Most of the indices on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange opened Tuesday trading with modest to positive gains. About half an hour into the session, the TA Composite Index stood at 1,081.79, up .28 percent, while the TA 100 rose .29 percent to 1,089.68, including a .38-percent gain to 1,234.28 by the Maof 25 most-widely-invested issues.
Leading the way were the insurance stocks, which climbed 1.29 percent to 1,129.63 as the financial institutions stood at 1,027.90, up .64 percent, including a .67-percent rise to 1,127.28 by the bank index. The Ma'ala organization's list of socially-responsible companies stood at 878.00, up .95 percent, followed by the real-estate issues, which rose .82 percent to 298.19. The communications and media stocks stood at 546.89, up .72 percent, followed by most of the technology index, which rose four tenths of a percent to 349.95, while the biomed issues declined .65 percent to 797.52. The oil and natural-gas stocks advanced a quarter of a percent to 1,141.35.