Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Rule 7018(a) To Adopt Two Credits, 13884-13887 [2017-05081]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES2 13884 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 49 / Wednesday, March 15, 2017 / Notices plausible market conditions.30 FICC believes that the proposal would be consistent with Commission Rule 17Ad–22(e)(7)(i) because CCLF would be sized based on the peak liquidity need that would be generated by the default of its largest participant family (its Historical Cover 1 Liquidity Requirement), plus an additional Liquidity Buffer, which would help FICC maintain sufficient liquid resources to settle the cash obligations of an Affiliated Family that would generate the largest aggregate payment obligation for FICC in extreme but plausible market conditions. Commission Rule 17Ad–22(e)(7)(ii) will require FICC to hold qualifying liquid resources sufficient to satisfy payment obligations owed to clearing members.31 FICC believes that the proposed rule change would be consistent with Commission Rule 17Ad–22(e)(7)(ii) because the CCLF MRA would be a committed arrangement and all CCLF Transactions entered into pursuant the CCLF MRA would be readily available and the related assets would be convertible into cash in order to settle cash obligations owed to non-defaulting Netting Members. Commission Rule 17Ad–22(e)(7)(iv) will require FICC to undertake due diligence that confirms that it has a reasonable basis to believe each of its liquidity providers has: (a) Sufficient information to understand and manage the liquidity provider’s liquidity risks; and (b) the capacity to perform as required under its commitments to provide liquidity.32 As described above, on a quarterly basis, FICC would conduct due diligence to assess each Netting Member’s ability to meet its Individual Total Amount. This due diligence would include a review of all information that the Netting Member has provided FICC in connection with its ongoing reporting requirements pursuant to the GSD Rules as well as a review of other publicly available information. As a result, FICC believes that its due diligence of Netting Members would be consistent with Commission Rule 17Ad–22(e)(7)(iv). Additionally, Commission Rule 17Ad–22(e)(7)(v) will require FICC to maintain and test with each liquidity provider, to the extent practicable, FICC’s procedures and operational capacity for accessing its relevant liquid resources.33 As described above, FICC would test its operational procedures for 30 See 17 CFR 240.17Ad–22(e)(7)(i). 17 CFR 240.17Ad–22(e)(7)(ii). 32 See 17 CFR 240.17Ad–22(e)(7)(iv). 33 See 17 CFR 240.17Ad–22(e)(7)(v). 31 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Mar 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 invoking a CCLF Event and pursuant to GSD Rule 3 Section 6, Netting Members would be required to participate in such tests. As a result, FICC believes that its testing of its capability to invoke a CCLF MRA would be consistent with Commission Rule 17Ad–22(e)(7)(v). III. Date of Effectiveness of the Advance Notice and Timing for Commission Action The proposed change may be implemented if the Commission does not object to the proposed change within 60 days of the later of (i) the date the proposed change was filed with the Commission or (ii) the date that any additional information requested by the Commission is received. The clearing agency shall not implement the proposed change if the Commission has any objection to the proposed change. The Commission may extend the period for review by an additional 60 days if the proposed change raises novel or complex issues, subject to the Commission providing the clearing agency with prompt written notice of the extension. A proposed change may be implemented in less than 60 days from the date the Advance Notice is filed, or the date further information requested by the Commission is received, if the Commission notifies the clearing agency in writing that it does not object to the proposed change and authorizes the clearing agency to implement the proposed change on an earlier date, subject to any conditions imposed by the Commission. The clearing agency shall post notice on its Web site of proposed changes that are implemented. The proposal shall not take effect until all regulatory actions required with respect to the proposal are completed. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the Advance Notice is consistent with the Clearing Supervision 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– FICC–2017–802 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–FICC–2017–802. 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 Advance Notice that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the Advance Notice 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 FICC and on DTCC’s Web site (http://dtcc.com/legal/sec-rulefilings.aspx). 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–FICC– 2017–802 and should be submitted on or before March 30, 2017. By the Commission. Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–05092 Filed 3–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–80192; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2017–026] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Rule 7018(a) To Adopt Two Credits March 9, 2017. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on March 1, 1 15 2 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 49 / Wednesday, March 15, 2017 / Notices 2017, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend the Exchange’s transaction fees at Rule 7018(a) to adopt two new credits provided to a member for displayed quotes/orders that provide liquidity. