August 7, 2015.
Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),
and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,
notice is hereby given that on August 5, 2015, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) the 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 Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to update Exchange Rule 4759 and to amend the public disclosure of the sources of data that the Exchange utilizes when performing (1) order handling and execution; (2) order routing; and (3) related compliance processes.
The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is italicized; proposed deletions are bracketed.
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4759. Data Feeds Utilized
The NASDAQ System utilizes the below proprietary and network processor feeds [utilized by the System] for the handling, routing, and execution of orders, as well as for the regulatory compliance processes related to those functions. The Secondary Source of data is, where applicable, utilized only in emergency market conditions and only until those emergency conditions are resolved.
|Market center||Primary source||Secondary source|
|A—NYSE MKT (AMEX)||[CQS/UQDF] NYSE MKT OpenBook Ultra||[n/a] CQS/UQDF|
|B—NASDAQ OMX BX||BX ITCH [4.1] 5.0||CQS/UQDF|
|J—DirectEdge A||[EdgeBook] BATS PITCH||CQS/UQDF|
|K—DirectEdge X||[EdgeBook ] BATS PITCH||CQS/UQDF|
|N—NYSE||NYSE OpenBook Ultra||CQS/UQDF|
|P—NYSE Arca||[ArcaBook Binary uncompacted] NYSE ARCA XDP||CQS/UQDF|
|T/Q—NASDAQ||ITCH [4.1] 5.0||CQS/UQDF|
|X—NASDAQ OMX PSX||PSX ITCH [4.1] 5.0||CQS/UQDF|
|Y—BATS Y-Exchange||BATS PITCH||CQS/UQDF|
|Z—BATS Exchange||BATS PITCH||CQS/UQDF|
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(b) Not applicable.
(c) Not applicable.
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 Exchange 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. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.Start Printed Page 48587
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to update and amend the table in Exchange Rule 4759 that sets forth on a market-by-market basis the specific network processor and proprietary data feeds that the Exchange utilizes for the handling, routing, and execution of orders, and for performing the regulatory compliance checks related to each of those functions.
Specifically, the table will be amended to include National Stock Exchange (“NSX”), which has informed the UTP Securities Information Processor (“UTP SIP”) that, subject to regulatory approval, it is projecting to reactivate its status as an operating participant for quotation and trading of NASDAQ-listed securities under the Unlisted Trading Privileges (“UTP”) Plan on or about August 31, 2015. The other changes to the table merely reflect updates to mirror the current network processor and proprietary data feeds utilized by the Exchange for the handling, routing, and execution of orders, and for performing the regulatory compliance checks related to each of those functions.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,
in general and with Sections 6(b)(5) of the Act,
in particular in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, 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.
The Exchange believes that its proposal to update the table in Exchange Rule 4759 to make certain it is current, as well as to amend the table to include NSX, would ensure that Exchange Rule 4759 correctly identifies and publicly states on a market-by-market basis all of the specific network processor and proprietary data feeds that the Exchange utilizes for the handling, routing, and execution of orders, and for performing the regulatory compliance checks related to each of those functions, and that the proposed rule change removes impediments to and perfects the mechanism of a free and open market and protects investors and the public interest because it provides additional specificity, clarity and transparency.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The Exchange 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. To the contrary, the Exchange believes the proposal would enhance competition because including all of the exchanges enhances transparency and enables investors to better assess the quality of the Exchange's execution and routing services.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
No written comments were either solicited or received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 
of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.
The Exchange believes that this proposed rule change is properly designated as non-controversial because it enhances clarity and operational transparency without modifying members' rights or obligations. The Exchange provided notice of the proposed rule change on July 27, 2015.
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: (i) Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the protection of investors; or (iii) 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:
- 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 SR-NASDAQ-2015-093. 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 the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office 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-NASDAQ-2015-093 and should be submitted on or before September 3, 2015.
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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Jill M. Peterson,
[FR Doc. 2015-19868 Filed 8-12-15; 8:45 am]
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