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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by the Pacific Exchange, Inc. To Extend Until 1:15 (Pacific Time) the Core Trading Session and Change the Closing Auction Time for Certain ETFs

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Start Preamble November 5, 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 October 12, 2004, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (“PCX” 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 PCX. On November 3, 2004, the PCX filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.[3] The Exchange proposed the rule change under section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [4] and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder,[5] which renders it effective upon filing.[6] 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 PCX, through its wholly owned subsidiary PCX Equities, Inc. (“PCXE”), proposes to amend its Core Trading Session rule (PCXE Rule 7.34(a)(2)) and its Closing Auction rule (PCXE 7.35) as they apply to certain Exchange Traded Funds (“ETFs”).

The text of the proposed rule change, as amended, is below. Proposed new language is in italics; proposed deletions are in brackets.

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Rule 7.34 Trading Sessions

(a) (1) No change.

(2) Core Trading Session. The Core Trading Session shall begin for each security at 6:30:00 am (Pacific Time) or at the conclusion of the Market Order Auction, whichever comes later, and conclude at 1:00:00 pm (Pacific Time).

(A) The Core Trading Session for the Exchange Traded Funds, defined in PCXE Rules 5.1(b)(13), 5.2(j)(3), and 8.100, shall conclude at 1:15:00 pm (Pacific Time) unless otherwise determined by the Corporation.

(3) No change.

(b)-(f) No change.

Rule 7.35 Auctions

(a)-(d) No change.

(e) (1)-(3) No change.

(A)-(C) No change.

(D) Notwithstanding other provisions of PCXE Rule 7.35(e):

i. The Closing Auction for the Exchange Traded Funds defined in PCXE Rules 5.1(b)(13), 5.2(j)(3), and Start Printed Page 656698.100 and determination of the Closing Auction Price as defined in PCXE Rule 7.35(e)(3) will commence at 1:15 p.m. (Pacific Time) unless otherwise determined by the Corporation.

ii. Between 1:13 p.m. (Pacific Time) and the conclusion of the Closing Auction, Market-On-Close and Limit-On-Close Orders for the Exchange Traded Funds defined in PCXE Rules 5.1(b)(13), 5.2(j)(3), and 8.100 may not be cancelled.

iii. Between 1:13 pm (Pacific Time) and the conclusion of the Closing Auction, Market-on-Close Orders and Limit-on-Close Orders for the Exchange Traded Funds defined in PCXE Rules 5.1(b)(13), 5.2(j)(3), and 8.100 may not be entered on the same side as the Imbalance. Market-on-Close Orders and Limit-on-Close Orders for these Exchange Traded Funds that create equilibrium and thereafter convert the Imbalance from a buy to a sell (or convert the Imbalance from a sell to a buy) Imbalance will be rejected.

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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

As part of its continuing efforts to enhance participation on its Archipelago Exchange (“ArcaEx”) facility, the PCX is proposing to include certain ETFs [7] in its Closing Auction process [8] and to delay the commencement of the Closing Auction and the conclusion of the Core Trading Session [9] for these ETFs. Currently the Closing Auction commences at the end of regular trading hours [10] for all securities on ArcaEx other than ETFs. Unlike other securities in which regular trading hours cease at 1 p.m. (Pacific time), ETFs generally trade on other exchanges until 1:15 p.m. (Pacific time). Accordingly, the Exchange seeks to modify its Closing Auction start time for the ETFs defined in PCXE Rules 5.1(b)(13), 5.2(j)(3), and 8.100 to 1:15 p.m. (Pacific Time) unless otherwise determined. Consistently, the Exchange seeks to change the conclusion of the Core Trading Session for this same group of ETFs to 1:15:00 pm (Pacific Time) to coincide with the time of the closing session.

