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Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Modify BX's Fee Schedule Governing Order Routing

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August 6, 2012.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on July 31, 2012, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (“BX” or the “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) a 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

BX proposes to modify BX's fee schedule governing order routing. BX will implement the proposed change on August 1, 2012. The text of the proposed rule change is available at http://nasdaqomxbx.cchwallstreet.com/, at BX's principal office, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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 III [sic] 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

BX is making a minor modification to the schedule governing fees for use of its routing services. Effective August 1, 2012, the NASDAQ OMX PSX (“PSX”) facility of NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC (“Phlx”) is increasing the fees that it charges for accessing liquidity.[3] Accordingly, BX is making conforming changes to the fees that it charges for routing orders to PSX. Under the modified fee schedule, BX will charge $0.0030 per share executed for orders that use the BSTG or BSCN routing strategies [4] (the same fee charged for routing to all venues other than the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”)), $0.0035 per share executed for orders that use the BMOP routing strategy (the same fee charged for routing to all venues other than NYSE), and will pass through fees charged by PSX for orders that use the BTFY or BCRT routing strategies.

2. Statutory Basis

BX believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,[5] in general, and with Sections 6(b)(4) and (5) of the Act,[6] in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which BX operates or controls, and is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers or dealers. All similarly situated members are subject to the same fee structure, and access to BX is offered on fair and non-discriminatory terms. The change is reasonable because the proposed fee for routing orders to PSX reflects the increase in the fee that will be charged by PSX to BX with respect to such orders.[7] The change is consistent with an equitable allocation of fees because it will bring the economic attributes of routing orders to PSX in line with the cost of executing orders there. Finally, the change is not unfairly discriminatory because it solely applies to members that opt to route orders to PSX.

Finally, BX notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily favor competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive. In such an environment, BX must continually adjust its fees to remain competitive with other exchanges and with alternative trading systems that have been exempted from compliance with the statutory standards applicable to exchanges. BX believes that the proposed rule change reflects this competitive environment because it is designed to ensure that the charges for use of the BX routing facility to route to PSX reflect an increase in the cost of such routing.

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

BX does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended. Because the market for order execution is extremely competitive, members may readily opt to disfavor BX's routing services if they believe that alternatives offer them better value. The proposed change is designed to ensure that the charges for use of the BX routing facility to route to PSX reflect an increase in the cost of such routing, thereby ensuring that it does not incur a loss when routing to PSX.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act.[8] 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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved.

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-BX-2012-058. 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-BX-2012-058, and should be submitted on or before August 31, 2012.

For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9

Kevin M. O'Neill,

Deputy Secretary.

Footnotes

3.  See SR-Phlx-2012-102 (July 31, 2012). In making this change, Phlx undid a pricing change made for July 2012 and reverted to the pricing in effect prior to July 2, 2012. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67387 (July 10, 2012), 77 FR 41838 (July 16, 2012) (SR-Phlx-2012-87). Similarly, BX adjusted its routing fees in July 2012 to reflect the change made by Phlx and is now reverting to the fees formerly in effect. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67386 (July 10, 2012), 77 FR 41840 (July 16, 2012) (SR-BX-2012-044).

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4.  The functionality of BX's various routing strategies is explained in BX Rule 4758.

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6.  15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4) and (5).

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7.  Depending on the listing venue of the security, BX will be charged either $0.0019 or $0.0027 per share executed. BX believes that it is appropriate to charge a markup with respect to routed orders to reflect the costs of offering routing services and the value of such services. Although the amount of the markup varies depending on the listing venue of the security and the routing strategy employed, BX believes that it is not inappropriate to establish uniform fees for particular routing strategies, with a goal of reflecting the complexity of the routing strategies and allowing BX to recoup the fees charged by the venues to which BX routes and a share of the fixed costs of operating these services, and earning a return.

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8.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(a)(ii). [sic]

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