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 30, 2003, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD”), Start Printed Page 6235through its subsidiary, The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (“Nasdaq”), 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 Nasdaq. Nasdaq has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a due, fee or other charge imposed by the self-regulatory organization under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder, which renders the rule effective upon Commission receipt of this filing. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
Nasdaq proposes to eliminate certain of the fees for the cancellation and cancel/replace of Quotes/Orders in Nasdaq's SuperMontage system. Nasdaq will implement the rule change on February 3, 2003.
The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is in italics; proposed deletions are in brackets.
Rule 7010. System Services
(a)-(h) No change.
(i) Nasdaq National Market Execution System (SuperMontage)
The following charges shall apply to the use of the Nasdaq National Market Execution System (commonly known as SuperMontage) by members:
|Non-Directed Orders (excluding Preferenced Orders)||No charge.|
|Preferenced Orders that access a Quote/Order of the member that entered the Preferenced Order)||No charge.|
|Other Preferenced Orders||$0.02 per order entry.|
|Directed Orders||$0.10 per order entry.|
|Non-Directed or Preferenced Order that accesses the Quote/Order of a market participant that does not charge an access fee to market participants accessing its Quotes/Orders through the NNMS:|
|Charge to member entering order||$0.003 per share executed (but no more than $120 per trade for trades in securities executed at $1.00 or less per share).|
|Credit to member providing liquidity||$0.002 per share executed (but no more than $80 per trade for trades in securities executed at $1.00 or less per share).|
|Non-Directed or Preferenced Order that accesses the Quote/Order of a market participant that charges an access fee to market participants accessing its Quotes/Orders through the NNMS||$0.001 per share executed (but no more than $40 per trade for trades in securities executed at $1.00 or less per share).|
|Directed Order||$0.003 per share executed.|
|Non-Directed or Preferenced Order entered by a member that accesses a Quote/Order of such member||No charge.|
|Non-Directed and Preferenced Orders [(excluding Preferenced Orders)]||[$0.01 per order cancelled] No charge.|
|[Preferenced Orders]||[$0.01 per order cancelled].|
|Directed Orders||$0.10 per order cancelled.|
|[Entry and Maintenance of Quotes/Orders by Nasdaq Quoting Market Participants]|
|[Initial entry of Quote/Order]||[No charge].|
|[Change of Quote/Order due to order execution through SuperMontage]||[No charge].|
|[Cancel/replace of Quote/Order to increase size]||[No charge].|
|[Cancel/replace of Quote/Order to change price]||[$0.01].|
|[Cancel/replace of Quote/Order to decrease size manually]||[$0.01].|
|[Cancellation of Quote/Order]||[$0.01].|
|[Cancellation of Quote/Order due to order purge or timeout]||[$0.0075].|
(j)-(s) No change.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq 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. Nasdaq 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
Nasdaq is proposing to eliminate: (i) The fee for the cancellation and cancel/replace of Quotes/Orders in SuperMontage and (ii) the fee for canceling non-directed and preferenced orders entered into SuperMontage.
Nasdaq first introduced a “quotation update” fee in February 2002 in connection with its SuperSOES system, to encourage efficient quoting and to help ensure that system capacity could keep pace with the growth of quotation update volume. With the introduction of SuperMontage, Nasdaq refined the quotation update fee by applying it only for updates that remove liquidity without an execution occurring or that change the price of a Quote/Order. Start Printed Page 6236Thus, the fee has not been assessed for changes to SuperMontage Quotes/Orders that add liquidity or that occur when an order execution occurs.
Nasdaq has recently made several enhancements to the capacity of its network systems. Specifically, hardware upgrades and improvements in system architecture have resulted in a doubling of quote update processing capability since the time when the fee was first introduced. In addition, the decision of several electronic communications networks not to participate in SuperMontage will result in a decrease in Nasdaq's quote update traffic. As a result of these factors, Nasdaq has determined that the elimination of the quote update fee is unlikely to result in a volume of quotation updates that will strain the capacity of Nasdaq's systems. Accordingly, Nasdaq is eliminating the fee in order to lower the overall cost of market participants' use of SuperMontage. Nasdaq is also eliminating the fees for cancellation of non-directed and preferenced orders entered into SuperMontage, to allow a further reduction of market participants' costs.
2. Statutory Basis
Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 15A of the Act, including Section 15A(b)(5) of the Act, which requires that the rules of the NASD provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which the NASD operates or controls.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
Written comments 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 immediately pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder. 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 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 NASD. All submissions should refer to file number SR-NASD-2003-10 and should be submitted by February 27, 2003.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
5. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45342 (January 28, 2002), 67 FR 5019 (February 1, 2002) (SR-NASD-2001-96).Back to Citation
6. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45906 (May 10, 2002), 67 FR 34965 (May 16, 2002) (SR-NASD-2002-44).Back to Citation
7. The elimination of order cancellation fees is correlative to the elimination of the fee for cancellation of Quotes/Orders, since Nasdaq's billing systems are not currently programmed to distinguish between cancellation messages that relate to orders entered as non-directed or preferenced orders and those that are entered as Quotes/Orders.Back to Citation
[FR Doc. 03-2946 Filed 2-5-03; 8:45 am]
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