Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Temporarily Amend Rule 11.23(d)(2)(E) Relating to the Halt Auction Collar for a Halt Auction for REX VolMAXX Short Weekly Futures Strategy ETF, 7524-7526 [2018-03453]

Download as PDF 7524 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 21, 2018 / Notices should be submitted on or before March 14, 2018. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.7 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [Release No. 34–82715; File No. SR– CboeBZX–2018–011] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Temporarily Amend Rule 11.23(d)(2)(E) Relating to the Halt Auction Collar for a Halt Auction for REX VolMAXX Short Weekly Futures Strategy ETF Sunshine Act Meetings February 14, 2018. [FR Doc. 2018–03448 Filed 2–20–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2018. PLACE: Closed Commission Hearing Room 10800. STATUS: This meeting will be closed to the public. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries will attend the closed meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters also may be present. The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3), (5), (6), (7), (8), 9(B) and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(3), (a)(5), (a)(6), (a)(7), (a)(8), (a)(9)(ii) and (a)(10), permit consideration of the scheduled matters at the closed meeting. Commissioner Piwowar, as duty officer, voted to consider the items listed for the closed meeting in closed session. The subject matters of the closed meeting will be: Institution and settlement of injunctive actions; Institution and settlement of administrative proceedings; Adjudicatory matters; and Other matters relating to enforcement proceedings. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed; please contact Brent J. Fields from the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES TIME AND DATE: Dated: February 15, 2018. Brent J. Fields, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–03582 Filed 2–16–18; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 7 17 19:57 Feb 20, 2018 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange filed a proposal to temporarily amend Rule 11.23(d)(2)(E) relating to the Halt Auction Collar for a Halt Auction for REX VolMAXX Short Weekly Futures Strategy ETF (VMIN), which would be operative for February 6, 2018 only. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange’s website at www.markets.cboe.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 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 2 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Sep<11>2014 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 7, 2018, Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘BZX’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated this proposal as a ‘‘noncontroversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder,4 which renders it effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. (A) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to temporarily amend Rule 11.23(d)(2)(E) relating to the Halt Auction Collar for a Halt Auction for REX VolMAXX Short Weekly Futures Strategy ETF (VMIN), which would be operative for February 6, 2018 only. On February 5, 2018, both the U.S. and global markets experienced increased selling pressure and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (‘‘DJIA’’) closed 4.6% down over the prior closing day. In addition, on February 5, 2018, volatility was significantly higher across all measures of U.S. markets and continued to fluctuate significantly through the morning of February 6, 2018. VMIN, which is listed on the Exchange, seeks to provide investors with inverse exposure to the implied volatility of the broad-based, large-cap U.S. equity market by obtaining investment exposure to an actively managed portfolio of exchange-traded Cboe Volatility Index (‘‘VIX’’) Futures Contracts with weekly and monthly expirations. On February 5, 2018, the Official Closing Price for VMIN was $16.57. The price of VMIN declined in after-market trading on February 5, 2018, and the last reported extendedhours trade price on that day was $7.50. The reported NAV for February 5, 2018 was $3.37. Because of the volatility in the pricing for VMIN and based on information from the issuer that there was a news event forthcoming, the Exchange halted trading in VMIN during the Pre-Opening Session. While the security was halted, an Intraday Indicative Value (‘‘IIV’’) was published under the ticker VMIN.IV, and as of 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 6, 2018, the IIV was $3.19. As such, the Halt Auction Reference Price for a Halt Auction would be the prior day’s Official Closing Price, $16.57, and the Halt Auction Collar would be $14.91 and $18.23. However, because of market events unique to the circumstances of February 5, 2018 and February 6, 2018, and the impact on pricing of VMIN, the Exchange does not believe that VMIN’s Official Closing Price would be an appropriate Halt Auction Reference Price and the basis for calculating the E:\FR\FM\21FEN1.SGM 21FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 21, 2018 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Halt Auction Collar for the Halt Auction for that security. The Exchange believes that the significant difference between the Official Closing Price on the one hand, and the last reported extendedhours sale price, the NAV, and the IIV on the other hand indicates that the Official Closing Price does not reflect the value of the security and would not be an appropriate Halt Auction Reference Price. The Exchange believes that it would be consistent with fair and orderly markets and the protection of investors and the public to temporarily amend 11.23(d)(2)(E) and set a different Halt Auction Collar for VMIN based on a different Halt Auction Reference Price. The Exchange believes that given the unique circumstances for VMIN, including the selling pressure on February 5, 2018 and the fluctuating prices relating to VMIN overnight, an IIV identified shortly before the Trading Halt Auction would more closely correlate to the value of VMIN as of the time of the Trading Halt Auction. More specifically, the Exchange believes that using a Halt Auction Reference Price based on an IIV for VMIN as the basis for forming the Halt Auction Collars that is identified prior to the Halt Auction would reduce the potential for volatility in trading after the security resumes trading. Accordingly, the Exchange proposes to temporarily amend Rule 11.23(d)(2)(E) so that the Halt Auction Reference Price for VMIN used to calculate the Halt Auction Collars would be $3.19. Because this proposed amendment would be operative for only one trading day and for only one symbol, the Exchange does not believe it is necessary to amend the rule text to effect this change. The Exchange proposes to provide notice of the amended Halt Auction Reference Price via a Trade Desk Notice, to be published before the Trading Halt Auction in VMIN. