Federal Register: December 29, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 249)

DOCID: FR Doc 04-28479

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Securities and Exchange Commission

DOCUMENT ID: [Release No. 34-50911; File No. SR-Phlx-2004-89]

NOTICE: NOTICES

ACTION: Self-regulatory organizations; proposed rule changes:

SUBJECT CATEGORY:

Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto by the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. Relating to Changes to Its Automated Options Market (AUTOM) System

DOCUMENT SUMMARY:

December 22, 2004.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b4 \2\ thereunder, notice is hereby given that on December 14, 2004, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (``Phlx'' or ``Exchange'') 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 by the Phlx. On December 17, 2004, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.\3\ The Exchange filed the proposal, as amended, as a ``noncontroversial'' proposed rule change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \4\ and Rule 19b4(f)(6) thereunder.\5\ The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons.
\1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
\2\ 17 CFR 240.19b4.
\3\ See Form 19b4 dated December 17, 2004 (``Amendment No. 1''). Amendment No. 1 replaces the original filing in its entirety. \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
\5\ 17 CFR 240.19b4(f)(6).
I. SelfRegulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

The Phlx proposes to amend Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iii), to reflect changes to the Exchange's Book Sweep function, and Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iv), which sets forth various situations in which orders received over the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Automated Options Market (``AUTOM'') System \6\ that would otherwise be eligible for automatic execution are instead handled manually by the specialist, to reflect that AllorNone (``AON'') Orders would now be eligible for automatic execution.
\6\ AUTOM is the Exchange's electronic order delivery, routing, execution and reporting system, which provides for the automatic entry and routing of equity option and index option orders to the Exchange's trading floor. Orders delivered through AUTOM may be executed manually, or certain orders are eligible for AUTOM's automatic execution features, AUTOX, Book Sweep and Book Match. Equity option and index option specialists are required by the Exchange to participate in AUTOM and its features and enhancements. Option orders entered by Exchange members into AUTOM are routed to the appropriate specialist limit order book on the Exchange trading floor. See Exchange Rule 1080.

Below is the text of the proposed rule change. Proposed additions are italicized; proposed deletions are [bracketed].
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Rule 1080. Philadelphia Stock Exchange Automated Options Market (AUTOM) and Automatic Execution System (AUTOX)
(a)(b) No change.
(c) AUTOX. * * *
(i)(ii) No change.
(iii) Quotations Interacting With Limit Orders on the Book. [Book Sweep. Book Sweep is a feature of AUTOM which, when engaged, does the following:]
(A) Respecting nonStreaming Quote Options, when [the] a bid or offer that is: (1) Generated by the Exchange's AutoQuote system (or by a proprietary quoting system provided for in Commentary .0[2]1(b) of this Rule called ``Specialized Quote Feed'' or ``SQF''); and (2) priced at the National Best Bid or Offer (``NBBO''), and therefore would result in an execution at the NBBO (a ``Book Sweep Quote''), matches or crosses the Exchange's best bid or offer in a particular series as established by
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an order on the limit order book, orders on the limit order book in that series will be automatically executed and allocated among crowd participants signed onto the Wheel. This feature of AUTOM is known as ``Book Sweep.'' If Book Sweep is not engaged at the time the [Auto Quote or SQF bid or offer] Book Sweep Quote matches or crosses the Exchange's best bid or offer represented by a limit order on the book, the specialist may manually initiated the Book Sweep feature. Book Sweep shall be engaged when AUTOX is engaged, and shall be disengaged when AUTOX is disengaged in accordance with Rule 1080(c)(iv) and Rule 1080(e). Eligible orders on the limit order book will be automatically executed up to the size associated with the quote that matches or crosses such limit orders.
(B) Respecting Streaming Quote Options, when [the] any bid or offer generated by the Exchange's AutoQuote system, SQF, or by an SQT (as defined in Rule 1014(b)(ii)) matches or crosses the Exchange's best bid or offer in a particular series as established by an order on the limit order book, orders on the limit order book in that series will be automatically executed and automatically allocated in accordance with Exchange rules. If Book Sweep is not engaged at the time the Auto Quote, SQF, or SQT bid or offer matches or crosses the Exchange's best bid or offer represented by a limit order on the book, the specialist or SQT may manually initiate the Book Sweep feature.
(iv) Except as otherwise provided in this Rule, in the following circumstances, an order otherwise eligible for [AUTOX] automatic execution will instead be manually handled by the specialist: (A) the Exchange's disseminated market is crossed (i.e., 2\1/8\ bid, 2 offer), or crosses the disseminated market of another options exchange;
(B) [allornone order;
(C)] the AUTOM System is not open for trading when the order is received (which is known as a premarket order);
([D]C) the disseminated market is produced during an opening or other rotation;
([E]D) when the specialist posts a bid or offer that is better than the specialist's own bid or offer (except with respect to orders eligible for ``Book Sweep'' as described in Rule 1080(c)(iii) above, and ``Book Match'' as described in Rule 1080(g)(ii) below); ([F]E) if the Exchange's bid or offer is not the NBBO;
([G]F) when the price of a limit order is not in the appropriate minimum trading increment pursuant to Rule 1034;
([H]G) when the bid price is zero respecting sell orders; and ([I]H) respecting nonStreaming Quote Options, when the number of contracts automatically executed within a 15 second period in an option (subject to a Pilot program through April 30, 2005) exceeds the specified disengagement size, a 30second period ensues during which subsequent orders are handled manually. If the Exchange's disseminated size exceeds the specified disengagement size and an eligible order is delivered for a number of contracts that is greater than the specified disengagement size, such an order will be automatically executed up to the disseminated size, followed by an AUTOX disengagement period of 30 seconds. If the specialist revises the quotation in such an option prior to the expiration of such 30second period, eligible orders in such an option shall again be executed automatically.

