[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 223 (Wednesday, November 19, 2003)]
[Pages 65332-65333]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-28893]



[Release No. 34-48774; File No. SR-CSE-2003-12]

Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate 
Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by The Cincinnati Stock Exchange, 
Inc. and Amendment No. 1 To Change Its Name to National Stock Exchange

November 12, 2003.
    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 5, 2003, The Cincinnati Stock Exchange, Inc. (``CSE'' 
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 CSE. On November 
12, 2003, the Exchange filed an amendment to the proposed rule 
change.\3\ The Exchange filed the proposal pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \4\ and has designated the proposed rule 
change as one being concerned solely with the administration of the 
Exchange under Rule 19b-4(f)(3) of the Act,\5\ which renders the 
proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is 
publishing this notice to solicit comment on the proposed rule

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change, as amended, from interested persons.

    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 781(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ See November 12, 2003 letter from Jennifer M. Lamie, 
Assistant General Counsel and Secretary, CSE, to Katherine A. 
England, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, 
Commission (``Amendment No. 1''). In Amendment No. 1, the CSE 
replaces ``involves a member due, fee or other charge'' with ``is 
concerned solely with the administration of the Exchange'' in Item 
III below, to bring it into conformity with Rule 19b-4(f)(3) under 
the Act. 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(3).
    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 781(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \5\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(3).

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend its Amended Articles of 
Incorporation, By-Laws and Rules to change the name of the Exchange to 
National Stock Exchange\SM\. The text of the proposed rule change is 
available at the CSE 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 CSE 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 CSE 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, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    First organized in 1885, the CSE operated as a floor-based exchange 
in Cincinnati, Ohio, into the mid-1970s. The Exchange thereafter 
developed and implemented an electronic exchange that has been in 
operation for over 20 years. In 1988, the CSE engaged the Chicago Board 
Options Exchange as its systems facilities manager and, thereafter, the 
CSE determined to move its headquarters to Chicago in the early 1990s.
    Today, with enhancements in technology, orders and quotations are 
sent to the Exchange from all over the country, and the Exchange trades 
securities listed in the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock 
Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market. In keeping with this expanding 
role, the members of the Exchange and its Board of Trustees have deemed 
it advisable that the name of the Exchange be changed from The 
Cincinnati Stock Exchange to National Stock Exchange.
    The three documents that need to be revised to accomplish and 
reflect the name change are the Exchange's Amended Articles of 
Incorporation, By-Laws and Rules. The Exchange represents that the 
filing reflects a name change only and does not affect the manner of 
the Exchange's operations and governance structure.
2. Statutory Basis
    The CSE believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
Section 6(b)(1) of the Act \6\ in that it helps to assure that the 
Exchange is so organized and has the capacity to be able to carry out 
the purposes of the Act and to comply, and to enforce compliance by its 
members, with the Act.

    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(1).

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

    The members of the Exchange approved the name change at a special 
membership meeting held on October 23, 2003 pursuant to Article II, 
Section 10.2 of the Exchange's By-Laws.

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

    The proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \7\ and subparagraph (f)(3) of Rule 19b-4, 
thereunder,\8\ because it is concerned solely with the administration 
of the exchange. At any time within sixty (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 purposes of the Act.

    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \8\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(3).

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. Persons making written submissions 
should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and 
Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20549-0609. 
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 inspection and copying in the 
Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing will also be 
available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the 
Exchange. All submissions should refer to file number SR-CSE-2003-12 
and should be submitted by December 10, 2003.

    For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to the delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 03-28893 Filed 11-18-03; 8:45 am]