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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. To Extend the Pilot Period Relating to the Processing of Live Ammo Orders Until December 15, 2000

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Start Preamble October 31, 2000.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] Rule 19b-4 [2] thereunder, notice is hereby given that on October 26, 2000, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (“CBOE” 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 CBOE. 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 extend until December 15, 2000, the pilot program that allows an Order Book Official (“OBO”) or a Designated Primary Market-Maker (“DPM”) to designate certain booked orders to be electronically executed (“Live Ammo to RAES”). The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Office of the Secretary, CBOE and at the Commission.Start Printed Page 67024

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

In its filing with the Commission, CBOE 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 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

On February 2, 2000, the Commission approved, on a pilot basis, a system change that allows an OBO or a DPM to reroute orders on the electronic book screen that displays market orders and limit orders and improve the market (“Live Ammo”) to the Retail Automatic Execution System (“RAES”) if the orders are RAES-eligible.[3] The pilot is scheduled to expire on October 31, 2000.

The Exchange now proposes to extend the pilot until December 15, 2000. The Exchange is currently preparing a proposed rule change, which will propose to adopt the Live Ammo to RAES processing system on a permanent basis. Thus, the proposed extension of the pilot will allow the Live Ammo to RAES system to remain in place while the Commission considers the Exchange's proposal to permanently approve the system. The Exchange also believes that extending the pilot will continue to allow for the faster execution of customer orders and prevent a backlog of customer orders on the Live Ammo screen.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,[4] in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5),[5] in particular, because it would foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, and processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, and would remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market in a manner consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest.

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

CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of purposes of the Act.

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

Because the proposed rule change: (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 as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [6] and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) [7] thereunder.[8]

A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6)[9] normally does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing. However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii)[10] permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange seeks to have the proposed rule change become operative immediately in order to allow the Pilot to continue in effect on an uninterrupted basis. The Commission, consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, has determined to make the proposed rule change operative immediately through December 15, 2000. The extension of the Pilot will provide the Commission with the time necessary to review and evaluate the Exchange's proposal to permanently adopt the Live Ammo to RAES system.

The Commission notes that unless the pilot is extended, the Pilot will expire on October 31, 2000, which the Commission believes could result in confusion regarding how orders on the Live Ammo screen should be handled. Therefore, the Commission believes that it is in the public interest to extend the Pilot.

Based on these reasons, the Commission believes that it is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest that the proposed rule change become operative immediately through December 15, 2000.[11] 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 that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in 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, NW, Washington DC 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 CBOE. All submissions should refer to File no. SR-CBOE-00-50 and should be submitted by November 29, 2000.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[12]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 42379, 65 FR 6665 (February 10, 2000). The Exchange rule pertaining to the processing of Live Ammo orders is Rule 7.4(g).

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8.  As required under Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii), the Exchange provided the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the filing date.

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10.  17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).

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11.  For purposes only of accelerating the operative date of this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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[FR Doc. 00-28650 Filed 11-7-00; 8:45 am]

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