May 17, 2012.
On March 22, 2012, The Options Clearing Corporation (“OCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change SR-OCC-2012-04 pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) 
and Rule 19b-4 thereunder.
The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on April 6, 2012.
The Commission received no comment letters regarding the proposal. For the reasons discussed below, the Commission is granting approval of the proposed rule change.
As detailed in the Commission's notice, the proposed rule change would make three procedural changes to certain OCC rules relating to the Market Loan Program 
and the Stock Loan/Hedge Program.
The changes include: (i) Amending the buy-in and sell-out processes under the Market Loan Program, (ii) amending the rules governing the Stock Loan/Hedge Program to add a sell-out process, and (iii) amending OCC's rules governing the Stock Loan/Hedge Program to add a cash settlement process.
Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act directs the Commission to approve a proposed rule change of a self-regulatory organization if it finds that such proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to such organization.
Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act requires that the rules of a clearing agency, among other things, be designed to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a national system for the clearance and settlement of securities transactions.
The Commission finds that the proposed rule change as described is consistent with OCC's obligation under Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act's requirement that the rules of OCC be designed to remove impediments and perfect the mechanism of a national system for the clearance and settlement of securities transactions.
On the basis of the foregoing, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with the requirements of the Act and in particular with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) 
of the Act, that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-OCC-2012-04) be, and hereby is, approved.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Kevin M. O'Neill,
[FR Doc. 2012-12445 Filed 5-22-12; 8:45 am]
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