Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) , and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on April 18, 2002, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD”), through its subsidiary, the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (“Nasdaq”), 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 Nasdaq. 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
Nasdaq proposes to expand, from three to five, the levels of aggregated price and size information displayed in Nasdaq's future Order Display and Collector Facility (“SuperMontage”). Nasdaq will implement this rule change within 30 days after successful completion of SuperMontage user acceptance testing. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Office of the Secretary, Nasdaq, 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, Nasdaq included statements concerning the purpose of, and 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 in Item IV below. Nasdaq 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
As part of its ongoing preparation for the launch of SuperMontage, Nasdaq is engaging in a continuing review of the system's functionality and rules with a view to constant improvement. As a result of this review, and in consultation with industry professionals, Nasdaq has determined to expand to five the number of price levels aggregated and displayed via the SuperMontage.
As approved by the Commission, SuperMontage would only display the top three price levels of aggregated price and size information for both the bid and offer side of the market for a particular security. As a result of discussions with market participants and Nasdaq's experience with decimalization, Nasdaq has determined to expand the availability of aggregated price and share amount information around the inside price by displaying, and disseminating through data vendors, five price levels (the inside price plus four additional price levels away) of trading interest on both the bid and offer side of the market.
Nasdaq believes that expanding the amount of aggregated trading interest information available through SuperMontage to five price levels will further increase transparency and assist market participants in making informed trading decisions.
2. Statutory Basis
Nasdaq believes the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the provisions of Section 15A(b)(6) of Start Printed Page 21008the Act in that the proposal is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change, as amended, will result in 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
Nasdaq neither solicited nor received any written comments.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The proposed rule change, as amended, has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act  and subparagraph (f)(5) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder because it effects a change in an existing order-entry or trading system of a self-regulatory organization that does not: (1) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) impose any significant burden on competition; and (3) have the effect of limiting the access to or availability of the system. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, as amended, 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.
IV. Solicitation of Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposal, 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 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 NASD. All submissions should refer to file number SR-NASD-2002-22 and should be submitted by May 20, 2002.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
3. On April 5, 2002, the Commission received an amendment from Nasdaq which made conforming changes to NASD Rules 4707(d) and 4710(f). See letter from Thomas P. Moran, Associate General Counsel, Nasdaq, to Katherine A. England, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated April 5, 2002 (“Amendment No. 1”). Subsequently, on April 18, 2002, the Commission received an amendment from Nasdaq which corrected a citation in its rule text and replaced Amendment No. 1 in its entirety. See letter from Thomas P. Moran, Associate General Counsel, Nasdaq, to Katherine A. England, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated April 18, 2002 (“Amendment No. 2”). This proposed rule change is treated as filed on the date that Amendment No. 2 was received.Back to Citation
[FR Doc. 02-10393 Filed 4-26-02; 8:45 am]
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