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 January 14, 2008, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (“CBOE” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) a proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared substantially by CBOE. 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 its rules regarding complex orders. The text of the proposed rule change is available at CBOE, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and http://www.cboe.com/legal.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, CBOE 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. CBOE 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
The Exchange is proposing to amend its priority provisions contained in CBOE Rules 6.45, 6.45A and 6.45B to provide that a complex order may be executed at a net debit or credit price with another member without giving priority to equivalent bids (offers) in the individual series legs that are represented in the public customer limit order book, provided that one leg of the complex order betters the corresponding bid (offer) in the public customer limit order book by at least the amount determined by the Exchange on a class-by-class basis. The amount shall be either (i) one minimum trading increment (i.e., $0.10, $0.05 or $0.01, as applicable) or (ii) a $0.01 increment.
Currently the rules provide that one leg of a complex order must better the corresponding bid (offer) in the public customer limit order book by at least one minimum trading increment. The Exchange believes that changing the rule to permit the minimum amount to be $0.01 would provide additional flexibility to better facilitate the orderly execution of complex orders, and would provide additional opportunities and incentives for members to provide price improvement to complex orders.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes the 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 prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, promote just and equitable principles of trade, remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, 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 either 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 (ii) as to which CBOE 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-2008-03 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Start Printed Page 9610100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2008-03. 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 the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of CBOE. 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-2008-03 and should be submitted on or before March 13, 2008.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Florence E. Harmon,
3. Additionally, the Exchange is proposing to make two non-substantive changes to Rule 6.45B(b) in order to conform the text of that rule to Rule 6.45A(b). Specifically, the Exchange is replacing the phrase “the trading crowd” with the phrase “open outcry” in Rule 6.45B(b) and inserting the phrase “at a net debit or credit price” in Rule 6.45B(b)(ii).Back to Citation
4. The rules also provide that a complex order may be executed at the same derived net price as other individual series legs represented in the trading crowd, which for purposes of the complex order priority provision includes broker-dealer orders resting in the electronic book and electronic quotes of Market-Makers.Back to Citation
5. Currently, for example, if a complex order spread market is quoted on a net debit/credit basis at $0.90 to $1.10 and there are orders represented in the public customer limit order book in the individual series at each of the respective prices, the complex order may only be executed with another member at a net price of $0.95 to $1.05. Under the proposed revisions, a complex order may be executed at a net price of $0.91 to $1.09, permitting price improvement at net prices ranging from $0.91-$0.94 and $1.06-$1.09.Back to Citation
[FR Doc. E8-3197 Filed 2-20-08; 8:45 am]
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