In conjunction with modifying the Closing Auction start time, the PCX seeks to modify the timing of the determination of the Closing Auction Price as described in PCXE Rule 7.35(e)(3) to 1:15 p.m. (Pacific time) for these ETFs. In addition, the Exchange seeks to modify the freeze period for entering Market-on-Close and Limit-on-Close Orders for the Closing Auction as defined in PCXE Rule 7.35(e)(2)(iii) to 1:13 p.m. (Pacific time) for these ETFs in order to limit the freeze period to two minutes before the Closing Auction, as is the case for the Closing Auctions for other securities. All other Closing Auction times described in PCXE Rule 7.35(e) will remain unchanged. For example, the dissemination of the Indicative Match Price [11] and Imbalances [12] associated with the Closing Auction for these ETFs as described in PCXE Rule 7.35(e)(1) will commence at 12 p.m. (Pacific time) and end upon the conclusion of the Closing Auction. Similarly, the determination of re-opening after trading halts as described in PCXE Rule 7.35(f) for these ETFs will be consistent with other securities traded on ArcaEx.

The PCX believes that implementing these rules to affect commencement times for the Closing Auctions and conclusion times for Core Trading Sessions for certain ETFs will provide investors and ETP Holders [13] with greater opportunities for executing ETF orders at the close and will result in the Closing Auction being priced for such securities within the range of prices then found at the end of the day's regular trading session.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act,[14] in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(5) of the Act,[15] in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system.

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

The Exchange 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.

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

PCX has designated that the proposed rule change as a “non-controversial” rule change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [16] and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.[17] The Exchange has stated that 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.[18]

The PCX has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission believes that Start Printed Page 65670PCX's proposal does not raise any new regulatory issues because the Commission previously has approved trading of the same ETFs until 4:15 p.m. (eastern time) on the Amex.[19] Therefore, the Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Commission hereby waives the 30-day operative delay.

At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate the rule change if it appears to the Commission that the action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or would otherwise further the purposes of the Act.[20]

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 No. SR-PCX-2004-98. 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 PCX. 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-PCX-2004-98 and should be submitted on or before December 6, 2004.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[21]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See Letter from Mai Shiver, Director, Regulatory Policy, PCX, to Nancy Sanow, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated November 2, 2004 (“Amendment No. 1”). Amendment No. 1 replaced and superseded the original filing in its entirety.

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6.  For purpose of calculating the 60-day period within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change under section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers that period to commence on November 3, 2004, the date that the PCX filed Amendment No. 1.

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7.  The three ETFs that the Exchange seeks to include in this proposal are all subject to the delayed closing auction commencement time on the American Stock Exchange (“Amex”), and are as follows: Unit Investment Trusts as defined in PCXE Rule 5.1(b)(13) (Amex Rule 1, Commentary .03); Investment Company Units as defined in PCXE Rule 5.2(j)(3) (Amex Rule 1000A, Commentary .02(f)—known as Index Fund Shares); and Portfolio Depositary Receipts (“PDRs”) as defined in the PCXE Rule 8.100 (Amex Rule 1000, Commentary .02).

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8.  See PCXE Rule 7.35(e).

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9.  See PCXE Rule 7.34(a)(2).

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10.  PCXE Rule 7.35(e) specifies that the Closing Auction occurs at 1 p.m. (Pacific time).

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11.  See PCXE Rule 1.1(r).

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12.  See PCXE Rule 1.1(q).

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13.  See PCXE Rule 1.1(n).

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18.  Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act also requires that a self-regulatory organization provide the Commission with written notice of its intent to file a proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five days prior to the date of filing the proposed rule change. The Exchange complied with this requirement.

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19.  Securities Act Release No. 30394 (February 21, 1992), 57 FR 7409 (March 2, 1992) (SR-Amex-90-06) (approving the trading of Unit Investment Trusts); Securities Act Release No. 36947 (March 8, 1996), 61 FR 10606 (March 14, 1996) (SR-Amex-95-43) (approving the trading of Index Fund Shares); Securities Act Release No. 31591 (December 11, 1992), 57 FR 60253 (December 18, 1992) (SR-Amex-92-18) (approving the trading of PDRs).

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20.  See supra note 6.

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[FR Doc. E4-3158 Filed 11-12-04; 8:45 am]

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