Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 7.12 Concerning the Resumption of Trading Following a Level 3 Market-Wide Circuit Breaker Halt, 16436-16439 [2020-06004]

Download as PDF 16436 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 56 / Monday, March 23, 2020 / Notices 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 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. 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 Number SR–NYSECHX–2020–07 and should be submitted on or before April 13, 2020. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.14 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–06002 Filed 3–20–20; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 7.12 Concerning the Resumption of Trading Following a Level 3 MarketWide Circuit Breaker Halt March 17, 2020. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 7.12 concerning the resumption of trading following a Level 3 market-wide circuit breaker halt. The proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s website 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. 1. Purpose [Release No. 34–88402; File No. SR–NYSE– 2020–20] 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 16, 2020, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 7.12 4 concerning the resumption of trading following a Level 3 marketwide circuit breaker halt. The Exchange is proposing this rule change in conjunction with other national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (‘‘FINRA’’). Rule 7.12 provides a methodology for determining when to halt trading in all stocks due to extraordinary market volatility (i.e., market-wide circuit breakers). The market-wide circuit breaker mechanism (‘‘MWCB’’) under Rule 7.12 was approved by the 4 Rule 80B is no longer operative. To reduce potential confusion regarding which rule governs market-wide circuit breakers, the Exchange proposes to delete the text associated with Rule 80B and to direct market participants to Rule 7.12. 14 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 17:26 Mar 20, 2020 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change BILLING CODE 8011–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 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. Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Commission to operate on a pilot basis,5 the term of which was to coincide with the pilot period for the Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility Pursuant to Rule 608 of Regulation NMS (the ‘‘LULD Plan’’),6 including any extensions to the pilot period for the LULD Plan.7 In April 2019, the Commission approved an amendment to the LULD Plan for it to operate on a permanent, rather than pilot, basis.8 In light of the proposal to make the LULD Plan permanent, the Exchange amended Rule 7.12 to untie the pilot’s effectiveness from that of the LULD Plan and to extend the pilot’s effectiveness to the close of business on October 18, 2019.9 The Exchange then filed to extend the pilot for an additional year to the close of business on October 18, 2020.10 The market-wide circuit breaker under Rule 7.12 provides an important, automatic mechanism that is invoked to promote stability and investor confidence during a period of significant stress when securities markets experience extreme broad-based declines. All U.S. equity exchanges and FINRA adopted uniform rules on a pilot basis relating to market-wide circuit breakers in 2012 (‘‘MWCB Rules’’), which are designed to slow the effects of extreme price movement through coordinated trading halts across securities markets when severe price declines reach levels that may exhaust 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67090 (May 31, 2012), 77 FR 33531 (June 6, 2012) (SR– NYSE–2011–48). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67091 (May 31, 2012), 77 FR 33498 (June 6, 2012). The LULD Plan provides a mechanism to address extraordinary market volatility in individual securities. 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 67090 (May 31, 2012), 77 FR 33531 (June 6, 2012) (SR– NYSE–2011–48) (Approval Order); and 68784 (January 31, 2013), 78 FR 8662 (February 6, 2013) (SR–NYSE–2013–10) (Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change to Delay the Operative Date of a Rule Change to NYSE Rule 80B). 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 85623 (April 11, 2019), 84 FR 16086 (April 17, 2019). 9 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 85560 (April 9, 2019), 84 FR 15247 (April 15, 2019) (SR– NYSE–2019–19) (‘‘Rule 80B pilot extension filing’’). At the time of the Rule 80B pilot extension filing, Rule 7.12 existed but was not operative with respect to Exchange-listed securities and was not amended to extend its effectiveness through October 18, 2019. Now that all Exchange-listed securities have transitioned to the Pillar trading platform, Rule 7.12 is operative with respect to all securities trading on the Exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 85962 (May 29, 2019), 84 FR 26188 (June 5, 2019) (SR–NYSE–2019–05). Although Rule 80B is not applicable to trading of any securities on the Exchange, the Exchange believes that amending Rule 80B in this filing would reduce the potential for confusion. 