NASD Notice to Members 00-65 - September 2000 

Nasdaq is Establishing the Primex Auction System as a New Facility

Executive Summary

The National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD®) and Nasdaq® Boards have agreed to establish the Primex Auction SystemTM, a new trading system designed to replicate a competitive trading crowd in an extended electronic environment. Nasdaq will operate the system as a facility of The Nasdaq Stock Market® under an agreement between Nasdaq and Primex Trading N.A., L.L.C., the venture that holds the license to the system. Nasdaq is offering the system as an additional execution service to any NASD member, further enhancing opportunities for price and size improvement. The system, which is scheduled to start operating at the end of the first quarter of 2001, will be available for Nasdaq-listed securities and exchange-listed securities traded in the Nasdaq InterMarket.SM


If you have questions or comments on how the Primex Auction System will operate, please contact Eugene Lopez, Senior Vice President, Department of Trading and Market Services, Nasdaq, at (202) 728-6998; or Richard C. Strasser, Director, Department of Trading and Market Services, Nasdaq, at (202) 728-8338 no later than October 16, 2000.