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES2 1. Purpose The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend Rule 7018(a), concerning the fees and credits provided for the use of the order execution and routing services of the Nasdaq Market Center by members for all securities priced at $1 or more that it [sic] trades. The Exchange is proposing to adopt two new credits provided to a member for displayed quotes/orders that provide liquidity. Currently under Rules 7018(a)(1)–(3), the Exchange provides credits ranging from $0.0015 per share executed to $0.00305 per share executed to members for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders) if they qualify by meeting the requirements of the various credit VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Mar 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 tiers under the rules.3 As described below, the Exchange is providing two new credits of $0.0026 and $0.0027 per share executed. First Credit The Exchange is proposing to provide a new credit to members for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders) under Rule 7018(a), which will apply to securities of all three Tapes 4 under Rule 7018(a)(1)–(3). Specifically, the Exchange is adopting [sic] to provide a $0.0027 per share executed credit to a member for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders) that provide liquidity if the member: (i) Has shares of liquidity accessed in all securities through one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represent more than 0.40% of Consolidated Volume 5 during the month, and (ii) has shares of liquidity provided in all securities through one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represent more than 0.15% of Consolidated Volume during the month, and (iii) provides a daily average of at least 800,000 shares of non-displayed liquidity through one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs through one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs [sic] during the month. Second Credit The Exchange is proposing to provide a new credit to members for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders) under Rule 7018(a), which will apply to securities of all three Tapes under Rule 7018(a)(1)–(3). Specifically, the Exchange is proposing to provide a 3 Under Rule 7018(a)(2), the Exchange also provides a credit of $0.0001 per share executed to members for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders), and under Rule 7018(a)(3), the Exchange provides credits of $0.0001 and $0.0002 per share executed to members for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders). These credits are provided in addition to the credits provided for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders) that provide liquidity. 4 Tape C securities are those that are listed on the Exchange, Tape A securities are those that are listed on NYSE, and Tape B securities are those that are listed on exchanges other than Nasdaq or NYSE. 5 Rule 7018(a) defines ‘‘Consolidated Volume’’ as the total consolidated volume reported to all consolidated transaction reporting plans by all exchanges and trade reporting facilities during a month in equity securities, excluding executed orders with a size of less than one round lot. For purposes of calculating Consolidated Volume and the extent of a member’s trading activity the date of the annual reconstitution of the Russell Investments Indexes shall be excluded from both total Consolidated Volume and the member’s trading activity. PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13885 $0.0026 per share executed to a member for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders) that provide liquidity if the member: (i) Has shares of liquidity provided in securities that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE through one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represents [sic] at least 800,000 shares a day on average during the month, and (ii) doubles the daily average share volume provided in securities that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE through one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs during the month versus the member’s daily average share volume provided in securities that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE in January 2017. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,6 in general, and furthers the objectives of Sections 6(b)(4) and 6(b)(5) of the Act,7 in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility, and is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. First Credit The Exchange believes that the $0.0027 per share executed credit of the proposed credit tier is reasonable because it is consistent with other credits that the Exchange provides to members for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders) that provide liquidity. As a general principle, the Exchange chooses to offer credits to members in return for market improving behavior. As noted above, the Exchange provides credits ranging from $0.0015 per share executed to $0.00305 per share executed to members for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders), and the Exchange applies progressively more stringent requirements in return for higher per share executed credits. Accordingly, the $0.0027 per share executed credit is reasonable. The proposed $0.0027 per share executed credit tier is an equitable allocation and is not unfairly discriminatory because it is similar to other credit tiers provided under Rule 7018(a). The proposed credit will be provided to members that not only 6 15 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(4) and (5). E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES2 13886 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 49 / Wednesday, March 15, 2017 / Notices contribute to the Exchange by removing liquidity in all securities through one or more of its [sic] Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represent more than 0.40% of Consolidated Volume during the month, but also provide liquidity in all securities through one or more of its [sic] Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represent more than 0.15% of Consolidated Volume during the month, and maintain a daily average of at least 800,000 shares of non-displayed liquidity through one or more of its [sic] Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs during the month. Thus, the proposed criteria requires a significant level of market participation, by being both a remover and provider of liquidity, both displayed and non-displayed. The Exchange currently provides a $0.0027 per share executed credit to a member with shares of liquidity accessed in all securities through one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represent more than 0.65% of Consolidated Volume during the month, and (ii) with shares of liquidity provided in all securities through one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represent more than 0.10% of Consolidated Volume during the month. The proposed credit tier requires the member to access less liquidity and provide more liquidity, as measured by Consolidated Volume, but also requires the member to additionally maintain a significant level of non-displayed liquidity. Moreover, since a member achieving