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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Transaction Charges Applicable to Linkage “P” and “P/A” Orders

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Start Preamble July 30, 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 July 19, 2007, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (“Phlx” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. This order provides notice of the proposed rule change and approves the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis.

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

The Phlx proposes to extend, for a one-year period, a pilot relating to transaction fees applicable to the execution of Principal Acting as Agent Start Printed Page 43313Orders (“P/A Orders”) [3] and Principal Orders (“P Orders”) [4] sent to the Exchange via the Intermarket Option Linkage (“Linkage”) under the Plan for the Purpose of Creating and Operating an Intermarket Option Linkage (the “Plan”).[5] The Exchange proposes to extend the pilot through July 31, 2008. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and http://www.phlx.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, 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 III below. The Phlx 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 purpose of the proposed rule change is to extend the current pilot program for one year, through July 31, 2008.[6]

The Exchange currently charges $0.25 per option contract for P Orders sent to the Exchange via Linkage under the Plan. The Exchange currently charges $0.15 per option contract for P/A Orders.

By extending the current pilot program, the Exchange should remain competitive with other exchanges that charge fees for P Orders and P/A Orders.[7] Consistent with current practice, the Exchange will charge the clearing member organization of the sender of P Orders and P/A Orders. Also, consistent with current practice, the Exchange will not charge for the execution of Satisfaction Orders sent through Linkage.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act [8] in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(4) of the Act [9] in particular, in that it is an equitable allocation of reasonable fees among Exchange members.[10]

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

No written comments were either solicited or received.

III. 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-Phlx-2007-52. 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, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such 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-Phlx-2007-52 and should be submitted on or before August 24, 2007.

IV. Commission's Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of the Proposed Rule Change

After careful consideration, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange,[11] and, in particular, the requirements of section 6(b) of the Act [12] and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Start Printed Page 43314Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b)(4) of the Act,[13] which requires that the rules of the Exchange provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. The Commission believes that the extension of the Linkage fee pilot until July 31, 2008 will give the Exchange and the Commission further opportunity to evaluate whether such fees are appropriate.

The Commission also finds good cause for approving the proposed rule change prior to the 30th day after the date of publication of the notice of filing thereof in the Federal Register. The Commission believes that granting accelerated approval of the proposed rule change will preserve the Exchange's existing pilot program for Linkage fees without interruption as the Exchange and the Commission continue considering the appropriateness of Linkage fees. Therefore, the Commission finds good cause, consistent with section 19(b)(2) of the Exchange Act,[14] to approve the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis.

V. Conclusion

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[15] that the proposed rule change (SR-Phlx-2007-52), be and it hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[16]

Nancy M. Morris,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  A P/A Order is an order for the principal account of a specialist reflecting the terms of a related unexecuted Public Customer order for which the specialist is acting as agent. See Exchange Rule 1083(k)(i).

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4.  A P Order is an order for the principal account of an Eligible Market Maker and is not a P/A Order. See Exchange Rule 1083(k)(ii).

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5.  See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 44482 (June 27, 2001), 66 FR 35470 (July 5, 2001) (amendment to Plan to conform the Plan to the requirements of Securities Exchange Act Rule 11Ac1-7); 43573 (November 16, 2000), 65 FR 70851 (November 28, 2000) (order approving an amendment to the Plan to add Phlx as a Participant); and 43086 (July 28, 2000), 65 FR 48023 (August 4, 2000) (order approving the Plan).

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6.  The Exchange filed a separate proposed rule change to extend, for a one-year period through July 31, 2008, the Exchange's current pilot program relating to an option transaction charge credit of $0.21 per contract for Exchange options specialist units that incur Phlx option transaction charges when a customer order is delivered to the limit order book via the Exchange's Options Floor Broker Management System and is then sent to an away market and executed via Linkage under the Plan. This separate proposal will be in effect for the same time period as fees for Linkage P Orders and P/A Orders. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56101 (July 19, 2007), 72 FR 40920 (July 25, 2007) (SR-Phlx-2007-50).

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7.  See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 54204 (July 25, 2006), 71 FR 43548 (August 1, 2006) (SR-ISE-2006-38); 54225 (July 27, 2006), 71 FR 44056 (August 3, 2006) (SR-BSE-2006-26); 54272 (August 3, 2006), 71 FR 45865 (August 10, 2006) (SR-CBOE-2006-59); 54230 (July 27, 2006), 71 FR 44757 (August 7, 2006) (SR-NYSEArca-2006-41).

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10.  The Exchange clarified that Section 6(b)(4) of the Act requires equitable allocation of reasonable fees among Exchange members and issuers and other persons using its facilities. See Telephone conversation between Richard Rudolph, Vice President and Counsel, Phlx to Ronesha A. Butler, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated July 27, 2007.

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11.  In approving this rule change, the Commission notes that it has considered the proposal's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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[FR Doc. E7-15094 Filed 8-2-07; 8:45 am]

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