10 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 87016 (September 19, 2019), 84 FR 50502 (September 25, 2019) (SR–NYSE–2019–51). E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 56 / Monday, March 23, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES market liquidity.11 Market-wide circuit breakers provide for trading halts in all equities and options markets during a severe market decline as measured by a single-day decline in the S&P 500 Index. Pursuant to Rule 7.12, a market-wide trading halt will be triggered if the S&P 500 Index declines in price by specified percentages from the prior day’s closing price of that index. Currently, the triggers are set at three circuit breaker thresholds: 7% (Level 1), 13% (Level 2), and 20% (Level 3). A market decline that triggers a Level 1 or Level 2 halt after 9:30 a.m. ET and before 3:25 p.m. ET would halt market-wide trading for 15 minutes, while a similar market decline at or after 3:25 p.m. ET would not halt market-wide trading. A market decline that triggers a Level 3 halt at any time during the trading day would halt market-wide trading until the primary listing market opens the next trading day. Today, in the event that a Level 3 market decline occurs, the Exchange would halt trading for the remainder of the trading day, and would not resume until the primary listing market opens the next trading day. On the next trading day, all NYSE Group exchanges (i.e., the Exchange, NYSE American, Inc. (‘‘NYSE American’’), NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’), NYSE National, Inc., and NYSE Chicago, Inc.) would remain closed for all symbols until 9:30 a.m. ET, at which time the Exchange, NYSE American, and NYSE Arca would begin their Core Open Auction processes for their primary-listed securities. Upon feedback from industry participants, the Exchange has been working with other national securities exchanges and FINRA to establish a standardized approach for resuming trading in all NMS Stocks following a Level 3 halt. The proposed approach would allow for the opening of all securities the next trading day after a Level 3 halt as a regular trading day, and is designed to ensure that Level 3 MWCB events are handled in a more consistent manner that is transparent for market participants.12 11 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67090 (May 31, 2012), 77 FR 33531 (June 6, 2012) (SR– BATS–2011–038; SR–BYX–2011–025; SR–BX– 2011–068; SR–CBOE–2011–087; SR–C2–2011–024; SR–CHX–2011–30; SR–EDGA–2011–31; SR–EDGX– 2011–30; SR–FINRA–2011–054; SR–ISE–2011–61; SR–NASDAQ–2011–131; SR–NSX–2011–11; SR– NYSE–2011–48; SR–NYSEAmex–2011–73; SR– NYSEArca–2011–68; SR–Phlx–2011–129) (‘‘MWCB Approval Order’’). 12 Of note, the U.S. futures markets, which have similar rules for coordinated MWCB halts, normally begin their ‘‘next day’’ trading session at 6:00 p.m. ET (for CFE and CME) or at 8:00 p.m. ET (for ICE). If the U.S. futures markets amend their MWCB VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Mar 20, 2020 Jkt 250001 As proposed, a Level 3 halt would end at the end of the trading day on which it is declared. This proposed change would allow for next-day trading to resume in all NMS Stocks no differently from any other trading day. In other words, an exchange could resume trading in any security when it first begins trading under its rules and would not need to wait for the primary listing market to re-open trading in a security before it could start trading such security.13 Accordingly, under the proposal, the Exchange could begin trading all UTP Securities at the beginning of the Exchange’s Early Trading Session at 7:00 a.m. ET, regardless of whether the primary listing markets for those securities have actually opened.14 To effect this change, the Exchange proposes to delete the language in Rule 7.12(b)(ii) requiring the Exchange to wait until the primary listing exchange opens the next trading day following a Level 3 market decline, and specify that the Exchange will halt trading for the remainder of the trading day. The proposed rule change would therefore allow each exchange to resume trading in all securities the next trading day following a Level 3 halt at whatever time such exchange normally begins trading under its rules, which for the Exchange would be the beginning of the Early Trading Session at 7:00 a.m. ET for UTP Securities and the beginning of the Core Trading Session at 9:30 a.m. for Tape A securities. The Exchange also expects that the primary listing exchanges will facilitate this change by sending resume messages to the applicable securities information processor (‘‘SIP’’) to lift the Level 3 trading halt message in all securities. The resumption messages will be disseminated after the SIP has started on the next trading day and before the start of the earliest pre-market trading session of all exchanges. If a security is separately subject to a regulatory halt that has not ended, the primary listing exchange would replace the Level 3 halt rules, as needed, to allow for normal course trading following a Level 3 halt, the futures markets would resume trading in their normal course at 6:00 p.m. ET (CFE and CME) or 8:00 p.m. ET (ICE) the same day as the Level 3 halt. 13 The Exchange anticipates that the other national securities exchanges and FINRA will also file similar proposals to amend their MWCB rules on the resumption of trading following Level 3 halts, and amend their rules, where required, to have their Level 3 next-day openings happen normally. 