Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 6.80 To Make Permanent a Program That Allows Transactions To Take Place at a Price That Is Below $1 per Option Contract, 14934-14936 [2017-05742]

Download as PDF 14934 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 55 / Thursday, March 23, 2017 / Notices 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. The proposed rule change is not designed to have any competitive impact but rather request the decommission of a rarelyused functionality on the Exchange and relatedly, to remove the rule text that this functionality supports from the Exchange’s rulebook, thereby reducing investor confusion and making the Exchange’s rules easier to understand and navigate. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 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. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–ISE–2017–27. 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–ISE– 2017–27 and should be submitted on or before April 13, 2017. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days 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)(iii) of the Act 12 and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.13 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. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 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. 12 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement. 13 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Mar 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 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– ISE–2017–27 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. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–80271; File No. SR– NYSEARCA–2017–24] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 6.80 To Make Permanent a Program That Allows Transactions To Take Place at a Price That Is Below $1 per Option Contract March 17, 2017. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that, on March 2, 2017, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II, below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 6.80 to make permanent a program that allows transactions to take place at a price that is below $1 per option contract. The proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. [FR Doc. 2017–05744 Filed 3–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 1 15 U.S.C.78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 2 15 14 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 55 / Thursday, March 23, 2017 / Notices 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 amend Rule 6.80 to make permanent a program that allows transactions to take place at a price that is below $1 per option contract.4 The program is currently subject to a pilot that is scheduled to expire on July 5, 2017.5 An ‘‘accommodation’’ or ‘‘cabinet’’ trade refers to trades in listed options on the Exchange that are worthless or not actively traded. Trading is generally conducted in accordance with Exchange Rules, except as provided in Exchange Rule 6.80, Accommodation Transactions (Cabinet Trades), which sets forth specific procedures for engaging in cabinet trades. Rule 6.80 currently provides that cabinet transactions at a price of $1 per option contract to occur via open outcry in any options series open for trading on the Exchange, except option classes participating in the Penny Pilot Program.6 Rule 6.80 provides that bids and offers (whether opening or closing a position) at a price of $1 per option contract may be represented in the trading crowd by a Floor Broker or by a Market Maker or be provided in response to a request by a Trading Official, a Floor Broker or a Market Maker, but must yield priority to all resting orders in the Cabinet (those orders held by the Trading Official, and which resting cabinet orders may be closing only). If the buyer and the seller yield to resting cabinet orders, opening cabinet bids can trade with opening cabinet offers at $1 per option contract. The Exchange amended the cabinet procedures to allow transactions to take place in open outcry at a price of at least $0 but less than $1 per option contract. This amendment expires on July 5, 2017. These lower-priced transactions are permitted to be traded pursuant to the same procedures applicable to $1 cabinet trades, except that (i) bids and offers for opening transactions are permitted only to accommodate closing 4 See Commentary .01 to Rule 6.80. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79565 (December 15, 2016), 81 FR 93723 (December 21, 2016) (SR–NYSE Arca–2016–163). The Exchange initially adopted the program in 2010. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63476 (December 8, 2010), 75 FR 77930 (December 14, 2010) (SR–NYSE Arca–2010–109). 6 The $1 cabinet trading procedures are not available in Penny Pilot Program classes because in those classes an option series can trade in a standard increment as low as $0.01 per share (or $1.00 per option contract with a 100 share multiplier). sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 5 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Mar 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 transactions, and (ii) transactions in option classes participating in the Penny Pilot Program are permitted. The Exchange believes that allowing a price of at least $0 but less than $1 better accommodates the closing of options positions in series that are worthless or not actively traded, particularly when there has been a significant move in the price of the underlying security, resulting in a large number of series being out-of-the-money. For example, a market participant might have a long position in a put series with a strike price of $30 and the underlying stock might be trading at $100. In such an instance, there is likely no market to close-out the position, even at the $1 cabinet price. As with other accommodation liquidations under Rule 6.80, transactions at prices less than $1 are not disseminated to the public on the consolidated tape. In addition, as with other accommodation liquidations under Rule 6.80, the transactions are exempt from the Consolidated Options Audit Trail (‘‘COATS’’) requirements of Exchange Rule 6.67, Order Format and System Entry Requirements. However, the Exchange maintains quotation, order and transaction information for such transactions in the same format as the COATS data is maintained. In this regard, all transactions for less than $1 must be reported to the Exchange following the close of each business day. The