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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto and Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Amendment No. 2 Thereto by the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. Relating to the Exchange's AutoQuote System

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Start Preamble March 15, 2002.

I. Introduction

On December 17, 2001, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (“CBOE” or “Exchange”) submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] a proposed rule change relating to the Exchange's Auto-Quote System. The Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change on February 7, 2002.[3] The Federal Register published the proposed rule change and Amendment No. 1 for comment on February 13, 2002.[4] The Exchange filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change on March 7, 2002.[5] The Commission received no comments on the proposed rule change. This order approves the proposed rule change, as amended by Amendment No. 1, and issues notice of, and grants accelerated approval to, Amendment No. 2.

II. Description of Proposal

CBOE Rule 8.15 currently provides that the appropriate MPC may appoint Lead Market-Makers (“LMMs”) and Supplemental Market-Makers (“SMMs”) for a specified period of time to participate in opening rotations in S&P 100 options (“OEX”) and options on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (“DJX”). The proposed rule change amends CBOE Rule 8.15 to make explicit in the rule that the appropriate Market Performance Committee (“MPC”) may appoint LMMs and SMMs to determine a formula for generating automatically updated market quotations and to use the Exchange's AutoQuote system or to provide a proprietary automated quotation updating system to monitor and automatically update market quotations during the trading day in any options class for which a Designated Primary Market-Maker (“DPM”) has not been appointed.

Proposed new paragraph (d) of CBOE Rule 8.15 provides that LMMs and SMMs appointed pursuant to the CBOE Rule 8.15 to determine a formula for generating automatically updated market quotations must, for the period in which its acts as LMM or SMM, use the Exchange's AutoQuote system or a proprietary automated quotation updating system to update market quotations during the trading day. Proposed paragraph (d) also requires LMMs to disclose to the trading crowd the variables of the formula for generating automatically updated market quotations unless exempted by the appropriate MPC. Proposed paragraph (d) further provides a cross-reference to the requirements of Interpretation .07 to CBOE Rule 8.7, which sets forth the AutoQuote obligations of market makers.[6] The Exchange also proposes to eliminate the references to S&P 100 options and options on the DJX from CBOE Rule 8.15 so that the appropriate MPC may appoint LMMs and SMMs in other options classes without having to file a proposed rule change with the Commission.

III. Discussion

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.[7] Specifically, the Commission believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the Section 6(b)(8) [8] requirement that the rules of an exchange not impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

The Commission believes that the proposed rule change should deter collective action, except as authorized by the Exchange's rules, by clearly establishing in the Exchange's rules the responsibilities of, and conduct permitted by, Exchange members in setting AutoQuote parameters. For instance, the proposal amends CBOE Rule 8.15 to make explicit in the rule that in options for which a DPM has not been appointed, the Exchange's MPC may appoint LMMs and SMMs to determine a formula for generating automatically updated market quotations and to use the Exchange's AutoQuote system or to provide a proprietary automated quotation updating system. The Commission believes this provision should clarify the obligations of LMMs and SMMs with respect to the Exchange's AutoQuote system. In addition, the proposal would permit the LMM or SMM to receive input from members of the crowd in setting the parameters of the formula used to automatically update options quotations. At this time, the Commission believes it is reasonable for the Exchange's rules to permit members of the crowd to be given a voice in setting AutoQuote parameters because, pursuant to the Exchange's rules, they will be obligated to execute orders at the resultant quote.[9]

Finally, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is designed to effectively limit the circumstances in which collective action is permissible.

The Commission finds good cause for accelerating approval of Amendment No. 2 because it clarifies the obligations of LMMs and SMMs regarding AutoQuote. Accordingly, the Commission finds that good cause exists, consistent with sections 6(b)(5) of the Act,[10] and section 19(b)(2) of the Act[11] to accelerate approval of Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule Start Printed Page 13673change prior to the thirtieth day after publication in the Federal Register.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning Amendment No. 2, including whether the Amendment No. 2 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 CBOE. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-CBOE-2001-63 and should be submitted by April 15, 2002.

V. Conclusion

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[12] that the proposed rule change (SR-CBOE-2001-63), as amended, is approved, and Amendment No. 2 is approved on an accelerated basis.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[13]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See letter from Patrick Sexton, Assistant General Counsel, CBOE, to Deborah Flynn, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation (“Division”), Commission (“Amendment No. 1”). Amendment No. 1 requests the Commission to designate the proposed rule change as having been filed pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act. 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

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4.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45419 (February 7, 2002), 67 FR 6772.

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5.  See letter from Patrick Sexton, Assistant General Counsel, CBOE, to Deborah Flynn, Assistant Director, Division, Commission, dated March 5, 2002 (“Amendment No. 2”).

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6.  See Amendment No. 2, supra note 5.

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7.  In approving the proposal, the Commission has considered its impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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9.  The Commission expects the Exchange to monitor the collective actions that are undertaken pursuant to the rule change approved herein for any undesirable or inappropriate anticompetitive effects. The Commission's examination staff will monitor the Exchange's efforts in this regard.

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[FR Doc. 02-7040 Filed 3-22-02; 8:45 am]

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