this credit tier will be both accessing and providing liquidity, the proposed credit tier will benefit other members by encouraging more liquidity on the Exchange, as well as increasing the likelihood that members [sic] resting limit orders may be accessed by members seeking to attain this credit tier. The Exchange seeks to encourage such behavior. As a consequence, the Exchange believes that the proposed credit tier is comparable to the existing credit and therefore an equitable allocation and is not unfairly discriminatory. Last, the Exchange believes the new credit is an equitable allocation and is not unfairly discriminatory because it is one of many possible means by which a member may qualify for a credit for displayed quotes/ orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders) under Rule 7018(a). Second Credit The Exchange believes that the $0.0026 per share executed credit of the proposed credit tier is reasonable because it is consistent with other credits that the Exchange provides to members for displayed quotes/orders VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Mar 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders) that provide liquidity. As noted above, the Exchange provides credits ranging from $0.0015 per share executed to $0.00305 per share executed to members for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders), and the Exchange applies progressively more stringent requirements in return for higher per share executed credits. Accordingly, the $0.0026 per share executed credit is reasonable. The proposed $0.0026 per share executed credit tier is an equitable allocation and is not unfairly discriminatory because it is consistent with other credits provided under Rule 7018(a). The proposed credit will be provided to members that have shares of liquidity provided in securities that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE through one or more of its [sic] Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represents at least 800,000 shares a day on average during the month and also doubles the daily average share volume provided in securities that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE through one or more of its [sic] Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs during the month versus the member’s daily average share volume provided in securities that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE in January 2017. The Exchange notes that requiring a member to increase its participation in Tape B securities as measured by its daily average share volume compared to its daily average share volume in the month of January 2017 will ensure that the member [sic] increasing its participation in the market in securities that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE. The Exchange is also requiring the member provide a significant level of liquidity [sic] provided in securities that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE through one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represents at least 800,000 shares a day on average. The Exchange does not currently have a credit under Rule 7018(a) that measures a member’s eligibility for a credit based on activity compared to a prior month’s activity; however, the Exchange does use a benchmark date against which performance is measured under the Nasdaq Growth Program.8 Last, the 8 See the ‘‘Growth Baseline’’ of Rule 7014(j). The Exchange notes that other markets also apply similar benchmarking concepts. For example, Bats BZX Exchange, provides a credit of $0.0030 per share if the member increases its Total Consolidated Volume for adding liquidity by 0.15% or more in comparison to its volume in April 2016, and assesses a fee of $0.00295 per share if the member PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Exchange believes the new credit is an equitable allocation and is not unfairly discriminatory because it is one of many possible means by which a member may qualify for a credit for displayed quotes/ orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders) under Rule 7018(a). B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. In terms of inter-market competition, the Exchange notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily favor competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive, or rebate opportunities available at other venues to be more favorable. In such an environment, the Exchange must continually adjust its fees to remain competitive with other exchanges and with alternative trading systems that have been exempted from compliance with the statutory standards applicable to exchanges. Because competitors are free to modify their own fees in response, and because market participants may readily adjust their order routing practices, the Exchange believes that the degree to which fee changes in this market may impose any burden on competition is extremely limited. In this instance, the proposed new credits provided to a member for execution of securities of each of the three Tapes do not impose a burden on competition because the Exchange’s execution services are completely voluntary and subject to extensive competition both from other exchanges and from off-exchange venues. The proposed changes are designed to reward market-improving behavior by providing two new credit tiers based on various measures of such behavior, which may encourage other market venues to provide similar credits to improve their market quality. Thus, the Exchange does not believe that the proposed changes will impose any burden on competition, but may rather promote competition. In sum, if the changes proposed herein are unattractive to market participants, it is likely that the increases its Total Consolidated Volume for removing liquidity by 0.05% or more in comparison to its July 2016 volume. Similarly, Bats EDGX Exchange pays a credit of $0.0032 per share if the member increases its Total Consolidated Volume for adding liquidity by 0.10% or more in comparison to its volume in January 2017. E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 49 / Wednesday, March 15, 2017 / Notices Exchange will lose market share as a result. Accordingly, the Exchange does not believe that the proposed changes will impair the ability of members or competing order execution venues to maintain their competitive standing in the financial markets. