Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to section 11A(a)(3)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) modifies its June 8, 2000 Order  to the American Stock Exchange LLC (“Amex”), the Boston Stock Exchange, Inc., the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc., the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc., the Cincinnati Stock Exchange, Inc., the International Securities Exchange, LLC, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD”), the New York Stock Exchange, Inc., the Pacific Exchange, Inc., and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (collectively the “Participants” and individually a “Participant”) to extend the deadlines set forth in the June 8, 2000 Order that require the Participants to submit studies concerning the implementation of decimal pricing in equity securities and options by June 8, 2001, and rule filings to establish the minimum price variation (“MPV”) in each market for quoting equity securities and options by July 9, 2001.
The Commission's June 8, 2000 Order establish the framework for the Participants to convert their quotation prices in equity securities and options from fractions to decimals. Pursuant to the Order, the Participants submitted an implementation plan and successfully completed the phasing-in of decimal pricing in all equity securities and options on April 9, 2001.
The June 8, 2000 Order also established two other requirements. First, the Order required the Participants to submit to the Commission by June 8, 2001 studies that would analyze how the decimal conversion had affected systems capacity, liquidity, and trading behavior. These studies would offer insights into proper MVPs that should be maintained for pricing equity securities and options, as well as any changes to self-regulatory rules necessary to maintain fair and orderly markets. Second, the Order required the Participants to submit by July 9, 2001 rule filings that would individually establish an MPV for each market.
In view of the complexities of more of the issues that have been raised concerning decimal pricing, the Commission believes that it is necessary and appropriate to extend the original deadlines set forth in the June 8, 2000 Order for the Participants to submit their studies and rule filings. The Commission believes that such an extension is necessary to give the Participants adequate time to thoroughly analyze all of the vital investor protection and market integrity issues that need to be addressed in order to preserve the benefits of decimalization.
It Is Hereby Ordered, pursuant to section 11A(a)(3)(B) of the Exchange Act, that the Participants shall submit their studies to the Commission no later than September 10, 2001, and that the Participants shall submit their rule filings pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Exchange Act no later than November 5, 2001. All other aspects of the Commission's June 8, 2000 Order remain in effect until otherwise ordered by the Commission.Start Signature
By the Commission.
Margaret H. McFarland,
1. Section 11A(a)(3)(B) authorizes the Commission, in furtherance of its statutory directive to facilitate the establishment of a national market system, by rule or order, “to authority or require self-regulatory organizations to act jointly with respect to matters as to which they share authority under [the Act] in planning, developing, operating, or regulating a national market system (or a subsystem thereof) or one or more facilities thereof.” 15 U.S.C. 78k-1(a)(3)(B).Back to Citation
2. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 42914 (June 8, 2000), 65 FR 38010 (June 19, 2000).Back to Citation
3. The difficulties inherent in conducting useful analyses of the effects of decimalization in such a short time frame were also discussed in a letter from the Amex requesting an extension of the June 8, 2001 deadline for decimalization studies. See letter to Annette Nazareth, Director, Division of Market Regulation, from Peter Quick, Amex President, dated My 9, 2001. The Commission believes that the study deadline should be extended not only from the Amex, but also for the other securities exchanges and the NASD.Back to Citation
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