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Novo Slides as Obesity Drug Competition Fears Rises

Novo Nordisk A/S shares fell as a US rival’s comments on an experimental obesity drug gave rise to concerns about potential new competition in the rapidly growing field.

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Amgen chief executive ‘very encouraged’ by MariTide study

Novo falls for second day after Wegovy sales underwhelmed

The stock slid as much as 5.3% after Amgen Inc.’s chief executive officer said he was “very encouraged” by early results from a study of MariTide. That followed Thursday’s 2.7% drop after Denmark’s Novo reported sales of its Wegovy weight-loss drug that missed analysts’ elevated estimates.

Optimism over soaring sales of the Wegovy and Ozempic drugs has seen Novo’s market capitalization surpass $500 billion this year, reinforcing its position as Europe’s most valuable listed company. The stock has more than quadrupled since the start of 2020.


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