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6000. QUOTATION, ORDER, AND TRANSACTION REPORTING FACILITIES
6400. QUOTING AND TRADING IN OTC EQUITY SECURITIES
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(a) Terms used in this Rule shall have the same meaning as those defined in the FINRA By-Laws and rules unless otherwise specified herein.
(b) "Direct participation program" or DPP, means a program which provides for flow-through tax consequences regardless of the structure of the legal entity or vehicle for distribution including, but not limited to, oil and gas programs, real estate programs, agricultural programs, cattle programs, condominium securities, Subchapter S corporate offerings and all other programs of a similar nature, regardless of the industry represented by the program, or any combination thereof. A program may be composed of one or more legal entities or programs but when used herein, the term shall mean each of the separate entities or programs making up the overall program and/or the overall program itself. Excluded from this definition are real estate investment trusts, tax qualified pension and profit sharing plans pursuant to Sections 401 and 403(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and individual retirement plans under Section 408 of that Code, tax sheltered annuities pursuant to the provisions of Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, and any company, including separate accounts, registered pursuant to the Investment Company Act.
(c) "Inter-dealer quotation system" shall mean any system of general circulation to brokers or dealers which regularly disseminates quotations of identified brokers or dealers.
(d) "Non-Market Maker" means a member of FINRA that is not an OTC Market Maker with respect to a particular OTC Equity Security.
(e) "Normal market hours" means 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
(f) "OTC Equity Security" means any equity security that is not an "NMS stock" as that term is defined in Rule 600(b)(47) of SEC Regulation NMS; provided, however, that the term "OTC Equity Security" shall not include any Restricted Equity Security.
(g) "OTC Market Maker" means a member of FINRA that holds itself out as a market maker by entering proprietary quotations or indications of interest for a particular OTC Equity Security in any inter-dealer quotation system, including any system that the SEC has qualified pursuant to Section 17B of the Exchange Act. A member is an OTC Market Maker only in those OTC Equity Securities in which it displays market making interest via an inter-dealer quotation system.
(h) "Priced entry" shall mean a quotation consisting of a bid, offer, or both at a specified price.
(i) "Quotation" shall mean any bid or offer at a specified price with respect to an OTC Equity Security, or any indication of interest by a broker or dealer in receiving bids or offers from others for such a security, or any indication by a broker or dealer that it wishes to advertise its general interest in buying or selling a particular non-exchange-listed security.
(j) "Quotation medium" means any inter-dealer quotation system or any publication or electronic communications network or other device that is used by brokers or dealers to make known to others their interest in transactions in any OTC Equity Security, including offers to buy or sell at a stated price or otherwise, or invitations of offers to buy or sell.
(k) "Restricted Equity Security" means any equity security that meets the definition of "restricted security" as contained in Securities Act Rule 144(a)(3).
(l) "Stop Stock Price" means the specified price at which a member and another party agree a Stop Stock Transaction shall be executed, and which price is based upon the prices at which the security is trading at the time the order is received by the member, taking into consideration that the specified price may deviate from the current market prices to factor in the size of the order and the number of shares available at those prices.
(m) "Stop Stock Transaction" means any transaction that meets both of the following conditions:
(1) the transaction is the result of an order in which a member and another party agree that the order shall be executed at a Stop Stock Price or better; and
(2) the order is executed at the Stop Stock Price.
(n) "OTC Reporting Facility" means the service provided by FINRA that accommodates reporting for trades in OTC Equity Securities executed other than on or through an exchange and for trades in Restricted Equity Securities effected under Securities Act Rule 144A and dissemination of last sale reports. Regarding those OTC Equity Securities and Restricted Equity Securities that are not eligible for clearance and settlement through the facilities of the National Securities Clearing Corporation, the OTC Reporting Facility comparison function will not be available. However, the OTC Reporting Facility will support the entry and dissemination, as applicable, of last sale data on such securities.
(o) "OTC Reporting Facility Participant" means any member of FINRA in good standing that uses the OTC Reporting Facility.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2012-027 eff. July 9, 2012.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2010-060 eff. Dec. 15, 2010.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2010-051 eff. Nov. 1, 2010.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2009-061 eff. Nov. 1, 2010.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2010-003 eff. June 28, 2010.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2008-021 eff. Dec. 15, 2008.
Amended by SR-NASD-2005-087 eff. Aug. 1, 2006.
Amended by SR-NASD-2004-151 eff. Oct. 12, 2004.
Amended by SR-NASD-2004-076 eff. May 5, 2004.
Selected Notice: 08-57, 10-24, 10-26.