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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Depository Trust Company; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Adding the Security Holder Report Service to the Security Position Report Service

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Start Preamble January 8, 2007.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on November 17, 2006, The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) and on January 5, 2007, amended the proposed rule change described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by DTC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested parties.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to add a new service, the Security Holder Report (“SHR”) service, to DTC's Security Position Report (“SPR”) service.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, DTC 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. DTC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.[2]

(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

SPRs are reports prepared by DTC that show for each issuer whose securities are eligible for DTC's book entry services the identity of each DTC participant having that issuer's securities credited to its participant account and the quantity of that issuer's securities that the DTC participant has credited to its participant account as of a selected date. Most securities are registered with the issuer's transfer agent in the name of DTC's nominee, Cede & Co. Issuers rely on DTC to provide them with SPR information. DTC also provides SPR information to trustees and authorized third party agents. These entities typically need SPR information provided by DTC in order to properly conduct proxy, record date, and voting rights related functions.

Some authorized users of the SPR service also perform regulatory reporting functions for which they require the participants' identities but do not need the corresponding quantity of securities credited to each participant. Currently, such users are required to order from DTC an SPR, which costs $120 per CUSIP. In order to mitigate user expenses, DTC is proposing to offer the SHR service as part of its SPR service. The SHR will allow authorized users to obtain reports with only participant identity. SHRs will result in lower production costs to DTC and in greater protection of participant information and will allow a lower fee to be charged than that for standard SPRs. The SHR fees are:

(i) $55.00 per CUSIP for the first 500 CUSIPS and

(ii) $6.00 per CUSIP for requests of 501 or more CUSIPS.

The proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act [3] and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to DTC because it will foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in the clearance and settlement of securities transactions and, in general, protects investors and the public interest.

(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

DTC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact on or impose any burden on competition.

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

No written comments relating to the proposed rule change have been solicited or received. DTC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by DTC.

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

The foregoing rule change has become effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act [4] and Rule 19b-4(f)(4) [5] thereunder because the proposed rule change effects a change in an existing service of DTC that (i) does not adversely affect the safeguarding of securities or funds in the custody or control of DTC or for which it is responsible and (ii) does not significantly affect the respective rights or obligations of DTC or persons using the service. At any time within sixty 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.[6]

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-DTC-2006-17. 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 DTC and on DTC's Web site at https://login.dtcc.com/​dtcorg/​. 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-DTC-2006-17 and should be submitted on or before February 6, 2007.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.7

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by DTC.

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4.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).

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6.  For purposes of calculating the 60-day period within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change under Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers the period to commence on January 5, 2007, the date on which the last amendment to the proposed rule change was filed with the Commission. 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).

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[FR Doc. E7-389 Filed 1-12-07; 8:45 am]

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