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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change, Amendment No. 1, and Amendment No. 2 Thereto by the Pacific Exchange, Inc. Establishing a New Exchange Fee Based on the Number of Order Cancellation Routed Through the Exchange's Member Firm Interface

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Start Preamble January 9, 2002.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 [2] thereunder, notice is hereby given that on November 27, 2001, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (“PCX” 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 the Exchange. On December 13, 2001, the PCX submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.[3] On December 26, 2001, the PCX submitted Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change.[4] The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

The PCX proposes to establish a new fee based upon the number of order cancellations that are routed through the MFI.

The text of the proposed rule change, as amended, is available at the Office of Start Printed Page 2267the Secretary, PCX 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 PCX included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change, as amended, 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

1. Purpose

The Exchange is proposing to establish a fee to deal with various operational problems and costs resulting from the practice of immediately following orders routed through the Exchange's automated MFI with a cancel request. Since these orders frequently come in large numbers, components, of the MFI, such as the Floor Broker Hand Held Terminals (“HHTs”), can very quickly become backlogged, which increases Exchange costs and adversely impacts public customers, their clearing firms, and Lead Market Makers by making the execution of other customer orders less timely. A high volume of cancellations sent through the MFI to HHTs or to the Exchange's Limit Order Book also increases Exchange costs by requiring the Exchange to spend increased amounts on systems and other hardware to process increased order traffic flow.[5]

Under the proposed fee, the executing Clearing Member would be charged $1.00 for every order that it cancels through the MFI in any month where the total number of cancellations sent by the executing Clearing Member exceeds the total number of orders that same firm executed through the MFI in that same month. This fee will not apply to executing Clearing Members that cancel fewer than 500 orders through the MFI in a given month. The Exchange believes that the fee will help ease backlogs on the MFI and particularly HHTs.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that the proposal is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act,[6] in general, and section 6(b)(4) of the Act,[7] in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members and issuers and other persons using its facilities.

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

The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change, as amended, will impose any burden on competition.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

No written comments were solicited nor received.

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

The foregoing proposed rule change, as amended, has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [8] and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 [9] thereunder, because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge.[10] At any time within 60 days of December 26, 2001, the Commission may summarily abrogate such proposed rule change, as amended, 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.[11]

IV. Solicitation of Comments

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change, as amended, 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, as amended, that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change, as amended, 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 PCX.

All submissions should refer to File No. SR-PCX-2001-47 and should be submitted by February 6, 2002.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[12]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See letter from Cindy L. Sink, Senior Attorney, PCX, to Nancy J. Sanow, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation (“Division”), Commission, dated December 12, 2001 (“Amendment No. 1”). In Amendment No. 1, the PCX amended note 2 to the PCX Fee Schedule entitled “Options: Trade-Related Charges” to clarify that the fee will be assessed when the total number of orders an executing clearing member cancels through the PCX Member Firm Interface (“MFI”) in a particular month exceeds the total number of orders that member executes through the MFI in that same month.

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4.  See letter from Cindy L. Sink, Senior Attorney, PCX, to Nancy J. Sanow, Assistant Director, Division, Commission, dated December 21, 2001 (“Amendment No. 2”). In Amendment No. 2, the PCX clarified the purpose of the proposed rule change. For purposes of calculating the 60-day period, within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change under section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers that period to commence on December 26, 2001, the date the PCX filed Amendment No. 2. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).

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5.  This sentence was clarified to reflect a telephone converation between Cindy L. Sink, Senior Attorney, PCX, and Gordon Fuller, Counsel to the Assistant Director and Frank N. Genco, Attorney, Division, Commission, (January 3, 2002).

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8.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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10.  The Exchange's proposed rule change is substantially similar to a fee instituted by the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc., which became immediately effective on July 27, 2001, and a fee instituted by the American Stock Exchange LLC, which became immediately effective on November 27, 2001. See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 44607 (July 27, 2001), 66 FR 40757 (August 3, 2001), (Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness, SR-CBOE-2001-40); and 45110 (November 27, 2001), 66 FR 63080 (December 4, 2001), (Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness, SR-Amex-2001-90).

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11.  See 15 U.S.C. 78(b)(3)(C).

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