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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change by the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. to Establish and Set a Fee for a New Data Feed for the Nasdaq InterMarket

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Start Preamble September 23, 2002.

On June 27, 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”), 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 make available a new data feed of market participant quotations from the Nasdaq InterMarket, Nasdaq's facility for over-the-counter trading of exchange-listed securities, and set a fee for purchase of that data feed. The proposed rule change was published for notice and comment in the Federal Register on August 20, 2002.[3] The Commission received no comments on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change.

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 association [4] and, in particular, the requirements of section 15A(b)(5)[5] of the Act. Section 15A(b)(5) requires the equitable allocation of reasonable fees and charges among members and other users of facilities operated or controlled by a national securities association. The Commission believes it is important that Nasdaq provide real-time market participant quotations, and believes that the iM Quotes data feed should provide broker-dealers and market data vendors with access to real-time InterMarket participant quotations to that effect. Additionally, the Commission believes that the fees Nasdaq will charge for the data feed are reasonable.

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act[6] , that the proposed rule change (SR-NASD-2002-86) be, and it hereby is, approved.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[7]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 46350 (August 14, 2002), 67 FR 54003.

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4.  In approving this proposed rule change, 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. 02-24700 Filed 9-27-02; 8:45 am]