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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by the Cincinnati Stock Exchange, Inc. Establishing a Fee Schedule for Nasdaq/National Market Securities Transactions and Establishing a Revenue Sharing Program for Trading in Nasdaq/National Market Securities

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Start Preamble December 11, 2001.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act” or “Exchange Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on November 29, 2001, the Cincinnati Stock Exchange, Inc. (“CSE” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by CSE.[3] 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 Exchange proposes to amend the Exchange's rules to establish a fee schedule for transactions in Nasdaq/National Market securities (“Nasdaq/NM Securities”) and to establish a revenue sharing program to reflect recent developments in competitive business strategy. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the principal offices of the CSE and at the Commission.

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 CSE included statements concerning the purpose of, and the 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 Start Printed Page 65525in Item IV below. CSE 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

1. Purpose

The Exchange is proposing two amendments to the Exchange Rules governing transaction fees and market data revenue credits in keeping with recent trends in the securities industry.

The first amendment adds subsection (2) to CSE Rule 11.10(A)(e), (“Crosses and Meets”). Proposed subsection (2) establishes a fee schedule for transactions in Nasdaq/NM Securities.

The second amendment creates in incentive for CSE members to trade Nasdaq/NM Securities on the Exchange and will be codified as CSE Rule 11.10(A)(l) (“Tape ‘C’ Transaction Credit”). The Exchange believes the credit is a logical next step in its efforts to provide competitive exchange services to CSE members trading Nasdaq/NM Securities. Under the Nasdaq program,[4] CSE member firms will receive a 75 percent (75%) pro rata transaction credit on all Nasdaq Tape C market data revenue generated by CSE member trading of Nasdaq/NM Securities.

2. Statutory Basis

The proposed rule change is generally consistent with section 6(b) of the Act.[5] The proposed rule change also furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(5) of the Act,[6] particularly, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and 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. The proposal also is consistent with section 6(b)(4) of the Act [7] in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among Exchange members by crediting CSE members on a pro rata basis.

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

The CSE 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, as amended.

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 rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [8] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder,[9] as establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge paid solely by members of the CSE. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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.[10]

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 CSE. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-CSE-2001-05 and should be submitted by January 9, 2002.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[11]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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3.  The CSE confirmed that the filing received by the Commission on November 29, 2001, file number SR-CSE-2001-05, replaced in its entirety the filing received by the Commission on November 20, 2001, also with the file number SR-CSE-2001-05. Telephone discussion between Jeffrey T. Brown, Vice President, Regulation and General Counsel, CSE, and Christopher B. Stone, Attorney Advisor, Division of Market Regulation, Commission (Dec. 10, 2001).

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4.  Nasdaq/NM Securities will be traded on CSE pursuant to section 12(f) of the Act as well as the Joint Self-Regulatory Organization Plan Governing the Collection, Consolidation, and Dissemination of Quotation and Transaction Information for Nasdaq-Listed Securities traded on Exchanges on an Unlisted Trading Privileges Basis (“Nasdaq-UTP Plan”).

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10.  See section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).

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[FR Doc. 01-31196 Filed 12-18-01; 8:45 am]