The Exchange's systems are designed and programmed to identify the conditions that cause inbound orders to be ineligible for automatic execution. Once it is established that inbound orders are ineligible for automatic execution, Exchange staff has the ability to determine which of the above conditions occurred.
(d)(k) No change.

Commentary: No change.
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II. SelfRegulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, the Phlx 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 Phlx has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. SelfRegulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend Exchange Rules 1080(c)(iii) and (iv) to reflect system changes to AUTOM that are intended to increase the number of orders that are handled and executed automatically on the Exchange. The purpose of Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change is to clarify the description of the functionality of the Book Sweep feature.

Book Sweep Functionality

The Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iii) to reflect an additional automated execution functionality of its ``Book Sweep'' feature of AUTOM. Book Sweep is a feature of AUTOM that automatically executes inbound quotations against limit orders resting on the limit order book under certain circumstances. The Book Sweep feature automates this process when Book Sweep is engaged, and the Exchange's disseminated price is a limit order on the limit order book priced at the National Best Bid or Offer (``NBBO'').

Currently, respecting options that are not traded on the Exchange's electronic trading platform for options, Phlx XL\7\ (referred to as ``nonStreaming Quote Options''), when a quote in a particular option series that is generated by the Exchange's AutoQuote feature of the AUTOM system \8\ or by a proprietary quoting system called ``Specialized Quote Feed'' or ``SQF'' \9\ matches or crosses a limit order resting on the limit order book when the price of such limit order is the NBBO, the limit order is automatically executed and allocated on the Exchange's ``Wheel.'' \10\
\7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50100 (July 27, 2004), 69 FR 46612 (August 3, 2004) (SRPhlx200359).
\8\ See Exchange Rule 1080, Commentary .01(a).
\9\ See Exchange Rule 1080, Commentary .01(b)(i).
\10\ See Exchange Rule 1080(g) and Option Floor Procedure Advices and Order and Decorum Regulations F24.

The proposed amendments to Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iii)(A) would clarify that, respecting nonStreaming Quote Options, when a bid or offer that is: (1) Generated by the Exchange's AutoQuote system or SQF; and (2) priced at the NBBO, and therefore would result in an execution at the NBBO (a ``Book Sweep Quote''), matches or crosses the Exchange's best bid or offer in a particular series as established by an order on the limit order book, orders on the limit order book in that series will be automatically executed and allocated among crowd participants signed onto the Wheel.

Current Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iv)(E), which is proposed to be redesignated as Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iv)(D), provides that orders otherwise eligible for automatic execution are instead handled manually by the specialist when the specialist posts a bid or offer that is better than the specialist's own bid or offer (i.e., a limit order on the book). The Exchange believes that the purpose of
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the rule is to allow the specialist to handle the booked limit order manually, and to seek the best execution on behalf of the limit order, when the quotation that matches or crosses the limit order price is not qualified as a ``Book Sweep Quote.'' The proposed rule change to current Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iv)(E) would clarify that orders eligible for Book Sweep would not be handled manually.

