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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by National Stock Exchange Relating to Workstation Fee

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Start Preamble August 4, 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, National Stock Exchange[SM] (the “Exchange” or “NSX”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) a proposed rule change. On July 15, 2004, NSX filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.[3] The proposed rule change, as amended, is described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [4] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [5] thereunder, which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

The Exchange is proposing to amend its schedule of fees to increase its Workstation Fee. The Exchange implemented these proposed changes, as amended, on July 1, 2004.

Below is the text of the proposed rule change. Proposed new language is italicized; proposed deletions are in brackets.

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Rules of National Stock Exchange

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Chapter XI

Trading Rules

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Rule 11.10 National Securities Trading System Fees.

A. Trading Fees.Start Printed Page 49927

(a)-(q) No change.

(r) Workstation Fee. Every member using the Exchange Workstation shall be charged [$750.00]$1,000.00 per device per month.

B. No change.

C. No change.

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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 Exchange 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 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

1. Purpose

In addition to utilizing proprietary or third party software, member specialists may connect to NSX's National Securities Trading System or “NSTS,” by utilizing an Exchange-supplied Workstation for a monthly fee. Subsection (r) of NSX Rule 11.10(A) currently provides that every member using the Exchange Workstation shall be charged a fee of $750 per device per month. This fee will increase to $1,000 per device per month beginning July 1, 2004. The Exchange believes that the fee increase is reasonable and ensures that each member pays an equitable share of the costs associated with operating the Exchange.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,[6] in general, and with Section 6(b)(4),[7] in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges. The Exchange believes the proposed change, as amended, is also consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act [8] in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change, as amended, 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 solicited or received in connection with the proposed rule change.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

The foregoing rule change, as amended, has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [9] and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 [10] thereunder because it involves a member due, fee or other charge. At any time within sixty (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, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments should 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-NSX-2004-011. 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 Room, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filings will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. 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 publicly available. All submissions should refer to file number SR-NSX-2004-011 and should be submitted on or before September 2, 2004.

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For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to the delegated authority.[11]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See letter from James C. Yong, Senior Vice President, Regulation and General Counsel of NSX, to Nancy Sanow, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated July 14, 2004 (“Amendment No. 1”). In Amendment No. 1, NSX made typographical corrections to its rule text.

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4.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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9.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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[FR Doc. 04-18415 Filed 8-11-04; 8:45 am]

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