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 May 31, 2006, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (“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 Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons, and is granting accelerated approval to the proposed rule change.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to amend its Fees Schedule to retroactively credit Designated Primary Market-Makers (“DPMs”) for certain fees they incur in executing orders under the Intermarket Options Linkage Plan (“Linkage”). The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's website (http://www.cboe.com), at the Exchange's Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.
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
The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend the CBOE Fees Schedule to retroactively establish certain fee relief that was provided prospectively in a previous CBOE rule change filing, SR-CBOE-2006-44 (“Previous Filing”).
In the Previous Filing, the Exchange amended Section 21 of the CBOE Fees Schedule to enhance the credits provided to DPMs under the DPM Linkage Fees Credit Program (“Program”). Under the enhanced Program established by the Previous Filing, the Exchange credits DPMs for certain fees they incur related to the execution of: (i) Outbound principal acting as agent (“P/A”) orders; and (ii) outbound Principal orders on behalf of orders that are for the account of a broker-dealer (“P orders”). The purpose of the Program is to offset the additional costs DPMs incur in routing orders to other exchanges in order to obtain the National Best Bid or Offer (“NBBO”).
The Previous Filing established the enhanced Program as of May 18, 2006. In this filing, the Exchange proposes to extend this fee relief retroactively back to all applicable transactions occurring since May 1, 2006, a total of 13 business days.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange states that the proposed rule change 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.
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
The Exchange states that no written comments were solicited or received Start Printed Page 38438with respect to the proposed rule change.
III. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include File No. SR-CBOE-2006-54 on the subject line.
- 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-CBOE-2006-54. 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 Commissions 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-2006-54 and should be submitted by July 27, 2006.
IV. Commission Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a 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 and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange. In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act, in that, by retroactively crediting DPMs for certain fees they incur in executing Linkage orders, the proposed rule change should help to ensure the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among the Exchange's members. As noted above, the Exchange recently established the proposed fees on a going-forward basis.
The Commission finds good cause, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act, for approving the proposed rule change prior to the thirtieth day after publication of the notice of filing thereof in the Federal Register. The proposal would allow the Exchange to apply the Program retroactively, for 13 additional business days. The Commission did not receive any comments regarding the Previous Filing, and therefore believes that retroactively crediting DPMs for certain fees they incur in executing Linkage orders would not raise any new or novel regulatory issues.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act  that the proposed rule change (SR-CBOE-2006-54) is approved on an accelerated basis.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
J. Lynn Taylor,
3. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53866 (May 25, 2006), 71 FR 31237 (June 1, 2006) (Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of File No. SR-CBOE-2006-44).Back to Citation
6. 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 U.S.C. 78c(f).Back to Citation
8. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53866, supra at note 3.Back to Citation
10. Id.Back to Citation
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