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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change by the Chicago Stock Exchange, Incorporated Relating to Execution of Odd-Lot Limit Orders for Nasdaq/NM Securities

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Start Preamble June 27, 2000.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice hereby is given that on June 9, 2000, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Incorporated (“CHX” 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 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 Article XXXI, Rule 9 of the Exchange's rules relating to execution of odd-lot limit orders for Nasdaq/NM Securities. The text of the proposed rule change is as follows. New text is italicized.

Article XXXI

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Rule 9. Execution of Odd-Lot Orders

(a)-(b) No change in text.

(c)(i-iii) No change in text.

(c)(iv) Buy Limit Orders. Buy limit orders in Dual Trading System issues shall be executed at the limit price only after there has been a full lot transaction in the primary market at a price at or below the limit price. A buy limit order in Nasdaq/NM Securities shall be executed at the limit price, on a share-for-share basis, based on the first to occur of (A) a reported full round lot transaction in any marketplace at a price at or below the limit price, or (B) odd lot transactions on the Exchange at a price at or below the limit price, provided however, that (1) if an odd lot or round lot transaction on the Exchange would cause an execution of a portion of the next odd-lot limit order in the specialist's limit order book, the entire next odd-lot limit order shall be executed; (2) an incoming round lot limit order will only cause execution of a “resting” round lot order (i.e., a round lot order in the specialist's limit order book) if the size of the incoming limit order is greater than or equal to the size of the resting round lot order plus the aggregate size of any odd lot orders that were executed at the limit price; and (3) if the auto-execution threshold is set at 0, odd lot orders shall continue to execute automatically in accordance with the foregoing but round lot orders shall be treated manually in accordance with Article XX, Rule 43(d).

(c)(v) Sell Limit Orders, Marked “Long.” Sell limit orders in Dual Trading System issues marked “long” shall be executed at the limit price, only after there has been a full lot transaction in the primary market at a price at or above the limit price. A sell limit order in Nasdaq/NM Securities marked “long” shall be executed at the limit price, on a share-for-share basis, based on the first to occur of (A) a reported full round lot transaction in any marketplace at a price at or above the limit price, or (B) odd lot transactions on the Exchange at a price at or above the limit price, provided, however, that (1) if an odd lot or round lot transaction on the Exchange would cause an execution of a portion of the next odd-lot limit order in the specialist's book, the entire next odd-lot limit order shall be executed; (2) an incoming round lot limit order will only cause execution of a “resting” round lot order (i.e., a round lot order in the specialist's limit order book) if the size of the incoming limit order is greater than or equal to the size of the resting round lot order plus the aggregate size of any odd lot orders that were executed at the limit price; and (3) if the auto-execution threshold is set at 0, odd lot orders shall continue to execute automatically in accordance with the foregoing but round lot orders shall be treated manually in accordance with Article XX, Rule 43(d),

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 regarding the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization 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 Exchange proposes to amend Article XXXI, Rule 9 of the Exchange's rules relating to execution of odd-lot limit orders for Nasdaq/NM Securities. The proposed rule change is intended to place the Exchange's rules in line with existing market pattern and practice relating to the trading of Nasdaq/NM Securities, by reflecting certain distinctions between transactions in Nasdaq/NM Securities and transactions in Dual Trading system securities, i.e., listed issues.

Under the Exchange's current version of Article XXXI, Rule 9, which governs execution of odd-lot limit orders, execution of an odd-lot limit order is conditioned on a full round-lot execution in the primary market. Because a primary market trigger is only available in the case of Dual Trading System securities (for which the New York Stock Exchange generally serves as the primary market), the Exchange proposes a rule change providing that in the case of Nasdaq/NM Securities, automatic execution of odd-lot limit orders would be triggered by the first to occur of a reported full round-lot transaction in any marketplace or an odd-lot transaction on the Exchange. The proposed rule change also contemplates that a round-lot limit order in a specialist's book would only be triggered if an incoming order is of sufficient size to “take out” the entire resting round lot.

The Exchange believes that the net effect of this rule change will be to dramatically increase the number of odd-lot limit orders for Nasdaq/NM securities that are executed on the Exchange. The Exchange contends that this enhancement will be to the benefit of the Exchange's order-sending firms and their investors.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) [3] of the Act in general and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act in particular,[4] in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments and to perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in Start Printed Page 42049general, to protect investors and the public interest.

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

The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will impose no burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

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 with respect to 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 at the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of the filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the CHX. All submissions should refer to file No. SR-CHX-00-19 and should be submitted by July 28, 2000.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority. [5]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 00-17146 Filed 7-6-00; 8:45 am]

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