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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., Relating to the Opening of Nasdaq's SelectNet Service at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time

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Start Preamble August 15, 2001.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on August 14, 2001, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD” or “Association”), through its subsidiary The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (“Nasdaq”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission” or “SEC”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by Nasdaq. Nasdaq filed the proposal pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act,[3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(5) thereunder,[4] as one effecting a change in an existing order-entry or trading system of a self-regulatory organization, 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 Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

Nasdaq proposes to open its SelectNet service (“SelectNet”) at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”). Nasdaq will implement this rule change on September 4, 2001. The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is in italics.

4720. SelectNet Service

(a)-(c) No Change.

(d) Hours of Operation

The SelectNet Service shall operate from 8:00 a.m. ET to 6:30 p.m. ET.

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II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq 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. Nasdaq has prepared summaries, set forth 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

I. Purpose

Nasdaq's SelectNet Service is an order negotiation and delivery service that allows market participants to direct or broadcast orders to buy or sell Nasdaq securities to market makers or Electronic Communication Networks (“ECNs”). Trades executed through SelectNet are confirmed to the parties and the trade is automatically sent to Nasdaq's Automated Confirmation Transaction Service (“ACT”) and sent to clearing as “locked-in” transactions. Currently, Nasdaq operates SelectNet from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET. In response to requests from market participants seeking to expand their usage of SelectNet's communication and execution capabilities prior to normal market hours, Nasdaq has determined to open SelectNet one hour earlier, starting at 8 a.m. ET. Nasdaq will commence operating SelectNet at 8 a.m. starting September 4, 2001. Opening SelectNet earlier should further assist market participants in accessing trading partners prior to the Nasdaq market open. In turn, this enhanced access will provide more opportunities for Nasdaq market participants to manage pre-open order flows and engage in robust price discovery.

2. Statutory Basis

Nasdaq believes the proposed rule change is consistent with section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,[5] in that the proposal is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in processing information with respect to and facilitating transactions in securities, as well as removing impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 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

Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

The foregoing proposal has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act,[6] and Rule 19b-4(f)(5) [7] thereunder, in that it effects a change in an existing order-entry or trading system of a self-regulatory organization that does not: (1) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest, (2) impose any significant burden on competition, or (3) have the effect of limiting the access to or availability of the system.

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 furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

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, 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 he public in accordance with the provision Start Printed Page 43943of 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 Association. All submissions should refer to file number SR-NASD-2001-51 and should be submitted by September 11, 2001.

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

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Jonathan G. Katz,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 01-21015 Filed 8-20-01; 8:45 am]

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