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Self-Regulatory Organizations; the Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Withdrawal of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to Physically-Settled Futures on Narrow-Based Stock Indexes

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Start Preamble November 21, 2003.

On September 30, 2002, The Options Clearing Corporation (“OCC”) submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) a proposed rule change pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)[1] that would allow OCC to provide clearance and settlement services for physically-settled futures on narrow-based stock indexes. The proposed rule change was published in the Federal Register on October 9, 2002.[2] No comment letters were received. On June 26, 2003, OCC withdrew the proposed rule change.[3]

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For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[4]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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2.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 46593 (October 2, 2002), 68 FR 63006.

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3.  Letter from Jean M. Cawley, First Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, OCC, to Jerry Carpenter, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission (June 26, 2003).

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[FR Doc. 03-30060 Filed 12-2-03; 8:45 am]