Most of the indices on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange started Tuesday trading with modest losses. About an hour and a half into the session, the TA Composite Index stood at 1,074.04, down .02 percent, while the TA 100 slipped .03 percent to 1,078.92, despite a .01 percent rise by the TA 25 most-widely-invested issues. The 50 stocks just outside the TA 100 rose .07 percent to 429.90.
The oil and natural-gas index led the gainers, rising .51 percent to 1,177.58, followed by the real-estate index, which stood at 317.80, up .22 percent. The biomed stocks declined .08 percent to 819.17, while the rest of the technology index stood at 329.63, down .58 percent. The bank issues fell .14 percent to 1,178.90 as the financial institutions stood at 1,096.60, down .24 percent, including a .29-percent drop to 1,177.29 by the insurance stocks, and the communications index stood at 514.15, down .62 percent.