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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Phlx Rule 1009 To Reference the Exchange's “designated staff” or “designated department” Instead of Its “Department of Securities”

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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 December 28, 2005, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (“Phlx” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Phlx. The Phlx filed the proposal as a “non-controversial” proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder,[4] which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission.[5] 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

The Phlx proposes to amend Phlx Rule 1009 to change the reference from Department of Securities (“DOS”) to the Exchange's “designated staff” or “designated department” to conform the rule to a recent internal departmental name change. The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new text is in italic, and proposed deletions are in [brackets].

Rule 1009. Criteria for Underlying Securities

(a), (b) and (c)—No Change.

Commentary:

.01—No Change.

.02 (a) Members, member organizations or any person proposing to list any option not currently listed on the Exchange shall submit a form of request (a “Request to List an Option”), available from the Exchange's [Department of Securities (“DOS”), to DOS staff “designated staff” or “designated department” (together “the designated department”).

(b) As soon as practicable, but not later than three (3) business days following receipt of the Request to List an Option, [DOS staff] the designated department shall review the proposed option's eligibility for listing, using the objective listing criteria set forth in Commentary .01 of this Rule. If [DOS staff] the designated department determines that the proposed option does not meet the objective listing criteria set forth in Commentary .01 of this Rule, [DOS staff] the designated department shall prepare a responsive form (a “Notification Memorandum”) stating the reason(s) why the proposed option is not eligible for listing. [DOS staff] The designated department shall forward the Notification Memorandum to the member or member organization that submitted the Request to List an Option within three (3) business days of its determination that the proposed option does not meet objective listing criteria. [DOS staff] The designated department shall maintain all Requests to List an Option and Notification Memoranda in a central file for a period of not less than five (5) years.

(c) If [DOS staff] the designated department determines that the proposed option meets the objective listing criteria set forth in Commentary .01 of this Rule, [DOS staff] the designated department shall present the initial Request to List an Option and the subsequent review to the Chairman of the Board of Governors or his designee, who shall, within ten (10) business days of receipt of the Request to List an Option, instruct [DOS staff] the designated department to:

(i) Solicit options specialists to submit applications for specialist privileges in the option; or

(ii) Within three (3) business days, prepare and forward a letter to the member or member organization that submitted the Request to List an Option, setting forth in reasonable detail the basis on which the decision not to list, or to place limitations or conditions upon, the proposed option was made.

.02 (d)-(e)—No Change.

.03-.07—No Change.

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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 Phlx included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposal. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Phlx 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

Currently, Commentary .01 to Phlx Rule 1009 states that the Department of Securities (“DOS”) receives and processes a “Request to List an Option” form. Due to the recent renaming of DOS at the Exchange, references to DOS in Phlx Rule 1009 need to be changed. To allow adequate flexibility in the event that further changes are necessary in the future, the Exchange proposes to replace in Phlx Rule 1009, the term “DOS” with the terms “designated staff” or “designated department.” [6]

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act [7] in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act [8] in particular, 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, by eliminating obsolete references in Phlx Rule 1009.

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

The Phlx believes that the proposed rule change will not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended.Start Printed Page 2978

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

The Phlx has neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

Because the foregoing proposed 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, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.

A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing. However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Phlx has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because the proposed rule change corrects references that are now obsolete.[9] For this reason, the Commission designates that the proposal has become effective and operative immediately upon filing with the Commission.

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.[10]

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 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-9303.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-Phlx-2005-84. 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 Phlx.

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-Phlx-2005-84 and should be submitted on or before February 8, 2006.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[11]

Nancy M. Morris,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

5.  As required by Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii), 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii), the Phlx submitted 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.

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6.  Promptly after publication by the Commission of this filing, the Exchange will announce the designated staff or designated department that will receive and process the “Request to List an Option” form by way of a memorandum to Exchange membership. Thereafter, change in the designated staff or designated department, which change may be made by an officer of the Exchange, and the effective date thereof will be announced by way of a memorandum to Exchange membership.

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9.  For 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).

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10.  See Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii), 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).

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[FR Doc. E6-433 Filed 1-17-06; 8:45 am]

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