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 March 2, 2005, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (“CBOE” 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 CBOE. On March 17, 2005, CBOE filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. CBOE designated the proposed rule change, as amended, as establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by CBOE under section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act, and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) 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 from interested parties.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to amend its Fee Schedule to modify its fee cap on dividend spread transactions and to update the symbol for the Nasdaq-100 Index Tracking Stock. The text of the proposed rule change is available on CBOE's Web site (http://www.cboe.com), at the Office of the Secretary, CBOE, and at the Commission.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, CBOE 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 CBOE 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
In July 2004, the Exchange implemented a program under which market-maker, firm and broker-dealer transaction fees associated with “dividend spread” transactions are Start Printed Page 17743capped at $2,000 per dividend spread transaction. CBOE defines a dividend spread as any trade done to achieve a dividend arbitrage between any two deep-in-the-money options. This program is similar to fee cap programs adopted by other exchanges.
The Exchange proposes to amend its Fee Schedule to enhance its dividend spread fee cap program. Specifically, the Exchange proposes to cap market-maker, firm, and broker-dealer transaction fees at $2,000 for all dividend spread transactions executed on the same trading day in the same options class. The Exchange proposes to implement the enhanced fee cap program as a pilot program that will expire on September 1, 2005. The Exchange believes that enhancing the fee cap to accommodate these transactions will attract additional liquidity.
As is done under the current program, the Exchange will rebate transaction fees for qualifying transactions. Members who wish to benefit from the fee cap will be required to submit to the Exchange a rebate request form with supporting documentation (e.g., clearing firm transaction data).
In addition, the Exchange proposes to update the Fee Schedule in various places to reflect the symbol change, from QQQ to QQQQ, that accompanied the transfer of the listing of the Nasdaq-100 Index Tracking Stock from the American Stock Exchange to the Nasdaq Stock Market.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act , in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(4) of the Act, in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among CBOE members and other persons using its facilities.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change, as amended, will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of purposes of the Act.
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 with respect to the proposed rule change, as amended.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange. 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 email@example.com. Please include File Number SR-CBOE-2005-18 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 Number SR-CBOE-2005-18. 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. Copies of such filing also will 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 available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2005-18 and should be submitted on or before April 28, 2005.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Jill M. Peterson,
3. Amendment No. 1 replaced and superseded the proposed rule change in its entirety. Telephone conversation between Jaime Galvan, Assistant Secretary, CBOE, and Steve L. Kuan, Attorney, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, on March 30, 2005. In Amendment No. 1, CBOE clarified that the effective date of the Fee Schedule is March 2, 2005, the date CBOE initially filed the proposed rule change. Further, CBOE proposed that the fee cap on dividend spread transactions operate on a pilot basis until September 1, 2005.Back to Citation
6. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50175 (August 10, 2004), 69 FR 51129 (August 17, 2004) (SR-CBOE-2004-38).Back to Citation
7. See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 48363 (August 19, 2003), 68 FR 51625 (August 27, 2003) (SR-PCX-2003-39); 48983 (December 23, 2003), 68 FR 75703 (December 31, 2003) (SR-Phlx-2003-80); and 49358 (March 3, 2004), 69 FR 11469 (March 10, 2004) (SR-Amex-2004-09).Back to Citation
12. For purposes 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 have commenced on March 17, 2005, the date the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C)Back to Citation
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