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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Regarding Technical and Conforming Changes to Nasdaq's 6000, 9000, and 11000 Series Rules

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Start Preamble July 31, 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 July 28, 2006, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”), 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 Nasdaq. Nasdaq has designated the proposed rule change as constituting a “non-controversial” rule change under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the Act,3 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 Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

Nasdaq proposes to conform the Rule 6000, 9000, and 11000 Series of Nasdaq's rules to certain changes made to the corresponding rule series of the rules of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD”) since approval of Nasdaq's rules by the Commission in January 2006 and to correct certain errors in the approved rules. Nasdaq proposes to implement the proposed rule change immediately. The text of the proposed rule change is available on Nasdaq's Web site (http://www.nasdaq.com), at Nasdaq'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, 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 is modifying its 6000, 9000 and 11000 Series Rules to conform them to certain changes made to the corresponding NASD rule series since approval of Nasdaq's rules by the Commission in January 2006 and to correct certain errors in the approved rules. Specifically, Nasdaq is:

  • Amending Nasdaq Rule 6951 to reflect the effectiveness of a change to the definition of “Reporting Member.”
  • Adding Nasdaq Rule 6958 to provide exemptive authority comparable to the authority provided to NASD by NASD Rule 6958.4
  • Amending Nasdaq Rule 9120 to reflect the deletion, effective August 28, 2006, of the Nasdaq Rule 5000 Series and to eliminate an erroneous reference to the Nasdaq Rule 7000 Series.5
  • Amending Nasdaq IM-11810 in accordance with changes to NASD IM-11810 made by SR-NASD-2005-087.6
  • Amending Nasdaq Rule 11890 to reflect changes made to NASD Rule 11890 by SR-NASD-2006-033.7
  • Amending Nasdaq Rules 6250, 6800, 6954, 9110, 11310, and 11840 and Start Printed Page 44339Nasdaq IM-9216 and IM-11110 to correct typographical errors.

2. Statutory Basis

Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,[8] in general, and with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,9 in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, 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; and is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers.

Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change conforms the Nasdaq Rules 6000, 9000, and 11000 Series of Nasdaq's rules to certain changes made to the corresponding rule series of the rules of NASD since approval of Nasdaq's rules by the Commission in January 2006 and corrects certain errors in the approved rules.

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, as amended.

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

Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

Nasdaq has designated the foregoing rule change as a “non-controversial” rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act[10] and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder11 because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest.

Nasdaq has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day pre-operative period requirement for “non-controversial” proposals, based upon a representation that such waiver will allow Nasdaq to implement the rule changes, which have either recently been made effective as changes to NASD rules or are technical in nature, prior to the time when Nasdaq begins to operate as a national securities exchange. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Waiver of the 30-day operative period will allow Nasdaq to implement these changes immediately so that they can be in place prior to the time Nasdaq begins to operate as a national securities exchange. Accordingly, the Commission has determined to waive the operative delay, and the proposed rule change has become effective upon filing with the Commission.12

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:

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-NASDAQ-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 Section, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the 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-NASDAQ-2006-022 and should be submitted on or before August 25, 2006.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.13

Jill M. Peterson,

Assistant Secretary.

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Footnotes

4.  Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 53819 (May 17, 2006), 71 FR 29697 (May 23, 2006) (SR-NASD-2006-052); and 53580 (March 30, 2006), 71 FR 17529 (April 4, 2006) (SR-NASD-2006-040).

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5.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54155 (July 14, 2006), 71 FR 41291 (July 20, 2006) (SR-NASDAQ-2006-001).

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6.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54084 (June 30, 2006), 71 FR 38935 (July 10, 2006) (SR-NASD-2005-087).

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7.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53541 (March 22, 2006), 71 FR 15792 (March 29, 2006) (SR-NASD-2006-033).

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12.  For purposes only of waiving the operative date of this proposal, he Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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[FR Doc. E6-12613 Filed 8-3-06; 8:45 am]

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