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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by the Pacific Exchange, Inc. To Amend Its Schedule of Fees and Charges To Increase the User Transaction Credit for Certain Transactions in American Depositary Receipts

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Start Preamble November 7, 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 October 8, 2002, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (“PCX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission” or “SEC”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. On November 5, 2002, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.[3] 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 Exchange through its wholly owned subsidiary PCX Equities, Inc. (“PCXE”), proposes to amend its fee schedule to increase the user transaction credit for ETP Holders and Sponsored Participants who provide liquidity in exchange-listed American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) that are traded on the Archipelago Exchange, the equities trading facility of PCXE. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange and at the Commission.

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 Exchange 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 Exchange 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

1. Purpose

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend the Exchange's fee schedule by increasing the level of the transaction credit paid to ETP Holders [4] and Sponsored Participants [5] (collectively “Users”) who provide liquidity in exchange-listed ADRs that are traded on the Archipelago Exchange (“ArcaEx”).

Currently, Users who provide liquidity in ADRs by entering into the ArcaEx Book [6] resting limit orders that are subsequently executed against incoming marketable orders, earn a credit of $0.001 per share. The Exchange proposes to increase the level of the transaction credit for ADRs from $0.001 to $0.002 per share. The increased credit of $0.002 is the same amount that is currently applied to orders that provide liquidity in Exchange-Traded Funds. This credit is intended to create additional incentives to Users to provide liquidity in ADRs that are traded on the ArcaEx facility.

2. Basis

The Exchange believes that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,[7] in general, and Section 6(b)(4)[8] of the Act in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose 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

Written comments on the proposed rule change were neither solicited nor received.

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

The foregoing rule change establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge and, therefore, has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [9] and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.[10] At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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 Start Printed Page 69284statements 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 at the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-PCX-2002-68 and should be submitted by December 6, 2002.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[11]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See Letter from Peter D. Bloom, Director, Policy Development, PCX to Rebekah Liu, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated November 5, 2002. In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange corrected the fee schedule attached as Exhibit A to the rule filing to accurately reflect that existing underlined text would be double-underscored. Amendment No. 1 contained no substantive changes to the fee schedule.

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4.  See PCXE Rule 1.1(n).

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5.  A “Sponsored Participant” means “a person which has entered into a sponsorship arrangement with a Sponsoring ETP Holder pursuant to [PCXE] Rule 7.29.” See PCXE Rule 1.1(tt).

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6.  ArcaEx maintains an electronic file of orders, called the ArcaEx Book, through which orders are displayed and matched. The ArcaEx Book is divided into four components, called processes—the Directed Order Process, the Display Order Process, the Working Order Process, and the Tracking Order Process. See PCXE Rules 7.36 and 7.37 for a detailed description of these order execution processes.

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[FR Doc. 02-29042 Filed 11-14-02; 8:45 am]

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