|Bid||221.25 x 30200|
|Ask||222.00 x 81800|
|Day's range||219.26 - 227.50|
|52-week range||87.80 - 239.25|
|PE ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Forward dividend & yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y target est||N/A|
The Dutch government on Thursday proposed legislation that would give it power to block or undo mergers in the telecommunications sector. The Netherlands is gearing up for a national election on March 15 in which the ruling conservative VVD Party is facing a strong challenge from the far-right nationalist Party for Freedom of Geert Wilders. In a statement, the Economic Affairs Ministry said telecommunications, including data hosting centres and other Internet infrastructure, was vital to national security and the law was permissible under European Union rules.
The troubled cyber-security firm NCC Group (LSE: NCC.L - news) will announce on Thursday that one of the longest-serving chairmen of a listed UK company is stepping down following a pre-Christmas profit alert. Sky News has learnt that Paul Mitchell, who has chaired NCC (BSE: NCC6.BO - news) since 1999, is to depart in the coming months amid shareholder concerns about the company's performance. NCC, which counts many of Britain's biggest businesses among its clients, is understood to be planning to announce Mr Mitchell's departure alongside its interim results.