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were either solicited or received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act.9 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: (i) Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the protection of investors; or (iii) otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES2 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– NASDAQ–2017–026 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–NASDAQ–2017–026. 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– NASDAQ–2017–026, and should be submitted on or before April 5, 2017. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–05081 Filed 3–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–80187; File No. SRBatsEDGA–2017–04] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Bats EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Related to Fees March 9, 2017. 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 February 28, 2017, Bats EDGA Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘EDGA’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as one establishing or changing a member due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) 10 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Mar 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13887 of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) thereunder,4 which renders the proposed rule change 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 amend the fee schedule applicable to Members 5 and non-members of the Exchange pursuant to EDGA Rules 15.1(a) and (c). The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange’s Web site at www.bats.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 The Exchange proposes to modify its fee schedule to enhance its pricing for orders executed at the midpoint of the National Best Bid and Offer (‘‘NBBO’’) by: (i) Adopting new fee codes MM and MT; (ii) modifying footnote 2 to reflect new fee codes MM and MT; and (iii) adding two new tiers under new footnote 13, entitled ‘‘Midpoint Add and Remove Tiers.’’ Fee Codes MM and MT The Exchange proposes to amend its fee schedule to add two new fee codes, MM and MT. Fee code MM would be appended to non-displayed orders that add liquidity at the midpoint of the NBBO. Fee code MT would be 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 5 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). 4 17 E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-80192; File No. SR-NASDAQ-2017-026]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To 
Amend Rule 7018(a) To Adopt Two Credits

March 9, 2017.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on March 1,

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2017, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (``Nasdaq'' or ``Exchange'') filed 
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') 
the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, 
which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is 
publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change 
from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of the 
Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend the Exchange's transaction fees at 
Rule 7018(a) to adopt two new credits provided to a member for 
displayed quotes/orders that provide liquidity.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Web site at http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com, at the principal office of 
the Exchange, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

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

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

1. Purpose
    The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend Rule 7018(a), 
concerning the fees and credits provided for the use of the order 
execution and routing services of the Nasdaq Market Center by members 
for all securities priced at $1 or more that it [sic] trades. The 
Exchange is proposing to adopt two new credits provided to a member for 
displayed quotes/orders that provide liquidity. Currently under Rules 
7018(a)(1)-(3), the Exchange provides credits ranging from $0.0015 per 
share executed to $0.00305 per share executed to members for displayed 
quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail 
Orders) if they qualify by meeting the requirements of the various 
credit tiers under the rules.\3\ As described below, the Exchange is 
providing two new credits of $0.0026 and $0.0027 per share executed.
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    \3\ Under Rule 7018(a)(2), the Exchange also provides a credit 
of $0.0001 per share executed to members for displayed quotes/orders 
(other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders), and 
under Rule 7018(a)(3), the Exchange provides credits of $0.0001 and 
$0.0002 per share executed to members for displayed quotes/orders 
(other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders). These 
credits are provided in addition to the credits provided for 
displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or 
Designated Retail Orders) that provide liquidity.
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First Credit
    The Exchange is proposing to provide a new credit to members for 
displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated 
Retail Orders) under Rule 7018(a), which will apply to securities of 
all three Tapes \4\ under Rule 7018(a)(1)-(3). Specifically, the 
Exchange is adopting [sic] to provide a $0.0027 per share executed 
credit to a member for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental 
Orders or Designated Retail Orders) that provide liquidity if the 
member: (i) Has shares of liquidity accessed in all securities through 
one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represent more than 
0.40% of Consolidated Volume \5\ during the month, and (ii) has shares 
of liquidity provided in all securities through one or more of its 
Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represent more than 0.15% of 
Consolidated Volume during the month, and (iii) provides a daily 
average of at least 800,000 shares of non-displayed liquidity through 
one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs through one or more of 
its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs [sic] during the month.
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    \4\ Tape C securities are those that are listed on the Exchange, 
Tape A securities are those that are listed on NYSE, and Tape B 
securities are those that are listed on exchanges other than Nasdaq 
or NYSE.
