Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend the SPY Pilot Program, 32415-32417 [2017-14662]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 133 / Thursday, July 13, 2017 / Notices organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, or (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. 2017–31, and should be submitted on or before August 3, 2017. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. IV. Solicitation of Comments [FR Doc. 2017–14669 Filed 7–12–17; 8:45 am] 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: BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Electronic Comments SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–81093; File No. SR–BX– 2017–030] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend the SPY Pilot Program Paper Comments sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES • 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– NYSE–2017–31 on the subject line. 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 June 29, 2017, NASDAQ BX, Inc. (‘‘BX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. • 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–NYSE–2017–31. 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–NYSE– VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jul 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 July 7, 2017. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to extend for another twelve (12) month time period the pilot program to eliminate position limits for options on the SPDR® S&P 500® exchange-traded fund (‘‘SPY ETF’’ or ‘‘SPY’’),3 which list and trade under the symbol SPY (‘‘SPY Pilot Program’’). The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http://nasdaqbx.cchwallstreet.com/, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 ‘‘SPDR®,’’ ‘‘Standard & Poor’s®,’’ ‘‘S&P®,’’ ‘‘S&P 500®,’’ and ‘‘Standard & Poor’s 500’’ are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC. The SPY ETF represents ownership in the SPDR S&P 500 Trust, a unit investment trust that generally corresponds to the price and yield performance of the SPDR S&P 500 Index. PO 00000 8 17 1 15 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32415 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 the Supplementary Material at the end of Chapter III, Section 7 (Position Limits) to extend the current pilot which expires on July 12, 2017 for an additional twelve (12) month time period to July 12, 2018 (‘‘Extended Pilot’’). This filing does not propose any substantive changes to the SPY Pilot Program. In proposing to extend the SPY Pilot Program, the Exchange reaffirms its consideration of several factors that supported the original proposal of the SPY Pilot Program, including (1) the availability of economically equivalent products and their respective position limits; (2) the liquidity of the option and the underlying security; (3) the market capitalization of the underlying security and the related index; (4) the reporting of large positions and requirements surrounding margin; and (5) the potential for market on close volatility. With this proposal, the Exchange submits the SPY report to the Commission, which report reflects, during the time period from May 2016 through May 2017, the trading of standardized SPY options with no position limits consistent with option exchange provisions.4 The report was prepared in the manner specified in the Exchange’s prior rule filing extending the SPY Pilot Program.5 The Exchange notes that it is unaware of any problems created by the SPY Pilot Program and does not foresee any as a result of the proposed extension. The proposed extension will allow the Exchange and the Commission additional time to 4 The report is attached as Exhibit 3 [sic]. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 78125 (June 22, 2016), 81 FR 42009 (June 28, 2016) (SR– BX–2016–030). 5 See E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 32416 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 133 / Thursday, July 13, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES further evaluate the pilot program and its effect on the market. As with the original proposal to establish the SPY Pilot Program, the Exchange represents that a SPY Pilot Report will be submitted at least thirty (30) days before the end of the Extended Pilot and would analyze that period. The Pilot Report will detail the size and different types of strategies employed with respect to positions established as a result of the elimination of position limits in SPY. In addition, the report will note whether any problems resulted due to the no limit approach and any other information that may be useful in evaluating the effectiveness of the Extended Pilot. The Pilot Report will compare the impact of the SPY Pilot Program, if any, on the volumes of SPY options and the volatility in the price of the underlying SPY shares, particularly at expiration during the Extended Pilot. In preparing the report the Exchange will utilize various data elements such as volume and open interest. In addition the Exchange will make available to Commission staff data elements relating to the effectiveness of the SPY Pilot Program. Conditional on the findings in the SPY Pilot Report, the Exchange will file with the Commission a proposal to extend the pilot program, adopt the pilot program on a permanent basis or terminate the pilot. If the SPY Pilot Program is not extended or adopted on a permanent basis by the expiration of the Extended Pilot, the position limits for SPY options would revert to limits in effect prior to the commencement of the SPY Pilot Program. 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 Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 7 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, 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 the proposed rule change would be beneficial to market participants, including market makers, institutional investors and retail investors, by permitting them to establish greater positions when pursuing their 6 15 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jul 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 investment goals and needs. The Exchange also believes that economically equivalent products should be treated in an equivalent manner so as to avoid regulatory arbitrage, especially with respect to position limits. Treating SPY and SPX options differently by virtue of imposing different position limits is inconsistent with the notion of promoting just and equitable principles of trade and removing impediments to perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market. At the same time, the Exchange believes that the elimination of position limits for SPY options would not increase market volatility or facilitate the ability to manipulate the market. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. In this regard, the Exchange notes that the rule change is being proposed as a competitive response to similar filings that the Exchange expects to be filed by other options exchanges. The Exchange believes this proposed rule change is necessary to permit fair competition among the options exchanges and to establish uniform position limits for a multiply listed options class. 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 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) of the Act and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder.8 A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b–4(f)(6) under the Act 9 normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of its 8 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). As required under Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii), the Exchange provided the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and the text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. 9 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 filing. However, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) 10 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 so that the proposal may become operative immediately upon filing. The Exchange believes that waiver of the operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because it will allow the SPY Pilot Program to continue without interruption. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Therefore, the Commission hereby waives the operative delay and designates the proposed rule change operative upon filing.11 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– BX–2017–030 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BX–2017–030. 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 10 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 11 For E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 133 / Thursday, July 13, 2017 / Notices only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BX– 2017–030, and should be submitted on or before August 3, 2017. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–14662 Filed 7–12–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–81099; File No. SR–DTC– 2017–012] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Depository Trust Company; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Modify the DTC Settlement Service Guide in Order To Enhance the Memo Segregation Function in Connection With Deliveries Processed at DTC Related to the Direct Registration System sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES July 7, 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 June 30, 2017, The Depository Trust Company (‘‘DTC’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jul 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the clearing agency. DTC filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(4) 4 thereunder. The proposed rule change was effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The proposed rule change would revise the DTC Settlement Service Guide (‘‘Service Guide’’) 5 to enhance the Memo Segregation function (‘‘Memo Seg’’) with respect to its use by a Participant 6 in connection with Deliveries processed at DTC for transactions related to DRS,7 as discussed below. II. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the clearing agency 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 clearing agency has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(4). 5 Available at http://www.dtcc.com/∼/media/ Files/Downloads/legal/service-guides/ Settlement.pdf. Each term not otherwise defined herein has its respective meaning as set forth in the Rules, By-Laws and Organization Certificate of DTC (the ‘‘Rules’’), available at http://www.dtcc.com/ legal/rules-and-procedures.aspx, and the Service Guide. 6 For the purposes of this proposed rule change, the term Participant refers to both Participants and Limited Participants that use the Direct Registration System (‘‘DRS’’), as discussed below. (Pursuant to Rule 2 ‘‘. . . the term ‘‘Participant’’ shall include the term ‘‘Limited Participant’’ unless the (i) context otherwise requires or (ii) the Procedures otherwise provide.’’ See Rule 2, supra note 5.) 7 External to DTC, DRS allows an investor to hold a Security as the registered owner in electronic form on the books of a transfer agent rather than holding a certificate or holding indirectly through a Securities Intermediary (e.g., a broker-dealer). DRSrelated transactions between transfer agents and broker-dealers that are both Participants may be processed through DTC. (Typically, transfer agents are Limited Participants for purposes of processing DRS-related transactions.) See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 37931 (November 7, 1996), 61 FR 58600 (November 15, 1996) (SR–DTC–96–15). PO 00000 3 15 4 17 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32417 (A) Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose Background Memo Seg allows a Participant to elect to protect a designated quantity of Securities in a given CUSIP (‘‘Designated Quantity’’) from unintended intraday Delivery at DTC.8 When a Participant uses Memo Seg, if the total quantity of Securities in its account in a given CUSIP as a result of processing the Delivery would be equal to, or less than, the Designated Quantity, the Securities will not be Delivered, unless (a) the Participant elects to reduce the Designated Quantity or (b) the Designated Quantity is automatically reduced as a result of the Participant executing certain transactions (e.g., withdrawals-bytransfer, certificate-on-demand withdrawals, and free Deliveries that are not identified as stock loan or stock loan returns).9 This allows for automated processing of Securities, reducing manual entries of a Participant to maintain a certain quantity of Securities in an Account. Proposed Rule Change 1. Proposal That Standing Instructions From a Receiving Participant Would Automatically Increase the Participant’s Designated Quantity for Deliveries Associated With DRS Transactions By providing standing instructions, a Receiving Participant may currently elect to have Deliveries of Securities for certain types of transactions automatically increase the Receiving Participant’s Designated Quantity.10 However, Securities transferred through DRS do not automatically increase the Receiving Participant’s Designated Amount. The Regulatory and Clearance 8 Participants that are registered broker-dealers use Memo Seg as a tool to maintain compliance with their obligations under Rule 15c3–3 (‘‘Customer Protection Rule’’). 17 CFR 240.15c3–3. The Customer Protection Rule requires, among other things, that broker-dealers maintain control of all fully-paid or excess margin Securities they hold for the accounts of customers. Compliance with those obligations by such broker-dealers is external to DTC. See Rule 2, supra note 5. 9 See Service Guide, supra note 5, at 43–45. 10 Transaction types are designated by the Delivering Participant using a reason code provided on a Delivery instruction (‘‘Code’’) (e.g., stock loan transactions, DRS-related, etc.). The Receiving Participant may provide standing instructions regarding its Designated Quantity using an indicator (‘‘Indicator’’), as discussed in the Service Guide. By selecting Indicators numbered 1, 2, 3 and 6, the Participant provides a standing instruction for its Designated Quantity to automatically increase when it is the Receiving Participant of a transaction designated with an applicable Code. See Service Guide, supra note 5 at 43–45. E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-81093; File No. SR-BX-2017-030]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend the SPY 
Pilot Program