14 Only UTP Securities are eligible to trade in the Exchange’s Early Trading Session, which begins at 7:00 a.m. and continues until 9:30 a.m. See Rule 7.34(a)(1). The Exchange would not resume trading Tape A securities until the Core Trading Session begins at 9:30 a.m. ET. See Rule 7.34(a). PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16437 message with the applicable regulatory halt message. Having a consistent approach for all securities will make the opening process the day after a Level 3 halt more uniform and reduce complexity, which the Exchange believes is important after a significant market event. Based on industry feedback, the Exchange believes that resuming trading in the normal course in all equity securities will be more beneficial to the marketplace. By allowing trading to resume after a Level 3 halt in all securities no differently from any normal trading day under the respective rules of each exchange, the proposed rule change would provide greater certainty to the marketplace by ensuring a familiar experience for all market participants that trade NMS Stocks and balances out potential concerns around volatility. While the Exchange recognizes that the impact of this proposal is to permit all securities to be traded in the various exchanges’ early trading sessions,15 which do not have certain price protections for volatility such as LULD Bands or MWCB protections, the Exchange nonetheless believes that this outcome is outweighed by the benefits provided by resuming trading in the early trading sessions in a manner that is more familiar to the marketplace. Moreover, allowing the resumption of trading to occur on the various exchanges at the beginning of their early trading sessions in all NMS Stocks will allow for price formation to occur earlier in the trading day, which in turn allows market participants to react to news that has developed. As such, trading at the beginning of regular hours may be more orderly. The Exchange will announce the implementation date of the amendment to Rule 7.12(b)(ii) by Trader Update. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,16 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,17 in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market 15 Note that because Tape A securities are not eligible to be traded in the Exchange’s Early Trading Session, the Exchange will not resume trading Tape A securities until the Core Trading Session begins at 9:30 a.m. ET, but any other exchange with an early trading session could resume trading in Tape A securities at the beginning of its early trading session. 16 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 17 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1 16438 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 56 / Monday, March 23, 2020 / Notices system, and, in general to protect investors and the public interest. The market-wide circuit breaker mechanism under Rule 7.12 is an important, automatic mechanism that is invoked to promote stability and investor confidence during a period of significant stress when securities markets experience extreme broad-based declines. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change promotes just and equitable principles of trade in that it promotes transparency and uniformity across markets concerning when and how to halt trading in all stocks as a result of extraordinary market volatility, and how the markets will resume trading following a Level 3 market decline. As described above, the Exchange, together with other national securities exchanges and FINRA, is seeking to adopt a standardized approach related to resuming trading in NMS Stocks after a Level 3 MWCB halt. In this regard, the Exchange believes that the proposal to resume trading in all securities following a Level 3 halt in the same manner that securities would open trading on a regular trading day will benefit investors, the national market system, Exchange members, and the Exchange market by promoting a fair and orderly market and reducing confusion during a significant crossmarket event. By allowing trading to resume after a Level 3 halt in all securities no differently from any normal trading day under the respective rules of each exchange, the proposed rule change would provide greater certainty to the marketplace by ensuring a familiar experience for all market participants that trade NMS Stocks. Based on the foregoing, the Exchange believes the benefits to market participants from the MWCB under Rule 7.12 with the proposed standardized process for resuming trading in all securities following a Level 3 halt will promote fair and orderly markets, and protect investors and the public interest. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with 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 because the proposed Level 3 rule change described above would standardize the opening process for all securities on the Exchange, which would make the opening process the day after a Level 3 halt more uniform and reduce complexity. Further, the Exchange understands that FINRA and other national securities exchanges will file VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Mar 20, 2020 Jkt 250001 similar proposals to adopt the proposed Level 3 rule change. 