On October 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”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)  and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, a proposed rule change to codify on a permanent basis Nasdaq's InterMarket Transaction Credit Pilot Program (“Program”), and to raise the percentage of revenue available for distribution under the Program from 40% to 50%. The proposed rule change was published for notice and comment in the Federal Register on October 29, 2002. The Commission received no comments on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change.
Nasdaq proposes to make the Program permanent, and to raise the percentage of revenue available for distribution under the Program from 40% to 50%. As set forth in its July 2, 2002 Order of Summary Abrogation (“Abrogation Order”), the Commission will continue to examine the issues surrounding market data fees, the distribution of market data rebates, and the impact of market data revenue sharing programs on both the accuracy of market data and on the regulatory functions of self-regulatory organizations. In the interim, the Commission believes it is reasonable to allow Nasdaq to make its Program permanent, and increase the revenue available for distribution, because these changes to the Program leave Nasdaq on substantially similar footing as other self-regulatory organizations.
Thus, 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  and, in particular, the requirements of Section 15A of the Act  and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Commission finds specifically that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 15A(b)(5) of the Act, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating securities transactions, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system.
The decision to allow Nasdaq to make permanent its Program, and to increase the percentage of revenue available for distribution, however, is narrowly drawn, and should not be construed as resolving the issues raised in the Abrogation Order, and does not suggest what, if any, future actions the Commission may take with regard to market data revenue sharing programs.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act  , that the proposed rule change (SR-NASD-2002-149) be, and it hereby is, approved.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
4. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 46159 (July 2, 2002), 67 FR 45775 (July 10, 2002)(File Nos. SR-NASD-2002-61, SR-NASD-2002-68, SR-CSE-2002-06, and SR-PCX-2002-37)(Order of Summary Abrogation).Back to Citation
5. See e.g., Securities Exchange Act Release No. 41238 (March 31, 1999), 64 FR 17204 (April 8, 1999) (SR-CSE-99-03).Back to Citation
6. 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).Back to Citation
[FR Doc. 02-30965 Filed 12-6-02; 8:45 am]
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