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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change to Increase the Nasdaq Trading Rights Fee

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Start Preamble April 27, 2007.

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 April 25, 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 prepared substantially by Nasdaq. Nasdaq filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [4] thereunder, as establishing or changing a member due, fee, or other charge, which renders the proposed rule change 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 increase the monthly trading rights fee paid by Nasdaq members. Nasdaq will implement this proposed rule change on May 1, 2007. The text of the proposed rule change is available at Nasdaq,   http://www.nasdaq.com, and 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 increasing its monthly trading rights fee, which is assessed on all Nasdaq members, from $200 to $500 per month. The fee had initially been set at a level to ease the transition of the Nasdaq Market Center's status as a facility of the NASD to a facility of a new self-regulatory organization (“SRO”). Now that Nasdaq has an established membership base, Nasdaq believes that the fee increase is Start Printed Page 25824warranted to ensure that its monthly and annual membership fees fund a greater portion of the cost of regulating the Nasdaq market. Nasdaq believes that even with the fee increase, the cost of Nasdaq membership is generally lower than the cost of membership in other SROs.[5] In this regard, it is particularly notable that unlike other SROs, Nasdaq does not charge annual registration fees for each of a firm's registered representatives.

Nasdaq is also deleting language from Rule 7001 that waived the application fee for NASD members applying for Nasdaq membership prior to August 1, 2006.

2. Statutory Basis

Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,[6] in general, and with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,[7] in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which Nasdaq operates or controls. Nasdaq believes that an increased monthly trading rights fee is a reasonable and equitable method of ensuring that its monthly and annual membership fees fund a greater portion of the cost of regulating the Nasdaq market, and that the overall cost of Nasdaq membership is reasonable as compared with the cost of membership in other SROs.

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 form 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

The foregoing proposed rule change has become effective upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [8] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder,[9] in that the proposed rule change establishes or changes a member due, fee, or other charge imposed by the self-regulatory organization. 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-2007-044. 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 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-2007-044 and should be submitted on or before May 29, 2007.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[10]

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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5.  See, e.g., New York Stock Exchange Price List 2007 at http://www.nyse.com/​pdfs/​2007pricelist.pdf (itemizing numerous registration, regulation, and trading rights fees); NASD By-Laws Schedule A, Section 1 at http://nasd.complinet.com/​ nasd/display/display.html?rbid=1189&element_id=1159000126; Chicago Stock Exchange Fees and Assessments at http://wallstreet.cch.com/​CHXtools/​PlatformViewer.asp?​SelectedNode=​chp_​1_​1&​manual=​/​CHX/​Admin/​chx-feesandassessments/​.

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8.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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[FR Doc. E7-8596 Filed 5-4-07; 8:45 am]

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