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 August 22, 2011, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (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 the Exchange. The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as constituting a non-controversial rule change under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the Act, 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
CBOE proposes to amend its rules to retire a pilot program and to harmonize CBOE's rules regarding listing expirations with the existing rules of other exchanges. The text of the rule proposal is available on the Exchange's Web site (http://www.cboe.org/legal), at the Exchange'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 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
The purpose of the proposed rule change is to retire the Additional Expiration Months Pilot Program (“Pilot Program”) and to amend CBOE's rules regarding listing expirations. This filing is based on the existing rules of other options exchanges.
CBOE Rules Governing Listing of Expirations
Pursuant to Interpretation and Policy .03 to Rule 5.5, CBOE typically opens four expiration months for each class of options open for trading on the Exchange: The first two being the two nearest months, regardless of the quarterly cycle on which that class trades; the third and fourth being the next two months of the quarterly cycle previously designated by the Exchange for that specific class. CBOE does not believe that Rule 5.5.03 limits the maximum number of expirations that may be listed. Rules 5.5(a) and 5.5(c) provide CBOE with the flexibility to add additional expirations, which the Exchange has previously done.
Notwithstanding this position and for competitive reasons, in 2010 the Exchange established the Pilot Program pursuant to which CBOE could list up to an additional two expiration months, for a total of six expiration months for each class of options open for trading on the Exchange. The filing to establish the Pilot Program was substantially similar in all material respects to a proposal of the International Securities Exchange, LLC (“ISE”).
After CBOE and ISE established their respective Pilot Programs, ISE submitted a filing in response to a PHLX filing regarding the listing of expirations. In the PHLX filing, PHLX amended its rules so that it could open “at least one expiration month” for each class of standard options open for trading on PHLX. PHLX stated in its filing that this amendment was “based directly on the recently approved rules of another options exchange, namely Chapter IV, Sections 6 and 8” of NOM. Since PHLX's rules did not hard code an upper limit on the maximum number of expirations that may be listed per class, ISE believed that PHLX (and NOM) had the ability to list expirations that ISE would not be able to currently list under its rules. As a result, ISE amended its rules by adding new Supplementary Material .10 to ISE Rule 504 and Supplementary Material to .04 to ISE Rule 2009 to permit ISE to list additional expiration months on options classes opened for trading on ISE if such expiration months are opened for trading on at least one other national securities exchange.
Because CBOE had adopted a Pilot Program similar to ISE's, CBOE adopted Start Printed Page 55430new Interpretation and Policy .19 to Rule 5.5 and new Interpretation and Policy .12 to Rule 24.9 that permits CBOE to list additional expiration months on options classes opened for trading on the Exchange if such expiration months are opened for trading on at least one other national securities exchange.
Retire Additional Expiration Months Pilot and Adopt Amended Rules
When CBOE originally established the Pilot Program, the Exchange believed that it had the ability to list more than four expirations per class. Another exchange with a similar expirations listing rule, however, interpreted its rule provisions more restrictively. As a result, CBOE established the Pilot Program for competitive reasons. Now that CBOE has the ability to match the expiration listings of other exchanges  (that may exceed six expirations and may occur on a regular basis) the Exchange believes that the Pilot Program is no longer necessary and is proposing to retire it. To affect this change, the Exchange is proposing to delete Interpretation and Policy .18 to Rule 5.5, which sets forth the terms of the Pilot Program, which is currently scheduled to expire on October 31, 2011.
In addition, CBOE's ability to match the expirations listed by other exchanges is set forth in Interpretation and Policy .19 to Rule 5.5. This provision, however, only provides CBOE with the ability to match expirations initiated by other options exchanges. To encourage competition and to place CBOE on a level playing field, the Exchange should have the same ability as PHLX and NOM to initiate expirations. Therefore, CBOE is proposing to harmonize its rules with the rules of PHLX and NOM by clarifying that CBOE will open at least one expiration month and one series of for each class open for trading on the Exchange. To affect this change, the Exchange is proposing to amend the text of Rule 5.5(b) to track the rule text of NOM Chapter IV, Section 6 and PHLX Rule 1012 and to delete Interpretation and Policy .03 to Rule 5.5.
