The Exchange proposes to amend C2 Rule 6.13(c) to: (i) Include the side of the market in the RFR message sent to Participants at the start of a COA; and (ii) require RFR Responses to be on the opposite side of the market from the order being auctioned in a COA. C2 believes that these proposed changes will make the COA process more efficient by eliminating the entry of unnecessary RFR Responses that cannot trade with the COA order.9
C2 also believes that this increased efficiency could lead to more meaningful and competitively priced RFR Responses, which could result in better prices for customers.10
After careful consideration of the proposed rule change, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.11
The Commission believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act, in general, and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,12
in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. More specifically, the Commission believes that the proposal could improve the efficiency of the COA process by eliminating unnecessary RFR Responses, which otherwise would been rejected automatically by C2's trading system.IV. Conclusion
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,13
that the proposed rule change (SR-C2-2012-030) is approved.
1417 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
Kevin M. O'Neill,