; (2) may only be 
directed to a foreign venue for execution; or (3) was fully or 
partially directed to a foreign venue at the discretion of the member. 
The Exchange believes that this proposed flag will better identify 
orders in securities that may trade in a foreign market, as such orders 
that were routed to foreign venues would not be subject to the Plan's 
quoting and trading requirements, and could otherwise compromise the 
integrity of the data.
    Interpretations and Policies .04 relates to the time ranges 
specified in Appendix B.I.a(14), B.I.a(15), B.I.a(21) and 
B.I.a(22).\31\ The Exchange and the other Participants have determined 
that it is appropriate to change the reporting times in these 
provisions to require more granular reporting for these categories. 
Accordingly, the Exchange proposes to add Appendix B.I.a(14A), which 
will require Trading Centers to report the cumulative number of shares 
of orders executed from 100 microseconds to less than 1 millisecond 
after the time of order receipt. Appendix B.I.a(15) will be changed to 
require the cumulative number of shares of orders executed from 1 
millisecond to less than 100 milliseconds after the time of order 
receipt. The Exchange also proposes to add Appendix B.I.a(21A), which 
will require Trading Centers to report the cumulative number of shares 
of orders canceled from 100 microseconds to less than 1 millisecond 
after the time of order receipt. Appendix B.I.a(22) will be changed to 
require the cumulative number of shares of orders canceled from 1 
millisecond to less than 100 milliseconds after the time of order 
receipt. The Exchange believes that these new reporting requirements 
will contribute to a meaningful analysis of the Pilot by producing more 
granular data on these points.\32\
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    \31\ Specifically, Appendix B.I.a(14) requires reporting of the 
cumulative number of shares of orders executed from 0 to less than 
100 microseconds after the time of order receipt; Appendix B.I.a(15) 
requires reporting of the cumulative number of shares of orders 
executed from 100 microseconds to less than 100 milliseconds after 
the time of order receipt; Appendix B.I.a(21) requires reporting of 
the cumulative number of shares of orders cancelled from 0 to less 
than 100 microseconds after the time of order receipt; and Appendix 
B.I.a(22) requires reporting of the cumulative number of shares of 
orders cancelled from 100 microseconds to less than 100 milliseconds 
after the time of order receipt.
    \32\ The Commission granted BZX an exemption from Rule 608(c) 
related to this provision. See Exemption Letter, supra note 29.
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    Interpretations and Policies .05 relates to the relevant 
measurement for purposes of Appendix B.I.a(31)-(33) reporting. 
Currently, the Plan states that this data shall be reported as of the 
time of order execution. The Exchange and the other Participants 
believe that this information should more properly be captured at the 
time of order receipt as evaluating share-weighted average prices at 
the time of order receipt is more consistent with the goal of observing 
the effect of the Pilot on the liquidity of Pilot Securities. The 
Exchange is therefore proposing to make this change through 
Interpretations and Policies .05.\33\ This change will make these 
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order receipt.
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    \33\ The Commission granted BZX an exemption from Rule 608(c) 
related to this provision. See Exemption Letter, supra note 29.
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    Interpretations and Policies .06 addresses the status of not-held 
and auction orders for purposes of Appendix B.I reporting. Currently, 
Appendix B.I sets forth eight categories of orders, including market 
orders, marketable limit orders, and inside-the-quote resting limit 
orders, for which daily market quality statistics must be reported. 
Currently, Appendix B.I does not provide a category for not held 
orders, clean cross orders, auction orders, or orders received when the 
NBBO is crossed. The Exchange and the other Participants have 
determined that it is appropriate to include separate categories for 
these orders types for purposes of Appendix B reporting. The Exchange 
is therefore proposing Interpretations and Policies .06 to provide that 
not held orders shall be included as an order type for purposes of 
Appendix B reporting, and shall be assigned the number (18). Clean 
cross orders shall be included as an order type for purposes of 
Appendix B reporting, and shall be assigned the number (19); auction 
orders shall be included an as order type for purposes of Appendix B 
reporting, and shall be assigned the number (20); and orders that 
cannot otherwise be classified, including, for example, orders received 
when the NBBO is crossed shall be included as an order type for 
purposes of Appendix B reporting, and shall be assigned the number 
(21). All of these orders already are included in the scope of Appendix 
B; however, without this proposed change, these order types would be 
categorized with other orders, such as regular held orders, that should 
be able to be fully executed upon receipt, which would compromise the 
value of this data.
    The Exchange is proposing Interpretations and Policies .07 to 
clarify the scope of the Plan as it relates to Members that only 
execute orders limited purposes. Specifically, The Exchange and the 
other Participants believe that a Member that only executes orders 
otherwise than on a national securities exchange for the purpose of: 
(1) Correcting a bona fide error related to the execution of a customer 
order; (2) purchasing a security from a customer at a nominal price 
solely for purposes of liquidating the customer's position; or (3) 
completing the fractional share portion of an order \34\ shall not be 
deemed a Trading Center for purposes of Appendix B to the Plan. The 
Exchange is therefore proposing Supplementary Material .09 to make this 
clarification.
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    \34\ The Exchange notes that where a Member purchases a 
fractional share from a customer, the Trading Center that executes 
the remaining whole shares of that customer order would subject to 
subject to Appendix B of the Plan.
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    The Exchange is proposing Interpretations and Policies .08 to 
clarify that, for purposes of the Plan, Trading Centers must begin the 
data collection required pursuant to Appendix B.I.a(1) through B.II.(y) 
of the Plan and Item I of Appendix C of the Plan on April 4, 2016. 
While the Exchange or the Member's DEA will provide the information 
required by Appendix B and C of the Plan during the Pilot Period, the 
requirement that the Exchange or their DEA provide information to the 
SEC within 30 days following month end and make such data publicly 
available on its Web site pursuant to Appendix B and C shall commence 
six months prior to the beginning of the Pilot Period.\35\
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    \35\ In its order approving the Plan, the SEC noted that the 
Pilot shall be implemented within one year of the date of 
publication of its order, e.g., by May 6, 2016. See Approval Order, 
80 FR at 27545. However, on November 6, 2015, the SEC extended the 
implementation date approximately five months to October 3, 2016. 
See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 76382 (November 6, 2015), 80 
FR 70284 (File No. 4-657) (Order Granting Exemption From Compliance 
With the National Market System Plan To Implement a Tick Size Pilot 
Program). See also Letter from Brendon J. Weiss, Co-Head, Government 
Affairs, Intercontinental Exchange/NYSE, to Brent J. Fields, 
Secretary, Commission, dated November 4, 2015 (requesting the data 
collection period be extended until six months after the requisite 
SRO rules are approved, and the implementation data of the Tick Size 
Pilot until six months thereafter).
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    The Exchange is proposing Interpretations and Policies .09 to 
address the requirement in Appendix C.I(b) of the Plan that the 
calculation of raw Market Maker realized trading profits utilize a last 
in, first out (``LIFO'')-like method to determine which share prices 
shall be used in that calculation. The Exchange and the other 
Participants believe that it is more appropriate to utilize a 
methodology that yields LIFO-like results, rather than utilizing a 
LIFO-like method, and the Exchange is therefore proposing 
Interpretations and Policies .09 to make this change.\36\ The Exchange 
is proposing that, for purposes of Item I of Appendix C, the 
Participants shall calculate daily Market Maker realized profitability 
statistics for each trading day on a daily LIFO basis using reported 
trade price and shall include only trades executed on the subject 
trading day. The daily LIFO calculation shall not include any positions 
carried over from previous trading days. For purposes of Item I.c of 
Appendix C, the Participants shall calculate daily Market Maker 
unrealized profitability statistics for each trading day on an average 
price basis. Specifically, the Participants must calculate the volume 
weighted average price of the excess (deficit) of buy volume over sell 
volume for the current trading day using reported trade price. The gain 
(loss) of the excess (deficit) of buy volume over sell volume shall be 
determined by using the volume weighted average price compared to the 
closing price of the security as reported by the primary listing 
exchange. In reporting unrealized trading profits, the Participant 
shall also report the number of excess (deficit) shares held by the 
Market Maker, the volume weighted average price of that excess 
(deficit) and the closing price of the security as reported by the 
primary listing exchange used in reporting unrealized profit.\37\
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    \36\ Appendix C.I currently requires Market Maker profitability 
statistics to include (1) the total number of shares of orders 
executed by the Market Maker; (2) raw Market Maker realized trading 
profits, which is the difference between the market value of Market 
Maker shares and the market value of Market Maker purchases, using a 
LIFO-like method; and (3) raw Market Maker unrealized trading 
profits, which is the difference between the purchase or sale price 
of the end-of-day inventory position of the Market Maker and the 
Closing Price. In the case of a short position, the Closing Price 
from the sale will be subtracted; in the case of a long position, 
the purchase price will be subtracted from the Closing Price.
    \37\ The Commission granted BZX an exemption from Rule 608(c) 
related to this provision. See Exemption Letter, supra note 29.
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    Finally, the Exchange is proposing Interpretations and Policies .10 
to address the securities that will be used for data collection 
purposes prior to the commencement of the Pilot. The Exchange and the 
other Participants have determined that it is appropriate to collect 
data for a group of securities that is larger, and using different 
quantitative thresholds, than the group of securities that will be 
Pilot Securities. The Exchange is therefore proposing Interpretations 
and Policies .10 to define ``Pre-Pilot Data Collection Securities'' as 
the securities designated by the Participants for purposes of the data 
collection requirements described in Items I, II and IV of Appendix B 
and Item I of Appendix C of the Plan for the period beginning six 
months prior to the Pilot Period and ending on the trading day 
immediately preceding the Pilot Period. The Participants shall compile 
the list of Pre-Pilot Data Collection Securities by selecting all NMS 
stocks with a market capitalization of $5 billion or less, a 
Consolidated Average Daily Volume (CADV) of 2 million shares or less 
and a closing price of $1 per share or more. The market capitalization 
and the closing price thresholds shall be applied to the last

