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Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Pub. L. 94-409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold the following meetings during the week of May 27, 2002:

An open meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at 10 a.m., in Room 1C30, the William O. Douglas Room, and a closed meeting will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2002, at 10 a.m.

Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries will attend the closed meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters may also be present.

The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3), (5), (6), (7), (9)(B), and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(3), (5), (6), (7), (9)(ii) and (10), permit consideration of the scheduled matters at the closed meeting.

The subject matter of the open meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 2002, will be:

1. The Commission will consider whether to issue an order approving the application by Xcel Energy Inc. (“Xcel Energy”), a registered holding company under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as amended, and its wholly owned subsidiary, NRG Acquisition Company, LLC, to acquire the outstanding publicly held stock of Xcel Energy's majority owned subsidiary, NRG Energy, Inc., by means of a tender or exchange offer and to engage in related transactions. The Commission will also consider whether to grant a hearing requested by an individual shareholder of Xcel Energy.

2. The Commission will consider whether to issue notices of two applications from Barclays Global Fund Advisors (Barclays) seeking certain exemptions from the Investment Company Act of 1940. One application seeks an order to permit Barclays to introduce exchange-traded funds based on fixed income securities indices. The other application seeks an order to allow the shares of the proposed exchange-traded funds, as well as the shares of exchange-traded funds advised by Barclays and based on equity securities indices, to be sold in the secondary market without prospectus delivery when not required by the Securities Act of 1933.

3. The Commission will consider a proposal by the options exchanges to amend the Options Intermarket Linkage Plan. The Commission also will consider proposing a repeal of Rule 11Ac1-7 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and extending a temporary exemption for broker-dealers from the requirements of the rule. Rule 11Ac1-7 requires a broker-dealer to disclose to its customer when the customer's order for listed options is executed at a price inferior to a better published quote, and to disclose the better published quote available at that time, unless the broker-dealer effects the transaction on an exchange that participates in an approved linkage plan.

4. The Commission will consider whether to issue a release proposing for comment an amendment to paragraph (b)(3) of Rule 15c3-3. The provisions in this paragraph apply when broker-dealers borrow fully paid and excess margin securities from customers. The conditions for such borrowings include the requirement that broker-dealers Start Printed Page 36942provide customers with full collateral consisting of certain specified financial instruments or cash. The amendment would allow broker-dealers to pledge such other collateral as the Commission designates as permissible by order as necessary or appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors after giving consideration to the collateral's liquidity, volatility, market depth and location, and the issuer's creditworthiness.

5. The Commission will consider whether to issue, jointly with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, an order to permit certain foreign security index futures to continue to be treated as broad-based index futures.

6. The Commission will consider a release proposing amendments to Rule 10b-10 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (”Exchange Act”) and new Exchange Act Rule 11d2-1, which are designed to clarify the disclosures broker-dealers effecting transactions in security futures products in customers' futures accounts must make in the confirmations sent to customers regarding those transactions.

The Commission will also consider issuing an exemptive order providing that broker-dealers effecting transactions in security futures products in customers' futures accounts are exempted from the requirements of Exchange Act Rule 10b-10 and Exchange Act Section 11(d)(2) until the amendments to Exchange Act Rule 10b-10 and new Rule 11d2-1 become effective.

The subject matter of the closed meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2002, will be:

Formal order of investigation;

Institution and settlement of injunctive actions; and

Institution and settlement of administrative proceedings of an enforcement nature.

At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact: The Office of the Secretary at (202) 942-7070.

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Dated: May 22, 2002.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 02-13299 Filed 5-22-02; 4:13 pm]

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