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Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Establish Strike Price Intervals and Trading Hours for Options on Index-Linked Securities

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Start Preamble April 22, 2010.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on April 16, 2010, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (the “Exchange” or the “ISE”) 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 self-regulatory organization. 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 establish strike price intervals and trading hours for options on index-linked securities. The text of the proposed rule change is as follows (deletions are in [brackets]; additions are in italics):

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Rule 504. Series of Options Contracts Open for Trading

(a)-(h) No change.

Supplementary Material to Rule 504

.01-.05 No change.

.06 Notwithstanding Supplementary Material .01 above, the interval between strike prices of series of options on Index-Linked Securities, as defined in Rule 502(k)(1), will be $1 or greater when the strike price is $200 or less and $5 or greater when the strike price is greater than $200.

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Rule 700. Days and Hours of Business

No change.

(a)-(c) No change.

(d) Options on Index-Linked Securities, as defined in Rule 502(k)(1), may be traded on the Exchange until 4:15 p.m. each business day.

[(d)](e) The Exchange shall not be open for business on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. When any holiday observed by the Exchange falls on a Saturday, the Exchange will not be open for business on the preceding Friday. When any holiday observed by the Exchange falls on a Sunday, the Exchange will not be open for business on the following Monday, unless unusual business conditions exist at the time.

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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, the self-regulatory organization 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 those 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

Prior to the commencement of trading options on Index-Linked Securities, the Exchange is proposing to establish strike price intervals and trading hours for these new products.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) has approved ISE's and other option exchanges' proposals to enable the listing and trading of options on Index-Linked Securities.[3] Options trading has not commenced to date and is contingent upon the Commission's approval of The Options Clearing Corporation's (“OCC”) proposed supplement to the Options Disclosure Document (“ODD”) that will provide disclosure regarding options on Index-Linked Securities.[4]

$1 Strikes for Options on Index-Linked Securities

Prior to the commencement of trading options on Index-Linked Securities, the Exchange is proposing to establish that strike price intervals of $1 will be permitted where the strike price is less than $200. Where the strike price is greater than $200, $5 strikes will be permitted. These proposed changes are reflected by the proposed addition of new .06 of the Supplementary Material to Rule 504.

Without discounting the differences between exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and Index-Linked Securities, the Exchange seeks to extend the trading conventions applicable to options on ETFs to options on Index-Linked Securities. ISE contends that the proposed strike price intervals for options on Index-Linked Securities are consistent with the strike price intervals currently permitted for options on ETFs. The Exchange believes that $1 strike price intervals for options on Index-Linked Securities will provide investors with greater flexibility by allowed [sic] them to establish positions that are better tailored to meet their investment objectives. ISE has analyzed its capacity and represents that it and the Options Price Reporting Authority have the necessary systems capacity to handle the additional traffic associated with the listing and trading of an expanded number of series as proposed by this filing.

Trading Hours for Options on Index-Linked Securities

Similar to the trading hours for ETF options, the Exchange proposes to amend Rule 700 by renumbering the current subparagraph (d) to (e) and adding a new subparagraph (d) to provide that options on Index-Linked Securities, as defined under .06 of the Supplementary Material to Rule 504, may be traded on the Exchange until 4:15 p.m. each business day.

2. Statutory Basis

The basis under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”) for this proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(5) that an exchange have rules that are designed to promote Start Printed Page 23834just and equitable principles of trade, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism for a free and open market and a national market system, and in general, to protect investors and the public interest. In particular, the proposal will lessen investor confusion by having strike price intervals and trading hours established prior to the commencement of trading in options on Index-Linked Securities.

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

The proposed rule change does not 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

The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested parties.

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 after the date of the filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [5] and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.[6]

The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is non-controversial in that it is similar to a Chicago Board Options Exchange rule change recently approved by the Commission.[7] Further, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change may eliminate confusion for investors by establishing strike price intervals and trading hours for options on Index-Linked Securities prior to the commencement of trading. The Exchange also believes that the proposed rule change does not raise any new, unique or substantive issues, and is beneficial for competitive purposes and to promote a free and open market for the benefit of investors.

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-ISE-2010-33. 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 Web site viewing and printing 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 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-ISE-2010-33 and should be submitted on or before May 25, 2010.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[8]

Elizabeth M. Murphy,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 58985 (November 10 [sic], 2008), 73 FR 72538 (November 28, 2008) (approving SR-ISE-2008-86); 58204 (July 22, 2008), 73 FR 43807 (July 28, 2008) (approving SR-CBOE-2008-64); 58203 (July 22, 2008), 73 FR 43812 (July 28, 2008) (approving SR-NYSEArca-2008-57).

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4.  OCC previously received Commission approval to clear options based on Index-Linked Securities. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 60872 (October 23, 2009), 74 FR 55878 (October 29, 2009) (SR-OCC-2009-14).

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6.  17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b4(f)(6)(iii) requires the Exchange to give the Commission written notice of the Exchange's intent to file the proposed rule change along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, or such shorted time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange provided a copy of this rule filing to the Commission at least five business days prior to the date of this filing.

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7.  See Securities and Exchange Act Release No. 61696 (March 12, 2010), 75 FR 13174 (March 18, 2010) (approving SR-CBOE 2010-005).

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[FR Doc. 2010-10300 Filed 5-3-10; 8:45 am]

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