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 February 28, 2007, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) 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 substantially prepared by Nasdaq. Nasdaq has filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 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
Nasdaq proposes to modify the pricing for Nasdaq members using the Nasdaq Market Center. Nasdaq will implement this rule change on March 1, 2007. The text of the proposed rule change is available at Nasdaq, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and http://www.nasdaq.com.
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
This filing modifies the pricing schedule for trading securities through the Nasdaq Market Center. The changes reflect (i) The increase in volumes traded through the Nasdaq Market Center as a result of Nasdaq beginning to trade non-Nasdaq exchange-listed securities through the Nasdaq Market Center as of February 12, 2007, and (ii) responses to the competitive environment in which Nasdaq operates. Specifically, because much of the volume in non-Nasdaq securities that had formerly traded through the NASD ITS/CAES System has moved to the Nasdaq Market Center, the proposed rule change deletes language under which Nasdaq considered a member's volume in ITS/CAES in determining its fees for using the Nasdaq Market Center. Similarly, Nasdaq is modifying its existing charge for reporting transactions executed through the Nasdaq Market Center to reflect the increase in the volume of the Nasdaq Market Center occasioned by its beginning to trade non-Nasdaq securities. Currently, the $0.029 per side fee applies to members with an average daily volume during a month of less than 10,000 transaction reports; the threshold is being raised to 15,000 transaction reports.
Nasdaq is also modifying its fees for routing to the New York Stock Exchange LLC (“NYSE”) to reflect an NYSE proposal to charge $0.0025 per share for routing orders to other markets. When Nasdaq routes an order to NYSE and is charged this fee by NYSE, Nasdaq proposes to pass the fee on to its members on a direct basis. Finally, in order to ensure that Nasdaq's overall fees remain competitive, Nasdaq is lowering its lowest fee for removing liquidity and/or routing from $0.0027 per share executed to $0.0026. The fee is charged to members with an average daily volume through the Nasdaq Market Center in all securities during the month of (i) More than 35 million shares of liquidity provided, and (ii) more than 55 million shares of liquidity accessed and/or routed; or members with an average daily volume through the Nasdaq Market Center in all securities during the month of (i) More than 25 million shares of liquidity provided, and (ii) more than 65 million shares of liquidity accessed and/or routed. Members with lower volumes pay $0.0028 or $0.003 per share executed, depending on their volume levels.
2. Statutory Basis
Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act, in general, and with Sections 6(b)(4) of the Act, in particular, in that the proposal provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which Nasdaq operates or controls. Nasdaq believes that the fees reflect the fact that Nasdaq has begun to trade non-Nasdaq exchange-listed securities through the Nasdaq Market Center, and also reflect fee changes by Nasdaq's competitors and the overall competitive environment in which Nasdaq operates.
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.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others
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III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder  because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge applicable only to a member imposed by the self-regulatory organization. Accordingly, the proposal is effective upon Commission receipt of the filing. 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 email@example.com. Please include File Number SR-NASDAQ-2007-017 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-NASDAQ-2007-017. 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 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-2007-017 and should be submitted on or before April 11, 2007.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Florence E. Harmon,
5. See File No. SR-NYSE-2007-18 (February 22, 2007).Back to Citation
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