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 5 in general and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 6 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, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market 5 15 6 15 U.S.C. 78f. U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:57 Feb 20, 2018 Jkt 244001 system, and in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes that it would promote the protection of investors and the public interest to temporarily amend Rule 11.23(d)(2)(E) to set a different Halt Auction Reference Price for VMIN for the Halt Auction that would resume trading in that security on February 6, 2018. In particular, the Exchange believes that the unique circumstances of the market-wide trading volatility on February 5 and 6, 2018, and related impact on the various prices relating to VMIN, using the Official Closing Price as the Halt Auction Reference Price could result in extreme market volatility for that security after the security resumes trading on February 6, 2018. Specifically, the difference between the Official Closing Price on the one hand, and the NAV, last reported extendedhours sale price, and IIV on the morning of February 6, 2018 on the other hand, indicate that the Official Closing Price no longer reflects the value of VMIN. By contrast, the Exchange believes that for this unique circumstance, using an IIV identified shortly before the Halt Auction would more closely reflect the value of VMIN and would reduce the potential for volatile trading after the security resumes trading. Accordingly, the Exchange believes that it would remove impediments 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, to temporarily amend Rule 11.23(d)(2)(E) to provide that the Halt Auction Reference Price that is used for the basis of calculating the Halt Auction Collars on February 6, 2018 only would be based on an IIV as of 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For the above reasons, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act. (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 purpose of the Act. The proposed rule change is not designed to address any competitive issues but rather is designed to ensure a fair and orderly market by temporarily amending the Auction Reference Price that would be used for the Trading Halt Auction to resume trading in VMIN on February 6, 2018 only. PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7525 (C) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others The Exchange has neither solicited nor received written comments on the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the proposed rule change does not (i) significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 7 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 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 five-day prefiling requirement, as well the 30day operative delay, so that the proposal may become operative immediately. The Commission waives the prefiling requirement and finds that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because the proposed rule change is designed to facilitate the orderly reopening of trading in VMIN, and raises no new or novel issues. Therefore, the Commission hereby waives the operative delay and designates the proposal operative upon filing.11 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such 7 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) requires the Exchange to provide 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. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive this requirement. 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 also considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 8 17 E:\FR\FM\21FEN1.SGM 21FEN1 7526 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 21, 2018 / Notices 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 under Section 19(b)(2)(B) 12 of the Act to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposal is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD 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 No. SR– CboeBZX–2018–011 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. (a) All submissions should refer to File No. SR–CboeBZX–2018–011. 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 website (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 website 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 will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from 12 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:57 Feb 20, 2018 comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File No. SR–CboeBZX–2018–011 and should be submitted on or before March 14, 2018. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–03453 Filed 2–20–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [Disaster Declaration #15442 and #15443; New York Disaster Number NY–00176] Administrative Declaration of a Disaster for the State of New York U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This is a notice of an Administrative declaration of a disaster for the State of New York dated 02/13/ 2018. Incident: Severe Storms and Flooding. Incident Period: 07/01/2017 through 07/24/2017. DATES: Issued on 02/13/2018. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 04/16/2018. Economic Injury (EIDL) Loan Application Deadline Date: 11/13/2018. ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan applications to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW, Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416, (202) 205–6734. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that as a result of the Administrator’s disaster declaration, applications for disaster loans may be filed at the address listed above or other locally announced locations. The following areas have been determined to be adversely affected by the disaster: Primary Counties: Cayuga, Oneida, Rensselaer, Wyoming Contiguous Counties: New York: Albany, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Columbia, Cortland, Erie, Genesee, Greene, Herkimer, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Saratoga, Seneca, Tompkins, SUMMARY: 13 17 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Washington, Wayne Massachusetts: Berkshire Vermont: Bennington The Interest Rates are: Percent For Physical Damage: Homeowners With Credit Available Elsewhere ...................... Homeowners Without Credit Available Elsewhere .............. Businesses With Credit Available Elsewhere ...................... Businesses Without Credit Available Elsewhere .............. Non-Profit Organizations With Credit Available Elsewhere ... Non-Profit Organizations Without Credit Available Elsewhere ..................................... For Economic Injury: Businesses & Small Agricultural Cooperatives Without Credit Available Elsewhere .............. Non-Profit Organizations Without Credit Available Elsewhere ..................................... 3.875 1.938 6.430 3.215 2.500 2.500 3.215 2.500 The number assigned to this disaster for physical damage is 154426 and for economic injury is 154430. The States which received an EIDL Declaration # are New York, Massachusetts, Vermont. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 59008) Dated: February 13, 2018. Linda E. McMahon, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2018–03489 Filed 2–20–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 10319] Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: ‘‘King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’’ Exhibition Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that certain objects to be included in the exhibition ‘‘King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh,’’ imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign owner or custodian. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the California Science Center, Los Angeles, California, from on or about March 24, 2018, until on or about January 6, 2019, and at possible additional exhibitions or SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21FEN1.SGM 21FEN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 35 (Wednesday, February 21, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7524-7526]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-03453]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-82715; File No. SR-CboeBZX-2018-011]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To 
Temporarily Amend Rule 11.23(d)(2)(E) Relating to the Halt Auction 
Collar for a Halt Auction for REX VolMAXX Short Weekly Futures Strategy 
ETF

