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Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Order Granting an Extension to Limited Exemption From Rule 612(c) of Regulation NMS In Connection With the Exchange's Retail Liquidity Program Until December 31, 2017

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Start Preamble June 5, 2017.

On December 23, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) issued an order pursuant to its authority under Rule 612(c) of Regulation NMS (“Sub-Penny Rule”) [1] that granted NYSE Arca, Inc. (“Exchange”) a limited exemption from the Sub-Penny Rule in connection with the operation of the Exchange's Retail Liquidity Program (“Program”).[2] The limited exemption was granted concurrently with the Commission's approval of the Exchange's proposal to adopt the Program for a one-year pilot term.[3] The exemption was granted coterminous with the effectiveness of the pilot Program; both the pilot Program and exemption are scheduled to expire on June 30, 2017.[4]

The Exchange now seeks to extend the exemption until June 30, 2017.[5] The Exchange's request was made in conjunction with an immediately effective filing that extends the operation of the Program through the same date.[6] In its request to extend the exemption, the Exchange notes that the participation in the Program has increased more recently. Accordingly, the Exchange has asked for additional time to allow itself and the Commission to analyze more robust data concerning the Program, which the Exchange committed to provide to the Commission.[7] For this reason and the reasons stated in the Order originally granting the limited exemption, the Commission finds that extending the exemption, pursuant to its authority under Rule 612(c) of Regulation NMS, is appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors.

Therefore, it is hereby ordered that, pursuant to Rule 612(c) of Regulation NMS, the Exchange is granted a limited exemption from Rule 612 of Regulation NMS that allows it to accept and rank orders priced equal to or greater than $1.00 per share in increments of $0.001, Start Printed Page 26824in connection with the operation of its Retail Liquidity Program, until June 30, 2017.

The limited and temporary exemption extended by this Order is subject to modification or revocation if at any time the Commission determines that such action is necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Responsibility for compliance with any applicable provisions of the Federal securities laws must rest with the persons relying on the exemption that is the subject of this Order.

For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[8]

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Robert W. Errett,

Deputy Secretary.

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2.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71176 (December 23, 2013), 78 FR 79524 (December 30, 2013) (SR-NYSEArca-2013-107) (“Order”).

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3.  See id.

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4.  The pilot term of the Program was originally scheduled to end on April 14, 2015, but the Exchange initially extended the term through September 30, 2015, see Securities Exchange Act Release No. 74572 (March 24, 2015), 80 FR 16705 (March 30, 2015) (NYSEArca-2015-22), and then subsequently extended the term again through June 30, 2017, see Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 75994 (September 28, 2015), 80 FR 59834 (October 2, 2015) (SR-NYSEArca-2015-84), 77236 (Feb. 25, 2016), 81 FR 10943 (March 2, 2016) (SR-NYSEArca-2016-30), 77425 (March 23, 2016), 81 FR 17523 (March 29, 2016) (SR-NYSEArca-2016-47), 78601 (August 17, 2016), 81 FR 57632 (August 23, 2016) (SR-NYSEArca-2016-113), and 79495 (December 7, 2016), 81 FR 90033 (December 13, 2016) (SR-NYSEArca-2016-157). Each time the pilot term of the Program was extended, the Commission granted the Exchange's request to also extend the Sub-Penny exemption through September 30, 2015, see Securities Exchange Act Release No. 74609 (March 30, 2015), 80 FR 18272 (April 3, 2015), March 31, 2016, see Securities Exchange Act Release No. 76021 (September 29, 2015), 80 FR 60207 (October 5, 2015), August 31, 2016, see Securities Exchange Act Release No. 77437 (March 24, 2016), 81 FR 17752 (March 30, 2016), December 31, 2016, see Securities Exchange Act Release No. 78677 (August 25, 2016), 81 FR 60037 (August 31, 2016), and June 30, 2017, see Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79586 (December 16, 2016), 81 FR 93719 (December 21, 2016).

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5.  See Letter from Martha Redding, Assistant Secretary, NYSE, to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, dated May 23, 2017.

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6.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 80851 (June 2, 2017) (SR-NYSEArca-2017-63).

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7.  See Order, supra note 2, 78 FR at 79529.

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[FR Doc. 2017-11965 Filed 6-8-17; 8:45 am]

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