On December 11, 2001, the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (“NYSE”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)  and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, a proposed rule change amending NYSE Rule 902, Off-Hours Trading Orders, to permit the submission of member to member coupled orders in Crossing Session I in order to close out error positions.
The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on January 14, 2002. The Commission received no comments on the proposal.
After careful review, 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, and, in particular, the requirements of section 6 of the Act  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. Section 6(b)(5)  requires, among other things, that the rules of an exchange be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, 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 Commission believes that the proposed rule change promotes the objectives of this section of the Act. Specifically, the proposed rule change allows the submission of member to member coupled orders during Crossing Session I, when they normally would not be permitted, for the limited purpose of closing out error positions. The Commission believes that this limited exception will foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities and remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system by removing an impediment to closing out error positions. Moreover, the Commission believes that it is generally in the public interest to facilitate the closing out of error positions.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-NYSE-2001-49) be, and it hereby is, approved.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
4. In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).Back to Citation
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8. The NYSE confirmed that the new exception to NYSE Rule 902(a)(ii) (embodied in proposed NYSE Rule 902(a)(ii)(C)) is subject to NYSE Rule 906, Impact of Trading Halts on Off-Hours Trading, and, therefore, the proposed exception does not permit trading of a security that is subject to a trading halt under NYSE Rule 906 (a) or (b). Telephone discussion between Donald Siemer, Director Rule Development, Market Surveillance Division, NYSE, and Christopher B. Stone, Attorney Advisor, Division of Market Regulation, Commission (January 7, 2002).Back to Citation
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