February 14, 2018.
    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 7, 2018, Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
``BZX'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I and 
II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange 
has designated this proposal as a ``non-controversial'' proposed rule 
change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder,\4\ which renders it effective upon filing with 
the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit 
comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange filed a proposal to temporarily amend Rule 
11.23(d)(2)(E) relating to the Halt Auction Collar for a Halt Auction 
for REX VolMAXX Short Weekly Futures Strategy ETF (VMIN), which would 
be operative for February 6, 2018 only.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange's 
website at www.markets.cboe.com, at the principal office of the 
Exchange, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

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

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to temporarily amend Rule 11.23(d)(2)(E) 
relating to the Halt Auction Collar for a Halt Auction for REX VolMAXX 
Short Weekly Futures Strategy ETF (VMIN), which would be operative for 
February 6, 2018 only.
    On February 5, 2018, both the U.S. and global markets experienced 
increased selling pressure and the Dow Jones Industrial Average 
(``DJIA'') closed 4.6% down over the prior closing day. In addition, on 
February 5, 2018, volatility was significantly higher across all 
measures of U.S. markets and continued to fluctuate significantly 
through the morning of February 6, 2018.
    VMIN, which is listed on the Exchange, seeks to provide investors 
with inverse exposure to the implied volatility of the broad-based, 
large-cap U.S. equity market by obtaining investment exposure to an 
actively managed portfolio of exchange-traded Cboe Volatility Index 
(``VIX'') Futures Contracts with weekly and monthly expirations. On 
February 5, 2018, the Official Closing Price for VMIN was $16.57. The 
price of VMIN declined in after-market trading on February 5, 2018, and 
the last reported extended-hours trade price on that day was $7.50. The 
reported NAV for February 5, 2018 was $3.37. Because of the volatility 
in the pricing for VMIN and based on information from the issuer that 
there was a news event forthcoming, the Exchange halted trading in VMIN 
during the Pre-Opening Session. While the security was halted, an 
Intraday Indicative Value (``IIV'') was published under the ticker 
VMIN.IV, and as of 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 6, 2018, the IIV 
was $3.19. As such, the Halt Auction Reference Price for a Halt Auction 
would be the prior day's Official Closing Price, $16.57, and the Halt 
Auction Collar would be $14.91 and $18.23.
    However, because of market events unique to the circumstances of 
February 5, 2018 and February 6, 2018, and the impact on pricing of 
VMIN, the Exchange does not believe that VMIN's Official Closing Price 
would be an appropriate Halt Auction Reference Price and the basis for 
calculating the

[[Page 7525]]

