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 July 25, 2007, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (“Exchange” or “CBOE”) 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 by the Exchange. 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
The Exchange is proposing to amend its rule related to opening rotations conducted via the Hybrid Opening System (“HOSS”). The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site (http://www.cboe.com), at the Office of the Secretary, CBOE 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 self-regulatory organization 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 those 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 parts of such statements.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange is proposing to amend its HOSS procedures contained in CBOE Rule 6.2B. HOSS is the Exchange's automated system for initiating trading at the beginning of each trading day. The HOSS procedures currently provide that an opening rotation for an options class shall be initiated by HOSS at a randomly selected time within a number of seconds after the primary market  for the underlying security opens (or after 8:30 a.m. (Central Time) for index options).
The Exchange is proposing to amend Rule 6.2B to permit the opening rotation for an options class to be initiated by HOSS after the opening of the underlying security on either the primary listing market, the primary volume market  or the first market to open the underlying security. Determinations on the particular configuration for the market for the underlying security would be made on a class-by-class by the appropriate Exchange Procedure Committee and announced to the membership via Regulatory Circular. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will provide it with more flexibility to determine when to permit the HOSS opening rotation process to begin, which should contribute to the Exchange's ability to conduct openings in a fairly and orderly manner.
2. Statutory Basis
By allowing for more flexibility in the manner in which HOSS is programmed to initiate an opening rotation, the Exchange is enhancing its ability to conduct fair and orderly openings, and, as such, the Exchange believes this proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act, in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(5) of the Act, in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts, to remove impediments to and to perfect the mechanism for a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition 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 solicited or received with respect to 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 Start Printed Page 49753(ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization 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:
- 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-CBOE-2007-88 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-CBOE-2007-88. 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-CBOE-2007-88 and should be submitted on or before September 19, 2007.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.8
Florence E. Harmon,
3. For purposes of CBOE Rule 6.2B, the Exchange has interpreted the “primary market” to be the primary listing market.Back to Citation
4. For purposes of CBOE Rule 6.2B, when the underlying market “opens” is determined, on a class-by-class basis, to be either the opening trade and/or opening quote (or whichever occurs first). Once the underlying market open occurs, HOSS initiates the overlying option class opening and sends a Rotation Notice to market participants. Thereafter, HOSS will open the series of a class in a random order.Back to Citation
5. For purposes of CBOE Rule 6.2B, the primary volume market will be defined as the market with the most liquidity in that underlying security for the previous two calendar months.Back to Citation
[FR Doc. E7-17079 Filed 8-28-07; 8:45 am]
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