Prices slipped in the opening minutes Monday morning's trading at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The TA composite index stood at 1,012.87, down .15 percent, while the TA 100 declined .18 percent to 1,022.82, including a .33 percent drop to 1,125.12 by the Maof 25 most-widely-invested issues. The 50 stocks outside the TA 100 rose .31 percent to 361.38.
Leading the gainers were the oil and gas stocks, which rose .29 percent to 1,277.94. Most of the technology index posted an average start of 292.31, up .18 percent, including a .13 advance to 765.41 by the biotechnology issues. With the insurance stocks rising a tenth of a percent to 1,063.69, the financial institutions started at 930.19, down .26, including a .49 percent drop to 1,009 by the bank index. The communications issues declined two tenths of a percent to 715.02 and the real estate index opened at 285.70, down .37 percent.