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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated To Make Certain Changes to Its Fee Schedule

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Start Preamble May 18, 2000.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on April 26, 2000, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (“CBOE” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Start Printed Page 34240(“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

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

The CBOE proposes to rescind certain customer equity options fees. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the CBOE and the Commission.

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 CBOE included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the purposed 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 CBOE has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

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

1. Purpose

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to rescind certain customer equity option fees. These fee changes are being implemented by the Exchange pursuant to CBOE Rule 2.22 and will be in effect as of May 1, 2000.

Specifically, the CBOE proposes to rescind transaction fees for manually executed equity options orders for public customers. The CBOE also proposes to eliminate the trade match fee for manually executed equity options orders for public customers.[3] Finally, the CBOE proposes to eliminate the floor brokerage fee assessed to floor brokers for execution of equity options orders of public customers. The Exchange believes this fee change would generate significant savings for its customers.

2. Statutory Basis

The CBOE believes that the proposed rule change would be consistent with the provisions of Section 6(b) of the Act [4] in general and would further the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) [5] in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among Exchange members.

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

The CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change would result in any burden on competition.

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

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

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

Because the foregoing rule change establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(B)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [6] and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 [7] thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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 purpose of the Act.

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. Persons making written submission should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 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 No. SR-CBOE-00-19 and should be submitted by June 16, 2000.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority. [8]

Jonathan G. Katz,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  The Exchange recently has rescinded transaction fees and trade match fees for public customer equity options orders routed through the Exchange's electronic Order Routing System. See File No. SR-CBOE-00-06.

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6.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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[FR Doc. 00-13241 Filed 5-25-00; 8:45 am]

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