Most of the indices on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange started Tuesday-morning trading with modest losses. About an hour into the session, the TA Composite Index stood at 1,271.94, down .07 percent, while the TA 100 slipped .08 percent to 1,270.52, including a drop of .06 percent to 1,375.74 by the TA 25 most-widely-invested issues. The stocks outside the TA 100 were virtually unchanged at 1,089.90.
Leading the gainers was the insurance index, which rose .35 percent to 1,545.03 as the financial institutions stood at 1,264.91, down .08 percent, including a loss of .15 percent to 1,285.00 by the bank issues. The Maala organization's list of socially-responsible sustainable-growth countries stood at 1,192.56, up a tenth of a percent, while a loss of a tenth of a percent meant a posting of 737.80 for the communications stocks and a posting of 393.75 for the real-estate index. The oil and natural-gas issues fell .14 percent to 1,294.15 while the biomed stocks stood at 1,173.34, down two tenths of a percent, and the rest of the technology index was off .26 percent at 359.57.