Currently, respecting Streaming Quote Options traded on Phlx XL (in which the specialist and a category of marketmaking Exchange participant known as a Streaming Quote Trader (``SQT'') \11\ submit independent, proprietary electronic quotations), when a contraside quotation that is not submitted with a message that indicates that the sender intends to sweep the book matches or crosses the price of a limit order resting on the limit order book, the specialist must execute and allocate the order manually to the participant that submitted the particular electronic quote. The proposal would provide that, when any electronic contraside quotation matches with a limit order on the limit order book at the NBBO (i.e., regardless of whether the quote is submitted with a message that indicates that the sender intends to sweep the book), the AUTOM System will automatically execute and allocate the resulting trade.\12\ The Exchange believes that this enhanced automated functionality should increase the number of automatic executions of transactions in Streaming Quote Options, and should assist SQTs that submit electronic proprietary quotations in Streaming Quote Options by automatically executing transactions as contraside to the limit order book in situations where the SQTs' quoting and trading systems do not include features that enable such SQTs to submit quotes with an indication that the sender intends to sweep the book.
\11\ See Exchange Rule 1014(b)(ii)(A).
\12\ See Exchange Rule 1014(g)(vii) for a description of the allocation algorithm applicable to trades in Streaming Quote Options that are automatically executed.

In order to correct a typographical error in the current rule text, the Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iii)(A) to reflect that the Exchange Rule that describes SQF is Commentary .01(b) to Exchange Rule 1080.

Automatic Execution of AON Orders

Currently, under the Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iv)(B), AON Orders \13\ are not eligible for automatic execution and are instead handled manually by the specialist. The Exchange proposes to amend the rule to delete this provision. Therefore, when the Exchange's disseminated price is the NBBO, AON Orders, when they become due for execution when their price and size can be executed in full, would be executed and allocated automatically by the AUTOM System. Under this proposed system enhancement, AON Orders, if eligible for execution based on the price and size of the inbound contraside quote or order, would be executed in order of priority based on the time the AON Order was received. If the inbound quote or order at the disseminated price is not of sufficient size to execute the resting AON Order in full, such resting AON Order would not be executed, and would remain on the limit order book until it is eligible for execution based on the price and size of the inbound quote or order, or canceled. The Exchange represents that this system change is intended to automate more executions on the Exchange.
\13\ An AON Order is a market or limit order which is to be executed in its entirety or not at all. See Exchange Rule
1066(c)(4).

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act \14\ in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(5) of the Act \15\ in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest, by adopting changes to the AUTOM System that result in a greater number of orders that are handled and executed automatically. \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)
\15\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
B. SelfRegulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any inappropriate burden on competition.
C. SelfRegulatory 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 rule 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 if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, provided that the selfregulatory organization has given the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change or such shorter time as designated by the Commission, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \16\ and Rule 19b4(f)(6) thereunder.\17\ At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate 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 purposed of the Act.\18\
\16\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
\17\ 17 CFR 240.19b4(f)(6).
\18\ For purposes of calculating the 60day period within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change under Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers that period to commence on December 17, 2004, the date the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).

The Exchange requests that the Commission waive the five business days prefiling requirement and the 30day operative delay under Rule 19b4(f)(6)(iii).\19\

\19\ 17 CFR 240.19b4(f)(6)(iii).

The Commission believes that the waiver of the five business days prefiling requirement and the 30day operative delay under Rule 19b 4(f)(6)(iii) is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, because the proposed rule change will increase the number of orders that are handled and executed automatically on the Exchange and should facilitate more efficient and immediate executions.\20\ Accordingly, the Commission designates that the proposal shall become operative as of the date of this notice. \20\ For purposes only of waiving the operative delay of this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 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:
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Electronic Comments

  • Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml. ); or
  • Send an email to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SRPhlx200489 on the subject line.
    Paper Comments
  • Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 205490609.

    All submissions should refer to File Number SRPhlx200489. 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 submissions, 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 inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Phlx.

