Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)  and Rule 19b—4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on May 1, 2000, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Incorporated (“CHX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission” or “SEC”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. On May 15, 2000, the Exchange amended the proposal.  The Exchange has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the CHX under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act, which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to amend its membership dues and fees schedule (the “Schedule”) to provide Exchange specialists and floor brokers with a credit of $.25 per trade executed during the Exchange's extended hours trading session (“E-Session”)  through October 1,200. The text of the proposed rule change is below. Additions are in italics. Deletions are in brackets.
MEMBERSHIP DUES AND FEES
1. Specialist Credits
Total monthly fees owned by a specialist to the Exchange will be reduced (but to no less than zero) by the application of the following [transaction] credits:
a. No change.
b. No change.
c. E-Session Credits. A credit of $.25 per trade executed during the E-Session. This credit shall be available through October 1, 2000.
2. Floor Broker Credits.
a. No change.
b. No change.
c. E-Session Credits. Total monthly fees owned by a floor broker to the Exchange will also be reduced (but to no less than zero) by the application of an E-Session Credit. “E-Session Credit” means a credit of $.25 per trade executed during the E-Session. This credit shall be available through October 1, 2000.
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 Start Printed Page 33384the most significant aspects of such statements.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
On October 29, 1999, the Exchange implemented the E-Session, which permits investors to submit limit orders for execution until 5:30 p.m., Central Time. To encourage members to seek additional order flow during the E-Session, the Exchange developed an E-Session credit program, necessitating a change to the Schedule. The proposal amends the Schedule to provide Exchange specialists and floor brokers with a credit of $.25 per trade executed during the E-Session through October 1, 2000.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act  in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any inappropriate burden on competition.
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.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder, because it involves a due, fee, or other charge. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate 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.
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. Persons making written submissions should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20549-0609. 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 inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All submissions should refer to file number SR-CHX-00-12, and should be submitted by June 13, 2000.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
3. See May 12, 2000 letter from Kathleen M. Boege, Associate General Counsel, CHX, to Nancy J. Sanow, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, SEC (“Amendment No. 1”). Amendment No. 1 states that the subject E-Session credit will be available through October 1, 2000.Back to Citation
5. On October 13, 1999, the Commission approved, on a pilot basis, the CHX's proposed rule change that allowed the CHX to implement an extended hours trading session. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 42004 (October 13, 1999), 64 FR 56548 (October 20, 1999) (SR-CHX-99-16). The E-Session is currently approved to continue through October 1, 2000. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 42463 (February 28, 2000), 65 FR 11817 (March 6, 2000) (SR-CHX-00-02).Back to Citation
9. The Commission notes that the proposal may raise questions concerning payment for order flow. To the extent that it does raise such issues, exchange members should consider best execution and disclosure obligations they may have under the federal securities laws in general, and particularly under Rules 10b-10 and 11Ac1-3 under the Act. 17 CFR 240.10b-10 and 17 CFR 240.11Ac1-3, respectively.Back to Citation
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