July 7, 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 June 29, 2017, NASDAQ BX, Inc. (``BX'' or ``Exchange'') filed 
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') 
the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which 
Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing 
this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from 
interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
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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 extend for another twelve (12) month time 
period the pilot program to eliminate position limits for options on 
the SPDR[supreg] S&P 500[supreg] exchange-traded fund (``SPY ETF'' or 
``SPY''),\3\ which list and trade under the symbol SPY (``SPY Pilot 
Program'').
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    \3\ ``SPDR[supreg],'' ``Standard & Poor's[supreg],'' 
``S&P[supreg],'' ``S&P 500[supreg],'' and ``Standard & Poor's 500'' 
are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services 
LLC. The SPY ETF represents ownership in the SPDR S&P 500 Trust, a 
unit investment trust that generally corresponds to the price and 
yield performance of the SPDR S&P 500 Index.
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    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Web site at http://nasdaqbx.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 the 
Supplementary Material at the end of Chapter III, Section 7 (Position 
Limits) to extend the current pilot which expires on July 12, 2017 for 
an additional twelve (12) month time period to July 12, 2018 
(``Extended Pilot''). This filing does not propose any substantive 
changes to the SPY Pilot Program. In proposing to extend the SPY Pilot 
Program, the Exchange reaffirms its consideration of several factors 
that supported the original proposal of the SPY Pilot Program, 
including (1) the availability of economically equivalent products and 
their respective position limits; (2) the liquidity of the option and 
the underlying security; (3) the market capitalization of the 
underlying security and the related index; (4) the reporting of large 
positions and requirements surrounding margin; and (5) the potential 
for market on close volatility.
    With this proposal, the Exchange submits the SPY report to the 
Commission, which report reflects, during the time period from May 2016 
through May 2017, the trading of standardized SPY options with no 
position limits consistent with option exchange provisions.\4\ The 
report was prepared in the manner specified in the Exchange's prior 
rule filing extending the SPY Pilot Program.\5\ The Exchange notes that 
it is unaware of any problems created by the SPY Pilot Program and does 
not foresee any as a result of the proposed extension. The proposed 
extension will allow the Exchange and the Commission additional time to