    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 SRPhlx200489 and should be submitted on or before January 19, 2005.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.\21\
    \21\ 17 CFR 200.303(a)(12).
    Margaret H. McFarland,
    Deputy Secretary.
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    BILLING CODE 801001M

    SUMMARY:

    Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.,

    DOCUMENT BODY 2:

    December 22, 2004.

    Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b4 \2\ thereunder, notice is hereby given that on December 14, 2004, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (``Phlx'' or ``Exchange'') 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 by the Phlx. On December 17, 2004, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.\3\ The Exchange filed the proposal, as amended, as a ``noncontroversial'' proposed rule change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \4\ and Rule 19b4(f)(6) thereunder.\5\ The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons.
    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b4.
    \3\ See Form 19b4 dated December 17, 2004 (``Amendment No. 1''). Amendment No. 1 replaces the original filing in its entirety. \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \5\ 17 CFR 240.19b4(f)(6).
    I. SelfRegulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Phlx proposes to amend Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iii), to reflect changes to the Exchange's Book Sweep function, and Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iv), which sets forth various situations in which orders received over the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Automated Options Market (``AUTOM'') System \6\ that would otherwise be eligible for automatic execution are instead handled manually by the specialist, to reflect that AllorNone (``AON'') Orders would now be eligible for automatic execution.
    \6\ AUTOM is the Exchange's electronic order delivery, routing, execution and reporting system, which provides for the automatic entry and routing of equity option and index option orders to the Exchange's trading floor. Orders delivered through AUTOM may be executed manually, or certain orders are eligible for AUTOM's automatic execution features, AUTOX, Book Sweep and Book Match. Equity option and index option specialists are required by the Exchange to participate in AUTOM and its features and enhancements. Option orders entered by Exchange members into AUTOM are routed to the appropriate specialist limit order book on the Exchange trading floor. See Exchange Rule 1080.

    Below is the text of the proposed rule change. Proposed additions are italicized; proposed deletions are [bracketed].
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    Rule 1080. Philadelphia Stock Exchange Automated Options Market (AUTOM) and Automatic Execution System (AUTOX)
    (a)(b) No change.
    (c) AUTOX. * * *
    (i)(ii) No change.
    (iii) Quotations Interacting With Limit Orders on the Book. [Book Sweep. Book Sweep is a feature of AUTOM which, when engaged, does the following:]
    (A) Respecting nonStreaming Quote Options, when [the] a bid or offer that is: (1) Generated by the Exchange's AutoQuote system (or by a proprietary quoting system provided for in Commentary .0[2]1(b) of this Rule called ``Specialized Quote Feed'' or ``SQF''); and (2) priced at the National Best Bid or Offer (``NBBO''), and therefore would result in an execution at the NBBO (a ``Book Sweep Quote''), matches or crosses the Exchange's best bid or offer in a particular series as established by
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    an order on the limit order book, orders on the limit order book in that series will be automatically executed and allocated among crowd participants signed onto the Wheel. This feature of AUTOM is known as ``Book Sweep.'' If Book Sweep is not engaged at the time the [Auto Quote or SQF bid or offer] Book Sweep Quote matches or crosses the Exchange's best bid or offer represented by a limit order on the book, the specialist may manually initiated the Book Sweep feature. Book Sweep shall be engaged when AUTOX is engaged, and shall be disengaged when AUTOX is disengaged in accordance with Rule 1080(c)(iv) and Rule 1080(e). Eligible orders on the limit order book will be automatically executed up to the size associated with the quote that matches or crosses such limit orders.
    (B) Respecting Streaming Quote Options, when [the] any bid or offer generated by the Exchange's AutoQuote system, SQF, or by an SQT (as defined in Rule 1014(b)(ii)) matches or crosses the Exchange's best bid or offer in a particular series as established by an order on the limit order book, orders on the limit order book in that series will be automatically executed and automatically allocated in accordance with Exchange rules. If Book Sweep is not engaged at the time the Auto Quote, SQF, or SQT bid or offer matches or crosses the Exchange's best bid or offer represented by a limit order on the book, the specialist or SQT may manually initiate the Book Sweep feature.
    (iv) Except as otherwise provided in this Rule, in the following circumstances, an order otherwise eligible for [AUTOX] automatic execution will instead be manually handled by the specialist: (A) the Exchange's disseminated market is crossed (i.e., 2\1/8\ bid, 2 offer), or crosses the disseminated market of another options exchange;
    (B) [allornone order;
    (C)] the AUTOM System is not open for trading when the order is received (which is known as a premarket order);
    ([D]C) the disseminated market is produced during an opening or other rotation;
    ([E]D) when the specialist posts a bid or offer that is better than the specialist's own bid or offer (except with respect to orders eligible for ``Book Sweep'' as described in Rule 1080(c)(iii) above, and ``Book Match'' as described in Rule 1080(g)(ii) below); ([F]E) if the Exchange's bid or offer is not the NBBO;
    ([G]F) when the price of a limit order is not in the appropriate minimum trading increment pursuant to Rule 1034;
    ([H]G) when the bid price is zero respecting sell orders; and ([I]H) respecting nonStreaming Quote Options, when the number of contracts automatically executed within a 15 second period in an option (subject to a Pilot program through April 30, 2005) exceeds the specified disengagement size, a 30second period ensues during which subsequent orders are handled manually. If the Exchange's disseminated size exceeds the specified disengagement size and an eligible order is delivered for a number of contracts that is greater than the specified disengagement size, such an order will be automatically executed up to the disseminated size, followed by an AUTOX disengagement period of 30 seconds. If the specialist revises the quotation in such an option prior to the expiration of such 30second period, eligible orders in such an option shall again be executed automatically.

