Most of the indices on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange opened Tuesday trading with modest losses. About 35 minutes into the session, the TA Composite Index stood at 1,102.71, down three tenths of a percent, while the TA 100 declined .31 percent to 1,098.56, including a drop of .28 percent to 1,205.46 by the TA 25 most-widely-invested issues. The stocks outside the TA 100 stood at 1,015.51, up .01 percent.
Leading the gainers was the oil and natural-gas index, which rose .91 percent to 1,244.04, followed by the biomed issues, which stood at 951.34, up .27 percent, while the rest of the technology stocks declined an average of .51 percent to 319.98, and the Ma'ala organization's list of socially responsible, sustainable growth companies edged up .08 percent to 1,045.65. The real-estate index stood at 360.93, down a quarter of a percent, while the bank issues lost .33 percent to 1,136.43 as the financial institutions stood at 1,127.07, down .36 percent, including a drop of .34 percent to 1,371.75 by the insurance stocks. The communications index stood at 702.88, down .61 percent.