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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1 Thereto, To Reduce the Length of the Optional Pre-Routing Display Period for Its DOT, SCAN and STGY Routing Strategies

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Start Preamble June 3, 2009.

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 May 21, 2009, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq” or the “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 prepared by Nasdaq. On June 2, 2009, Nasdaq filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. Nasdaq has designated the proposed rule change, as amended, as constituting a 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, as amended, from interested persons.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

Nasdaq proposes a rule change to reduce the length of the optional pre-routing display period for its DOT, SCAN and STGY routing strategies.

The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is italicized; proposed deletions are in brackets.Start Printed Page 27366

4758. Order Routing

(a) Order Routing Process

(1) The Order Routing Process shall be available to Participants from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and shall route orders as described below: All routing of orders shall comply with Rule 611 of Regulation NMS under the Exchange Act.

(A) The System provides three routing options. Of these three, DOT is only available for orders ultimately sought to be directed to either the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) or NYSE Amex. The System will consider the quotations only of accessible markets or NYSE Amex. The System will consider the quotations only of accessible markets[.] and will provide an electronic method to distinguish orders displayed during a pre-routing display period from the System's protected quote under Regulation NMS. The three System routing options are:

(i) DOT (“DOT”)—under this option, after checking the System for available shares if so instructed by the entering firm, orders are sent to other available market centers for potential execution, per entering firm's instructions, before being sent to the destination exchange, so long as the price at such market centers would not violate the Order Protection Rule. If instructed by the entering firm, prior to sending orders to other available markets, such orders shall be displayed to Nasdaq market participants (and market data vendors) for potential execution, at the NBBO price, for a period of time not to exceed [3 seconds] one-half of one second as determined by Nasdaq. Any un-executed portion will thereafter be sent to the NYSE or NYSE Amex, as appropriate, at the order's original limit order price. This option may only be used for orders with time-in-force parameters of either SDAY, SIOC, MDAY, MIOC, GTMC or market-on-open/close. Notwithstanding the foregoing, orders designated for participation in the NYSE or NYSE Amex opening or closing processes will not check the System for available shares prior to routing.

(ii) Reactive Electronic Only (“STGY”)—under this option, after checking the System for available shares if so instructed by the entering firm, orders are sent to other available market centers for potential execution, per entering firm's instructions. When checking the book, the System will seek to execute at the price it would send the order to a destination market center. If instructed by the entering firm, prior to sending orders to other available markets, such orders shall be displayed to Nasdaq market participants (and market data vendors) for potential execution, at the NBBO price, for a period of time not to exceed [3 seconds] one-half of one second as determined by Nasdaq. If shares remain un-executed after routing, they are posted on the book. Once on the book, should the order subsequently be locked or crossed by another accessible market center, the System shall route the order to the locking or crossing market center. With the exception of the Minimum Quantity order type, all time-in-force parameters and order types may be used in conjunction with this routing option.

(iii) Electronic Only Scan (“SCAN”)—under this option, after checking the System for available shares if so instructed by the entering firm, orders are sent to other available market centers for potential execution, per entering firm's instructions, in compliance with Rule 611 under Regulation NMS. When checking the book, the System will seek to execute at the price it would send the order to a destination market center. If instructed by the entering firm, prior to sending orders to other available markets, such orders shall be displayed to Nasdaq market participants (and market data vendors) for potential execution, at the NBBO price, for a period of time not to exceed [3 seconds] one-half of one second as determined by Nasdaq. If shares remain un-executed after routing, they are posted on the book. Once on the book, should the order subsequently be locked or crossed by another market center, the System will not route the order to the locking or crossing market center. With the exception of the Minimum Quantity order type, all time-in-force parameters and order types may be used in conjunction with this routing option. Orders that do not check the System for available shares prior to routing may not be sent to a facility of an exchange that is an affiliate of Nasdaq, except for orders that are sent to the NASDAQ OMX BX Equities Market.

(B) No Change.

(b) No Change.

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II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq 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. Nasdaq 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

1. Purpose

Nasdaq is proposing to reduce the maximum length of the optional pre-routing period for its DOT, SCAN and STGY routing strategies. Currently, the maximum time period for the optional pre-route period is 3 seconds, and Nasdaq is now proposing to reduce this maximum pre-route time period to one-half of one second. Orders entered using any form of the DOT, SCAN or STGY routing strategies will, after first executing to the maximum extent possible in Nasdaq's book, have their remaining share amounts and prices displayed to Nasdaq market participants and market data vendors for a period of time determined by Nasdaq which will not, under the proposal, exceed one-half of one second. This display to Nasdaq market participants and market data vendors takes place before routing any order or order remainder to any other available market and parties not wishing to have their orders displayed prior to routing may direct the system to avoid the pre-routing display period. Nasdaq will provide an electronic method to distinguish orders displayed during the pre-routing display period from the System's protected quote under Regulation NMS.

Except for the changes to the DOT, SCAN and STGY routing functionality itself described here, nothing in this proposal will modify or alter any existing rule or process related to order priority, order execution, trade-through protection or locked or crossed markets.

2. Statutory Basis

Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,[4] in general, and with Sections 6(b)(5) of the Act,[5] in particular, in that the proposal is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, 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 Start Printed Page 27367public interest. Nasdaq notes that similar functionality has already been found to be consistent with the Act by the Commission.[6]

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others

Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [7] and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.[8]

A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the Act [9] normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of its filing. However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6) [10] permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Nasdaq requests that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay because the Exchange expects to have technologies in place to support the proposed rule change, as amended, on or about June 8, 2009, and believes that the expected benefits to Nasdaq market participants from the proposed rule change, as amended, should not be delayed. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay [11] is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest and designates the proposal operative on June 8, 2009.

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.[12]

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NASDAQ-2009-050. 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 publicly available. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NASDAQ-2009-050 and should be submitted on or before June 30, 2009.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[13]

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

6.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54422 (September 11, 2006), 71 FR 54537 (September 15, 2006) (SR-CBOE-2004-21); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59359 (February 4, 2009), 74 FR 6927 (February 11, 2009) (SR-CBOE-2008-123).

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8.  17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6) requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Commission has determined to waive the five-day pre-filing period in this case.

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11.  For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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12.  For purposes of calculating the 60-day period within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change under Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers the period to commence on June 2, 2009, the date on which Nasdaq submitted Amendment No. 1. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).

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[FR Doc. E9-13424 Filed 6-8-09; 8:45 am]

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