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Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on January 4, 2002, the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (“NYSE” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed 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 Exchange proposes to establish fees as of January 14, 2002 to be charged to members that are active on the floor of the Exchange who are required under NYSE Rule 103A (Specialist Stock Reallocation and Member Education and Performance) to participate in the Exchange's Floor Member Continuing Education Program on a semi-annual basis. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the NYSE 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 NYSE included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for its proposal and discussed any comments it received regarding the proposal. 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
NYSE Rule 103A requires members active on the floor of the Exchange to participate in the Exchange's Floor Member Continuing Education Program on a semi-annual basis and at such other times as may be necessary in connection with any particular matter or matters. Any floor member who fails to complete an educational program as scheduled must attend a make-up program no later than 120 days from the date of the originally scheduled program. Failure to do so will result in the member being precluded from entering on the floor until such time as the member satisfies the requirement to participate in the program.
A new interactive computer-based education program has been developed that will be implemented during January 2002. Participants will be required to be trained on market activities such as Opening, Intra-Day and the Closing. Specific categories include, but are not limited to: foreign stocks and parity, the opening of a volatile stock, NYSE Rule 127 (Block Positioning) and NYSE Rule 726 (Delivery of Options Disclosure Document and Prospectus) trades, CAP orders, error accounts, crossing sessions, MOC/LOC orders and informational imbalances. An industry committee has also been formed to guide the development of the content. Participation will continue to be required on a semi-annual basis, and a $100 registration fee will be charged for each session.
If a registrant fails to keep the scheduled appointment or does not complete the session, the registrant will be charged an additional $100 to re-register for another session.
The proposed fees are intended to help offset the costs of developing the program and infrastructure, administration, and ongoing development and maintenance.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule is consistent with the provisions of section 6(b)(4) of the Act, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members, issuers and other persons using its services.
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
Comments were neither solicited nor received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder, because it involves a due, fee, or other charge. 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.
VI. 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 the public in accordance with the Start Printed Page 2264provisions 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 file number SR-NYSE-2002-02 and should be submitted by February 6, 2002.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
[FR Doc. 02-1100 Filed 1-15-02; 8:45 am]
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