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 June 6, 2008, 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, II, and III, below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Phlx. The Exchange has designated this proposal as one constituting a stated policy, practice, or interpretation with respect to the meaning, administration, or enforcement of an existing rule under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act, and Rule 19b-4(f)(1) thereunder, 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 Phlx proposes to increase the Maximum Number of Quoters (“MNQ”) in options overlying the SPDR Gold Trust (“GLD”). The text of the proposed rule change is available on Phlx's Web site (http://www.phlx.com), at the Phlx's Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.
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 Phlx 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 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
The purpose of the proposed rule change is to enhance liquidity on the Exchange in options overlying GLD by setting the highest MNQ permissible under Exchange rules for such options.
Exchange Rule 507, Commentary .04 provides a procedure by which the Exchange's Options Allocation, Evaluation and Securities Committee (“OAESC”)  may increase the MNQ for a particular product. Specifically, when exceptional circumstances warrant, the OAESC may increase the MNQ for an existing or new product. “Exceptional circumstances” refers to substantial trading volume, whether actual or expected (e.g., in the case of a new Start Printed Page 34823product or a major news announcement or corporate event). Upon cessation of the exceptional circumstances, the OAESC, in its discretion, may determine to reduce the MNQ, provided, however, that any reduction must be undertaken in accordance with the procedure established in the Rule 507.
The effect of an increase in the MNQ is procompetitive in that it increases the number of market participants that may quote electronically in a product. The purpose of this filing is to increase the MNQ for options overlying GLD, which is a new product in which the Exchange expects substantial trading volume.
The Exchange proposes to increase the MNQ in GLD options from 12 quoters, the MNQ applicable to new products with no “track record” sufficient to determine whether such product falls within the top 5% most actively traded options, to 22 quoters, based on the Exchange's belief that options overlying GLD will eventually fall within this category.
Increasing the MNQ in GLD options will enable the Exchange to enhance the liquidity offered, thereby offering deeper and more liquid markets. The Exchange represents that it will comply with all of the requirements of Exchange Rule 507 in increasing the MNQ in GLD options and, if it determines subsequently to reduce such MNQ, in reducing the MNQ in GLD options. Changes to the MNQ will be announced to the membership via Exchange Circular.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that its proposal 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 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 adding depth and liquidity to the Exchange's markets in GLD options.
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. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing proposed rule change will take effect upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(1) thereunder, because it constitutes a stated policy, practice, or interpretation with respect to the meaning, administration, or enforcement of an existing rule.
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:
- Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include File Number SR-Phlx-2008-45 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-Phlx-2008-45. 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, 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 Phlx. 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-2008-45 and should be submitted on or before July 9, 2008.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Florence E. Harmon,
5. Exchange Rule 507, Commentary .02 provides:
“The term `MNQ' refers to the maximum number of participants that may be assigned in a particular equity option at any one time. The MNQ levels for options trading on the Exchange are as follows, based on the preceding month's national volumes:
(a) 22 for the 5% most actively traded options;
(b) 17 for the next 10% most actively traded options;
(c) 12 for all other options.”Back to Citation
6. See Exchange By-Law Article X, Section 10-7.Back to Citation
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