Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)  and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on September 1, 2004, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD”), through its subsidiary, The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (“Nasdaq”), 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 Nasdaq. The proposed rule change has been filed by Nasdaq as a “non-controversial” rule change pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the Act. 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
Nasdaq proposes to continue two pilot programs that provide market participants who execute transactions in Nasdaq and exchange-listed securities through its systems the ability to display trading interests using up to 10 individual Market Participant Identifiers (“MPIDs”). The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new Start Printed Page 58565language is in italics; proposed deletions are in brackets.
4613. Character of Quotations
(a) Quotation Requirements and Obligations
(1) No Change.
(2) The first MPID issued to a member pursuant to subparagraph (1) of this rule, or Rule 4623, shall be referred to as the member's “Primary MPID.” For a six-month pilot period beginning [March 1,] September 1, 2004, market makers and ECNs may request the use of additional MPIDs that shall be referred to as “Supplemental MPIDs.” Market makers and ECNs may be issued up to nine Supplemental MPIDs. A market maker may request the use of Supplemental MPIDs for displaying Attributable Quotes/Orders in the Nasdaq Quotation Montage for any security in which it is registered and meets the obligations set forth in subparagraph (1) of this rule. An ECN may request the use of Supplemental MPIDs for displaying Attributable Quotes/Orders in the Nasdaq Quotation Montage for any security in which it meets the obligations set forth in Rule 4623. A market maker or ECN that ceases to meet the obligations appurtenant to its Primary MPID in any security shall not be permitted to use a Supplemental MPID for any purpose in that security.
(3) No Change.
(b)-(e) No Change
5266. Market Participant Identifiers
(a) No Change.
(b) For a six-month pilot period commencing [June 24, 2004 and terminating September 31, 2004,] September 1, 2004, ITS/CAES market makers may request the use of additional MPIDs that shall be referred to as “Supplemental MPIDs.” ITS/CAES market makers may be issued up to nine Supplemental MPIDs. An ITS/CAES market maker may request the use of Supplemental MPIDs for displaying two-sided Attributable Quotes/Orders in Nasdaq for any security in which it is registered and meets the obligations set forth in Rule 5220; an ITS/CAES market maker may not use a Supplemental MPID for displaying one-sided Attributable Quotes/Orders. An ITS/CAES market maker that fails to meet the obligations appurtenant to its Primary MPID in any security shall not be permitted to use a Supplemental MPID for any purpose in that security.
(c) No Change.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq 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. Nasdaq 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
Nasdaq is proposing to extend through March 1, 2005, its current pilot programs that enable market makers and electronic communication networks (“ECNs”) in Nasdaq stocks and ITS/CAS Market Makers in exchange-listed stocks to use Supplemental MPIDs for displaying Attributable Quotes/Orders in the Nasdaq Market Center. On March 1, 2004, Nasdaq submitted to the Commission File No. SR-NASD-2004-037  which established the ability of ECNs and market makers in Nasdaq securities to use up to 10 individual MPIDs to display attributable quotes and orders in the Nasdaq Quotation Montage. On July 29, 2004, Nasdaq submitted to the Commission File No. SR-NASD-2004-097, which created the same capability for ECNs and market makers using Nasdaq systems to quote and trade exchange-listed securities. Pursuant to these programs, which will be extended under the proposed rule change, MPIDs for Nasdaq and exchange-listed securities are allocated and, when Nasdaq is reaching technological limits for displayed, attributable MPIDs, re-allocated using the same procedures. Additional MPIDs are known as “Supplemental MPIDs” with a market maker's or ECN's first MPID being known as the “Primary MPID.”
The purpose of providing Supplemental MPIDs is to provide quoting market participants a better ability to organize and manage diverse order flows from their customers and to route orders and quotes to Nasdaq's listed trading facilities from different units/desks. Nasdaq believes that to the extent that this flexibility provides increased incentives to provide liquidity to Nasdaq systems, all market participants can be expected to benefit.
