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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Make Amendments to CME ClearPort Hours for Certain Commodity Index Cleared OTC Swap Contracts

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Start Preamble October 2, 2014.

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 September 25, 2014, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (“CME”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by CME. CME filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act,[3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(4)(ii) [4] thereunder, so that the proposal was effective upon filing with the Commission. 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

CME is filing proposed rules changes that are limited to its business as a derivatives clearing organization. CME proposes to amend the current CME ClearPort hours for certain enumerated commodity index cleared swap contracts. The proposed changes are as follows:

Clearing codeCleared OTC Swap productDCMRulebook chapter
CAWAUD Chicago Soft Red Winter Swap (Cleared Only)CBT14G
CCSCorn Calendar Swap (Clearing Only)CBT10C
CPCUSD Malaysian Crude Palm Oil Calendar Swap (Cleared Only)CME204A
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DFLDAP FOB NOLA Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT48
DFTDAP FOB Tampa Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT47
DG2Bloomberg Commodity Index 2-Month Forward Swaps (Cleared OTC)CBT29B
DG3Bloomberg Commodity Index 3-Month Forward Swaps (Cleared OTC)CBT29C
DGSBloomberg Commodity Index Swaps (Cleared OTC)CBT29A
KAWAUD KC Hard Red Winter Wheat Swap (Cleared Only)CBT14J
KWSKC HRW Wheat Calendar Spread OptionsCBT14M
RRES&P GSCI Enhanced ER Index Swaps (Cleared OTC)CME415B
SE2S&P GSCI ER Index 2 Month Forward Swaps (Cleared OTC)CME415E
SE3S&P GSCI-ER Index 3 Month Forward Swaps (Cleared OTC)CME415F
SESS&P GSCI ER swapCME415A
SNSSoybean Calendar Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT11D
UFGUrea (Granular) FOB Egypt Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT50
UFNUrea (Granular) FOB US Gulf Coast Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT45
UFUUAN FOB NOLA Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT46
UFZUrea (Prilled) FOB Yuzhny Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT49
WCSWheat Calendar Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT14C

The current hours for submission to clearing via CME ClearPort for the above-referenced contracts are 5:00 p.m. CT to 4:15 p.m. CT next day, Sunday-Friday. The new hours for the above-referenced contracts will be 6:00 p.m. CT to 5:45 p.m. CT next day, Sunday-Friday.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, CME 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 these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. CME has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

CME is registered as a DCO with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and offers clearing services for many different futures and swaps products. The proposed rule change that is the subject of this filing is limited to CME's business as a DCO offering clearing services for CFTC-regulated swaps products. The proposed rule change would amend the CME ClearPort hours for commodity index cleared swap contracts. CME ClearPort provides functionality for the acceptance of contracts for clearing. The affected contracts are listed below:

Clearing codeCleared OTC Swap productDCMRulebook chapter
CAWAUD Chicago Soft Red Winter Swap (Cleared Only)CBT14G
CCSCorn Calendar Swap (Clearing Only)CBT10C
CPCUSD Malaysian Crude Palm Oil Calendar Swap (Cleared Only)CME204A
DFLDAP FOB NOLA Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT48
DFTDAP FOB Tampa Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT47
DG2Bloomberg Commodity Index 2-Month Forward Swaps (Cleared OTC)CBT29B
DG3Bloomberg Commodity Index 3-Month Forward Swaps (Cleared OTC)CBT29C
DGSBloomberg Commodity Index Swaps (Cleared OTC)CBT29A
KAWAUD KC Hard Red Winter Wheat Swap (Cleared Only)CBT14J
KWSKC HRW Wheat Calendar Spread OptionsCBT14M
RRES&P GSCI Enhanced ER Index Swaps (Cleared OTC)CME415B
SE2S&P GSCI ER Index 2 Month Forward Swaps (Cleared OTC)CME415E
SE3S&P GSCI-ER Index 3 Month Forward Swaps (Cleared OTC)CME415F
SESS&P GSCI ER swapCME415A
SNSSoybean Calendar Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT11D
UFGUrea (Granular) FOB Egypt Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT50
UFNUrea (Granular) FOB US Gulf Coast Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT45
UFUUAN FOB NOLA Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT46
UFZUrea (Prilled) FOB Yuzhny Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT49
WCSWheat Calendar Swaps (Clearing Only)CBT14C

