The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange opened Monday-morning trading with modest gains. About a quarter of an hour into the session, the TA Composite Index stood at 1,078.36, up .37 percent, while the TA 100 rose .38 percent to 1,075.52, including a gain of .32 percent by the TA 25 most-widely-invested issues. The stocks outside the TA 100 stood at 964.62, up .08 percent.
Leading the way was the bank index, which climbed .81 percent to 1,130.18 as the financial institutions stood at 1,109.92, up .59 percent, including an advance of .09 percent to 1,330.21 by the insurance issues. The real-estate stocks stood at 348.42 up .67 percent, followed by the communications index, which gained .48 percent to 564.16. The oil and natural-gas issues stood at 1,124.48, up .41 percent, followed by most of the technology stocks at 313.09, up .38 percent, while the biomed issues rose .22 percent to 851.98.