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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Boston Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to Appointment of Market Makers

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Start Preamble May 16, 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 February 20, 2007, the Boston Stock Exchange (“BSE” 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 substantially prepared by the BSE. On May 11, 2007, the Exchange filed with the Commission Amendment No. 1.[3] The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons.

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

The Exchange proposes to amend Section 4 (Appointment of Market Makers) of Chapter VI of the Rules of the Boston Options Exchange (“BOX”). The BSE is proposing to amend the BOX Rules to grant the authority for the Exchange to approve Market Maker appointments instead of the Board or a committee designated by the Board, as the rule currently states. The Exchange is also proposing to provide a process for those Market Makers who wish to withdraw from trading an option issue within their appointment. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's website (http://www.bse.com), at the Exchange's Office of the Secretary and at the Commission.

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

In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange 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

1. Purpose

The Exchange proposes to amend Section 4 (Appointment of Market Makers) of Chapter VI of the BOX Rules to grant the authority for the Exchange to approve Market Maker appointments instead of the Board or committee designated by the Board, as the rule currently states. The Exchange is also proposing to provide a process for those Market Makers who wish to withdraw from trading an option issue within their appointment.

The proposed change of granting the Exchange the authority to approve Market Maker appointments instead of the Board or a committee designated by the Board will help aid in the efficiency of BOX's Market Maker allocation process. If approved, this proposed change will allow the regulatory staff of the Exchange the ability to approve Market Maker appointments. The BSE regulatory staff is more accessible than the Board and this change will help with the expediency of the Market Marker allocation approval process.

The Exchange has also proposed to add a provision to establish a process for those Market Makers who wish to withdraw from trading an option issue within their appointment.[4] A Market Maker may withdraw from an appointment as long as the Market Maker provides BOX with three business days written notice of their intent to withdraw from an appointment. If such written notice is not provided to BOX, then the Market Maker may be subject to formal disciplinary action.

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2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that the proposal is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act,[5] in general, and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,[6] in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and national market system, and protect investors and the public interest.

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

The Exchange has neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change.

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 BSE consents, the Commission will:

(a) By order approve such 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:

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 No. SR-BSE-2007-09. 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 at the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the BSE. 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 with to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to the file number in the caption above and should be submitted on or before June 13, 2007.

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

J. Lynn Taylor,

Assistant Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  Amendment No. 1 supersedes and replaces the original proposal in its entirety.

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4.  See Proposed Section 4, subparagraph (i), Chapter VI of the BOX Rules.

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[FR Doc. E7-9855 Filed 5-22-07; 8:45 am]

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