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Self Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Approval to Proposal Rule Change Relating to the Specific Inclusion of Trade Correction Data and Exemptive Relief Information in the Specialist Evaluations Conducted by the Options Allocation, Evaluation and Securities Committee

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Start Preamble July 26, 2001.

On May 1, 2001, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] a proposed rule change to include trade correction data and exemptive relief information in the specialist evaluations conducted by the Options Allocation, Evaluation and Securities Committee.

The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on June 25, 2001.[3] The Commission received no comments on the proposal.

The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange [4] and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6 of the Act [5] and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Commission finds specifically that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act [6] because it is designed to perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission believes that exemptive relief and trade correction information Start Printed Page 40773is relevant in evaluating a specialist unit's performance and will assist the exchange in maintaining its market.

It is Therefore Ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[7] that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-Phlx-2001-50) be, and it hereby is, approved.

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. 44436 (June 15, 2001), 66 FR 33734.

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4. In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission notes that it 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. 01-19378 Filed 8-2-01; 8:45 am]