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    \4\ The report is attached as Exhibit 3 [sic].
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    As with the original proposal to establish the SPY Pilot Program, 
the Exchange represents that a SPY Pilot Report will be submitted at 
least thirty (30) days before the end of the Extended Pilot and would 
analyze that period. The Pilot Report will detail the size and 
different types of strategies employed with respect to positions 
established as a result of the elimination of position limits in SPY. 
In addition, the report will note whether any problems resulted due to 
the no limit approach and any other information that may be useful in 
evaluating the effectiveness of the Extended Pilot. The Pilot Report 
will compare the impact of the SPY Pilot Program, if any, on the 
volumes of SPY options and the volatility in the price of the 
underlying SPY shares, particularly at expiration during the Extended 
Pilot. In preparing the report the Exchange will utilize various data 
elements such as volume and open interest. In addition the Exchange 
will make available to Commission staff data elements relating to the 
effectiveness of the SPY Pilot Program. Conditional on the findings in 
the SPY Pilot Report, the Exchange will file with the Commission a 
proposal to extend the pilot program, adopt the pilot program on a 
permanent basis or terminate the pilot. If the SPY Pilot Program is not 
extended or adopted on a permanent basis by the expiration of the 
Extended Pilot, the position limits for SPY options would revert to 
limits in effect prior to the commencement of the SPY Pilot Program.
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 Section 
6(b)(5) of the Act \7\ in particular, in that it is designed to prevent 
fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and 
equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination 
with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, 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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    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change would be 
beneficial to market participants, including market makers, 
institutional investors and retail investors, by permitting them to 
establish greater positions when pursuing their investment goals and 
needs. The Exchange also believes that economically equivalent products 
should be treated in an equivalent manner so as to avoid regulatory 
arbitrage, especially with respect to position limits. Treating SPY and 
SPX options differently by virtue of imposing different position limits 
is inconsistent with the notion of promoting just and equitable 
principles of trade and removing impediments to perfect the mechanisms 
of a free and open market. At the same time, the Exchange believes that 
the elimination of position limits for SPY options would not increase 
market volatility or facilitate the ability to manipulate the market.

