[Federal Register: June 27, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 124)]
[Notices]
[Page 34693-34694]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION


Chicago Board of Trade Proposed Futures and Option Contracts on
the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index

AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability of the terms and conditions of proposed
commodity futures and option contracts.

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SUMMARY: The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT or Exchange) has applied for
designation as a contract market in futures and futures options on the
Dow Jones Industrial Average Index. The Acting Director of the Division
of Economic Analysis (Division) of the Commission, acting pursuant to
the authority delegated by Commission Regulation 140.96, has determined
that publication of the proposal for comment is in the public interest,
will assist the Commission in considering the views of interested
persons, and is consistent

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with the purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 14, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons should submit their views and comments to
Jean A. Webb, Secretary, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three
Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st St., NW, Washington, DC 20581. In addition,
comments may be sent by facsimile transmission to (202) 418-5521 or by
electronic mail to [email protected] Reference should be made to the
Chicago Board of Trade Dow Jones Industrial Average Index futures and
option contracts.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact Thomas Leahy of the
Division of Economic Analysis, Commodity Futures Trading Commission,
Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st St., NW, Washington, DC 20581,
telephone 202-418-5278. Facsimile number (202) 418-5527. Electronic
mail [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In its application, the CBOT requested an
abbreviated 15-day public comment period. In that regard, the CBOT
noted that the proposed Dow Jones Industrial Average Index futures and
option contracts are very similar in nature to the Major Market Index
(MMI) futures and option contracts currently traded at the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange, since the MMI Index underlying those contracts was
originally created to mimic movements in the value of the Dow Jones
Industrial Average. As a result, the CBOT stated that the two indices
have displayed a high historical correlation in their price movements.
The Division believes that, for the reasons presented by the CBOT, a
15-day comment period is appropriate for these CBOT applications.
    Copies of the terms and conditions will be available for inspection
at the Office of the Secretariat, Commodity Futures Trading Commission,
Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st St., NW, Washington, DC 20581. Copies
of the terms and conditions can be obtained through the Office of the
Secretariat by mail at the above address, by phone at (202) 418-5100,
or via the Internet on the CFTC website at www.cftc.gov under ``What's
Pending.'' .
    Other materials submitted by the CBOT in support of the application
for contract market designation may be available upon request pursuant
to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and the Commission's
regulations thereunder (17 CFR part 145 (1987)), except to the extent
they are entitled to confidential treatment as set forth in 17 CFR
145.5 and 145.9. Requests for copies of such materials should be made
to the FOI, Privacy and Sunshine Act Compliance Staff of the Office of
the Secretariat at the Commission's headquarters in accordance with 17
CFR 145.7 and 145.8.
    Any person interested in submitting written data, views, or
arguments on the proposed terms and conditions, or with respect to
other materials submitted by the CBOT, should send such comments to
Jean A. Webb, Secretary, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three
Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st St., NW, Washington, DC 20581 by the
specified date.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 20, 1997.
John R. Mielke,
Acting Director.
[FR Doc. 97-16825 Filed 6-26-97; 8:45 am]
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