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 13, 2001, the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (“NYSE” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the Start Printed Page 37510proposed rule change as described in Items, I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. 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 proposed rule change consists of an amendment to NYSE Rule 13.30 to decrease the minimum number of shares for XPress order and quotes and to decrease the time that a published bid or offer must remain at the same price to be XPress eligible. The text of the proposed rule change is set forth below. Additions are in italics. Deletions are in brackets.
Rule 13 Definitions of Orders
.30 The minimum number of shares for an XPress order is [25,000] 15,000 shares. The published bid or offer must be at the same price for no less than [25,000] 15,000 shares for at least  15 seconds in order to be indicated as an XPress Quote.
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 Exchange 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 Exchange 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
As part of its continuing efforts to enhance participation in its auction market, the Exchange created a new type of order, known as an XPress Order, which was approved by the Commission in December 2000. The Exchange believes that this order type responds to the needs of market participants for “clean executions when entering large-size orders in response to bids and offers which have been displayed for a minimum time period.
An XPress order is defined as an order of a specified minimum size which is to be executed against a displayed XPress quote, or at an improved price, if obtainable. In order to be indicated as an XPress quote, a published bid or offer must be for no less than the specified minimum share size at the same price for no less than 30 seconds. The minimum size for XPress orders and XPress quotes initially has been set at 25,000 shares.
In filing SR-NYSE-99-24, the Exchange discussed decreasing the minimum size and time thresholds for XPress orders and quotations within six months after the initial implementation of the XPress product. At this time, and in accordance with this previously expressed intention, the Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Rule 13.30 to:
(i) Reduce the minimum size of an XPress quote from 25,000 shares to 15,000 shares;
(ii) Reduce the time period for designation as an XPress quote from 30 seconds to 15 seconds; and
(iii) Reduce the minimum size of an XPress order from 25,000 shares to 15,000 shares.
The Exchange believes that these reductions in the size and time thresholds are appropriate in order to expand the availability of the XPress product.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes the basis for this proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(5) of the Act  that an Exchange have rules that are designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. In addition, the Exchange believes that the XPress system is consistent with Section 11A(a)(1)(C)(i) of the Act  in that it is in the public interest and appropriate for the protection of investors and the maintenance of fair and orderly markets to assure the economically efficient execution of securities transactions.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
The Exchange has not solicited or received written comments on the proposed rule change.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission will:
A. By order approve the proposed rule change, or
B. Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.
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 the NYSE. All submissions should refer to the File No. SR-NYSE-2001-14 and should be submitted by August 8, 2001.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
3. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 43763 (December 21, 2000) 65 FR 83120 (December 29, 2000).Back to Citation
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