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Self-Regulatory Organizations; BATS Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend BATS Rule 11.5, Entitled “Orders and Modifiers,” To Provide for a New Order Type-Modified Destination Specific Order

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Start Preamble September 15, 2008.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Start Printed Page 54441(“Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on September 8, 2008, BATS Exchange, Inc. (“BATS” or the “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 prepared by the Exchange. BATS has designated the proposed rule change as constituting a non-controversial rule change under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the Act,[3] 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 is proposing to amend BATS Rule 11.5, entitled “Orders and Modifiers,” to provide for a new order type, a Modified Destination Specific Order.

The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange's Web site at http://www.batstrading.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, 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 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. 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 Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to provide an additional order type to Users of the Exchange. The proposed new order type is a “Modified Destination Specific Order,” which is a market or limit order that instructs the System to route the order to a specified away trading center or centers as approved by the Exchange from time to time. Such trading centers may include execution venues know as “dark books.” The order would not be exposed to the BATS Book before being routed to a specified destination or destinations. An order that is not executed in full after routing away would return to the Exchange, receive a new timestamp, and be processed in the manner described in Rule 11.9(a)(2). The routing performed in connection with this new order type will be conducted by an affiliate of the Exchange, BATS Trading, Inc. (the “Outbound Router”), which is regulated as a facility of the Exchange (as defined in Section 3(a)(2) of the Act),[4] subject to Section 6 of the Act.[5] The role and functions of the Outbound Router are set forth in BATS Rule 2.11, which has previously been approved by the Commission. Routing of Modified Destination Specific Orders will be subject to the same requirements as other orders routed by the Outbound Router, which are contained in Rule 2.11. Accordingly, the Exchange believes that routing of Modified Destination Specific Orders is consistent with the previously approved functions of the Outbound Router, and the Exchange does not believe that such functions are expanded through the addition of this order type.

The Exchange believes that a Modified Destination Specific Order will enhance order execution opportunities for market participants by allowing such participants to access, at a potentially reduced fee, pools of liquidity in addition to orders resting on the Exchange. Accordingly, the addition of a Modified Destination Specific Order type to BATS Rule 11.5 promotes just and equitable principles of trade, removes impediments to, and perfects the mechanism of, a free and open market and a national market system.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes the proposal is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder that are applicable to a national securities exchange, and, in particular, with the requirements of Section 6(b).[6] In particular, for the reasons described above, the proposed change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,[7] because it would promote just and equitable principles of trade, remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanism 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

The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change imposes any burden on competition.

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.

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

Because the foregoing proposed rule change is non-controversial and 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, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [8] and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.[9]

The Exchange believes that the addition of the new order type, a Modified Destination Specific Order, is consistent with other rules of the Exchange previously approved by the Commission, including: (1) Its Destination Specific Order, which operates similarly to the proposed order type, except that a Destination Specific Order does not bypass the BATS Book when first received by the Exchange,[10] and (2) Rule 2.11, which governs the Outbound Router of the Exchange. Furthermore, the Exchange believes that a Modified Destination Specific Order will enhance order execution opportunities for market participants by allowing such participants to access, at a potentially reduced fee, pools of liquidity in addition to orders resting on the Exchange.

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.Start Printed Page 54442

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 Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-BATS-2008-003. 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 the 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-BATS-2008-003 and should be submitted on or before October 10, 2008.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11

Florence E. Harmon,

Acting Secretary.

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Footnotes

6.  15 U.S.C. 78(f)(b). [sic]

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9.  17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). Upon request from BATS, the Commission has waived the requirement that the Exchange provide written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the date of filing. 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).

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10.  See BATS Rule 11.5(c)(10).

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[FR Doc. E8-21947 Filed 9-18-08; 8:45 am]

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