The current hours for submission to clearing via CME ClearPort for these contracts are 5:00 p.m. CT to 4:15 p.m. CT next day, Sunday-Friday. Under the proposed rule change, the new hours for the affected contracts would be 6:00 p.m. CT to 5:45 p.m. CT next day, Sunday-Friday. The proposed change in hours will shorten the period in which daily trade submission is halted from 45 minutes to 15 minutes. The proposed new hours will be made known to the trading community in advance of the effective date via a Special Executive Report and will be posted in the trading specifications for the contracts on the CME Web site.

The changes that are described in this filing are limited to CME's business as a DCO clearing products under the exclusive jurisdiction of the CFTC and do not materially impact CME's security-based swap clearing business in Start Printed Page 60881any way. The proposed changes would become effective immediately but would be operationalized on October 6, 2014. CME notes that it has also certified the proposed rule change that is the subject of this filing to its primary regulator, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), in a separate filing, CME Submission No. 14-382.

CME believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Exchange Act including Section 17A of the Exchange Act.[5] CME is proposing revised hours for acceptance of cleared swap contracts; the proposed changes would have the effect of shortening the period in which daily trade submission is halted from 45 minutes to 15 minutes and, as such, should be seen to be designed to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions and, to the extent applicable, derivatives agreements, contracts, and transactions, to assure the safeguarding of securities and funds which are in the custody or control of the clearing agency or for which it is responsible, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Exchange Act.[6]

Furthermore, the proposed changes are limited in their effect to products offered under CME's authority to act as a DCO. The products that are the subject of this filing are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the CFTC. As such, the proposed CME changes are limited to CME's activities as a DCO clearing swaps that are not security-based swaps, futures that are not security futures and forwards that are not security forwards. CME notes that the policies of the CFTC with respect to administering the Commodity Exchange Act are comparable to a number of the policies underlying the Exchange Act, such as promoting market transparency for over-the-counter derivatives markets, promoting the prompt and accurate clearance of transactions and protecting investors and the public interest.

Because the proposed changes are limited in their effect to products offered under CME's authority to act as a DCO, the proposed changes are properly classified as effecting a change in an existing service of CME that:

(a) Primarily affects the clearing operations of CME with respect to products that are not securities, including futures that are not security futures, swaps that are not security-based swaps or mixed swaps; and forwards that are not security forwards; and

(b) does not significantly affect any securities clearing operations of CME or any rights or obligations of CME with respect to securities clearing or persons using such securities-clearing service.

As such, the changes are therefore consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Exchange Act [7] and are properly filed under Section 19(b)(3)(A) [8] and Rule 19b-4(f)(4)(ii) [9] thereunder.

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

CME does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact, or impose any burden, on competition. The amendments would adopt new CME ClearPort hours for twenty commodity index cleared swap contracts. Further, the changes are limited to CME's derivatives clearing business and, as such, do not affect the security-based swap clearing activities of CME in any way and therefore would not impose any burden on competition that is inappropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

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

Written comments relating to the proposed changes have not been solicited or received. CME will notify the Commission of any written comments received by CME.

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

The foregoing rule change has become effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) [10] of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(4)(ii) [11] thereunder. 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.

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-CME-2014-39. 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, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filings will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of CME and on CME's Web site at http://www.cmegroup.com/​market-regulation/​rule-filings.html.

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-CME-2014-39 and should be submitted on or before October 29, 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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[FR Doc. 2014-23980 Filed 10-7-14; 8:45 am]

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