January 10, 2012.
Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”),
and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,
notice is hereby given that on December 29, 2011, the EDGA Exchange, Inc. (the “Exchange” or the “EDGA”) 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 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
EDGA Exchange, Inc. (“EDGA” or the “Exchange”), proposes to amend EDGA Rule 1.5(q) to change the starting time of the Pre-Opening Session from 7 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) to 8 a.m. ET. The Exchange proposes to make a conforming amendment to Rule 14.1(c)(2) to change the reference for the starting time of the Pre-Opening Session from 7 a.m. ET to 8 a.m. ET. Through this filing, the Exchange proposes to amend the rule text from SR-EDGA-2011-28,
which proposed to change the Pre-Opening Session starting time to 7 a.m. ET. The text of the proposed rule change is attached as Exhibit 5 and is available on the Exchange's Web site at www.directedge.com, at the Exchange's principal office, and at the Public Reference Room of 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 Exchange 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. The self-regulatory organization 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
The Exchange filed a rule change to amend EDGA Rule 1.5(q) to change the starting time of the Pre-Opening Session from 8 a.m. ET to 7 a.m. ET.
This change would have allowed the Exchange to compete with other exchanges that open their markets for entry of orders prior to 8 a.m. ET.
The Exchange proposes to amend the rule text of its August 25 Rule Filing at this time in order to accommodate Members who initially expressed an interest in the change in Pre-Opening Session time to begin at 7 a.m. ET; but, after further consideration, Members confirmed that they were no longer interested because the additional costs and resources needed to open earlier outweighed any incidental benefits from increased trading activity that they would incur. As such, based on the Exchange's feedback from Members it surveyed in September 2011, the Exchange confirmed that no Members adversely relied upon the August 25 Rule Filing.
At this time, the Exchange has not implemented the 7 a.m. ET starting time for the Pre-Opening Session because it has not notified its Members pursuant to the language in the August 25 Rule Filing.
In addition, the Exchange notes Members are not adversely impacted by the amendment to the rule text of the August 25 Rule Filing as no Members were required to incur any costs or make any changes to their systems to comply with the earlier Pre-Opening time if they were not planning to trade beginning at 7 a.m. ET.
Based on the foregoing, the Exchange proposes to amend Rule 1.5(q) and make a conforming amendment to Rule 14.1(c)(2) to change the starting time of the Pre-Opening Session from 7 a.m. ET back to 8 a.m. ET as it appeared before the August 25 Rule Filing.
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,
in that the proposal is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in, securities, 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 that amending its rule text from the August 25 Rule Filing will afford the Exchange additional time to evaluate the potential benefits of an earlier starting time for the Pre-Opening Session. In addition, the Exchange believes that it is not discriminating against its Members given that the Exchange contacted Members to discuss amending the text of the August 25 Rule Filing, and the Exchange confirmed that no Members had adjusted their infrastructure or incurred any costs in reliance on the August 25 Rule Filing.
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 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)(iii) thereunder.
A proposed rule change filed under 19b-4(f)(6) normally may not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.
However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) 
permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. The Exchange notes that waiver of this requirement will permit the Exchange to immediately remove language from its rules that could otherwise create confusion for Members because the 7 a.m. ET start time has not been implemented.
The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because such waiver would allow the Exchange to notify its Members by January 1, 2012 as prescribed in the August 25 Rule Filing and would immediately provide certainty with respect to the Exchange's rules regarding the start time for the Pre-Opening Session. For this reason, the Commission designates the proposed rule change to be operative upon filing with the Commission.
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:
- 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-EDGA-2011-41. 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 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-EDGA-2011-41 and should be submitted on or before February 7, 2012.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Kevin M. O'Neill,
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