On November 24, 2004, the Boston Stock Exchange, Inc. (“BSE” or “Exchange”) submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)  and Rule 19b-4 thereunder  , a proposed rule change to adopt a rule under the rules of the Boston Options Exchange Facility (“BOX”) to provide BOX Market Makers protection from the unreasonable risk associated with communication failures and systemic errors. On December 3, 2004, the BSE submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. The proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1, was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 14, 2004. The Commission received no comments on the proposed rule change.
After careful consideration, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules Start Printed Page 3757and regulations thereunder that are applicable to a national securities exchange. In particular, the Commission believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act, which requires among other things, that the rules of the Exchange are 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. The Commission notes that the proposal does not alter the obligations of BOX Market Makers. The proposed rule change codifies BOX system functionality which should provide BOX Market Makers assistance in effectively managing their quotations.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (SR-BSE-2004-52) be, and it hereby is, approved.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
3. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50814 (December 7, 2004), 69 FR 74547 (December 14, 2004).Back to Citation
4. In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission notes that it has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).Back to Citation
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