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 August 16, 2000, the American Stock Exchange LLC (“Amex” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) the propose rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The proposed rule change has been filed by the Amex as a “non-controversial” rule change under Rule 19b-4(f)(6)  under the Act. 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 add Commentary .07 to Amex Rule 915; Amex Rule 902C(k); and Amex Rule 1004A, relating to disclaimers of liability and warranties with respect to the FORTUNE Indexes. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Office of the Secretary, Amex and at 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 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.Start Printed Page 52457
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange intends to list Index Funds Shares based on the FORTUNE 500 Index and the FORTUNE e-50 Index pursuant to Rule 19b-4(e) under the Act. In addition, the Exchange will trade options on the Indexes as well as options on the Index Fund Shares based on the Indexes. The Exchange proposes to add Amex Rules 1004A, 902C(k), and Commentary .07 to Rule 915 (“Rules”) relating to various disclaimers of liability and warranties in connection with the Indexes and trading in Index Fund Shares, index options, and options on the Index Fund Shares based on the Indexes (collectively, “Products”). The Rules would provide, among other things, that the Indexes are licensed for use by the Exchange in connection with the Products; that the Products have not passed on by FORTUNE for suitability for a particular use; and that the Products are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by FORTUNE. The Rules also state that FORTUNE does not warrant the accuracy and/or completeness of the Indexes or the data included therein, results to be obtained from use of the Indexes or such data, or fitness for a particular use with respect to the Indexes or such data.
Proposed Amex Rule 1004A is similar to Amex Rules 1004, 1005 and 1006, which provide various disclaimers for Standard & Poor's, Dow Jones, and Nasdaq Indexes in connection with Portfolio Depositary Receipts (e.g., SPDRs®, DIAMONDS®, and Nasdaq-100® Index Tracking Stock). Proposed Amex Rule 902C(k) is similar to various disclaimers in Rule 902C(c) through (j) relating to index options. Commentary .06 to Amex Rule 915 sets forth criteria applicable to options on Exchange-Traded Fund Shares, including Index Fund Shares, and proposed Commentary .07 to Amex Rule 915 establishes an approach similar to that in Amex Rules 1004-1006 and 902C for index disclaimers with respect to options on Index Fund Shares.
2. Statutory Basis
The proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b)  of the Act in general and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(5)  in particular in that is it designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 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 system, and, in general, to protect investor and the public interest; and are not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers and dealers.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
the Exchange represents that the proposed rule change will impose no 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 with respect to the proposed rule change.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder  because the proposed rule change has been properly designated from the Amex as effecting a change that: (1) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (3) does not become operative for 30 days from the date of filing, or such shorter time that the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. 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 the 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 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 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-Amex-00-45 and should be submitted by September 19, 2000.Start Signature
Margaret H. McFarland,
8. As required by Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii), the Exchange gave the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change.Back to Citation
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