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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Cincinnati Stock Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto To Amend the CSE's Market Data Revenue Sharing Program for Tape B Securities

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Start Preamble March 7, 2003.

On January 6, 2003, the Cincinnati Stock Exchange, Inc. (“CSE” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)[1] and rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] a proposed rule change to modify the Exchange's schedule of transaction fees to amend its market data revenue sharing program for Type B securities traded on the Exchange. On January 24, 2003, the CSE amended the proposal.[3]

The proposed rule change, as amended, was published for comment in the Federal Register on February 3, 2003.[4] The Commission received no comments on the proposal.

The Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange [5] and, in particular, the requirements of section 6 of the Act [6] and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Commission finds specifically that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with section 6(b)(4) of the Act [7] because it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among Exchange members by crediting members on a pro-rata basis. However, as set forth in its July 2, 2002, Order of Summary Abrogation (“Abrogation Order”),[8] 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. The decision to allow the CSE to establish the market data revenue sharing program described in this proposed rule change 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,[9] that the proposed rule change, as amended, (SR-CSE-2003-01) be, and it hereby is, approved.

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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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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.

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4.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 47258 (January 27, 2003), 68 FR 5316.

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5.  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).

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8.  See 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).

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[FR Doc. 03-6658 Filed 3-19-03; 8:45 am]