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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Series of U.S. Dollar-Settled Foreign Currency Options Open for Trading

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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 October 4, 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. The Exchange filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder,[4] 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

The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 1012, Series of Options Open for Trading, in order to increase the number of permissible cycle month series of U.S. dollar-settled foreign currency options (“FCOs”) that may be opened for trading from three to four.

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 IV below. 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 the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to permit the Exchange to list an additional series of cycle month U.S. dollar-settled FCOs.[5] Currently, Rule 1012(a)(iii)(B) provides that, with respect to any particular class of U.S. dollar-settled FCO, series of options expiring in up to three of the four cycle months designated by the Exchange for that class may be opened for trading simultaneously. Thus, for example, in October the Exchange may have open for trading series of options expiring in the December, March and June cycle months.[6]

As amended, Rule 1012(a)(iii)(B) would permit four cycle months to be open for trading simultaneously. Thus, in the example just used, in October the Exchange would be able to have open for trading series of options expiring in the December, March, June, and September contract months.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act [7] in general and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) [8] in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanism of, a free and open market and a national market system, and in general, to protect investors and the public interest, by providing investors another contract month for U.S. dollar-settled FCOs with which they can hedge their foreign currency risks.

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 solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not:

(i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest;

(ii) Impose any significant burden on competition; and

(iii) Become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [9] and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.[10] As required under Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act,[11] the Exchange provided the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of the filing of the proposed rule change.

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-SR-Phlx-2007-74. 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-2007-74 and should be submitted on or before November 13, 2007.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority. [12]

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

5.  Rule 1012(a)(iii)(B) provides that the Exchange may designate one expiration cycle for each class of U.S. dollar-settled FCO. An expiration cycle consists of four calendar months (“cycle months”) occurring at three-month intervals. The Exchange has designated the March, June, September, and December cycle as the expiration cycle for U.S. dollar-settled FCOs.

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6.  In addition to the three cycle month expirations, the Exchange currently has open two consecutive month expirations. Thus, at any given time the Exchange has open expirations at one, two, three, six, and nine months. The open series are on three of the months from the March, June, September, December cycle, plus two additional near term months (five months at all times). No change is being proposed to the consecutive month expiration series.

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11.  17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).

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[FR Doc. E7-20769 Filed 10-22-07; 8:45 am]

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