Exchange notes that while the level of liquidation trades is not meaningful, such trades serve an essential purpose in that they allow market participants to close out options positions that are worthless or not actively trading. To illustrate, in 2016, there were a total of 558 Cabinet trades. Of these, 50 trades comprising 47,106 contracts were executed at a price of $0.01, while the remaining 508 trades comprising 208,078 contracts were executed for a premium of less than $0.01. The Exchange believes this level of trading demonstrates the benefit of the current program to market participants. In support of making the program permanent, the Exchange represents that there are no operational issues in processing and clearing Cabinet trades in penny and sub-penny increments. Each Cabinet trade is input manually into the clearing system, and is then submitted for settlement at the Options Clearing Corporation. Additionally, OTP Holders and OTP Firms have not raised any concerns with the processing of Cabinet trades. PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14935 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that this proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) 7 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’), in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) 8 of the Act in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts, to remove impediments to and to perfect the mechanism for a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes that liquidation trades promote competition and afford market participants the opportunity to close out their options positions. The Exchange believes that permanently approving the rules that allow for liquidations at a price less than $1 per option contract would better facilitate the closing of options positions that are worthless or not actively trading, especially in Penny Pilot issues where cabinet trades are not otherwise permitted. The Exchange believes that approving the program on a permanent basis is also consistent with the Act. With respect to the level of liquidation trades transacted on the Exchange, the Exchange believes that the data gathered provides meaningful support to make the program permanent. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that approving the program on a permanent basis will not impact competition, as it will continue to facilitate OTP Holders’ ability to close positions in worthless or not actively traded series. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period 7 15 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1 14936 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 55 / Thursday, March 23, 2017 / Notices to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be 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: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– NYSEARCA–2017–24 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSEARCA–2017–24. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Mar 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 should refer to File Number SR– NYSEARCA–2017–24 and should be submitted on or before April 13, 2017. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–05742 Filed 3–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–80272; File No. SR– NYSEMKT–2017–13] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE MKT LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 968NY To Make Permanent a Program That Allows Transactions To Take Place at a Price That Is Below $1 per Option Contract March 17, 2017. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that, on March 2, 2017, NYSE MKT LLC (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE MKT’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II, below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 968NY to make permanent a program that allows transactions to take place at a price that is below $1 per option contract. The proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received 9 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 968NY to make permanent a program that allows transactions to take place at a price that is below $1 per option contract.4 The program is currently subject to a pilot that is scheduled to expire on July 5, 2017.5 An ‘‘accommodation’’ or ‘‘cabinet’’ trade refers to trades in listed options on the Exchange that are worthless and typically not actively traded. Trading is generally conducted in accordance with Exchange Rules, except as provided in Exchange Rule 968NY, Accommodation Transactions (Cabinet Trades), which sets forth specific procedures for engaging in cabinet trades. Rule 968NY currently provides that cabinet transactions at a price of $1 per option contract to occur via open outcry in any options series open for trading on the Exchange, except option classes participating in the Penny Pilot Program.6 Rule 968NY provides that bids and offers (whether opening or closing a position) at a price of $1 per option contract may be represented in the trading crowd by a Floor Broker or by a Market Maker or be provided in response to a request by a Trading Official, a Floor Broker or a Market Maker, but must yield priority to all resting orders in the Cabinet (those orders held by the Trading Official, and which resting cabinet orders may be closing only). If the buyer and the seller yield to resting cabinet orders, opening cabinet bids can trade with opening cabinet offers at $1 per option contract. The Exchange has amended the cabinet procedures to allow transactions to take place in open outcry at a price of at least $0 but less than $1 per option 4 See Commentary .01 to Rule 968NY. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79564 (December 15, 2016), 81 FR 93716 (December 21, 2016) (SR–NYSEMKT–2016–116). The Exchange initially adopted the program in 2010. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63475 (December 8, 2010), 75 FR 77932 (December 14, 2010) (SR–NYSE Amex–2010–114). 6 The $1 cabinet trading procedures are not available in Penny Pilot Program classes because in those classes an option series can trade in a standard increment as low as $0.01 per share (or $1.00 per option contract with a 100 share multiplier). 5 See E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 55 (Thursday, March 23, 2017)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-80271; File No. SR-NYSEARCA-2017-24]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 6.80 To Make Permanent a Program 
That Allows Transactions To Take Place at a Price That Is Below $1 per 
Option Contract

