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 June 26, 2001, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Incorporated (“CHX” or “Exchange) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act, and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder, which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 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 Term of Substance of the Proposal
The Exchange proposes to extend through November 5, 2001 the pilot rule changes amending certain CHX rules that were impacted by the securities industry transition to a decimal pricing environment. the pilot currently is due to expire on July 9, 2001. The CHX does not propose to make any substantive changes to the pilot; the only change is an extension of the pilot's expiration date through November 5, 2001. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Commission and at the CHX.
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 CHX included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for its proposal and discussed any comments it received regarding the proposal. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The CHX has prepared summaries, set for in Section 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
On August 24, 2000, the Commission approved, on a pilot basis through February 28, 2001, changes proposed by the Exchange to amend certain CHX rules that would be impacted by the securities industry transition to a decimal pricing environment. Following one extension of the pilot through July 9, 2001, the Exchange now requests an extension of the same pilot through November 5, 2001.
The pilot for which the Exchange seeks an extension amended certain CHX rules that were impacted by the securities industry transition to a decimal pricing environment. Specifically, the exchange proposed continued pilot approval of these groups of changes to CHX Article II, rule 37, which would (1) allow specialists to elect, on an issue by issue basis, to either manually or automatically execute limit orders when a trade-through occurs in the primary market; (2) remove the “pending auto-stop” functionality in the Exchange's systems; and (3) allow a specialist, on an issue by issue basis, to establish an auto execution guarantee that is not dependent on the ITS Best Bid or Offer (“ITS BBO”) or National Best bid or Offer (“NBBO”) size, The Exchange believes that decimal pricing is likely to continue to affect the CHX trading environment, and the interaction between the CHX and the national market system, in a manner that necessitates extension of these pilot rule amendments, that are designed to minimize the adverse impact of decimalization on trading operations.
2. Statutory Basis
The CHX believes the proposal is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder that are applicable to a national securities exchange, and, in particular, with the requirements of Section 6(b). The CHX believes the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to, and to perfect the mechanism of, a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any inappropriate 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 either solicited or received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not:
(i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest;
(ii) Impose any significant burden on competition; and
(iii) Become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) Start Printed Page 35685thereunder. 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 furthermore of the purposes of the Act.
The Exchange has requested that the Commission accelerate the operative date. The Commission finds good cause to designate the proposal to become operative immediately because such designation is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Acceleration of the operative date will allow the pilot to continue uninterrupted through November 5, 2001, the deadline for which self-regulatory organizations must file proposed rule changes to set the minimum price variation for quoting in a decimals environment. For these reasons, the Commission finds good cause to designate that the proposal is both effective and operative upon filing with the Commission.
IV. Solicitation of Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposal is consistent with the Act. Persons making written submissions should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Security and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609. Copies of the submission 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 the CHX. All submissions should refer to file number SR-CHX-2001-13 and should be submitted by July 27, 2001.
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.Start Signature
Jonathan G. Katz,
5. The Exchange provided the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposal on June 15, 2001, pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6). 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).Back to Citation
6. Telephone conservation between Kathleen M. Boege, Associate General Counsel, CHX, and Joseph P. Morra, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation, SEC, June 28, 2001.Back to Citation
7. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 43204 (August 24, 2000), 65 FR 53065 (August 31, 2000)(SR-CHX-00-22).Back to Citation
8. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 43874 (February 16, 2001), 66 FR 11621 (February 26, 2001)(SR-CHX-2001)(SR-CHX-03).Back to Citation
9. As noted above, in February, 2001, the CHX extended the effective date of its decimal-related pilot rules through July 9, 2001, the date by which national securities exchanges and the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. were required to submit their rule filings to establish minimum price variations for the quoting of equity securities or options. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 42914 (June 8, 2000), 65 FR 38010 (June 19, 2000). These rule filings were scheduled to follow the submission of studies by each market that describe the impact of decimalization on trading behavior, capacity and liquidity and that likely would offer insights into any other rule changes that would be necessary to maintain fair and orderly markets. The Commission subsequently extended the dates by which both these studies and related rule filings must be submitted. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 44336 (May 22, 2001), 66 FR 29368 (May 30, 2001). The Exchange is now requesting that its decimalization-related pilot rules be extended through November 5, 2001, the new date for filing of exchange rule changes.Back to Citation
10. This submission does not concern “typographical” amendments to CHX rules, where the sole change that was proposed by the Exchange was the substitution of a decimal price increment for the fractional price increment set forth in certain CHX rules. The proposed “typographical” amendments were the subject of a separate submission previously approved by the Commission on a permanent basis. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 43256 (September 6, 2000), 65 FR 55659 (September 14, 2000).Back to Citation
15. 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).Back to Citation
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