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 16, 2002, the American Stock Exchange LLC (“Amex” 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 Amex. Amex submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change on April 30, 2002. 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 ofthe Proposed Rule Change
Amex proposes to permit members to use, on an interim basis, facilities that are not owned or operated by the Exchange (“Proprietary Facilities”) to transmit orders electronically from the Amex floor to other exchanges and to receive orders transmitted electronically to the Amex floor from other exchanges for the purchase or sale of Amex listed options until the complete implementation of the permanent intermarket linkage in the options market (“Permanent Options Linkage”). Below is the text of the Start Printed Page 30986proposed rule change. Proposed new language is italicized.
Communications to and on the Floor
Rule 220. (No change).
* * * Commentary
.01 through .05 (No change).
.06 Proprietary Facilities for Routing Options Orders. With the prior written approval of the Exchange, a member or member organization may establish and maintain facilities that are not owned or operated by the Exchange (“Proprietary Facilities”) to transmit orders electronically from the Amex Floor to other exchanges and to receive orders transmitted electronically to the Amex Floor from other exchanges for the purchase or sale of Amex listed options until the permanent Options Linkage is established. Such Proprietary Facilities may not be used for transmitting orders for listed equities and ETFs as the Intermarket Trading System serves as the mechanism for routing trading interest in these securities between exchanges.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, Amex 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. Amex 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
The Exchange believes that until a Permanent Options Linkage is implemented, Amex should permit member firms to establish Proprietary Facilities to route orders in Amex listed options to and from the Exchange. This could facilitate member firm compliance with best execution obligations. Once the Permanent Options Linkage is implemented, however, the Exchange believes that, for reasons of regulatory oversight, a single mechanism for routing orders between options exchanges is preferable to a number of different proprietary systems. Management, accordingly, is proposing to terminate the ability of members to use Proprietary Facilities to route orders in Amex listed options to and from the Exchange once the Options Linkage is implemented. The proposed Proprietary Facilities could not be used for listed equities and Exchange-Traded Funds as the Intermarket Trading System serves as the mechanism for routing trading interest in these securities between exchanges.
2. Statutory Basis
Amex believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act, in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b) of the Act, in particular, because it is 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 regulating, clearing, settling, 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 a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will impose no 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 or received with respect to the proposed rule change.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which Amex consents, the Commission will:
(A) By order approve such proposed rule change, or
(B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.
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 Amex. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-Amex-2002-33 and should be submitted by May 29, 2002.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
J. Lynn Taylor,
3. In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange proposed Commentary .06 to Amex Rule 220. See letter from Geraldine M. Brindisi, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Amex, to Nancy J. Sanow, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated April 29, 2002 (“Amendment No. 1”).Back to Citation
4. The Commission approved the Plan for the Purpose of Creating and Operating an Intermarket Options Linkage in July 2000. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 43086 (July 28, 2000), 65 FR 48023 (August 4, 2000).Back to Citation
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