The restrictions on the use of any Supplemental MPID are the same as those applicable to a Primary MPID. Regardless of the number of MPIDs used, NASD members will trade exchange-listed securities using Nasdaq systems in compliance with all pre-existing NASD and Commission rules governing the trading of these securities. There are only two exceptions to this general principle. First, the continuous quote requirement and the need to obtain an excused withdrawal, or functional excused withdrawal, as described in Rule 4613(a) and Rule 5220(e), as well as the procedures described in Rule 4710(b)(2)(B) and (b)(5), do not apply to Supplemental MPIDs. Second, only one MPID, its Primary MPID, may be used to engage in passive market making or to enter stabilizing bids pursuant to NASD Rules 4614 and 4619. In all other respects, market makers and ECNs will continue to have the same rights and obligations in using a Supplemental MPID to enter quotes and orders and to display Start Printed Page 58566quotations, as they have using their Primary MPIDs.
The granting of Supplemental MPIDs is secondary to the integrity of the Nasdaq system trading those issues. As such, ECNs and market makers may not use a Supplemental MPID(s) to accomplish indirectly what they would be prohibited from doing directly through a single MPID. For example, members will not be permitted to use a Supplemental MPID to avoid their Manning or best execution obligations or their obligations under the Commission's Order Handling Rules, the firm quote rule, the OATS rules, and the Commission's order routing and execution quality disclosure rules. To the extent that the allocation of Supplemental MPIDs creates regulatory confusion or ambiguity, every inference will be drawn against the use of Supplemental MPIDs in a manner that would diminish the quality or rigor of the regulation of the Nasdaq market. Accordingly, if it is determined that a Supplemental MPID is being used improperly, Nasdaq will withdraw its grant of the Supplemental MPID for all purposes for all securities.
2. Statutory Basis
Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 15A of the Act, in general and with Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act, in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, remove impediments to a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. In particular, the use of multiple MPIDs in listed securities can be expected to provide greater flexibility in the processing of diverse order flows, thereby improving overall system liquidity for the benefit of all market participants.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
Written comments on the proposed rule change were neither solicited nor received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing rule change: (1) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest, (2) does not impose any significant burden on competition, and (3) by its terms does not become operative for 30 days after the date of this filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, and the NASD gave the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change. Consequently, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.
Pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii), a proposed “non-controversial” rule change does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Nasdaq has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission has determined that good cause exists to waive the 30-day period to permit the pilot program to continue on an uninterrupted basis.
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 No. SR-NASD-2004-134 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 No. SR-NASD-2004-134. 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 filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the NASD. 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 No. SR-NASD-2004-134 and should be submitted on or before October 21, 2004.Start Printed Page 58567
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.Start Signature
Margaret H. McFarland,
4. The proposed rule change is marked to show changes from the rule as it appears in the electronic NASD Manual available at http://www.nasdr.com, as amended by File No. SR-NASD-2004-097. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50140 (August 3, 2004), 69 FR 48535 (August 10, 2004).Back to Citation
5. The Commission corrected the proposed rule text to italicize the comma after “September 1, 2004.” Voicemail message from Jeffrey Davis, Associate Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Nasdaq, to Marc McKayle, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, on September 17, 2004.Back to Citation
6. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 49471 (March 25, 2004), 69 FR 17006 (March 31, 2004).Back to Citation
7. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50140 (August 3, 2004), 69 FR 48535 (August 10, 2004).Back to Citation
8. Under those procedures, rankings used to allocate display privileges are based only on the volume associated with a member's Supplemental MPID. Primary MPIDs will be excluded from the calculation. The member with lowest volume using a Supplemental MPID will continue to be the first to lose the display privilege, but only with respect to the Supplemental MPID that caused them to have the lowest ranking; the member will not lose its authority to use the Supplemental MPID in that security to submit quotes and orders to SIZE or the display privileges associated with that Supplemental MPID with respect to other securities in which it is permitted to use the identifier. When re-allocating the display privileges, requests for Primary MPIDs will continue to receive precedence over requests for Supplemental MPIDs.Back to Citation
9. Nasdaq assesses no fees for the issuance or use of a Supplemental MPIDs other than the Commission-approved transaction fees set forth in NASD Rule 7010.Back to Citation
10. Clarification made pursuant to telephone conversation between Jeffrey Davis, Associate Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Nasdaq, and Marc McKayle, Special Counsel, and Ted Venuti, Law Clerk, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, on September 13, 2004.Back to Citation
11. Telephone conversation between Jeffrey Davis, Associate Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Nasdaq, and Ira Brandriss, Assistant Director, and Ted Venuti, Law Clerk, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, on September 21, 2004.Back to Citation
19. For the purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).Back to Citation
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