Following Sunday's Purim holiday, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange opened Monday-morning trading with modest gains. About 90 minutes into the session, the TA Composite Index stood at 1,272.10, up .26 percent, while the TA 100 rose a quarter of a percent to 1,270.67, including a gain of .28 percent to 1,377.08 by the TA 25 most-widely-invested issues. The stocks outside the TA 100 stood at 1,090.07, up .19 percent.
Leading the gainers was the real-estate index, which rose .71 percent to 393.51. The insurance issues stood at 1,521.41, up .69 percent, as the financial institutions advanced .24 percent to 1,261.56, reflecting a slip of .05 percent to 1,290.55 by the bank stocks. Most of the technology index stood at 359.32, down .08 percent, the same percentage decline meaning a posting of 1,173.99 by the biomed issues. The communications stocks stood at 739.79, down .14 percent, while the oil and natural-gas index fell .22 percent to 1,296.65.