Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Exchange proposes to adopt a specific zone (each a "Zone" or collectively, the "Zones") requirement for floor brokers in equities and ETFs on the trading floor. The text of the proposed rule change is available on Exchange's Web site (
In its filing with the Commission, Amex 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. Amex has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.
The Exchange proposes to amend the AEMI Rules
The Exchange proposes, in Rule 1A--AEMI, to establish three trading Zones to reflect the specific identifiable areas on the trading floor where floor brokers are able to conduct business at each post/panel within the Zone. A floor broker will be considered to be in the Zone if he or she is physically present in the area set forth as part of that Zone. The Exchange believes that designating specific Zones on the trading floor will serve to distinguish the areas that benefit the interaction among the members on the trading floor. The Exchange proposes to require that a floor broker submitting a Crowd Order must be within the same Zone as where he is submitting the Crowd Order.
As noted above, a floor broker, upon leaving a crowd or logging out of his system, must either: (i) Cancel all crowd orders in the AEMI Book for securities in the crowd he is leaving, (ii) electronically submit the orders in the form of percentage or limit order to the Specialist for handling, or (iii) electronically route the crowd order to another floor broker in the crowd, via his hand held terminal.
AEMI securities are traded on the Main Trading Floor, the Mezzanine, and the ground floor of the Exchange, which is called Harry's. In this regard, the Exchange proposes to designate Zones in only those three areas of the Trading Floor. The Main Trading Floor shall be designated as Zone A, the Mezzanine as Zone B, and Harry's as Zone C.
The Exchange intends to disseminate to its members an information circular identifying the specific areas comprising each Zone.
The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act
The proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change.
Because the proposed rule change: (i) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) by its terms, does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act
Amex has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest.
At any time within 60 days of the filing of the 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 the furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
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:
* Use the Commission's Internet comment form (
* Send an e-mail to
* Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.