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Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to Optional Routing of Orders in Nasdaq's INET Facility

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Start Preamble March 13, 2006.

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 February 10, 2006, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.(“NASD”), through its subsidiary, the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (“Nasdaq”), submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by Nasdaq. Nasdaq filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [3] which renders it effective upon filing with the Commission. On March 9, 2006, Nasdaq filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.[4] 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

Nasdaq proposes to create a new voluntary routing option for its INET facility that will allow INET users to instruct that orders being ultimately directed to the New York Stock Exchange or the American Stock Exchange first check INET and then the Nasdaq Market Center and/or Nasdaq's Brut facility for potential execution before being delivered to those exchanges. Nasdaq will implement the proposed rule change immediately. The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is in italics; deletions are in [brackets].[5]

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4956. Routing

(a) INET Order Routing Process

(1) The INET Order Routing Process shall be available to Participants from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and shall route orders as described below:

(A) Exchange-Listed Routing Options

The System provides [five] six routing options for orders in exchange-listed securities. Of these [five] six, only [two] three—DOT Immediate, [and] DOT Alternative and DOT Nasdaq—are available for orders ultimately sought to be directed to either the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) or the American Stock Exchange (“AMEX”). The System also allows firms to send individual orders to the NYSE Direct + System, and to elect to have orders not be sent to the AMEX. The [five] six System routing options for NYSE and/or Amex listed orders are:

(i)-(v) No Change.

(vi) DOT Nasdaq (“DOTN”)—under this option, after checking the INET System for available shares, orders are sent to other available market centers that are owned by Nasdaq, including the Nasdaq Market Center and/or Nasdaq's Brut Facility for potential execution before the destination exchange. When checking the INET book, the System will seek to execute at the price it would send the order to a non-INET destination market center as designated by the entering party. Any un-executed portion will thereafter be sent to the NYSE or AMEX, as appropriate, at the order's original limit order price. This option may only be used for orders with time-in-force parameters of either DAY, IOC, or market-on-open/close.

(B)-(C) 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, 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

1. Purpose

Nasdaq proposes to create a new voluntary routing option for its INET facility that will allow INET users to instruct that orders being ultimately directed to the New York Stock Exchange or the American Stock Exchange first check INET and then the Nasdaq Market Center and/or Nasdaq's Brut facility for potential execution before being delivered to those exchanges. Nasdaq believes that the above option will enhance the choices available to INET systems users to select the best method to execute proprietary and customer orders across multiple trading venues, and is similar to routing options available through Nasdaq's Brut facility. In addition, this routing option will allow users to maximize their participation across Nasdaq-owned trading venues so as to take advantage of available volume-based execution fee discounts resulting from activity on all Nasdaq systems. Like all Nasdaq system routing options, applicable principles of best-execution apply to the use of this proposed routing option.

2. Statutory Basis

Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with Section 15A of the Act,[6] in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,[7] 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.

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

Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 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

Nasdaq has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [8] and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.[9] 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) does not become operative for 30 days from the date of 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. As required under Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii), Nasdaq provided the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to filing the proposal with the Commission or such shorter period as designated by the Commission. Nasdaq has requested that the Commission waive 30-day delayed operational date provisions contained in the above rule, based upon a representation that the proposed rule filing would benefit investors and permit them to select the execution venues that best suit their trading goals, and should, therefore, be provided to investors as soon as possible. For this reason, the Commission designates the proposal to be effective and operative upon filing with the Commission.

At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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, as amended, is consistent with Start Printed Page 14045the 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 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NASD-2006-022. 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 Nasdaq. 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-NASD-2006-022 and should be submitted on or before April 10, 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

4.  Amendment No. 1 made a non-substantive, clarifying change to the rule text, as well as provided rationale for the request for the Commission to accelerate the operative delay.

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5.  Changes are marked to the rule text that appears in the electronic NASD Manual found at www.nasd.com. Prior to the date when The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ LLC”) commences operations, NASDAQ LLC will file a conforming change to the rules of NASDAQ LLC approved in Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53128 (January 13, 2006).

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10.  The effective date of the original proposed rule change is February 10, 2006 and the effective date of Amendment No. 1 is March 9, 2006. For purposes of calculating the 60-day period within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change, as amended, under section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers the period to commence on March 9, 2006, the date on which Nasdaq submitted Amendment No. 1. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).

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[FR Doc. E6-3959 Filed 3-17-06; 8:45 am]

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