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 January 6, 2003, the Cincinnati Stock Exchange, Inc. (“CSE” or “Exchange”) filed with 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 Exchange. On January 24, 2003 the CSE amended the proposal.  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 CSE proposes to modify the Exchange's schedule of transaction fees to amend its market data revenue sharing program for Tape B securities (“Program”) traded on the Exchange. The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is in italics; proposed deletions are in brackets.
Rule 11.10 National Securities Trading System Fees
A. Trading Fees
(a)-(j) (No change to text)
(k) Tape “B” Transactions. The CSE will not impose a transaction fee on Consolidated Tape “B” securities. In addition, Members will receive a 50 percent pro rata transaction credit of [Net]gross Tape “B” revenue; provided that, however, calculation of the transaction credit will be based on net Tape “B” revenues in those fiscal quarters where the overall revenue retained by the Exchange does not offset actual expenses and working capital needs. To the extent market data revenue from Tape “B” transactions is subject to year-end adjustment, credits provided under this program may be adjusted accordingly.
(l)-(r) (No change to text)
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. Start Printed Page 5317
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
Under Exchange Rule 11.10A(k), members have received a 50 percent pro rata transaction credit based on net Tape B revenue since July 2001.  Prior to that time, the Program was based on gross Tape B revenues. In keeping with recent trends in the securities industry, the Exchange is proposing to amend the Program so that the pro rata percentage is once again based on gross Tape B revenue, but only in those fiscal quarters where the Exchange's overall revenues (not just Tape B revenues) offset capital expenses and working capital needs. Otherwise, if capital expenses and working capital needs are not met, the calculation based on net Tape B revenues will continue to apply.
2. Statutory Basis
The proposed rule change is generally consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act.  The proposed rule also furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,  particularly, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and, generally, in that it protects investors and the public interest. The proposal also is consistent with Section 6(b)(4)  in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among Exchange members by crediting members on a pro rata basis.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The CSE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any inappropriate burden on competition.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received from Members, Participants or Others
No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission will:
(A) By order approve such proposed rule change, or
(B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.
IV. Solicitation of Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change 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 CSE. All submissions should refer to file number SR-CSE-2003-01 and should be submitted by February 24, 2003.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority. 
Margaret H. McFarland,
3. See January 23, 2003 letter from Jennifer M. Lamie, Esquire, CSE, to Katherine England, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission (“Amendment No. 1”). In Amendment No. 1, the CSE changed the text of the proposed rule to address omissions that were made in the original rule filing.Back to Citation
4. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 44579 (July 20, 2001), 66 FR 39068 (July 26, 2001) (SR-CSE-01-03) (among other things, added the word “Net” before the term “Tape ‘B’ revenue” to CSE Rule 11.10A(k)).Back to Citation
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