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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Order Approving a Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto by the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. Relating to a Disclaimer by Susquehanna Indices, LLP

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Start Preamble July 7, 2003.

On April 2, 2003, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (“Phlx” 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 adopt new Rule 1104A, Susquehanna Indices, LLP Indexes, to provide a disclaimer with regards to SIG Investment Managers IndexTM (“Index”). On May 23, 2003, the Phlx submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.[3] The proposed rule change, as amended, was published in the Federal Register on June 4, 2003.[4] This order approves the amended proposed rule change.

The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.[5] Specifically, the Commission believes that the proposal is consistent with section 6(b)(5) of the Act,[6] which requires, among other things, that the Exchange's rules be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.

The Commission notes that the Exchange filed the proposed rule change pursuant to a license agreement requirement with Susquehanna Indices, LLP (“SI”), and the disclaimer provision would generally provide that SI makes no warranty, express or implied, as to the results or data to be obtained by any person or entity regarding the Index. The Commission believes that the Phlx's Start Printed Page 42155proposed disclaimer provision is similar to the disclaimer provisions provided in other exchanges' rules relating to specified index options, and therefore raises no novel regulatory issues.

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[7] that the proposed rule change (SR-Phlx-2003-21), as amended, is approved.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[8]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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3.  See letter from Carla Behnfeldt, Director, Legal Department New Product Development Group, Phlx, to Lisa N. Jones, Attorney, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated May 22, 2003 (“Amendment No. 1”).

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4.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 47937 (May 28, 2003), 68 FR 33555.

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5.  In approving this proposal, the Commission has considered its impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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[FR Doc. 03-17922 Filed 7-15-03; 8:45 am]

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