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May 8, 2015.
Pursuant to Section 11A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),
and Rule 608 thereunder,
notice is hereby given that on April 27, 2015, the operating committee (“Operating Committee” or “Committee”) 
of the Joint Self-Regulatory Organization Plan Governing the Collection, Consolidation, and Dissemination of Quotation and Transaction Information for Nasdaq-Listed Securities Traded on Exchanges on an Unlisted Trading Privilege Basis (“Nasdaq/UTP Plan” or “Plan”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) a proposal to amend the Plan.
This amendment represents the 35th Amendment (“Amendment No. 35”) to the Plan and proposes to require the Participants to include timestamps in the trade-report and bid-and-offer information that they report to the Plan's processors. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments from interested persons on the proposed Amendment.
I. Rule 608(a)
A. Purpose of the Amendment
Section VIII of the UTP Plan (Transmission of Information to Processor by Participants) specifies that each Participant shall collect and transmit to the Processor accurate quotation information, including (1) the identification of the security, (2) the price bid and offered, together with size, (3) the FINRA Participant along with the FINRA Participant's market participant identification or Participant from which the quotation emanates, (4) identification of quotations that are not firm, and (5) through appropriate codes and messages, withdrawals and similar matters.
Section VIII also specifies that each Participant shall promptly collect and transmit to the Processor trade reports executed in its market, including (1) identification of the security, (2) the number of shares in the transaction, (3) the price at which the shares were purchased or sold, (4) the buy/sell/cross indicator, (5) the market of execution, and (6) through appropriate codes and messages, late or out-of-sequence trades, corrections and similar matters.
Amendment 35 proposes to add to those requirements that Participants shall also include in quotation information and trade reports the time of the trade or the quotation.
In the case of a Participant that is a national securities exchange, the time of the transaction or quotation is to be reported in microseconds as identified in the Participant's matching engine publication timestamp.
In the case of FINRA, the time of a transaction shall be the time of execution that a FINRA member reports to a FINRA trade reporting facility and the time of a bid or offer shall be the quotation publication timestamp that the bidding or offering member reports to the FINRA quotation facility, all in accordance with FINRA rules.
In addition, if the FINRA trade reporting facility or quotation facility provides a proprietary feed of trades or quotes reported by the facility to the Processor, then the FINRA facility shall also furnish the Processor with the time of the transmission as published on the facility's proprietary feed.
FINRA shall convert times that its members report to it in seconds or milliseconds to microseconds and shall furnish such times to the Processor in microseconds.
B. Governing or Constituent Documents
C. Implementation of Amendments
All of the Participants have manifested their approval of the proposed Amendment by means of their execution of the UTP Plan Amendment. The UTP Plan Amendment would become operational upon approval by the Commission.
D. Development and Implementation Phases
E. Analysis of Impact on Competition
Amendment 35 does not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Exchange Act. It will improve transparency regarding the latencies between the UTP Plan's consolidated data feeds and industry proprietary feeds and will allow investors to monitor the latency of those feeds and to assess whether such feeds meet their trading and other requirements.
The Participants do not believe that the proposed UTP Plan Amendment introduces terms that are unreasonably discriminatory for the purposes of Section 11A(c)(1)(D) of the Act.
F. Written Understanding or Agreements Relating to Interpretation of, or Participation in, Plan
G. Approval by Sponsors in Accordance With Plan
Section IV(C)(1)(a) of the UTP Plan requires the Participants to unanimously approve the Amendment. They have so approved it.
H. Description of Operation of Facility Contemplated by the Proposed Amendment
I. Terms and Conditions of Access
J. Method of Determination and Imposition, and Amount of, Fees and Charges
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K. Method and Frequency of Processor Evaluation
L. Dispute Resolution
II. Rule 601(a)
A. Equity Securities for Which Transaction Reports Shall Be Required by the Plan
B. Reporting Requirements
See Section IA above.
C. Manner of Collecting, Processing, Sequencing, Making Available and Disseminating Last Sale Information
See Section IA above.
D. Manner of Consolidation
E. Standards and Methods Ensuring Promptness, Accuracy and Completeness of Transaction Reports
Amendment 35 proposes to add timestamps to Participant reports of trades and bids and offers. The addition of timestamps should provide investors with a more complete picture of trades, making those reports more complete and more accurate.
F. Rules and Procedures Addressed to Fraudulent or Manipulative Dissemination
G. Terms of Access to Transaction Reports
H. Identification of Marketplace of Execution
III. Solicitation of Comments
The Commission seeks general comments on Amendment No. 35. Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposal is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number S7-24-89. 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 Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all written statements with respect to the proposed Plan Amendment that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed Plan Amendment 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 the filing also will be available for Web site viewing and printing at the Office of the Secretary of the Committee, currently located at the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc., 440 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60605. 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 S7-24-89 and should be submitted on or before June 4, 2015.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Robert W. Errett,
[FR Doc. 2015-11622 Filed 5-13-15; 8:45 am]
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