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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change by the Pacific Exchange, Inc. Relating to Exchange Fees and Charges for Options Intermarket Linkage Orders

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Start Preamble February 6, 2003.

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 January 31, 2003, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (“PCX” 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 PCX. 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 Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

In connection with the launch of the options intermarket linkage (“Linkage”), the PCX proposes to amend its Schedule of Fees and Charges for Exchange Services in order to clarify that unless otherwise provided, executions resulting from Linkage orders will be subject to the same billing treatment as current executions.

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 PCX 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

On July 28, 2000, the Commission approved a national market system plan for the purpose of creating and operating an intermarket options market linkage (“Linkage Plan” or “Plan”) [3] which linkage now includes participation by the five option exchanges (“Participant Exchanges”).[4] The PCX proposed to adopt new rules relating to the operation of the Linkage on September 26, 2002 and filed an amendment to the proposal on January 30, 2003. Along with all of the Participant Exchanges, the Exchange launched phase I of Linkage on January 31, 2003.

In connection with the launch of the Linkage, the Exhange seeks to clarify its Schedule of Fees and Charges for Exchange Services in order to add a provision stating that executions resulting from Linkage orders will be subject to the same billing treatment as current executions. Accordingly, executions arising from either a Principal Acting as Agent (“P/A”) Linkage order, or a Principal Linkage Order that are routed to the Exchange from other market centers will be subject to the same trade related charges assessed on market maker executions originating from the PCX. The proposal specifies that no fees will apply to Satisfaction Orders, which result after a trade-through.[5]

The Exchange does not seek to make any other changes to its Schedule of Fees and Charges for Exchange Services.

2. Basis

The Exchange believes that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,[6] in general, and Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,[7] 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. Start Printed Page 7406

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 Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as a fee change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [8] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder.[9] Accordingly, the proposal will take effect upon filing with the Commission. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate the 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 proposal 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 PCX. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-PCX-2003-05 and should be submitted by March 6, 2003.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[10]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 43086 (July 28, 2000), 65 FR 48023 (August 4, 2000).

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4.  See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 43086 (July 28, 2000), 65 FR 48023 (August 4, 2000) and 43573 (November 16, 2000), 65 FR 70850 (November 28, 2000); and 43574 (November 16, 2000), 65 FR 70851 (November 28, 2000).

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5.  Trade-throughs occur when broker-dealers execute customer orders on one exchange at prices inferior to another exchange's disseminated quote.

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8.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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[FR Doc. 03-3580 Filed 2-12-03; 8:45 am]

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