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 The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 18 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.19 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 prior to 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.20 A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 21 normally does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the filing. However, pursuant to Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii),22 the Commission may 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 Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Commission notes that it approved a substantively similarly proposed rule change submitted by The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC.23 Waiver of the operative delay will ensure consistency across the market centers and the timely implementation of the proposed rule change. Accordingly, the Commission 18 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 20 17 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 Commission has waived the prefiling requirement. 21 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 22 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 23 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 88360 (March 11, 2020) (SR–NASDAQ–2020–03). 19 17 PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 waives the 30-day operative delay and designates the proposed rule change operative upon filing.24 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 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) 25 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 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– NYSE–2020–20 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–NYSE–2020–20. 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 24 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). 25 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 56 / Monday, March 23, 2020 / Notices 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. 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 Number SR–NYSE–2020–20 and should be submitted on or before April 13, 2020. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.26 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–06004 Filed 3–20–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–88404; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2020–20] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Listing and Trading of Shares of the First Trust TCW Securitized Plus ETF Under NYSE Arca Rule 8.600–E March 17, 2020. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 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 3, 2020, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) 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 list and trade shares of the First Trust TCW Securitized Plus ETF under NYSE Arca Rule 8.600–E (‘‘Managed Fund Shares’’). The proposed rule change is available 26 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Mar 20, 2020 Jkt 250001 on the Exchange’s website 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. 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 list and trade shares (‘‘Shares’’) of the First Trust TCW Securitized Plus ETF (the ‘‘Fund’’) under NYSE Arca Rule 8.600–E, which governs the listing and trading of Managed Fund Shares 4 on the Exchange. The Shares are offered by First Trust Exchange-Traded Fund VIII (the ‘‘Trust’’), which is registered with the Commission as an open-end management investment company.5 The Fund is a series of the Trust. First Trust Advisors L.P. is the investment adviser (‘‘First Trust’’ or ‘‘Adviser’’) to the Fund. TCW Investment Management Company LLC 4 A Managed Fund Share is a security that represents an interest in an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a–1) (‘‘1940 Act’’) organized as an open-end investment company or similar entity that invests in a portfolio of securities selected by its investment adviser consistent with its investment objectives and policies. In contrast, an open-end investment company that issues Investment Company Units, listed and traded on the Exchange under NYSE Arca Rule 5.2–E(j)(3), seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of a specific foreign or domestic stock index, fixed income securities index or combination thereof. 5 The Trust is registered under the 1940 Act. On January 21, 2020, the Trust filed with the Commission its registration statement on Form N– 1A under the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a), and under the 1940 Act relating to the Fund (File Nos. 333–210186 and 811–23147) (‘‘Registration Statement’’). The description of the operation of the Trust and the Fund herein is based, in part, on the Registration Statement. In addition, the Commission has issued an order upon which the Trust may rely, granting certain exemptive relief under the 1940 Act. See Investment Company Act Release No. 30029 (April 10, 2012) (File No. 812– 13795). PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16439 (‘‘TCW’’ or the ‘‘Sub-Adviser’’), serves as the Fund’s investment sub-adviser. First Trust Portfolios L.P. is the distributor (‘‘Distributor’’) for the Fund’s Shares. The Bank of New York Mellon acts as the administrator, custodian and transfer agent (‘‘Custodian’’ or ‘‘Transfer Agent’’) for the Fund. Commentary .06 to Rule 8.600–E provides that, if the investment adviser to the investment company issuing Managed Fund Shares