Most of the indices on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange started Monday-morning trading in the negative column, following losses elsewhere in the world on Friday and in Israel on Sunday. A few minutes into the session the TA Composite index stood at 948.25, down .28 percent, while the TA 100 was down three tenths of a percent at 955.89, including a .32 percent decline to 1,037.31 by the Maof 25 most-widely invested issues. The 50 stocks outside the TA 100 rose .12 percent to 346.51.
The same percentage gain meant an opening posting of 868.96 by the banking index and the insurance issues rose .15 percent to 925.99, but overall, the financial institutions slipped a tenth of a percent to 809.75. The biomed stocks were down 12 percent at 703.72, while the rest of the technology index declined .31 percent to 331.25. The real estate issues stood at 267.48, down .54 percent, while the oil and natural gas stocks slumped .63 percent to 1,089.06. The communications and media stocks were the worst hit, falling 1.01 percent to 446.77