    \5\ Rule 7018(a) defines ``Consolidated Volume'' as the total 
consolidated volume reported to all consolidated transaction 
reporting plans by all exchanges and trade reporting facilities 
during a month in equity securities, excluding executed orders with 
a size of less than one round lot. For purposes of calculating 
Consolidated Volume and the extent of a member's trading activity 
the date of the annual reconstitution of the Russell Investments 
Indexes shall be excluded from both total Consolidated Volume and 
the member's trading activity.
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Second Credit
    The Exchange is proposing to provide a new credit to members for 
displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated 
Retail Orders) under Rule 7018(a), which will apply to securities of 
all three Tapes under Rule 7018(a)(1)-(3). Specifically, the Exchange 
is proposing to provide a $0.0026 per share executed to a member for 
displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated 
Retail Orders) that provide liquidity if the member: (i) Has shares of 
liquidity provided in securities that are listed on exchanges other 
than NASDAQ or NYSE through one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center 
MPIDs that represents [sic] at least 800,000 shares a day on average 
during the month, and (ii) doubles the daily average share volume 
provided in securities that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ 
or NYSE through one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs during 
the month versus the member's daily average share volume provided in 
securities that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE in 
January 2017.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 
6(b) of the Act,\6\ in general, and furthers the objectives of Sections 
6(b)(4) and 6(b)(5) of the Act,\7\ in particular, in that it provides 
for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges 
among members and issuers and other persons using any facility, and is 
not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, 
issuers, brokers, or dealers.
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4) and (5).
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First Credit
    The Exchange believes that the $0.0027 per share executed credit of 
the proposed credit tier is reasonable because it is consistent with 
other credits that the Exchange provides to members for displayed 
quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail 
Orders) that provide liquidity. As a general principle, the Exchange 
chooses to offer credits to members in return for market improving 
behavior. As noted above, the Exchange provides credits ranging from 
$0.0015 per share executed to $0.00305 per share executed to members 
for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or 
Designated Retail Orders), and the Exchange applies progressively more 
stringent requirements in return for higher per share executed credits. 
Accordingly, the $0.0027 per share executed credit is reasonable.
    The proposed $0.0027 per share executed credit tier is an equitable 
allocation and is not unfairly discriminatory because it is similar to 
other credit tiers provided under Rule 7018(a). The proposed credit 
will be provided to members that not only

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contribute to the Exchange by removing liquidity in all securities 
through one or more of its [sic] Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that 
represent more than 0.40% of Consolidated Volume during the month, but 
also provide liquidity in all securities through one or more of its 
[sic] Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represent more than 0.15% of 
Consolidated Volume during the month, and maintain a daily average of 
at least 800,000 shares of non-displayed liquidity through one or more 
of its [sic] Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs during the month. Thus, the 
proposed criteria requires a significant level of market participation, 
by being both a remover and provider of liquidity, both displayed and 
non-displayed.
    The Exchange currently provides a $0.0027 per share executed credit 
to a member with shares of liquidity accessed in all securities through 
one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that represent more than 
0.65% of Consolidated Volume during the month, and (ii) with shares of 
liquidity provided in all securities through one or more of its Nasdaq 
Market Center MPIDs that represent more than 0.10% of Consolidated 
Volume during the month. The proposed credit tier requires the member 
to access less liquidity and provide more liquidity, as measured by 
Consolidated Volume, but also requires the member to additionally 
maintain a significant level of non-displayed liquidity. Moreover, 
since a member achieving this credit tier will be both accessing and 
providing liquidity, the proposed credit tier will benefit other 
members by encouraging more liquidity on the Exchange, as well as 
increasing the likelihood that members [sic] resting limit orders may 
be accessed by members seeking to attain this credit tier. The Exchange 
seeks to encourage such behavior. As a consequence, the Exchange 
believes that the proposed credit tier is comparable to the existing 
credit and therefore an equitable allocation and is not unfairly 
discriminatory. Last, the Exchange believes the new credit is an 
equitable allocation and is not unfairly discriminatory because it is 
one of many possible means by which a member may qualify for a credit 
for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or 
Designated Retail Orders) under Rule 7018(a).
Second Credit
    The Exchange believes that the $0.0026 per share executed credit of 
the proposed credit tier is reasonable because it is consistent with 
other credits that the Exchange provides to members for displayed 
quotes/orders (other than Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail 
Orders) that provide liquidity. As noted above, the Exchange provides 
credits ranging from $0.0015 per share executed to $0.00305 per share 
executed to members for displayed quotes/orders (other than 
Supplemental Orders or Designated Retail Orders), and the Exchange 
applies progressively more stringent requirements in return for higher 
per share executed credits. Accordingly, the $0.0026 per share executed 
credit is reasonable.