is affiliated with a broker-dealer, such investment adviser shall erect and maintain a ‘‘fire wall’’ between the investment adviser and the broker-dealer with respect to access to information concerning the composition and/or changes to such investment company portfolio.6 In addition, Commentary .06 further requires that personnel who make decisions on the open-end fund’s portfolio composition must be subject to procedures designed to prevent the use and dissemination of material nonpublic information regarding the open-end fund’s portfolio. The Adviser and Sub-Adviser are not registered as broker-dealers. The Adviser is affiliated with First Trust Portfolios L.P., a broker-dealer, and has implemented and will maintain a fire wall with respect to its broker-dealer affiliate regarding access to information concerning the composition and/or changes to the portfolio. The SubAdviser is affiliated with multiple broker-dealers and has implemented and will maintain a fire wall with respect to its broker-dealer affiliates regarding access to information concerning the composition and/or changes to the portfolio. In the event (a) the Adviser or the Sub-Adviser becomes registered as a broker-dealer or newly 6 An investment adviser to an open-end fund is required to be registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Advisers Act’’). As a result, the Adviser and Sub-Adviser and their related personnel are subject to the provisions of Rule 204A–1 under the Advisers Act relating to codes of ethics. This Rule requires investment advisers to adopt a code of ethics that reflects the fiduciary nature of the relationship to clients as well as compliance with other applicable securities laws. Accordingly, procedures designed to prevent the communication and misuse of non-public information by an investment adviser must be consistent with Rule 204A–1 under the Advisers Act. In addition, Rule 206(4)–7 under the Advisers Act makes it unlawful for an investment adviser to provide investment advice to clients unless such investment adviser has (i) adopted and implemented written policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent violation, by the investment adviser and its supervised persons, of the Advisers Act and the Commission rules adopted thereunder; (ii) implemented, at a minimum, an annual review regarding the adequacy of the policies and procedures established pursuant to subparagraph (i) above and the effectiveness of their implementation; and (iii) designated an individual (who is a supervised person) responsible for administering the policies and procedures adopted under subparagraph (i) above. E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-88402; File No. SR-NYSE-2020-20]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change 
Amending Rule 7.12 Concerning the Resumption of Trading Following a 
Level 3 Market-Wide Circuit Breaker Halt

March 17, 2020.
    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 16, 2020, New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' or 
the ``Exchange'') 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 7.12 concerning the resumption 
of trading following a Level 3 market-wide circuit breaker halt. The 
proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's website 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.

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 7.12 \4\ concerning the 
resumption of trading following a Level 3 market-wide circuit breaker 
halt. The Exchange is proposing this rule change in conjunction with 
other national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry 
Regulatory Authority (``FINRA'').
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    \4\ Rule 80B is no longer operative. To reduce potential 
confusion regarding which rule governs market-wide circuit breakers, 
the Exchange proposes to delete the text associated with Rule 80B 
and to direct market participants to Rule 7.12.
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    Rule 7.12 provides a methodology for determining when to halt 
trading in all stocks due to extraordinary market volatility (i.e., 
market-wide circuit breakers). The market-wide circuit breaker 
mechanism (``MWCB'') under Rule 7.12 was approved by the Commission to 
operate on a pilot basis,\5\ the term of which was to coincide with the 
pilot period for the Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility 
Pursuant to Rule 608 of Regulation NMS (the ``LULD Plan''),\6\ 
including any extensions to the pilot period for the LULD Plan.\7\ In 
April 2019, the Commission approved an amendment to the LULD Plan for 
it to operate on a permanent, rather than pilot, basis.\8\ In light of 
the proposal to make the LULD Plan permanent, the Exchange amended Rule 
7.12 to untie the pilot's effectiveness from that of the LULD Plan and 
to extend the pilot's effectiveness to the close of business on October 
18, 2019.\9\ The Exchange then filed to extend the pilot for an 
additional year to the close of business on October 18, 2020.\10\
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67090 (May 31, 
2012), 77 FR 33531 (June 6, 2012) (SR-NYSE-2011-48).
    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67091 (May 31, 
2012), 77 FR 33498 (June 6, 2012). The LULD Plan provides a 
mechanism to address extraordinary market volatility in individual 
securities.
