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 July 16, 2002, the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (“Exchange” or “NYSE”) submitted to 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 the NYSE. On August 15, 2002, the NYSE filed with the Commission Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. 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
The NYSE is proposing to amend Section 102.04 of the Exchange's Listed Company Manual (the “Manual”) to correct an erroneous statutory reference.
Below is the text of the proposed rule change. Proposed new language is italicized.
Listed Company Manual
102.00 Domestic Companies
102.04 Minimum Numerical Standards-Closed-End Management Investment Companies Registered Under the Investment Company Act of 1940
Notwithstanding the foregoing requirement for market value of publicly held shares of $60,000,000, the Exchange will generally authorize the listing of all the Funds in a group of Funds listed concurrently with a common investment adviser or investment advisers who are “affiliated persons”, as defined in Section 2(a)(3) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, if:
- Total group market value of publicly held shares equals in the aggregate at least $200,000,000;
- The group market value of publicly held shares averages at least $45,000,000 per Fund; and
- No one Fund in the group has market value of publicly held shares of less than $30,000,000.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, the NYSE 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. The NYSE 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 recently amended Section 102.04 of the Manual to permit the concurrent listing of closed-end funds with a common investment adviser or advisers who are “affiliated persons.” The Exchange incorrectly stated that “affiliated persons” was defined in Section 2(3) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. In fact, “affiliated persons” is defined in Section 2(a)(3) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The Exchange proposes to correct this reference in Section 102.04 of the Manual. The Exchange also proposes to correct a typographical error in the rule text.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with section 6 of the Act, in general, and with section 6(b)(5) of the Act, specifically, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, 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 NYSE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purpose of the Act.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received from Members, Participants or Others
The Exchange has neither solicited nor received written comments on the proposed rule change.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Because the foregoing proposed rule change: (1) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public Start Printed Page 55446interest; (2) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (3) does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest; provided that the self-regulatory organization has given the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.
A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the Act  normally does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The NYSE seeks to have the Commission waive the five-day pre-filing notice requirement and have the proposed rule change become operative immediately due to the technical nature of the proposal.
The Commission, consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, has determined to make the proposed rule change immediately operative  and waive the five-day pre-filing notice requirement. The Commission notes that the proposed rule change does not present any substantive issues, but only corrects an erroneous statutory reference in Section 102.04 of the Manual. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change 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 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 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 NYSE.
All submissions should refer to File No. SR-NYSE-2002-25 and should be submitted by September 19, 2002.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
3. See letter from Mary Yeager, Assistant Secretary, NYSE, to Nancy J. Sanow, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated August 13, 2002 (“Amendment No. 1”). In Amendment No. 1, the NYSE made a technical correction to the proposed rule text. 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 15, 2002 to be the effective date of the proposed rule change, the date the NYSE filed Amendment No. 1. 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).Back to Citation
4. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 46163 (July 3, 2002), 67 FR 46559 (July 15, 2002).Back to Citation
6. See Amendment No. 1, supra note 3.Back to Citation
11. Id.Back to Citation
12. 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).Back to Citation
[FR Doc. 02-22096 Filed 8-28-02; 8:45 am]
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