    The proposed $0.0026 per share executed credit tier is an equitable 
allocation and is not unfairly discriminatory because it is consistent 
with other credits provided under Rule 7018(a). The proposed credit 
will be provided to members that have shares of liquidity provided in 
securities that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE 
through one or more of its [sic] Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs that 
represents at least 800,000 shares a day on average during the month 
and also doubles the daily average share volume provided in securities 
that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE through one or 
more of its [sic] Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs during the month versus 
the member's daily average share volume provided in securities that are 
listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE in January 2017. The 
Exchange notes that requiring a member to increase its participation in 
Tape B securities as measured by its daily average share volume 
compared to its daily average share volume in the month of January 2017 
will ensure that the member [sic] increasing its participation in the 
market in securities that are listed on exchanges other than NASDAQ or 
NYSE. The Exchange is also requiring the member provide a significant 
level of liquidity [sic] provided in securities that are listed on 
exchanges other than NASDAQ or NYSE through one or more of its Nasdaq 
Market Center MPIDs that represents at least 800,000 shares a day on 
average. The Exchange does not currently have a credit under Rule 
7018(a) that measures a member's eligibility for a credit based on 
activity compared to a prior month's activity; however, the Exchange 
does use a benchmark date against which performance is measured under 
the Nasdaq Growth Program.\8\ Last, the Exchange believes the new 
credit is an equitable allocation and is not unfairly discriminatory 
because it is one of many possible means by which a member may qualify 
for a credit for displayed quotes/orders (other than Supplemental 
Orders or Designated Retail Orders) under Rule 7018(a).
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    \8\ See the ``Growth Baseline'' of Rule 7014(j). The Exchange 
notes that other markets also apply similar benchmarking concepts. 
For example, Bats BZX Exchange, provides a credit of $0.0030 per 
share if the member increases its Total Consolidated Volume for 
adding liquidity by 0.15% or more in comparison to its volume in 
April 2016, and assesses a fee of $0.00295 per share if the member 
increases its Total Consolidated Volume for removing liquidity by 
0.05% or more in comparison to its July 2016 volume. Similarly, Bats 
EDGX Exchange pays a credit of $0.0032 per share if the member 
increases its Total Consolidated Volume for adding liquidity by 
0.10% or more in comparison to its volume in January 2017.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act. In terms of inter-market 
competition, the Exchange notes that it operates in a highly 
competitive market in which market participants can readily favor 
competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be 
excessive, or rebate opportunities available at other venues to be more 
favorable.
    In such an environment, the Exchange must continually adjust its 
fees to remain competitive with other exchanges and with alternative 
trading systems that have been exempted from compliance with the 
statutory standards applicable to exchanges. Because competitors are 
free to modify their own fees in response, and because market 
participants may readily adjust their order routing practices, the 
Exchange believes that the degree to which fee changes in this market 
may impose any burden on competition is extremely limited.
    In this instance, the proposed new credits provided to a member for 
execution of securities of each of the three Tapes do not impose a 
burden on competition because the Exchange's execution services are 
completely voluntary and subject to extensive competition both from 
other exchanges and from off-exchange venues. The proposed changes are 
designed to reward market-improving behavior by providing two new 
credit tiers based on various measures of such behavior, which may 
encourage other market venues to provide similar credits to improve 
their market quality. Thus, the Exchange does not believe that the 
proposed changes will impose any burden on competition, but may rather 
promote competition.
    In sum, if the changes proposed herein are unattractive to market 
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Exchange will lose market share as a result. Accordingly, the Exchange 
does not believe that the proposed changes will impair the ability of 
members or competing order execution venues to maintain their 
competitive standing in the financial markets.

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

    No written comments were either solicited or received.

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

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act.\9\
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
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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: (i) 
Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the 
protection of investors; or (iii) otherwise in furtherance of the 
purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the 
Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the 
proposed rule should be approved or disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NASDAQ-2017-026 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-NASDAQ-2017-026. 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-NASDAQ-2017-026, and should 
be submitted on or before April 5, 2017.
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    \10\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\10\
Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-05081 Filed 3-14-17; 8:45 am]
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