On October 29, 2003, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD” or “Association”), through its subsidiary, the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (“Nasdaq”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) a proposed rule change pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, to rename the Nasdaq Prime data feed as the TotalView Data Feed, to expand it to include quotes and orders at all price levels associated with an individual issue traded on Nasdaq, and to discontinue the Nasdaq Aggregated Depth at Price (“ADAP”) data feed. On December 5, 2003, Nasdaq submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. The proposed rule change, as amended, was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 17, 2003. The Commission received no comments on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change, as amended.
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 association, and, in particular, with the requirements of section 15A of the Act. Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with sections 15A(b)(5) and 15A(b)(6) of the Act in that the proposal provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which the NASD operates or controls, promotes just and equitable principles of trade, fosters cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, removes impediments to and perfects the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market Start Printed Page 3414system, and protects investors and the public interest.
The Commission believes that expanding the Nasdaq Prime data feed to cover all price levels, rather than just the top five price levels, may enhance the transparency of the Nasdaq market. The Commission notes that the fees charged by Nasdaq for the data feeds will not be changed. Therefore, distributors and subscribers would receive more data for the same price. Further, distributors that would like to distribute only the aggregate data (i.e., the aggregate size of attributable and non-attributable quotes and orders at five price levels), formerly the ADAP feed, may continue to do so by using the aggregate data from the Nasdaq TotalView Data Feed for the same distributor fee Nasdaq charges today.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (SR-NASD-2003-162), as amended, is approved.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
3. See Letter from Mary M. Dunbar, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Nasdaq, to Katherine A. England, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated December 4, 2003.Back to Citation
5. Nasdaq intends to expand the TotalView Data Feed on or after April 1, 2004 and to discontinue the ADAP data feed on or after February 16, 2004. In each case, Nasdaq will issue a vendor alert announcing the actual date of the change at least three days before it is implemented. Nasdaq has represented that if it eliminates the ADAP data feed prior to the expansion of the TotalView Data Feed, distributors that wish to continue to distribute only the aggregate data (i.e., the aggregate size of attributable and non-attributable quotes and orders at five price levels) may do so by using the aggregate data available from the current Nasdaq Prime data feed.Back to Citation
6. In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission notes that it has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).Back to Citation
10. When the TotalView Data Feed is expanded to cover all price levels, a distributor that would like to distribute only the aggregate data would distribute the aggregate size of attributable and non-attributable quotes and orders at all price levels.Back to Citation
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