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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto by the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. To Replace the Total Shares per Transaction Charge With a Single Per Share Charge

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Start Preamble July 28, 2004.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on June 30, 2004, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (“Phlx” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. On July 19, 2004, the Phlx submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposal.[3] The Phlx has designated this proposal as one changing a fee imposed by the Phlx under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [4] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder,[5] which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice, as amended, 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 Phlx proposes to amend its equity transaction charge to replace the total shares per transaction charge with a single per share charge, as described further below. Below is the text of the proposed rule change. Proposed new language is in italics; deletions are in brackets.

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Philadelphia Stock Exchange Fee Schedule Summary of Equity Charges

SUMMARY OF EQUITY CHARGES (p 1/3)*

EQUITY TRANSACTION CHARGE

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Based on total shares per transaction with the exception of specialist trades and PACE trades.[1]

Transaction fee$.0035 per share [Rate per share]
[First 500 shares$ 0.00
Next 2,000 shares0.0075
Remaining shares0.005]

$50 maximum fee per trade side.

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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 Phlx included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Phlx 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

1. Purpose

The Phlx states that the purpose of the proposed rule change is to remain competitive and foster growth of the equity floor brokerage business by seeking to increase volume. The proposal seeks to replace the current tiered fee schedule for equity transaction charges with a single per share charge of $.0035, subject to a cap of $50 per trade side. Presently, equity transaction charges are based on total shares per transaction. For example, for the first 500 shares the transaction fee is $0, for the next 2,000 shares the transaction fee is $.0075 on a per share basis, and thereafter, for any remaining shares the transaction fee is $.005 on a per share basis. The proposal would increase the fee for the first 500 shares transacted and decrease the fee for subsequent share volume.[6]

In addition, the current fee schedule excludes specialist trades and Phlx Automated Communication and Execution System (“PACE”) [7] trades from the equity transaction charge.[8] Under the proposal, these aforementioned exceptions would remain.

2. Basis

The Exchange believes that its proposal to amend its schedule of dues, fees and charges is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act [9] in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act [10] in particular, in that it is an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among Exchange members and will allow the equity floor to remain competitive and encourage growth.

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 on 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 has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [11] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [12] thereunder, because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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:

Electronic Comments

Paper Comments

  • 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-PHLX-2004-40. 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 office of the Phlx. 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-PHLX-2004-40 and should be submitted on or before August 25, 2004.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[13]

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J. Lynn Taylor,

Assistant Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See letter from Angela Saccomandi Dunn, Counsel, Phlx, to Nancy J. Sanow, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated July 16, 2004 and accompanying Form 19b-4 (“Amendment No. 1”). Amendment No. 1 replaces and supercedes the originally filed proposed rule change.

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4.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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1.  However, this charge applies where an order, after being delivered to the Exchange by the PACE system is executed by the specialist by way of an outbound ITS commitment, when such outbound ITS commitment reflects the PACE order's clearing information, but does not apply where a PACE trade was executed against an inbound ITS commitment.

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6.  The fee is charged only to members of the Phlx. Telephone conversation between Angela Saccomandi Dunn, Counsel, Phlx, and David Liu, Attorney, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, on July 28, 2004.

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7.  PACE is the Exchange's automated order entry, routing and execution system. See Phlx Rules 229 and 229A.

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8.  Although it does not apply to PACE trades, the equity transaction charge applies where an order, after being delivered to the Exchange by the PACE system, is executed by the specialist by way of an outbound ITS commitment, when such outbound ITS commitment reflects the PACE order's clearing information. However, the equity transaction charge does not apply where a PACE trade was executed against an inbound ITS commitment.

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11.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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[FR Doc. 04-17775 Filed 8-3-04; 8:45 am]

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