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day of the Pre-Pilot measurement period, and the CADV threshold shall 
be applied to the duration of the Pre-Pilot measurement period. The 
Pre-Pilot measurement period shall be the three calendar months ending 
on the day when the Pre-Pilot Data Collection Securities are selected. 
The Pre-Pilot Data Collection Securities shall be selected thirty days 
prior to the commencement of the six-month Pre-Pilot Period. On the 
trading day that is the first trading day of the Pilot Period through 
six months after the end of the Pilot Period, the data collection 
requirements will become applicable to the Pilot Securities only. A 
Pilot Security will only be eligible to be included in a Test Group if 
it was a Pre-Pilot Security.
Implementation Date
    The proposed rule change will be effective on April 4, 2016.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 
6(b) of the Act \38\ in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 
6(b)(5) of the Act \39\ in particular, in that it is designed to 
promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation 
and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in 
securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a 
free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to 
protect investors and the public interest.
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    \38\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \39\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Exchange believes that this proposal is consistent with the Act 
because it implements and clarifies the provisions of the Plan, and is 
designed to assist the Exchange in meeting its regulatory obligations 
pursuant of the Plan. In approving the Plan, the SEC noted that the 
Pilot was an appropriate, data-driven test that was designed to 
evaluate the impact of a wider tick size on trading, liquidity, and the 
market quality of securities of smaller capitalization companies, and 
was therefore in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange 
believes that this proposal is in furtherance of the objectives of the 
Plan, as identified by the SEC, and is therefore consistent with the 
Act because the proposal implements and clarifies the requirements of 
the Plan and applies specific obligations to Members in furtherance of 
compliance with the Plan.

