November 22, 2013.
On September 27, 2013, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (the “Exchange” or “CBOE”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”) 
and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,
a proposed rule change to amend CBOE Rule 6.42, “Minimum Increments for Bids and Offers,” to establish a minimum quoting increment for complex orders. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on October 22, 2013.
The Commission received no comment letters regarding the proposed rule change. This order approves the proposed rule change.
II. Description of the Proposal
Currently, CBOE Rule 6.42(4) provides that bids and offers on complex orders may be expressed in any increment regardless of the minimum increments otherwise appropriate to the individual legs of the order.
CBOE Start Printed Page 71689states that this language allows bids and offers for complex orders to be expressed in any increment whatsoever.
To establish a minimum quoting increment for complex orders, CBOE proposes to revise CBOE Rule 6.42(4) to state that bids and offers for complex orders may be expressed in any net price increment that may not be less than $0.01, which CBOE may determine on a class-by-class basis and announce to Trading Permit Holders (“TPHs”) via Regulatory Circular.
CBOE would notify TPHs of the minimum quoting increments for complex orders via Regulatory Circular.
CBOE would not change the minimum quoting increments for complex orders on an intra-day basis.
According to CBOE, many web-based services that public customers use to enter options orders do not permit the entry of orders in sub-penny increments, a limitation that other market participants may not face.
CBOE believes that the proposal will establish a minimum complex order quoting increment that all market participants will be able to monitor and in which all market participants will be able to enter orders.
In addition, because CBOE's electronic complex order execution systems, the Complex Order Book (“COB”) and Complex Order Auction (“COA”), are not configured to permit quoting in sub-penny increments, the $0.01 minimum increment would place electronic and manually entered complex orders on an even footing.
CBOE also believes that establishing a minimum quoting increment of $0.01 will assure that price improvement occurs at a meaningful increment, and will prevent market participants from jumping ahead of an existing quote by providing a de minimus amount of price improvement.
III. Discussion and Commission Findings
After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.
In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,
which requires, among other things, that the rules of a national securities exchange be 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. As discussed above, CBOE Rule 6.42(4) currently allows bids and offers for complex orders to be expressed in any increment, which potentially could permit bids and offers for complex orders to be expressed in increments smaller than $0.01. In contrast, complex orders entered in the COB and RFR Responses to a COA auction may not be entered in increments smaller than $0.01.
Thus, under CBOE's current rules, complex orders that are entered manually potentially could be entered in increments smaller than $0.01, while complex order trading interest entered electronically in the COB and the COA may not be entered in increments smaller than $0.01. By establishing a $0.01 minimum quoting increment for complex orders, the proposal is designed to protect investors by establishing a consistent minimum quoting increment for complex orders that are entered manually and complex orders that are entered electronically through the COB and COA.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,
that the proposed rule change (SR-CBOE-2013-093) is approved.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Kevin M. O'Neill,
[FR Doc. 2013-28573 Filed 11-27-13; 8:45 am]
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