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 July 18, 2006, 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, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by Phlx. Phlx filed the proposal pursuant to 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 persons.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
Phlx proposes to reduce the current Equity Transaction Charge of $0.0035 per share to $0.0023 per share. The Start Printed Page 44072maximum charge will remain at $50.00 per trade side. The proposed rule change is scheduled to become effective for transactions settling on or after August 1, 2006. The text of the proposed rule change is available on Phlx's Internet Web site (http://www.phlx.com), at Phlx's principal office, 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, Phlx 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. 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
Currently, the Exchange charges an Equity Transaction Charge of $0.0035 per share, based on total shares per transaction, with the exception of specialist trades and PACE trades. The Exchange proposes to reduce the current Equity Transaction Charge to $0.0023 per share. The purpose of the proposal is to attract additional equity floor broker order flow to the Exchange. This proposal is scheduled to become effective for transactions settling on or after August 1, 2006.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act, in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act, in particular, because it is an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among members of the Exchange.
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 has neither solicited nor received written comments on the proposed rule change.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as a fee change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2)  thereunder. Accordingly, the proposed rule change is effective 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include File No. SR-Phlx-2006-45 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File No. SR-Phlx-2006-45. 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 will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of 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 No. SR-Phlx-2006-45 and should be submitted on or before August 24, 2006.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Jill M. Peterson,
5. However, the Equity Transaction Charge applies where an order, after being delivered to the Exchange by the PACE system, is executed by the specialist by way of an outbound ITS commitment, when such outbound ITS commitment reflects the PACE order's clearing information, but does not apply where a PACE trade is executed against an inbound ITS commitment. See, e.g., Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 50106 (July 28, 2004), 69 FR 47197 (August 4, 2004) (SR-Phlx-2004-40) and 47245 (January 24, 2003), 68 FR 5069 (January 31, 2003) (SR-Phlx-2002-88).Back to Citation
6. The maximum amount for the Equity Transaction Charge will remain at $50.00 per trade side.Back to Citation
[FR Doc. E6-12523 Filed 8-2-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 8010-01-P