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

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or 
appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange 
notes that the proposed rule change implements the provisions of the 
Plan, and is designed to assist the Exchange in meeting its regulatory 
obligations pursuant of the Plan. The Exchange also notes that the data 
collection requirements for Members that operate Trading Centers will 
apply equally to all such Members, as will the data collection 
requirements for Market Makers.

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

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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, it has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \40\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\41\
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    \40\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \41\ 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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    A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the 
Act \42\ normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date 
of its filing. However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) \43\ permits the 
Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent 
with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange 
has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay. The 
Commission believes that waiver of the operative delay is consistent 
with the protection of investors and the public interest because it 
would allow the Exchange to implement the proposed amendments by April 
4, 2016, the date upon which the data collection requirements of the 
Plan become effective.\44\ Therefore, the Commission hereby waives the 
operative delay and designates the proposal operative as of the date of 
this Notice.\45\
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    \42\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \43\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \44\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 76382 (November 6, 
2015), 80 FR 70284 (File No. 4-657) (Order Granting Exemption From 
Compliance With the National Market System Plan To Implement a Tick 
Size Pilot Program).
    \45\ 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 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

     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-BatsEDGA-2016-01 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-BatsEDGA-2016-01. 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 
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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-BatsEDGA-2016-01, and should 
be submitted on or before April 18, 2016.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\46\
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    \46\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Brent J. Fields,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-06864 Filed 3-25-16; 8:45 am]
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