Most of the indices on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange opened Tuesday morning trading with modest gains. About 50 minutes into the session, the TA Composite Index stood at 1,176.07, up three tenths of a percent, while the TA 100 rose .31 percent to 1,171.46, including a .36-percent gain to 1,300,50 by the TA 25 most-widely-invested issues. The stocks outside the TA 100 stood at 1,088.54, up .34 percent.
Leading the gainers was the biomed index, which advanced .92 percent to 1,059.63, while the rest of the technology issues stood at 332.59, up three tenths of a percent. Following Monday's 5.61-percent fall - led by Shemen Oil and Gas's 87-percent drop over news of the dry Yam-3 rig - the oil and natural-gas stocks gained .64 percent to 1,225.39. The financial institutions stood at 1,221.44. Gains of four tenths of a percent meant a posting of 1,487.34 for the insurance index and 1,250.31 for the bank issues. The real-estate stocks stood at 368.69, up .19 percent, and the communications index declined .62 percent to 794.42.