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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change by the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. Relating to Listed Company Fees for Closed-end Funds

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Start Preamble June 15, 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 May 3, 2000, the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (“NYSE” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “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 Start Printed Page 39217proposed rule change from interested persons.

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

The Exchange proposes to amend Paragraph 902.02 of the Exchange's Listed Company Manual (the “Manual”). Paragraph 902.02 of the Manual contains the schedule of current listing fees for companies listing securities on the Exchange. The text of the proposed rule change is as follows. New text is italicized.

Schedule of Current Listing Fees
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A. Original Listing Fee

A special charge of $36,800 in addition to initial fees (described below) is payable in connection with the original listing of a company's stock. In any event, each issuer (excluding closed-end funds) is subject to a minimum original listing fee of $150,000 inclusive of the special charge referenced in the proceeding sentence. Closed-end funds are subject to a minimum original listing fee based upon the number of shares outstanding as follows:

Up to 10 million shares—$100,000

Up to 24 million shares—125,000

Over 24 milllion shares—150,000

Minimum fees include the one time special charge of $36,800.

The special charge is also applicable to an application which in the opinion of the Exchange is a “back-door listing”. See Para. 703.08 (F) for definition.

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

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

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

1. Purpose

The proposed rule change amends the listed company fee schedule, set forth in Paragraph 902.02 of the Manual, as it applies to original listing fees. The Exchange seeks to adopt a minimum original listing fee for each new closed-end funding depending upon the number of shares offered. As proposed, closed-end funds would be subject to a minimum oringial listing fee based upon the number of shares outstanding as follows: up to 10 million shares—$100,000; up to 24 million shares—$125,000; and over 24 million shares—$150,000. This minimum would included the Exchange's one-time special charge of $36,800.

The Exchange recently received approval for a minimum fee that specifically excluded closed-end funds in anticipation of this filing because such funds, unlike corporations, do not issue additional shares of securities.[3] Thus, the Exchange felt it would be inappropriate to apply the same criteria to closed-end funds.

2. Statutory Basis

For these reasons, the Exchange believes that the propsoed rule change is consistent with Section 6 of the Act,[4] in general, and with Section 6(b)(4),[5] in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and issuers and other persons using its facilities.

Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement 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

Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:

(A) by order approve the proposed rule change, or

(B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be 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. Persons making written submissions 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 NYSE. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-NYSE-00-20 and should be submitted by July 24, 2000.

For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[6]

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Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 42606 (March 31, 2000), 65 FR 18415 (April 7, 2000) (SR-NYSE-00-10).

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