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Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending the New York Stock Exchange LLC Price List To Provide That the Monthly DMM Credit for Certain Securities Be Prorated to the Number of Trading Days in a Month That a Security Is Assigned to a DMM

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Start Preamble September 9, 2014.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) [1] of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”) [2] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[3] notice is hereby given that, on August 25, 2014, New York Stock Exchange LLC (“NYSE” or the “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III 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

The Exchange proposes to amend its Price List to provide that the monthly DMM credit for certain securities will be prorated to the number of trading days in a month that a security is assigned to a DMM. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, 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 IV 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 the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose

The Exchange proposes to amend its Price List to provide that the monthly DMM credit for certain securities will be prorated to the number of trading days in a month that a security is assigned to a DMM.

On March 2, 2014, the Exchange adopted a new monthly credit for DMMs for each security that has a consolidated average daily volume (“ADV”) of less than 250,000 shares during the billing month in any month in which the DMM meets the Less Active Securities Quoting Requirement.[4] The flat dollar credit supplements the DMM credit in securities that do not trade actively and is applicable to all Exchange-listed securities regardless of price.[5]

The Exchange proposes to revise the Price List to provide that the rebate would be prorated to the number of trading days in a month that a stock is assigned to a DMM. The Exchange believes it is appropriate to prorate the rebate to the number of trading days that a stock is assigned to a DMM to ensure that the monthly rebate has a nexus to the time for which a DMM has affirmative obligations for that stock pursuant to Rule 104. For example, if a stock is assigned to more than one DMM unit within a month, such as when a stock is transferred temporarily from one DMM to another and then returned to the original DMM, the Exchange does not believe that it is appropriate that both DMMs that were assigned that stock in a given month should both be eligible for the full monthly rebate. Similarly, if a stock begins trading at the Exchange mid-month, such as because of an initial public offering or transfer of a listed security from another exchange, the Exchange does not believe Start Printed Page 55048it is appropriate for a DMM to receive a full monthly credit. For example, in a month with 20 trading days, assume a less active security transfers from DMM 1 to DMM 2 after the 15th trading day. The DMM monthly rebate would be prorated for the two DMM firms as follows: DMM 1 would be rebated $150 (15 assigned trading days/20 trading days in the month × $200) and DMM 2 would be rebated $50 (5 assigned trading days/20 trading days in the month x $200). The Exchange believes that prorating the rebate for the number of trading days in a month that a stock is assigned to a DMM will ensure that the DMM with responsibility for the stock receives the appropriate rebate for the responsibilities performed for that symbol in the month.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,[6] in general, and furthers the objectives of Sections 6(b)(4) and 6(b)(5) of the Act,[7] in particular, because it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members, issuers and other persons using its facilities and does not unfairly discriminate between customers, issuers, brokers or dealers.

The Exchange believes that the proposed prorating of the DMM monthly rebate is reasonable because it would provide a nexus between the rebate paid to a DMM and the number of days that a DMM has been assigned a stock. The Exchange therefore believes that the proposed prorating of the monthly DMM rebate is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because it directly ties the monthly rebate to the number of trading days for which a DMM has regulatory responsibility for a stock pursuant to Rule 104. The Exchange also believes that the proposed prorating is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because all DMMs would be treated the same.

Finally, the Exchange believes that it is subject to significant competitive forces, as described below in the Exchange's statement regarding the burden on competition. For these reasons, the Exchange believes that the proposal is consistent with the Act.

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

In accordance with Section 6(b)(8) of the Act,[8] the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change would not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. Instead, the Exchange believes that the proposed change would not burden competition because it would be applicable to DMMs only and ensures that an existing rebate is associated more closely with when a DMM is assigned a stock, which may be shorter than a full month.

The Exchange 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 or rebate opportunities available at other venues to be more favorable. In such an environment, the Exchange must continually adjust its fees and rebates to remain competitive with other exchanges. For these reasons, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change reflects the competitive environment and is therefore consistent with the Act.

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

No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change.

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

The foregoing rule change is effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) [9] of the Act and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 [10] thereunder, because it establishes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange.

At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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 under Section 19(b)(2)(B) [11] of the Act to determine whether the proposed rule change 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 Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2014-47. 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 Section, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing will also be available for Web site viewing and printing at the NYSE's principal office and on its Internet Web site at www.nyse.com. 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-NYSE-2014-47 and should be submitted on or before October 6, 2014.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[12]

Kevin M. O'Neill,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

4.  The DMM meets the “Less Active Securities Quoting Requirement” when a security has a consolidated ADV of less than 1,000,000 shares per month in the previous month and a stock price of $1.00 or more, and the DMM quotes at the NBBO in the applicable security at least 15% of the time in the applicable month.

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5.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71684 (March 11, 2014), 79 FR 14758 (March 17, 2014).

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7.  15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4) and (5).

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[FR Doc. 2014-21867 Filed 9-12-14; 8:45 am]

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