[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 236 (Thursday, December 8, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 76788-76790]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-31480]


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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-65872; File No. SR-CBOE-2011-113]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed 
Rule Change Related to Trades for Less Than $1

 December 2, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given 
that on November 29, 2011, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated (``Exchange'' or ``CBOE'') filed with the Securities and 
Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') the proposed rule change as 
described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared 
by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated the proposal as a ``non-
controversial'' proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of 
the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\4\ 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.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange is proposing to extend its program that allows 
transactions to take place at a price that is below $1 per option 
contract through June 29, 2012. 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 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 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 
Statutory Basis for, Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    An ``accommodation'' or ``cabinet'' trade refers to trades in 
listed options on the Exchange that are worthless or not actively 
traded. Cabinet trading is generally conducted in accordance with the 
Exchange Rules, except as provided in Exchange Rule 6.54, Accommodation 
Liquidations (Cabinet Trades), which sets forth specific procedures for 
engaging in cabinet trades. Rule 6.54 currently provides for cabinet 
transactions to occur via open outcry at a cabinet price of $1 per 
option contract in any options series open for trading in the Exchange, 
except that the Rule is not applicable to trading in option classes 
participating in the Penny Pilot Program. Under the procedures, bids 
and offers (whether opening or closing a position) at a price of $1 per 
option contract may be represented in the trading crowd by a Floor 
Broker or by a Market-Maker or provided in response to a request by a 
PAR Official/OBO, a Floor Broker or a Market-Maker, but must yield 
priority to all resting orders in the PAR Official/OBO cabinet book 
(which resting cabinet book orders may be closing only). So long as 
both the buyer and the seller yield to orders resting in the cabinet 
book, opening cabinet bids can trade with opening cabinet offers at $1 
per option contract.
    The Exchange has temporarily amended the procedures through 
December 30, 2011 to allow transactions to take place in open outcry at 
a price of at least $0 but less than $1 per option contract.\5\ These 
lower priced transactions are traded pursuant to the same procedures 
applicable to $1 cabinet trades, except that (i) Bids and offers for 
opening transactions are only permitted to accommodate closing 
transactions in order to limit use of the procedure to liquidations of 
existing positions, and (ii) the procedures are also available for 
trading in option

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classes participating in the Penny Pilot Program.\6\ The Exchange 
believes that allowing a price of at least $0 but less than $1 better 
accommodates the closing of options positions in series that are 
worthless or not actively traded, particularly due to market conditions 
which may result in a significant number of series being out-of-the-
money. For example, a market participant might have a long position in 
a call series with a strike price of $100 and the underlying stock 
might now be trading at $30. In such an instance, there might not 
otherwise be a market for that person to close-out the position even at 
the $1 cabinet price (e.g., the series might be quoted no bid).\7\
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 59188 (December 30, 
2008), 74 FR 480 (January 6, 2009) (SR-CBOE-2008-133) (adopting the 
amended procedures on a temporary basis through January 30, 2009), 
59331 (January 30, 2009), 74 FR 6333 (February 6, 2009) (extending 
the amended procedures on a temporary basis through May 29, 2009), 
60020 (June 1, 2009), 74 FR 27220 (June 8, 2009) (SR-CBOE-2009-034) 
(extending the amended procedures on a temporary basis through June 
1, 2010), 62192 (May 28, 2010), 75 FR 31828 (June 4, 2010) (SR-CBOE-
2010-052) (extending the amended procedures on a temporary basis 
through June 1, 2011) and 64403 (May 4, 2011), 76 FR 27110 (May 10, 
2011) (SR-CBOE-2011-048) (extending the amended procedures on a 
temporary basis through December 30, 2011).
    \6\ Currently the $1 cabinet trading procedures are limited to 
options classes traded in $0.05 or $0.10 standard increment. The $1 
cabinet trading procedures are not available in Penny Pilot Program 
classes because in those classes an option series can trade in a 
standard increment as low as $0.01 per share (or $1.00 per option 
contract with a 100 share multiplier). Because the temporary 
procedures allow trading below $0.01 per share (or $1.00 per option 
contract with a 100 share multiplier), the procedures are available 
for all classes, including those classes participating in the Penny 
Pilot Program.
    \7\ As with other accommodation liquidations under Rule 6.54, 
transactions that occur for less than $1 are not be [sic] 
disseminated to the public on the consolidated tape. In addition, as 
with other accommodation liquidations under Rule 6.54, the 
transactions are exempt from the Consolidated Options Audit Trail 
(``COATS'') requirements of Exchange Rule 6.24, Required Order 
Information. However, the Exchange maintains quotation, order and 
transaction information for the transactions in the same format as 
the COATS data is maintained. In this regard, all transactions for 
less than $1 must be reported to the Exchange following the close of 
each business day. The rule also provides that transactions for less 
than $1 will be reported for clearing utilizing forms, formats and 
procedures established by the Exchange from time to time. In this 
regard, the Exchange initially intends to have clearing firms 
directly report the transactions to The Options Clearing Corporation 
(``OCC'') using OCC's position adjustment/transfer procedures. This 
manner of reporting transactions for clearing is similar to the 
procedure that CBOE currently employs for on-floor position transfer 
packages executed pursuant to Exchange Rule 6.49A, Transfer of 
Positions.
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    The purpose of the instant rule change is to extend the operation 
of these temporary procedures through June 29, 2012, so that the 
procedures can continue without interruption while CBOE considers 
whether to seek permanent approval of the temporary procedures.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the Act \8\ and the rules and regulations thereunder and, in 
particular, the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.\9\ 
Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is 
consistent with the Section 6(b)(5) \10\ requirements that the rules of 
an exchange be designed to promote just and equitable principles of 
trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts, to remove 
impediments to and to perfect the mechanism for a free and open market 
and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and 
the public interest. The Exchange believes that allowing for 
liquidations at a price less than $1 per option contract better 
facilitates the closing of options positions that are worthless or not 
actively trading.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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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 that is 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

    The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the 
proposal.

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 self-regulatory 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 \11\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
thereunder.\12\ At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 
proposed rule 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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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \12\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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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 email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-CBOE-2011-113 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.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2011-113. 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 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of CBOE. 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-2011-113 and should be 
submitted on or before December 29, 2011.


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    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\13\
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    \13\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-31480 Filed 12-7-11; 8:45 am]
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