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 December 6, 2006, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (“NYSE” 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 the Exchange. 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 Exchange proposes to retroactively apply, as of December 1, 2006, an increase from $0.00025 to $0.000275 per share in the fee (“Linkage Order Fee”) it charges its member organizations in connection with orders in equities executed in another market pursuant to the Plan for the Purpose of Creating and Operating an Intermarket Communications Linkage (“Linkage Plan”).Start Printed Page 75602
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, NYSE 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 Exchange proposes to retroactively apply, as of December 1, 2006, an increase from $0.00025 to $0.000275 per share in the Linkage Order Fee it charges its member organizations in connection with orders in equities executed in another market pursuant to the Linkage Plan. This increase in the Linkage Order Fee became effective on Monday, December 4, 2006 pursuant to a previous rule change submitted by the Exchange. The Linkage Order Fee was increased to $0.000275 to set it at the same level as the regular equity transaction fee, which was increased to that level as of December 1, 2006. The current filing simply applies the revised Linkage Order Fee to transactions that occurred on December 1, 2006, which is the only business day with respect to which the Linkage Order Fee and the regular equity transaction fee have not been harmonized by the previous filing. The Exchange wishes to harmonize the Linkage Order Fee payable on transactions executed through the Linkage on December 1, 2006, with the regular equity transaction fee payable on that day because the difference in the amount payable by customers would be immaterial, but the Exchange would incur significant costs in identifying those transactions which should be charged the lower fee rate.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the objectives of Section 6  of the Act in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. The Exchange believes that it is equitable to retroactively increase the Linkage Order Fee payable on transactions executed through the Linkage on December 1, 2006, to harmonize it with the regular equity transaction fee payable on that day, because the difference in the amount payable by customers would be immaterial, but the Exchange would incur significant costs in identifying those transactions which should be charged the lower fee rate.
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
Written comments were neither solicited nor received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding, or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission will:
(A) by order approve the proposed rule change, or
(B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.
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 Number SR-NYSE-2006-110 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-NYSE-2006-110. 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 the 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-NYSE-2006-110 and should be submitted on or before January 5, 2007.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Florence E. Harmon,
3. The text of the proposed rule change was filed as Exhibit No. 5 to the Exchange's December 4, 2006, filing (see SR-NYSE-2006-108), which established the revised Linkage Order Fee as immediately effective on that date.Back to Citation
4. See id.Back to Citation
5. See Exchange Act Release No. 54856 (December 1, 2006); 71 FR 71215 (December 8, 2006) (SR-NYSE-2006-106).Back to Citation
6. The Exchange estimates that the difference in the amount of Linkage Order Fees payable under the old rate as compared to the proposed revised rate by customers for trades executed on December 1, 2006, would be less than $2,000.00. Telephone conversation between John Carey, Assistant General Counsel, NYSE, and Nathan Saunders, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, December 7, 2006.Back to Citation
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