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Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Modify Fees for Members Using the NASDAQ OMX BX Equities System

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Start Preamble August 31, 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 August 17, 2009, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (“BX”) 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. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule from interested persons.

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

BX is filing a proposed rule change to modify pricing for BX members using the NASDAQ OMX BX Equities System. BX will implement the proposed rule change on September 1, 2009. The text of the proposed rule change is attached as Exhibit 5 and is available at http://nasdaqomxbx.cchwallstreet.com.[3]

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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, BX 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. BX 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

BX is proposing to modify its fees to execute transactions on the NASDAQ OMX BX Equities System.[4] For securities listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”) or the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), BX currently provides a credit of $0.0006 per share executed to members accessing liquidity, with no charge or credit to members providing liquidity. Under the modified fee schedule, BX will lower the credit for accessing liquidity to $0.0001 per share executed and assess a charge of $0.0003 per share executed to members providing liquidity. Although the change will result in a small fee increase, the fee change is designed to continue BX's strategy of becoming a preferred routing destination for firms seeking to access liquidity at extremely low cost and a preferred market for firms that wish to post liquidity in a venue to which growing numbers of firms route. The change also reverses an “inverted” fee structure in which rebates associated with the execution of an order exceeded charges.

For securities other than those listed on NASDAQ and NYSE, BX currently charges a fee of $0.0014 per share executed to access liquidity and provides a credit of $0.002 per share executed for providing liquidity. Under the modified fee schedule, BX will raise the fee to access liquidity to $0.0016 and lower the liquidity provider credit to $0.0014. Although the change will result in a small fee increase, the level of fees is consistent with BX's goal of offering liquidity at extremely low cost to investors, and also reverses an inverted fee structure.

2. Statutory Basis

BX believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,[5] in general, and with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,[6] in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which BX operates or controls. The proposed fee change applies uniformly to all BX members. The impact of the changes upon the net fees paid by a particular market participant will depend upon the types of stocks that it trades, the order types that it uses, and the prices of its quotes and orders (i.e., its propensity to add or remove liquidity). BX notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily direct order flow to competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive. The proposed changes will continue BX's goal of allowing members to access available liquidity at extremely low cost.

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

BX 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

The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [7] and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.[8] 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 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-BX-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-BX-2009-050 and should be submitted on or before September 29, 2009.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  The Commission notes that Exhibit 5 is attached to the rule filing filed with the Commission but not to this release. The text of the proposed rule change is available at BX, on its Web site (http://nasdaqomxbx.cchwallstreet.com), and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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4.  The changes all relate to transactions that execute at prices of $1 or more. For transactions at prices below $1, there is a charge of 0.1% of total transaction cost to remove liquidity and no charge or rebate to provide liquidity.

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7.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(a)(ii).

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[FR Doc. E9-21635 Filed 9-4-09; 8:45 am]

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