Against the backdrop of the security situation in Syria, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange opened Tuesday morning trading with modest to moderate losses. About half an hour into the session, the TA Composite Index stood at 1,078.20, down eight tenths of a percent. The same percentage loss meant a posting of 1,073.40 for the TA 100, including a drop of .72 percent to 1,175.88 for the TA 25 most-widely-invested issues. The stocks outside the TA 100 stood at 993.79, down 1.24 percent.
Worst hit was the insurance index, which fell 2.29 percent to 1,305.66, as the financial institutions stood at 1,083.51, down 1.55 percent, including a loss of 1.14 percent to 1,103.91 by the bank issues. The oil and natural-gas stocks stood at 1,185.92, down 1.84 percent, and the communications stocks declined 1.36 percent to 661.24. The real-estate index stood at 348.62, down 1.29 percent, and most of the technology issues lost .91 percent to 316.39, while the biomed stocks stood at 968.40, down .86 percent.