The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange opened the trading week, Sunday, with gains ranging from moderate to sharp in light trading. The TA Composite Index closed at 1,047.37, up a percent, while the TA 100 climbed 1.08 percent to 1,056.44, including a 1.41-percent jump to 1,198.38 by the Maof 25 most-widely-invested issues.
Leading the gainers were the oil and natural gas stocks, which jumped 2.38 percent to 1,067.76, followed by the bank index, which finished the day at 1,085.61, up 1.96 percent, as the financial institutions rose .97 percent to 983.76, tempered by a three-quarters-of-a-percent loss by the insurance issues. The communications and media stocks climbed 1.46 percent to 520.0, while the real estate index finished the day at 279.04, up .84 percent. The Ma'ala organization's index of socially-responsible companies rose six tenths of a percent to 836.66, while most of the technology issues closed at 339.85, up .26 percent, and the biomed stocks edged up .03 percent to 761.22.