Halt Auction Collar for the Halt Auction for that security. The 
Exchange believes that the significant difference between the Official 
Closing Price on the one hand, and the last reported extended-hours 
sale price, the NAV, and the IIV on the other hand indicates that the 
Official Closing Price does not reflect the value of the security and 
would not be an appropriate Halt Auction Reference Price.
    The Exchange believes that it would be consistent with fair and 
orderly markets and the protection of investors and the public to 
temporarily amend 11.23(d)(2)(E) and set a different Halt Auction 
Collar for VMIN based on a different Halt Auction Reference Price. The 
Exchange believes that given the unique circumstances for VMIN, 
including the selling pressure on February 5, 2018 and the fluctuating 
prices relating to VMIN overnight, an IIV identified shortly before the 
Trading Halt Auction would more closely correlate to the value of VMIN 
as of the time of the Trading Halt Auction. More specifically, the 
Exchange believes that using a Halt Auction Reference Price based on an 
IIV for VMIN as the basis for forming the Halt Auction Collars that is 
identified prior to the Halt Auction would reduce the potential for 
volatility in trading after the security resumes trading.
    Accordingly, the Exchange proposes to temporarily amend Rule 
11.23(d)(2)(E) so that the Halt Auction Reference Price for VMIN used 
to calculate the Halt Auction Collars would be $3.19. Because this 
proposed amendment would be operative for only one trading day and for 
only one symbol, the Exchange does not believe it is necessary to amend 
the rule text to effect this change. The Exchange proposes to provide 
notice of the amended Halt Auction Reference Price via a Trade Desk 
Notice, to be published before the Trading Halt Auction in VMIN.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposal is consistent with Section 
6(b) of the Act \5\ in general and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act \6\ 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, and 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.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The Exchange believes that it would promote the protection of 
investors and the public interest to temporarily amend Rule 
11.23(d)(2)(E) to set a different Halt Auction Reference Price for VMIN 
for the Halt Auction that would resume trading in that security on 
February 6, 2018. In particular, the Exchange believes that the unique 
circumstances of the market-wide trading volatility on February 5 and 
6, 2018, and related impact on the various prices relating to VMIN, 
using the Official Closing Price as the Halt Auction Reference Price 
could result in extreme market volatility for that security after the 
security resumes trading on February 6, 2018. Specifically, the 
difference between the Official Closing Price on the one hand, and the 
NAV, last reported extended-hours sale price, and IIV on the morning of 
February 6, 2018 on the other hand, indicate that the Official Closing 
Price no longer reflects the value of VMIN.
    By contrast, the Exchange believes that for this unique 
circumstance, using an IIV identified shortly before the Halt Auction 
would more closely reflect the value of VMIN and would reduce the 
potential for volatile trading after the security resumes trading. 
Accordingly, the Exchange believes that it would remove impediments 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, 
to temporarily amend Rule 11.23(d)(2)(E) to provide that the Halt 
Auction Reference Price that is used for the basis of calculating the 
Halt Auction Collars on February 6, 2018 only would be based on an IIV 
as of 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
    For the above reasons, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the 
Act.

(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 purpose of the Act. The proposed rule change is 
not designed to address any competitive issues but rather is designed 
to ensure a fair and orderly market by temporarily amending the Auction 
Reference Price that would be used for the Trading Halt Auction to 
resume trading in VMIN on February 6, 2018 only.

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

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

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

    Because the proposed rule change does not (i) significantly affect 
the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any 
significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 
days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the 
Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \7\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\8\
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \8\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) requires the 
Exchange to provide 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. The Exchange has 
requested that the Commission waive this requirement.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    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 five-day prefiling requirement, 
as well the 30-day operative delay, so that the proposal may become 
operative immediately. The Commission waives the prefiling requirement 
and finds that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is consistent with 
the protection of investors and the public interest because the 
proposed rule change is designed to facilitate the orderly reopening of 
trading in VMIN, and raises no new or novel issues. Therefore, the 
Commission hereby waives the operative delay and designates the 
proposal operative upon filing.\11\
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    \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 also considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such

[[Page 7526]]

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 under Section 19(b)(2)(B) \12\ of the Act to 
determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or 
disapproved.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B).
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposal 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 [email protected]. Please include 
File No. SR-CboeBZX-2018-011 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.
    (a) All submissions should refer to File No. SR-CboeBZX-2018-011. 
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 website (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 website 
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 will also be 
available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the 
Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons 
submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit 
personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File No. SR-CboeBZX-2018-011 and should be 
submitted on or before March 14, 2018.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\13\
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    \13\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-03453 Filed 2-20-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 8011-01-P