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Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Extending the Bond Trading License and the Bond Liquidity Provider Pilot Program Until the Earlier of the Approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission to Make Such Pilot Permanent or January 19, 2013

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Start Preamble December 16, 2011.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) [1] of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”) [2] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[3] notice is hereby given that December 8, 2011, New York Stock Exchange LLC (“NYSE” or the “Exchange”) 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 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 extend the bond trading license and the Bond Liquidity Provider pilot program, which is currently scheduled to expire on January 19, 2012, until the earlier of the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) to make such pilot permanent or January 19, 2013. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and www.nyse.com.

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

The Exchange proposes to extend the bond trading license and the Bond Liquidity Provider (“BLP”) pilot program, which is currently scheduled to expire on January 19, 2012, until the earlier of the Commission's approval to make such pilot permanent or January 19, 2013.

On November 23, 2010, NYSE submitted a proposed rule change to establish a twelve-month pilot program to (1) adopt new Rule 87 to create a bond trading license for member organizations that desire to trade only debt securities on the NYSE, and (2) adopt new Rule 88 to establish BLPs, a new class of debt market participants.[4] The proposed rule change was approved on January 19, 2011.[5] The purpose of pilot program is to encourage market participants to bring additional liquidity to the Exchange's bond marketplace by providing incentives for quoting and adding liquidity to the market and to offer investors an alternative to over-the-counter trading for debt securities. Under Rule 87, a member organization that chooses to trade only bonds, or a new member organization that desires to trade only bonds, may apply for a bond trading license, which is available to any approved NYSE member organization. Under Rule 88, the Exchange provides incentives for Start Printed Page 79727quoting and adding liquidity to the bond market in the form of rebates to BLPs that provide liquidity to the Exchange's bond market. The Exchange believes that the rebates encourage the additional utilization of, and interaction with, the NYSE; improve price discovery and liquidity; and encourage competitive quotes and price improvement opportunities. These incentives encourage BLPs to make more liquid and competitive markets. In return, BLPs must meet certain qualification and quoting obligations under the Rule.

Through this filing, the Exchange seeks to extend the current operation of the pilot program until January 19, 2013. The Exchange believes that the program has added meaningful liquidity to the marketplace and improved both NYSE and overall market quality. The Exchange will continue to monitor the efficacy of the program during the proposed extended pilot period.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”),[6] in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,[7] in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, 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 public interest. The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with these principles in that it seeks to extend a pilot rule that expands the number of member organizations that can trade debt securities on the NYSE and creates incentives for BLPs to provide additional liquidity to the bond market, thereby promoting competition and a free and open market. The Exchange believes that investors benefit from increased transparency, competition, and liquidity in its bond marketplace.

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

The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 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

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 Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act [8] and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.[9] Because the 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 prior to 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.

A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) [10] normally does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the filing. However, pursuant to Rule 19b4(f)(6)(iii),[11] the Commission may designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest.

At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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-NYSE-2011-63. 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, 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-NYSE-2011-63 and should be submitted on or before January 12, 2012.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12

Kevin M. O'Neill,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  15 U.S.C.78s(b)(1).

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4.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63444 (Dec. 6, 2010), 75 FR 77024 (Dec. 10, 2011) (SR-NYSE-2010-74).

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5.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63736 (Jan. 19, 2011), 76 FR 4959 (Jan. 27, 2011) (SR-NYSE-2010-74).

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8.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).

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11.  17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).

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[FR Doc. 2011-32817 Filed 12-21-11; 8:45 am]

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