Most of the indices on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange started Tuesday trading with slight gains. About 80 minutes into the session, the TA Composite Index stood at 1,163.77, up .06 percent, while the TA 100 edged up .02 percent to 1,157.12, with the TA 25 most-widely-invested issues virtually unchanged at 1,280.56. The stocks outside the TA 100 stood at 1,112.18, up .95 percent.
Leading the way was the communications index, which climbed 1.3 percent to 787.64, followed by the insurance issues, which stood at 1.484.93, up .51 percent as the financial institutions rose two tenths of a percent to 1,205.72, including a tenth-of-a-percent advance to 1,231.30 by the bank stocks. The biomed index gained .32 percent to 1,032.88 while the rest of the technology issues stood at 333.68, up .11 percent. The oil and natural-gas stocks rose .33 percent to 1,289.06 after Bazan oil-refinery shares started to come back from an opening that saw their price dive more than 16 percent against the backdrop of what the Globes business publication called its inability to meet certain agreements with financing bodies.