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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto by the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. Relating to Display Requirements When Using Reserve Size Functionality in Nasdaq's Future Order Display and Collector Facility

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Start Preamble August 6, 2002.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on June 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. On July 25, 2002, Nasdaq submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.[3] On August 5, 2002, Nasdaq submitted Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change.[4] 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 alter the display requirement when using the reserve size feature in Nasdaq's future Order Display and Collector Facility (“SuperMontage”).

The text of the proposed rule change, as amended, appears below. New text is in italics. Deleted text is in brackets.

4710. Participant Obligations in NNMS

(a) No Change.

(b)(1)(A) through (b)(1)(D) No Change.

(2) Refresh Functionality

(A) Reserve Size Refresh—Once a Nasdaq Quoting Market Participant's Displayed Quote/Order size on either side of the market in the security has been decremented to zero due to NNMS processing Nasdaq will refresh the displayed size out of Reserve Size to a size-level designated by the Nasdaq Quoting Market Participant, or in the absence of such size-level designation, to the automatic refresh size. To utilize the Reserve Size functionality, a minimum of [1,000] 100 shares must initially be displayed in the Nasdaq Quoting Market Participant's Displayed Quote/Order, and the Displayed Quote/Order must be refreshed to at least [1000] 100 shares. This functionality will not be available for use by UTP Exchanges.

(B) No Change.

(3) through (8) No Change.

(c) through (e) No Change.

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, as amended, 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 Start Printed Page 53034forth 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

1. Purpose

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 reduce, from 1000 shares to 100 shares, the initial display requirement when using the reserve size feature of SuperMontage.

Background

SuperMontage allows Nasdaq Quoting Market Participants to divide quoted share amounts submitted to the system between those shares they direct to display publicly in the Nasdaq montage and the shares they desire to keep in reserve. Known as “reserve size,” shares kept in reserve are available for execution through SuperMontage but are not shown to the marketplace.[5] Nasdaq asserts that reserve size is an important tool for market participants seeking to execute large securities transactions while limiting negative market price impacts associated with public knowledge of those attempted sales or purchases.

Currently, the rules of Nasdaq's SuperMontage system prohibit the use of its reserve size functionality unless a Nasdaq Quoting Market Participant is displaying at least 1000 shares in its public quote. To Nasdaq's knowledge, it is the only market or trading venue that imposes such a display obligation. The 1000 share display requirement in SuperMontage was initially proposed to be consistent with a similar 1000 share display obligation applicable to trading in Nasdaq's SuperSoes system. Recent experience in the post-decimals SuperSoes environment, however, caused Nasdaq to re-examine the 1000 share display obligation and file with the Commission a proposal, since approved, to reduce, from 1000 to 100 shares, the display amount required to use reserve size in SuperSoes.[6] In this filing, Nasdaq seeks to adopt the same 100-share display standard in SuperMontage.

Under the rule change proposed here, Nasdaq Quoting Market Participants would be allowed to use SuperMontage reserve size any time they displayed a quote of at least one round lot (100 shares). Nasdaq states that the elimination of the 1000-share display requirement makes SuperMontage reserve size functionality available to market makers on terms similar to the reserve size facilities of competing trading systems while continuing to encourage the display of trading interest through SuperMontage's “displayed size first” execution algorithm.

2. Statutory Basis

Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the provisions of Section 15A of the Act,[7] in general, and Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,[8] in particular, in that the proposal is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to 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

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 written comments with respect to the proposed rule change, as amended.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

Because the foregoing proposed rule change, as amended, does not:

(1) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest;

(2) Impose any significant burden on competition; and

(3) Become operative for 30 days after the date of filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [9] and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) [10] thereunder. At any time within 60 days of August 5, 2002, 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.[11]

Nasdaq requested that the Commission waive the five-day pre-filing notice requirement and the 30-day operative delay. The Commission believes waiving the 5-day pre-filing notice requirement and the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Commission notes that it has already approved a reduction of the minimum display size to 100 shares for use of reserve size in SuperSOES and believes that the proposal to implement the same change in SuperMontage raises no new regulatory issues.[12] As a result, the Commission designates the proposal to be effective and operative upon filing with the Commission.[13]

IV. Solicitation of Comments

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change, 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, as amended, 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 Start Printed Page 53035the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such filings will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the NASD. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-NASD-2002-84 and should be submitted by September 4, 2002.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[14]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See letter from Mary M. Dunbar, Vice President, Nasdaq, to Katherine A. England, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation (“Division”), Commission, dated July 24, 2002 (“Amendment No.1”). Amendment No. 1 replaced in its entirety the original rule proposal filed on June 18, 2002. In Amendment No. 1, Nasdaq, in part, made a minor technical correction to its rule text and clarified that only Nasdaq Quoting Market Participants would be permitted to use the reserve size functionality on SuperMontage.

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4.  See letter from Thomas P. Moran, Associate General Counsel, Nasdaq, to Katherine A. England, Assistant Director, Division, Commission, dated August 5, 2002 (“Amendment No. 2”). In Amendment No. 2, Nasdaq requested that the Commission waive the 30-day waiting period for the proposed rule change to become operative, and removed a sentence containing an inadvertent error regarding the possibility of decrementing a displayed quote to below 100 shares. For purposes of determining the effective date and calculating the 60-day period within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change under Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers August 5, 2002 to be the effective date of the proposed rule change, the date Nasdaq filed Amendment No. 2. 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).

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5.  Under SuperMontage's various execution algorithms, the system generally executes against all publicly displayed shares at the same price level before executing in time priority against reserve size at that same price. Telephone conversation between Thomas Moran, Office of General Counsel, Nasdaq, and Terri Evans, Assistant Director, and Ira Brandriss, Special Counsel, Division, Commission, on July 8, 2002.

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6.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45998 (May 29, 2002), 67 FR 39759 (June 10, 2002) (File No. SR-NASD-2001-66).

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11.  See Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).

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12.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45998 (May 29, 2002), 67 FR 39759 (June 10, 2002).

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13.  For purposes only of accelerating the operative date of this proposal, the Commission 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. 02-20525 Filed 8-13-02; 8:45 am]

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