March 17, 2017.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (the ``Act'') \2\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\3\ notice is hereby 
given that, on March 2, 2017, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
``NYSE Arca'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 
``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I and 
II, below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory 
organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit 
comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C.78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78a.
    \3\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 6.80 to make permanent a 
program that allows transactions to take place at a price that is below 
$1 per option contract. The proposed rule change is available on the 
Exchange's Web site at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the 
Exchange, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

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

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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 amend Rule 6.80 to make permanent a 
program that allows transactions to take place at a price that is below 
$1 per option contract.\4\ The program is currently subject to a pilot 
that is scheduled to expire on July 5, 2017.\5\
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    \4\ See Commentary .01 to Rule 6.80.
    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79565 (December 15, 
2016), 81 FR 93723 (December 21, 2016) (SR-NYSE Arca-2016-163). The 
Exchange initially adopted the program in 2010. See Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 63476 (December 8, 2010), 75 FR 77930 
(December 14, 2010) (SR-NYSE Arca-2010-109).
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    An ``accommodation'' or ``cabinet'' trade refers to trades in 
listed options on the Exchange that are worthless or not actively 
traded. Trading is generally conducted in accordance with Exchange 
Rules, except as provided in Exchange Rule 6.80, Accommodation 
Transactions (Cabinet Trades), which sets forth specific procedures for 
engaging in cabinet trades.
    Rule 6.80 currently provides that cabinet transactions at a price 
of $1 per option contract to occur via open outcry in any options 
series open for trading on the Exchange, except option classes 
participating in the Penny Pilot Program.\6\ Rule 6.80 provides that 
bids and offers (whether opening or closing a position) at a price of 
$1 per option contract may be represented in the trading crowd by a 
Floor Broker or by a Market Maker or be provided in response to a 
request by a Trading Official, a Floor Broker or a Market Maker, but 
must yield priority to all resting orders in the Cabinet (those orders 
held by the Trading Official, and which resting cabinet orders may be 
closing only). If the buyer and the seller yield to resting cabinet 
orders, opening cabinet bids can trade with opening cabinet offers at 
$1 per option contract.
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    \6\ The $1 cabinet trading procedures are not available in Penny 
Pilot Program classes because in those classes an option series can 
trade in a standard increment as low as $0.01 per share (or $1.00 
per option contract with a 100 share multiplier).
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    The Exchange amended the cabinet procedures to allow transactions 
to take place in open outcry at a price of at least $0 but less than $1 
per option contract. This amendment expires on July 5, 2017. These 
lower-priced transactions are permitted to be traded pursuant to the 
same procedures applicable to $1 cabinet trades, except that (i) bids 
and offers for opening transactions are permitted only to accommodate 
closing transactions, and (ii) transactions in option classes 
participating in the Penny Pilot Program are permitted. The Exchange 
believes that allowing a price of at least $0 but less than $1 better 
accommodates the closing of options positions in series that are 
worthless or not actively traded, particularly when there has been a 
significant move in the price of the underlying security, resulting in 
a large number of series being out-of-the-money. For example, a market 
participant might have a long position in a put series with a strike 
price of $30 and the underlying stock might be trading at $100. In such 
an instance, there is likely no market to close-out the position, even 
at the $1 cabinet price.
    As with other accommodation liquidations under Rule 6.80, 
transactions at prices less than $1 are not disseminated to the public 
on the consolidated tape. In addition, as with other accommodation 
liquidations under Rule 6.80, the transactions are exempt from the 
Consolidated Options Audit Trail (``COATS'') requirements of Exchange 
Rule 6.67, Order Format and System Entry Requirements. However, the 
Exchange maintains quotation, order and transaction information for 
such transactions in the same format as the COATS data is maintained. 
In this regard, all transactions for less than $1 must be reported to 
the Exchange following the close of each business day.
    The Exchange notes that while the level of liquidation trades is 
not meaningful, such trades serve an essential purpose in that they 
allow market participants to close out options positions that are 
worthless or not actively trading. To illustrate, in 2016, there were a 
total of 558 Cabinet trades. Of these, 50 trades comprising 47,106 
contracts were executed at a price of $0.01, while the remaining 508 
trades comprising 208,078 contracts were executed for a premium of less 
than $0.01. The Exchange believes this level of trading demonstrates 
the benefit of the current program to market participants.
    In support of making the program permanent, the Exchange represents 
that there are no operational issues in processing and clearing Cabinet 
trades in penny and sub-penny increments. Each Cabinet trade is input 
manually into the clearing system, and is then submitted for settlement 
at the Options Clearing Corporation. Additionally, OTP Holders and OTP 
Firms have not raised any concerns with the processing of Cabinet 
trades.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that this proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) \7\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the 
``Act''), in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) 
\8\ of the Act in particular, in that it is designed to promote just 
and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and 
manipulative acts, to remove impediments to and to perfect the 
mechanism for a free and open market and a national market system, and, 
in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange 
believes that liquidation trades promote competition and afford market 
participants the opportunity to close out their options positions. The 
Exchange believes that permanently approving the rules that allow for 
liquidations at a price less than $1 per option contract would better 
facilitate the closing of options positions that are worthless or not 
actively trading, especially in Penny Pilot issues where cabinet trades 
are not otherwise permitted.
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    The Exchange believes that approving the program on a permanent 
basis is also consistent with the Act. With respect to the level of 
liquidation trades transacted on the Exchange, the Exchange believes 
that the data gathered provides meaningful support to make the program 
permanent.

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

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that 
approving the program on a permanent basis will not impact competition, 
as it will continue to facilitate OTP Holders' ability to close 
positions in worthless or not actively traded series.

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

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

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

    Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the 
Commission may designate if it finds such longer period

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to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as 
to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission 
will:
    (A) By order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or
    (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSEARCA-2017-24 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities 
and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSEARCA-2017-24. This 
file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and 
printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20549 on official business days between the hours of 
10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available 
for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSEARCA-2017-24 and should 
be submitted on or before April 13, 2017.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\9\
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Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-05742 Filed 3-22-17; 8:45 am]
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