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 67090 (May 31, 
2012), 77 FR 33531 (June 6, 2012) (SR-NYSE-2011-48) (Approval 
Order); and 68784 (January 31, 2013), 78 FR 8662 (February 6, 2013) 
(SR-NYSE-2013-10) (Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of 
Proposed Rule Change to Delay the Operative Date of a Rule Change to 
NYSE Rule 80B).
    \8\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 85623 (April 11, 
2019), 84 FR 16086 (April 17, 2019).
    \9\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 85560 (April 9, 
2019), 84 FR 15247 (April 15, 2019) (SR-NYSE-2019-19) (``Rule 80B 
pilot extension filing''). At the time of the Rule 80B pilot 
extension filing, Rule 7.12 existed but was not operative with 
respect to Exchange-listed securities and was not amended to extend 
its effectiveness through October 18, 2019. Now that all Exchange-
listed securities have transitioned to the Pillar trading platform, 
Rule 7.12 is operative with respect to all securities trading on the 
Exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 85962 (May 29, 
2019), 84 FR 26188 (June 5, 2019) (SR-NYSE-2019-05). Although Rule 
80B is not applicable to trading of any securities on the Exchange, 
the Exchange believes that amending Rule 80B in this filing would 
reduce the potential for confusion.
    \10\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 87016 (September 
19, 2019), 84 FR 50502 (September 25, 2019) (SR-NYSE-2019-51).
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    The market-wide circuit breaker under Rule 7.12 provides an 
important, automatic mechanism that is invoked to promote stability and 
investor confidence during a period of significant stress when 
securities markets experience extreme broad-based declines. All U.S. 
equity exchanges and FINRA adopted uniform rules on a pilot basis 
relating to market-wide circuit breakers in 2012 (``MWCB Rules''), 
which are designed to slow the effects of extreme price movement 
through coordinated trading halts across securities markets when severe 
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market liquidity.\11\ Market-wide circuit breakers provide for trading 
halts in all equities and options markets during a severe market 
decline as measured by a single-day decline in the S&P 500 Index.
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    \11\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67090 (May 31, 
2012), 77 FR 33531 (June 6, 2012) (SR-BATS-2011-038; SR-BYX-2011-
025; SR-BX-2011-068; SR-CBOE-2011-087; SR-C2-2011-024; SR-CHX-2011-
30; SR-EDGA-2011-31; SR-EDGX-2011-30; SR-FINRA-2011-054; SR-ISE-
2011-61; SR-NASDAQ-2011-131; SR-NSX-2011-11; SR-NYSE-2011-48; SR-
NYSEAmex-2011-73; SR-NYSEArca-2011-68; SR-Phlx-2011-129) (``MWCB 
Approval Order'').
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    Pursuant to Rule 7.12, a market-wide trading halt will be triggered 
if the S&P 500 Index declines in price by specified percentages from 
the prior day's closing price of that index. Currently, the triggers 
are set at three circuit breaker thresholds: 7% (Level 1), 13% (Level 
2), and 20% (Level 3). A market decline that triggers a Level 1 or 
Level 2 halt after 9:30 a.m. ET and before 3:25 p.m. ET would halt 
market-wide trading for 15 minutes, while a similar market decline at 
or after 3:25 p.m. ET would not halt market-wide trading. A market 
decline that triggers a Level 3 halt at any time during the trading day 
would halt market-wide trading until the primary listing market opens 
the next trading day.
    Today, in the event that a Level 3 market decline occurs, the 
Exchange would halt trading for the remainder of the trading day, and 
would not resume until the primary listing market opens the next 
trading day. On the next trading day, all NYSE Group exchanges (i.e., 
the Exchange, NYSE American, Inc. (``NYSE American''), NYSE Arca, Inc. 
(``NYSE Arca''), NYSE National, Inc., and NYSE Chicago, Inc.) would 
remain closed for all symbols until 9:30 a.m. ET, at which time the 
Exchange, NYSE American, and NYSE Arca would begin their Core Open 
Auction processes for their primary-listed securities.
