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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Order Granting Application To Strike From Listing and Registration; The International Securities Exchange, Inc. (The Options Clearing Corporation, Call and Put Option Contracts Respecting Certain Underlying Securities) File No. 1-7167

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Start Preamble January 16, 2003.

The International Securities Exchange, Inc. (“ISE” or “Exchange”) has filed an application with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to Section 12(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 12d2-2(c) thereunder,[2] to strike from listing and registration on the Exchange the call and put option contracts issued by The Options Clearing Corporation respecting the underlying securities described below.

ISE Rule 503(a) generally provides that, whenever the Exchange determines that an underlying security previously approved for options transactions on the Exchange should no longer be approved, whether because it does not meet the standards for continued approval or for any other reason, the Exchange shall not open any additional options series of that class for trading, and may take steps thereafter to prohibit opening purchase transactions in options series of that class previously opened to the extent it deems such actions appropriate. When an underlying security becomes no longer approved for options transactions, the Exchange may apply to strike the related option contracts from listing and trading once all such option contracts have expired. Under this provision, the ISE has determined to strike from listing and trading the call and put option classes relating to the underlying common stock of the following companies:

EntreMed, Inc. (ENMD)

Interwoven, Inc. (IWOV)

Kmart Corporation (KMRTQ)

The Commission, having considered the facts stated in the ISE's application and having due regard for the public interest and protection of investors, orders that the application be, and it hereby is, granted, effective at the opening of business on January 17, 2003.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[3]

Jonathan G. Katz,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 03-1449 Filed 1-22-03; 8:45 am]

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