Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Act”), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice hereby is given that on July 1, 2004, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Incorporated (“CHX” or the “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange, pursuant to Rule 19b-4 of the Act, proposes to amend its membership dues and fees schedule (the “Fee Schedule”), to include a specific equipment charge for a new size of computer monitor. The text of the proposed rule change is available upon request from the CHX or the Commission.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and noted that it did not solicit or receive comments on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
Under the current Fee Schedule, the Exchange charges its members for specific types of equipment provided by Start Printed Page 45864the Exchange. These charges include fees for personal computers, monitors and printers. Fees vary based on the specific type of equipment provided.
In this proposal, the Exchange seeks to add a new charge, of $32.00 per month, for 19-inch flat-panel monitors. This new fee is designed to take effect immediately. A separate filing, SR-CHX-2004-19, seeks to make this fee retroactive to a date earlier in the year when these monitors were first deployed.
2. Statutory Basis
The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act  in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any inappropriate burden on competition.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments Regarding the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others
No written comments were either solicited or received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing rule change establishes or changes a due, fee or other charge imposed by the Exchange and therefore has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
IV. Solicitation of Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
- Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include File Number SR-CHX-2004-18 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20549-0609.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CHX-2004-18. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Section, 450 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal offices of CHX. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CHX-2004-18 and should be submitted on or before August 20, 2004.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
3. For example, a laptop computer has a charge of $150.00 per month, while a Pentium 450 PC has a charge of $70.00 per month.Back to Citation
4. The Exchange currently charges a fee of $32.00 per month for 18-inch flat panel monitors.Back to Citation
[FR Doc. 04-17394 Filed 7-29-04; 8:45 am]
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