    The Exchange's systems are designed and programmed to identify the conditions that cause inbound orders to be ineligible for automatic execution. Once it is established that inbound orders are ineligible for automatic execution, Exchange staff has the ability to determine which of the above conditions occurred.
    (d)(k) No change.

    Commentary: No change.
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    II. SelfRegulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the Phlx 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 Phlx has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. SelfRegulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    1. Purpose

    The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend Exchange Rules 1080(c)(iii) and (iv) to reflect system changes to AUTOM that are intended to increase the number of orders that are handled and executed automatically on the Exchange. The purpose of Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change is to clarify the description of the functionality of the Book Sweep feature.

    Book Sweep Functionality

    The Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iii) to reflect an additional automated execution functionality of its ``Book Sweep'' feature of AUTOM. Book Sweep is a feature of AUTOM that automatically executes inbound quotations against limit orders resting on the limit order book under certain circumstances. The Book Sweep feature automates this process when Book Sweep is engaged, and the Exchange's disseminated price is a limit order on the limit order book priced at the National Best Bid or Offer (``NBBO'').

    Currently, respecting options that are not traded on the Exchange's electronic trading platform for options, Phlx XL\7\ (referred to as ``nonStreaming Quote Options''), when a quote in a particular option series that is generated by the Exchange's AutoQuote feature of the AUTOM system \8\ or by a proprietary quoting system called ``Specialized Quote Feed'' or ``SQF'' \9\ matches or crosses a limit order resting on the limit order book when the price of such limit order is the NBBO, the limit order is automatically executed and allocated on the Exchange's ``Wheel.'' \10\
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50100 (July 27, 2004), 69 FR 46612 (August 3, 2004) (SRPhlx200359).
    \8\ See Exchange Rule 1080, Commentary .01(a).
    \9\ See Exchange Rule 1080, Commentary .01(b)(i).
    \10\ See Exchange Rule 1080(g) and Option Floor Procedure Advices and Order and Decorum Regulations F24.

    The proposed amendments to Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iii)(A) would clarify that, respecting nonStreaming Quote Options, when a bid or offer that is: (1) Generated by the Exchange's AutoQuote system or SQF; and (2) priced at the NBBO, and therefore would result in an execution at the NBBO (a ``Book Sweep Quote''), matches or crosses the Exchange's best bid or offer in a particular series as established by an order on the limit order book, orders on the limit order book in that series will be automatically executed and allocated among crowd participants signed onto the Wheel.

    Current Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iv)(E), which is proposed to be redesignated as Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iv)(D), provides that orders otherwise eligible for automatic execution are instead handled manually by the specialist when the specialist posts a bid or offer that is better than the specialist's own bid or offer (i.e., a limit order on the book). The Exchange believes that the purpose of
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    the rule is to allow the specialist to handle the booked limit order manually, and to seek the best execution on behalf of the limit order, when the quotation that matches or crosses the limit order price is not qualified as a ``Book Sweep Quote.'' The proposed rule change to current Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iv)(E) would clarify that orders eligible for Book Sweep would not be handled manually.

