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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Order Granting Approval to Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto by the American Stock Exchange LLC To Amend Amex Rule 17 To Provide for “Cash” in Addition to “Next Day” Settlement of Transactions in Rights and Warrants During the Trading Days Prior to Expiration

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Start Preamble April 18, 2003.

On December 12, 2002, the American Stock Exchange LLC (“Amex”) 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 amend Amex Rule 17 to provide for “cash” in addition to “next day” settlement of transactions in rights and warrants during the trading days prior to expiration. The Amex filed an amendment to the proposed rule change on January 23, 2003.

The proposed rule change, as amended, was published for comment in the Federal Register on March 13, 2003.[3] The Commission received no comments on the proposed rule change.

After careful review, 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.[4] Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposal, as amended, is consistent with section 6(b)(5) of the Act,[5] which requires, among other things, that the Amex's rules be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission believes that permitting “cash” settlement of rights and warrants transactions should provide the Amex's members with an appropriate amount of flexibility in settling such transactions.

It is therefore Ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[6] that the proposed rule change and Amendment No. 1 (File No. SR-Amex-2002-105) be, and it hereby is, approved.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[7]

Jill M. Peterson,

Assistant Secretary.

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3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 47446 (March 5, 2003), 68 FR 12110.

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4.  In approving this proposal, 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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[FR Doc. 03-10387 Filed 4-25-03; 8:45 am]