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Self-Regulatory Organizations; C2 Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change to Amend Transaction Fees

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Start Preamble November 2, 2011.

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 October 26, 2011, C2 Options Exchange, Incorporated (the “Exchange” or “C2”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “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 change from interested persons.

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

The Exchange proposes to amend its transaction fee. The text of the proposed rule change 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.

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 the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose

The Exchange proposes to amend its fees and rebates for straight one-sided orders in all multiply-listed, equity and ETF options classes. Specifically, the Exchange proposes to increase the Maker rebate to $0.37 per contract and the Taker fee to $.44 per contract for orders originating from public customers. The Exchange also proposes to increase the Maker rebate to $0.40 per contract and the Taker fee to $.45 per contract for orders originating from C2 Market-Makers, and increase the Maker rebate to $0.35 per contract and the Taker fee to $.45 per contract for orders originating from all other market participants.

The purpose of the proposed change is to increase the Exchange's competitive position relative to other exchanges and attract order flow. The Exchange believes that the proposed changes to the Fees Schedule compare favorably to the pricing offered at other exchanges [3] and will allow C2 to better compete for order flow.

The proposed change is to take effect on November 1, 2011.

2. Statutory Basis

The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,[4] in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) [5] of the Act in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among C2 Trading Permit Holders and other persons using Exchange facilities. The amounts of the proposed fees and rebates for orders originating from public customers, C2 Market-Makers and all other market participants are reasonable because they are comparable to the amounts of such fees for similar executions on other exchanges.[6]

Offering a slightly higher Maker rebate for orders originating from C2 Start Printed Page 69314Market-Makers than those originating from other market participants (including public customers) is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because C2 Market-Makers take on certain obligations to the Exchange (such as providing two-sided markets) that other market participants to not undertake. Offering a slightly higher Maker rebate for orders originating from public customers than those originating from other market participants (not including C2 Market-Makers) is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because the Exchange believes this will attract public customer order flow to the Exchange and incentivize broker-dealers and firms to execute public customer orders on the Exchange. To the extent that this purpose is achieved, all of the Exchange's market participants should benefit from the improved market liquidity and the greater number of public customer orders with which to trade. Further, the Exchange believes that the proposed public customer Maker rebate is not unfairly discriminatory because the same rebate would be assessed uniformly to all public customers.

Offering a slightly lower Taker fee for orders originating from public customers than for orders originating from other market participants is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because the Exchange believes this will attract public customer order flow to the Exchange and incentivize broker-dealers and firms to execute public customer orders on the Exchange. To the extent that this purpose is achieved, all of the Exchange's market participants should benefit from the improved market liquidity and the greater number of public customer orders with which to trade. Further, the Exchange believes that the proposed public customer Taker fee is not unfairly discriminatory because the same fee would be assessed uniformly to all public customers. Also, a number of other exchanges offer different pricing for executions based on the type of market participant from which an order originates.[7]

The Exchange operates in a highly competitive market in which sophisticated and knowledgeable market participants readily can, and do, send order flow to competing exchanges based on fee levels. The Exchange believes that the fees it assesses must be competitive with fees assessed on other options exchanges. The Exchange believes that this competitive marketplace impacts the fees present on the Exchange today and influences the proposals set forth above.

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

C2 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

The proposed rule change is designated by the Exchange as establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge, thereby qualifying for effectiveness on filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [8] and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 [9] thereunder. 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.

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-C2-2011-032. This file number should be included on the subject line if email 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 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 offices 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-C2-2011-032, and should be submitted on or before November 29, 2011.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[10]

Kevin M. O'Neill,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See NYSE Arca, Inc. (“Arca”) Options Fee Schedule, page 3, BATS Exchange, Inc. (“BATS”) Fee Schedule, pages 2-3, and NASDAQ Options Market (“NOM”) Fees, page 1.

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6.  See Note 3.

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7.  See Note 3.

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[FR Doc. 2011-28830 Filed 11-7-11; 8:45 am]

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