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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Chicago Stock Exchange, Incorporated; Order Granting Approval to Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Handling of Preopening Orders in Nasdaq/NM Securities

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Start Preamble August 18, 2004.

On May 19, 2004, The Chicago Stock Exchange, Incorporated (“CHX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Start Printed Page 52054(“Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] a proposed rule change to amend the manner in which it handles preopening orders in Nasdaq/NM securities, to eliminate the distinction in the treatment of orders received at or before 8:20 a.m. and those received after 8:20 a.m. (Central Time) until the opening of trading. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on July 14, 2004.[3] The Commission received no comments on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change.

The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange[4] and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6 of the Act[5] and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Commission finds specifically that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,[6] 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.

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act[7] , that the proposed rule change (SR-CHX-2004-14) be, and it hereby is, approved.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[8]

J. Lynn Taylor,

Assistant Secretary.

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3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 49978 (July 7, 2004), 69 FR 42231.

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4.  In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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[FR Doc. E4-1894 Filed 8-23-04; 8:45 am]