    Upon feedback from industry participants, the Exchange has been 
working with other national securities exchanges and FINRA to establish 
a standardized approach for resuming trading in all NMS Stocks 
following a Level 3 halt. The proposed approach would allow for the 
opening of all securities the next trading day after a Level 3 halt as 
a regular trading day, and is designed to ensure that Level 3 MWCB 
events are handled in a more consistent manner that is transparent for 
market participants.\12\
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    \12\ Of note, the U.S. futures markets, which have similar rules 
for coordinated MWCB halts, normally begin their ``next day'' 
trading session at 6:00 p.m. ET (for CFE and CME) or at 8:00 p.m. ET 
(for ICE). If the U.S. futures markets amend their MWCB rules, as 
needed, to allow for normal course trading following a Level 3 halt, 
the futures markets would resume trading in their normal course at 
6:00 p.m. ET (CFE and CME) or 8:00 p.m. ET (ICE) the same day as the 
Level 3 halt.
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    As proposed, a Level 3 halt would end at the end of the trading day 
on which it is declared. This proposed change would allow for next-day 
trading to resume in all NMS Stocks no differently from any other 
trading day. In other words, an exchange could resume trading in any 
security when it first begins trading under its rules and would not 
need to wait for the primary listing market to re-open trading in a 
security before it could start trading such security.\13\ Accordingly, 
under the proposal, the Exchange could begin trading all UTP Securities 
at the beginning of the Exchange's Early Trading Session at 7:00 a.m. 
ET, regardless of whether the primary listing markets for those 
securities have actually opened.\14\
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    \13\ The Exchange anticipates that the other national securities 
exchanges and FINRA will also file similar proposals to amend their 
MWCB rules on the resumption of trading following Level 3 halts, and 
amend their rules, where required, to have their Level 3 next-day 
openings happen normally.
    \14\ Only UTP Securities are eligible to trade in the Exchange's 
Early Trading Session, which begins at 7:00 a.m. and continues until 
9:30 a.m. See Rule 7.34(a)(1). The Exchange would not resume trading 
Tape A securities until the Core Trading Session begins at 9:30 a.m. 
ET. See Rule 7.34(a).
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    To effect this change, the Exchange proposes to delete the language 
in Rule 7.12(b)(ii) requiring the Exchange to wait until the primary 
listing exchange opens the next trading day following a Level 3 market 
decline, and specify that the Exchange will halt trading for the 
remainder of the trading day. The proposed rule change would therefore 
allow each exchange to resume trading in all securities the next 
trading day following a Level 3 halt at whatever time such exchange 
normally begins trading under its rules, which for the Exchange would 
be the beginning of the Early Trading Session at 7:00 a.m. ET for UTP 
Securities and the beginning of the Core Trading Session at 9:30 a.m. 
for Tape A securities. The Exchange also expects that the primary 
listing exchanges will facilitate this change by sending resume 
messages to the applicable securities information processor (``SIP'') 
to lift the Level 3 trading halt message in all securities. The 
resumption messages will be disseminated after the SIP has started on 
the next trading day and before the start of the earliest pre-market 
trading session of all exchanges. If a security is separately subject 
to a regulatory halt that has not ended, the primary listing exchange 
would replace the Level 3 halt message with the applicable regulatory 
halt message.
    Having a consistent approach for all securities will make the 
opening process the day after a Level 3 halt more uniform and reduce 
complexity, which the Exchange believes is important after a 
significant market event. Based on industry feedback, the Exchange 
believes that resuming trading in the normal course in all equity 
securities will be more beneficial to the marketplace. By allowing 
trading to resume after a Level 3 halt in all securities no differently 
from any normal trading day under the respective rules of each 
exchange, the proposed rule change would provide greater certainty to 
the marketplace by ensuring a familiar experience for all market 
participants that trade NMS Stocks and balances out potential concerns 
around volatility. While the Exchange recognizes that the impact of 
this proposal is to permit all securities to be traded in the various 
exchanges' early trading sessions,\15\ which do not have certain price 
protections for volatility such as LULD Bands or MWCB protections, the 
Exchange nonetheless believes that this outcome is outweighed by the 
benefits provided by resuming trading in the early trading sessions in 
a manner that is more familiar to the marketplace. Moreover, allowing 
the resumption of trading to occur on the various exchanges at the 
beginning of their early trading sessions in all NMS Stocks will allow 
for price formation to occur earlier in the trading day, which in turn 
allows market participants to react to news that has developed. As 
such, trading at the beginning of regular hours may be more orderly.
