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Self Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Approval to Proposed Rule Change To Delete Rule Provisions Relating to the Trading of Options

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Start Preamble July 17, 2002.

On April 26, 2002, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (“CHX” or “Exchange”) filed with 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 to delete provisions governing or relating to the trading of options on the CHX. Under the proposed rule change, CHX would delete certain provisions of its rules that govern or make reference Start Printed Page 48499to the trading of options on the CHX. In 1980, the Commission approved changes to the Exchange's bylaws and rules that deleted most references to the Exchange's operation of an options market.[3] Since that time, CHX has not operated an options market, but has served as an self-regulatory organization participant on the Options Self-Regulatory Council (“OSRC”) for essentially informational purposes.

In its proposal, CHX explained that given changes in the options market and obligations of OSRC participants, it believes that it is no longer advisable, from either a regulatory or economic perspective, to continue serving on the OSRC.[4] Accordingly, the proposed rule change deletes from the CHX rules all remaining references to the trading of options and handling of options orders, which in turn, excuses the Exchange from any obligation to serve on the OSRC.

The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on June 13, 2002.[5] The Commission received no comments on the proposal.

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 [6] and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6 of the Act [7] 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,[8] which requires, among other things, that the Exchange's rules be designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments and to 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 rule change appropriately conforms the CHX rules to the current scope of the CHX's operations, which does not currently include operating an options market.

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[9] that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-CHX-2002-14) be, and it hereby is, approved.

For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[10]

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Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 17075 (August 19, 1980), 45 FR 56486 (August 25, 1980).

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4.  If the CHX were to continue to serve, it would be responsible for a pro rata share of OSRC member examination costs, which CHX states are significant. CHX believes that there is no rationale that supports CHX payment of examination costs attributable to exchanges that are actively trading options, given that CHX does not presently trade options and would have to propose significant rule changes should it elect to commence options trading in the future.

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5.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 46044 (June 6, 2002), 67 FR 40761 (June 13, 2002).

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6.  In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission notes that it has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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[FR Doc. 02-18700 Filed 7-23-02; 8:45 am]