[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 46 (Wednesday, March 9, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13011-13012]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5377]



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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-64027; File No. SR-CBOE-2011-020]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a 
Proposed Rule Change To Modify the Fees Schedule for the CBOE Stock 
Exchange

March 3, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on February 25, 2011, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated 
(``Exchange'' or ``CBOE'') filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in 
Items I and II 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.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to modify the Fees Schedule for its CBOE 
Stock Exchange (``CBSX''). The text of the proposed rule change is 
available on the Exchange's Web site (http://www.cboe.org/legal), at 
the Exchange's Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission.

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 self-regulatory organization 
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 those 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 parts of such statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and the 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    This filing proposes to make several changes to the CBSX Fees 
Schedule. The Exchange proposes to modify CBSX Maker and Taker 
transaction fees and rebates for transactions in securities priced $1 
or greater. Maker fees and Taker rebates for transactions in a select 
group of stocks (BAC, BIL, BGZ, C, CIM, DXD, FAZ, IAU, LVLT, NBG, PVI, 
QID, SDS, SIRI, SKF, SNV, UDN, UNG, UUP, XLF) will remain unchanged. 
Transactions in securities priced $1 or greater in another select group 
of stocks (AA, AMAT, AMD, ATML, BRCD, BSX, CMCSA, COCO, CSCO, CX, DELL, 
DIA, DOW, DRYS, DUK, EBAY, EMC, EWJ, EWT, FAS, FAX, F, FITB, FLEX, GBG, 
GDX, GE, GLD, GLW, HBAN, HPQ, IDIX, INTC, IWM, IYR, JPM, KEY, LVS, MDT, 
MFE, MGM, MO, MRVL, MSFT, MU, NLY, NOK, NVDA, NWSA, ONNN, ORCL, PBR, 
PFE, PSQ, QCOM, Q, QLD, QQQQ, RF, RFMD, SBUX, S, SH, SLV, SMH, SNDK, 
SPLS, SPXU, SPY, SSO, SYMC, TBT, T, TLT, TNA,TSM, TWM, TXN, TZA, UCO, 
USO, UWM, UYG, VALE, VWO, VXX, VZ, WFC, XHB, XLB, XLE, XLI, XLK, XLP, 
XLU, XLV, XLY, XRT, XRX, YHOO) will incur Maker fees of $0.0009 per 
share and Taker rebates of $0.0006 per share. Transactions in 
securities priced $1 or greater for all other stocks will be assessed a 
$0.0001 fee. The Exchange is customizing transaction by security based 
on CBSX's experience in trades involving those securities.
    The Exchange also proposes to modify transaction fees for cross 
trades that are the stock components of Qualified Contingent Trades. 
The Exchange proposes to eliminate the minimum fee of $1 per trade and 
raise the maximum fee from $15 to $20 in order to encourage more 
submissions of such cross trades on CBSX while recouping more fees to 
cover the Exchange's costs regarding such trades.
    CBSX also proposes to lower the perimeter booth fee for CBSX 
Trading Permit Holders that are not CBSX Market-Makers who use booth 
space on the CBOE trading floor from $350 per month to $195 per month 
to make such fee consistent with the equivalent CBOE fee.
    The Exchange also proposes to raise to trading an average of 
100,000 shares per day over a calendar month the threshold by which 
CBSX Trading Permit Holders may avoid being subject to the Inactivity 
Fee. This proposed change will ensure that CBSX Trading Permit Holders 
are sufficiently active on CBSX.
    Finally, the Exchange proposes to reorganize the notes and 
footnotes in Section 2 to eliminate any possible confusion between the 
two. All of the fee changes described in this proposed rule filing will 
take effect on March 1, 2011.
2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act''),\3\ in general, and furthers 
the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) \4\ of the Act in particular, in that 
it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable 
dues, fees, and other charges among CBOE Trading Permit Holders and 
other persons using Exchange facilities. The Exchange believes that the 
proposed changes to the transaction fees will allow CBSX to remain 
competitive with other exchanges. The elimination of the minimum 
transaction fee for cross trades that are the stock components of 
Qualified Contingent Trades also allows the Exchange to attract more 
transactions to the Exchange, while the increase of the maximum fee for 
such cross trades will provide for a more equitable allocation of fees. 
Reducing the CBSX perimeter booth fee to the same amount charged on 
CBOE also provides for a more equitable allocation of fees. Raising the 
threshold by which CBSX Trading Permit Holders may avoid being subject 
to the Inactivity Fee also provides for a more equitable allocation of 
fees by requiring that CBSX Trading Permit Holders are sufficiently 
active to cover the Exchange's costs of regulating the activity of such 
CBSX Trading Permit Holders.
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    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any 
burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of 
the purposes of the Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for 
Commission Action

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \5\ and paragraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 
thereunder.\6\ At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed 
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change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend 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 purposes of the Act.
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \6\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).
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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:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-CBOE-2011-020 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2011-020. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail 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 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such 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-CBOE-2011-020 and should be 
submitted on or before March 30, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\7\
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    \7\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-5377 Filed 3-8-11; 8:45 am]
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