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Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Designation of a Longer Period for Commission Action on Proposed Rule Change Proposing a Pilot Program To Create a Lead Market Maker Issuer Incentive Program for Issuers of Certain Exchange-Traded Products Listed on NYSE Arca, Inc.

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June 20, 2012.

On April 27, 2012, NYSE Arca, Inc. (“Exchange” or “NYSE Arca”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] a proposed rule change to create and implement, on a pilot basis, a Lead Market Maker (“LMM”) Issuer Incentive Program (“Fixed Incentive Program”) for issuers of certain exchange-traded products (“ETPs”) listed on the Exchange. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on May 17, 2012.[3] The Commission received two comment letters on the proposal.[4]

Section 19(b)(2) of the Act [5] provides that, within 45 days of the publication of notice of the filing of a proposed rule change, or within such longer period up to 90 days as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission shall either approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. The 45th day for this filing is July 1, 2012. The Commission is extending this 45-day time period.

The Commission finds that it is appropriate to designate a longer period within which to take action on the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change, the comments received, and any response to the comments submitted by the Exchange. The proposed rule change would, among other things, adopt new NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.800, which would create a pilot program to incentivize market makers to undertake LMM assignments in ETPs.

Accordingly, the Commission, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[6] designates August 15, 2012, as the date by which the Commission should either approve or disapprove or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove the proposed rule change (File Number SR-NYSEArca-2012-37).

For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.7

Kevin M. O'Neill,

Deputy Secretary.

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3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 66966 (May 11, 2012), 77 FR 29419.

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4.  See Letter from Gus Sauter, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Vanguard, dated June 7, 2012; and Letter from Ari Burstein, Senior Counsel, Investment Company Institute, dated June 7, 2012.

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[FR Doc. 2012-15491 Filed 6-25-12; 8:45 am]

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