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IM-6660-1. Factors to be Considered When Initiating a Trading and Quotation Halt

This rule is no longer applicable. NASD IM-6660-1 has been superseded by FINRA Rule 6460. Please consult the appropriate FINRA Rule.

NASD may impose a trading and quotation halt in an OTC Equity Security pursuant to Rule 6660(a)(3) where NASD determines, in its discretion, based on the facts and circumstances of the particular event, that halting trading in the security is the appropriate mechanism to protect investors and ensure a fair and orderly marketplace. As a general matter, NASD does not favor imposing a trading and quotation halt in an OTC Equity Security and will exercise this authority in very limited circumstances. In determining whether to impose a trading halt under Rule 6660(a)(3), NASD will consider several factors in making its determination, including but not limited to: (1) the material nature of the event; (2) the material facts surrounding the event are undisputed and not in conflict; (3) the event has caused widespread confusion in the trading of the security; (4) there has been a material negative effect on the market for the subject security; (5) the potential exists for a major disruption to the marketplace; (6) there is significant uncertainty in the settlement and clearance process for the security; and/or (7) such other factors as NASD deems relevant in making its determination. NASD may review all or some of these factors as it determines appropriate.
Adopted by SR-NASD-2006-039 eff. March 16, 2007.

Selected Notices: 07-09, 07-22