Finally, the Exchange is proposing to slightly modify Rule 5.5 regarding the opening of additional series. Specifically, the Exchange proposes to amend Rule 5.5(c) to permit the listing of additional series when (among other reasons) the market price of the underlying stock moves more than five strike prices from the initial exercise price or prices. Currently, Rule 5.5(c) permits the listing of additional series when the market price of the underlying stock moves substantially from the initial exercise price or prices. This proposed rule change again tracks PHLX and NOM's existing rule text.
The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is proper, and indeed necessary, in light of the need to have rules that do not put the Exchange at a competitive disadvantage. CBOE's proposal puts the Exchange in the same position as PHLX and NOM and provides the Exchange with the same ability to initiate and match identical expirations across exchanges for products that are multiply-listed and fungible with one another. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change should encourage competition and be beneficial to traders and market participants by providing them with a means to trade on the Exchange securities that are initiated by the Exchange and listed and traded on other exchanges.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act  and the rules and regulations thereunder and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act. Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Section 6(b)(5)  requirements that the rules of an exchange be designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts, to remove impediments to and to 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 proposed rule change will permit the Exchange to accommodate requests made by its Trading Privilege Holders and other market participants to list additional expiration months and thus encourages competition without harming investors or the public interest.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition 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 solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest, does not impose any significant burden on competition, and, by its terms, does not 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  and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.
The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission believes that waiver of the operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because the proposal will allow the CBOE to initiate the listing of series with the same range of expiration months as are available to its competitor exchanges, subject to certain conditions. Therefore, the Commission designates the proposal operative upon filing.
At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend 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 55431
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-CBOE-2011-080 on the subject line.
- 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-CBOE-2011-080. 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-CBOE-2011-080 and should be submitted on or before September 28, 2011.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Elizabeth M. Murphy,
4. See NASDAQ Options Market (“NOM”) Chapter IV, Section 6 (Series of Options Contracts Option for Trading) and NASDAQ OMX PHLX, LLC (“PHLX”) Rule 1012 (Series of Options Listed for Trading). See also Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 57478 (March 12, 2008), 73 FR 14521 (March 18, 2008) (SR-NASDAQ-2007-004 and NASDAQ-2007-080) and 63700 (January 11, 2011) 76 FR 2931 (January 18, 2011) (SR-PHLX-2011-04). The PHLX filing was based on NOM's existing rules.Back to Citation
5. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63185 (October 27, 2010), 75 FR 67419 (November 2, 2010) (SR-CBOE-2010-97). As stated in footnote 5 at page 67419, CBOE does not believe that Rule 5.5.03 limits the maximum number of expiration months that may be listed. Rule 5.5(a) and 5.5(c) provide CBOE with the flexibility to add additional expiration months, which the Exchange has previously done. By establishing the Additional Series Pilot Program, CBOE did not limit its existing ability.Back to Citation
6. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63104 (October 14, 2010), 75 FR 64773 (October 20, 2010) (SR-ISE-2010-91). Unlike CBOE's Rule 5.5, ISE believed that ISE Rule 504(e) hard coded an upper limit on the maximum number of expirations that may be listed per class.Back to Citation
7. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64343 (April 26, 2011), 76 FR 24546 (May 2, 2011) (SR-ISE-2011-26).Back to Citation
8. See id. at 24546-24547.Back to Citation
9. See id. at 24547.Back to Citation
10. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64614 (June 7, 2011), 76 FR 34278 (June 13, 2011) (SR-CBOE-2011-053).Back to Citation
11. See Rule 5.5.19.Back to Citation
12. Rule 5.5(c) also permits CBOE to add additional series of options of the same class when the Exchange deems is necessary to maintain an orderly market and to meet customer demand. These “additional series” provisions are similar to existing provisions in NOM Chapter IV, Section 6 and PHLX Rule 1012.Back to Citation
17. 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(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, 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 Exchange has satisfied this requirement.Back to Citation
18. 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).Back to Citation
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