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

    The proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition 
that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of 
the Act. In this regard, the Exchange notes that the rule change is 
being proposed as a competitive response to similar filings that the 
Exchange expects to be filed by other options exchanges. The Exchange 
believes this proposed rule change is necessary to permit fair 
competition among the options exchanges and to establish uniform 
position limits for a multiply listed options class.

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

    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) of the Act and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6) thereunder.\8\
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    \8\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). As required under Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii), the Exchange provided the Commission with written 
notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a 
brief description and the text of the proposed rule change, at least 
five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule 
change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission.
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    A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the 
Act \9\ normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date 
of its filing. However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) \10\ 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 so that 
the proposal may become operative immediately upon filing. The Exchange 
believes that waiver of the operative delay is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest because it will allow 
the SPY Pilot Program to continue without interruption. The Commission 
believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest. Therefore, the 
Commission hereby waives the operative delay and designates the 
proposed rule change operative upon filing.\11\
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    \9\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \10\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \11\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, 
the Commission has 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 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-BX-2017-030 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-BX-2017-030. 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

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only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the 
Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). 
Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written 
statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with 
the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed 
rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those 
that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions 
of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in 
the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, 
DC 20549 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 
3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection 
and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments 
received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit 
personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit 
only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-BX-2017-030, and should be 
submitted on or before August 3, 2017.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\12\
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    \12\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-14662 Filed 7-12-17; 8:45 am]
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