SR-NASD-2006-099

Proposed Amendments to the Procedures for Exercise of Options in Rule 2860

NASD is filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) a proposed rule change to amend Rule 2860(b)(23) (Tendering Procedures for Exercise of Options) to: (1) simplify the manner in which a Contrary Exercise Advice (“CEA”) is submitted; (2) extend by one hour the cut-off time by which members must submit CEA notices; (3) add procedures for exercising a standardized equity option when a modified close of trading is announced; and (4) consolidate all provisions pertaining to the exercise of standardized options contracts into Rule 2860(b)(23) instead of having additional and overlapping provisions in Rule 11850 (Tendering Procedures for Exercise of Options) as is currently the case.