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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Order Granting Approval to Proposed Rule Change by the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. To Institute an Antitrust Compliance Policy

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Start Preamble July 9, 2001.

On March 5, 2001, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (“Phlx” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act Start Printed Page 36816of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 [2] thereunder, a proposal to institute an Antitrust Compliance Policy. On June 7, 2001, the Commission published the proposed rule change in the Federal Register.[3] The Commission received no comments on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change.

The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.[4] In particular, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with section 6(b)(5) of the Act which requires, among other things, that the rules of an exchange be designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade; to facilitate transactions in securities; to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system; and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.[5]

In September 2000, the Commission issued an order instituting public administrative proceedings against Phlx and other options exchanges, finding that Phlx and the other options exchanges had, among other things, followed a course of conduct that limited multiple listing of options, impeded competition in multiple listing, and failed appropriately to enforce rules relating to harassment and intimidation of members.[6] The Commission believes that Phlx's establishment of an Antitrust Compliance Policy should help to promote just and equitable principles of trade.

It Is Therefore Ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[7] that the proposed rule change (SR-Phlx-2001-19) is approved.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[8]

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Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 44373 (May 31, 2001), 66 FR 30783.

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4.  In approving the proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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6.  See Order Instituting Public Administrative Proceedings Pursuant to Section 19(h)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Making Findings and Imposing Remedial Sanctions, Securities Exchange Act Release No. 43268 (September 11, 2001).

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[FR Doc. 01-17517 Filed 7-12-01; 8:45 am]

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