Pursuant to section 11A(a)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)  and Rule 11Aa3-2 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on September 20, 2000, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (“Phlx” or “Exchange”) submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) an amendment to the Options Intermarket Linkage Plan (“Linkage Plan”). The amendment proposes to add the Phlx as a participant to the Linkage Plan. The Commission is publishing this notice and order to solicit comments from interested persons on the proposed Linkage Plan amendment, and to grant temporary effectiveness to the proposed Linkage Plan amendment through January 18, 2001.
I. Description and Purpose of the Amendment
The current participants to the Linkage Plan are Amex, CBOE, and ISE. The proposed amendment to the Linkage Plan would add the Phlx as a participant to the Linkage Plan. The Phlx has submitted a signed copy of the Linkage Plan to the Commission in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Linkage Plan regarding new participants. Section 4(c) and 5(c)(ii) of the Linkage Plan provide for the admission of new participants, in which eligible exchanges  may become a party to the plan by: (i) executing a copy of the plan, as then in effect; (ii) effecting an amendment to the plan reflecting the addition of the new participant's name and obtaining the Commission's approval of the plan as amended to reflect the new participant; and (iii) paying the applicable fee.
II. Solicitation of Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed Linkage Plan amendment 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, and all written statements with respect to the proposed Linkage Plan amendment that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed Linkage Plan amendment between the Commission and any person, other than those 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 the filing also will be available at the principal offices of the Phlx. All submissions should refer to File No. 4-429 and should be submitted by October 30, 2000.
III. Commission's Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Plan Amendment
After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed Linkage Plan amendment is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder. Specifically, the Commission believes that the proposed amendment, which permits Phlx to become a participant to the Linkage Plan, is consistent with Section 11A(a)(1)(D) of the Act, in which Congress found that the linking of all markets for qualified securities through communication and data processing facilities will foster efficiency, enhance competition, increase the information available to brokers, and investors, facilitate the offsetting of investors' orders, and contribute to best execution of such orders. The Commission believes the proposed amendment to include Phlx as a participant in the Linkage Plan is also consistent with Rule 11Aa3-2  in that it will contribute to the maintenance of fair and orderly markets and remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a national market system by allowing the linked markets to more easily access better prices available on the participant exchanges.
The Commission finds good cause to grant temporary effectiveness to the proposed Linkage Plan amendment, for 120 days, until January 18, 2001. The Commission believes that it is necessary and appropriate in the public interest, for the maintenance of fair and orderly markets, to remove impediments to, and perfect mechanisms of, a national market system to allow the Phlx to become a participant in the Linkage Plan. The Commission finds, therefore, that granting temporary effectiveness of the proposed Linkage Plan amendment is appropriate and consistent with Section 11A of the Act.
It Is Therefore Ordered, pursuant to Section 11A of the Act  and Rule 11Aa3-2 thereunder, that the proposed Linkage Plan amendment is Start Printed Page 58585approved for 120 days, through January 18, 2001.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
3. On July 28, 2000, the Commission approved a national market system plan for the purpose of creating and operating an intermarket options market linkage proposed by the American Stock Exchange LLC (“Amed”), the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (“CBOE”), and the International Securities Exchange LLC (“ISE”). See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 43086 (July 28, 2000), 65 FR 48023 (August 4, 2000).Back to Citation
4. The Plan defines an “eligible exchange” as a national securities exchange registered with the Commission pursuant to Section 6(a) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78f(a), that is a participant in the Options Clearing Corporation and a party to the Options Price Reporting Authority Plan.Back to Citation
5. In approving this proposed Linkage Plan amendment, the Commission has considered the proposal's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).Back to Citation
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