November 15, 2016.
On September 13, 2016, BOX Options Exchange LLC (“BOX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) 
and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,
a proposed rule change to amend the treatment of quotes to provide that all quotes on BOX are liquidity adding only. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on October 3, 2016.
The Commission received no comments on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change.
II. Description of the Proposal
The Exchange proposes to amend the treatment of incoming quotes to BOX so that they are only accepted if they are liquidity adding.
Under the Exchange's proposed rule change, if an incoming quote or quote update is marketable because it would execute against a resting order or quote on the BOX Book,
it will be rejected. The Exchange will not reject incoming quotes during the opening of the market.
As is the case today, rejected quotes will not be considered when determining a Market Maker's quoting obligations.
The Exchange also proposes to amend the treatment of incoming quotes after they interact with the Price Improvement Period (“PIP”).
Currently, when an incoming quote is on the same side as a PIP Order, it may cause the PIP auction to end early, if, at the time of submission, the price of the incoming quote would cause an execution to occur prior to the end of the PIP.
Under the proposal, the incoming quote will continue to cause the PIP auction to end early if the conditions of Rule 7150(i) exist. However, after the PIP auction is concluded, if the incoming quote is executable against resting orders or quotes on the BOX Book, it will be rejected. Additionally, currently, when an incoming quote on the opposite side of the PIP Order is received such that it would cause an execution to occur prior to the end of the PIP auction, the incoming quote will be immediately Start Printed Page 83323executed.
Under the proposal, any remaining balance of the incoming quote that did not execute against the PIP Order, and that would execute against a resting order or quote on the BOX Book, will be rejected.
The Exchange represents that it will provide BOX Participants with notice, via Information Circular, about the implementation date of the proposed rule change.
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 and, in particular, with Section 6(b) of the Act.
Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,
which requires, among other things, that a national securities exchange have rules 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 Commission believes that the proposed rule change is designed to help Market Makers more efficiently submit quotes to provide liquidity on BOX, which could benefit investors. The Commission notes that Market Makers still will be able to take liquidity on BOX by submitting orders in or out of their appointed classes.
In addition, according to the Exchange, the proposed rule change will not alter a Market Maker's obligations pursuant BOX Rules 8040 and 8050, including the obligation to provide continuous two-sided quotes on a daily basis.
Further, the Commission notes that other options exchanges offer liquidity adding only order types.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,
that the proposed rule change (SR-BOX-2016-45) be, and hereby is, approved.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Brent J. Fields,
[FR Doc. 2016-27891 Filed 11-18-16; 8:45 am]
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