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    \15\ Note that because Tape A securities are not eligible to be 
traded in the Exchange's Early Trading Session, the Exchange will 
not resume trading Tape A securities until the Core Trading Session 
begins at 9:30 a.m. ET, but any other exchange with an early trading 
session could resume trading in Tape A securities at the beginning 
of its early trading session.
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    The Exchange will announce the implementation date of the amendment 
to Rule 7.12(b)(ii) by Trader Update.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 
6(b) of the Act,\16\ in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 
6(b)(5) of the Act,\17\ in particular, in that it is designed to 
promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments 
to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national 
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system, and, in general to protect investors and the public interest. 
The market-wide circuit breaker mechanism under Rule 7.12 is an 
important, automatic mechanism that is invoked to promote stability and 
investor confidence during a period of significant stress when 
securities markets experience extreme broad-based declines. The 
Exchange believes that the proposed rule change promotes just and 
equitable principles of trade in that it promotes transparency and 
uniformity across markets concerning when and how to halt trading in 
all stocks as a result of extraordinary market volatility, and how the 
markets will resume trading following a Level 3 market decline. As 
described above, the Exchange, together with other national securities 
exchanges and FINRA, is seeking to adopt a standardized approach 
related to resuming trading in NMS Stocks after a Level 3 MWCB halt. In 
this regard, the Exchange believes that the proposal to resume trading 
in all securities following a Level 3 halt in the same manner that 
securities would open trading on a regular trading day will benefit 
investors, the national market system, Exchange members, and the 
Exchange market by promoting a fair and orderly market and reducing 
confusion during a significant cross-market event. By allowing trading 
to resume after a Level 3 halt in all securities no differently from 
any normal trading day under the respective rules of each exchange, the 
proposed rule change would provide greater certainty to the marketplace 
by ensuring a familiar experience for all market participants that 
trade NMS Stocks.
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    \16\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \17\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    Based on the foregoing, the Exchange believes the benefits to 
market participants from the MWCB under Rule 7.12 with the proposed 
standardized process for resuming trading in all securities following a 
Level 3 halt will promote fair and orderly markets, and protect 
investors and the public interest.

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 because the proposed Level 3 
rule change described above would standardize the opening process for 
all securities on the Exchange, which would make the opening process 
the day after a Level 3 halt more uniform and reduce complexity. 
Further, the Exchange understands that FINRA and other national 
securities exchanges will file similar proposals to adopt the proposed 
Level 3 rule change.

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

    The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \18\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\19\ 
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 prior to 
30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as 
the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.\20\
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    \18\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \19\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \20\ 17 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 Commission has waived the pre-filing requirement.
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) \21\ normally 
does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the 
filing. However, pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii),\22\ the Commission 
may 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 Commission believes 
that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest. The Commission notes 
that it approved a substantively similarly proposed rule change 
submitted by The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC.\23\ Waiver of the operative 
delay will ensure consistency across the market centers and the timely 
implementation of the proposed rule change. Accordingly, the Commission 
waives the 30-day operative delay and designates the proposed rule 
change operative upon filing.\24\
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    \21\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \22\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \23\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 88360 (March 11, 
2020) (SR-NASDAQ-2020-03).
    \24\ 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 such 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 under 
Section 19(b)(2)(B) \25\ of the Act to determine whether the proposed 
rule change should be approved or disapproved.
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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 [email protected]. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSE-2020-20 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-NYSE-2020-20. 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

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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. 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 Number SR-
NYSE-2020-20 and should be submitted on or before April 13, 2020.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\26\
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    \26\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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J. Matthew DeLesDernier,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2020-06004 Filed 3-20-20; 8:45 am]
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