    Currently, respecting Streaming Quote Options traded on Phlx XL (in which the specialist and a category of marketmaking Exchange participant known as a Streaming Quote Trader (``SQT'') \11\ submit independent, proprietary electronic quotations), when a contraside quotation that is not submitted with a message that indicates that the sender intends to sweep the book matches or crosses the price of a limit order resting on the limit order book, the specialist must execute and allocate the order manually to the participant that submitted the particular electronic quote. The proposal would provide that, when any electronic contraside quotation matches with a limit order on the limit order book at the NBBO (i.e., regardless of whether the quote is submitted with a message that indicates that the sender intends to sweep the book), the AUTOM System will automatically execute and allocate the resulting trade.\12\ The Exchange believes that this enhanced automated functionality should increase the number of automatic executions of transactions in Streaming Quote Options, and should assist SQTs that submit electronic proprietary quotations in Streaming Quote Options by automatically executing transactions as contraside to the limit order book in situations where the SQTs' quoting and trading systems do not include features that enable such SQTs to submit quotes with an indication that the sender intends to sweep the book.
    \11\ See Exchange Rule 1014(b)(ii)(A).
    \12\ See Exchange Rule 1014(g)(vii) for a description of the allocation algorithm applicable to trades in Streaming Quote Options that are automatically executed.

    In order to correct a typographical error in the current rule text, the Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iii)(A) to reflect that the Exchange Rule that describes SQF is Commentary .01(b) to Exchange Rule 1080.

    Automatic Execution of AON Orders

    Currently, under the Exchange Rule 1080(c)(iv)(B), AON Orders \13\ are not eligible for automatic execution and are instead handled manually by the specialist. The Exchange proposes to amend the rule to delete this provision. Therefore, when the Exchange's disseminated price is the NBBO, AON Orders, when they become due for execution when their price and size can be executed in full, would be executed and allocated automatically by the AUTOM System. Under this proposed system enhancement, AON Orders, if eligible for execution based on the price and size of the inbound contraside quote or order, would be executed in order of priority based on the time the AON Order was received. If the inbound quote or order at the disseminated price is not of sufficient size to execute the resting AON Order in full, such resting AON Order would not be executed, and would remain on the limit order book until it is eligible for execution based on the price and size of the inbound quote or order, or canceled. The Exchange represents that this system change is intended to automate more executions on the Exchange.
    \13\ An AON Order is a market or limit order which is to be executed in its entirety or not at all. See Exchange Rule
    1066(c)(4).

    2. Statutory Basis

    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act \14\ in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(5) of the Act \15\ in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest, by adopting changes to the AUTOM System that result in a greater number of orders that are handled and executed automatically. \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)
    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    B. SelfRegulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any inappropriate burden on competition.
    C. SelfRegulatory 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 rule 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 if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, provided that the selfregulatory organization has given the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change or such shorter time as designated by the Commission, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \16\ and Rule 19b4(f)(6) thereunder.\17\ At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate 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 purposed of the Act.\18\
    \16\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \17\ 17 CFR 240.19b4(f)(6).
    \18\ For purposes of calculating the 60day period within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change under Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers that period to commence on December 17, 2004, the date the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).

    The Exchange requests that the Commission waive the five business days prefiling requirement and the 30day operative delay under Rule 19b4(f)(6)(iii).\19\

    \19\ 17 CFR 240.19b4(f)(6)(iii).

    The Commission believes that the waiver of the five business days prefiling requirement and the 30day operative delay under Rule 19b 4(f)(6)(iii) is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, because the proposed rule change will increase the number of orders that are handled and executed automatically on the Exchange and should facilitate more efficient and immediate executions.\20\ Accordingly, the Commission designates that the proposal shall become operative as of the date of this notice. \20\ For purposes only of waiving the operative delay of this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 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:
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    Electronic Comments

  • Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml. ); or
  • Send an email to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SRPhlx200489 on the subject line.
    Paper Comments
  • Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 205490609.

    All submissions should refer to File Number SRPhlx200489. 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 submissions, 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 inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Phlx.

    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 SRPhlx200489 and should be submitted on or before January 19, 2005.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.\21\
    \21\ 17 CFR 200.303(a)(12).
    Margaret H. McFarland,
    Deputy Secretary.
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