Most of the indices on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange started Tuesday-morning trading with modest gains. Just before noon, the TA Composite Index stood at 1,244.63, up .36 percent from Monday's close, while the same percentage gain meant a posting of 1,247.08 for the TA 100, including an advance of three tenths of one percent to 1,379.25 by the TA 25 most-widely-invested issues. The stocks outside the TA 100 stood at 1,052.32, up .52 percent.
Leading the way was the Maala organization's list of socially-responsible sustained-growth companies, which rose .66 percent to 1,154.91, followed by most of the technology index, which stood at 325.21, up .62 percent, while the biomed issues advanced .12 percent to 984.08. The insurance stocks stood at 1,496.03, up six tenths of a percent, as the financial institutions gained .36 percent to 1,274.42, including a rise of .31 percent to 1,314.48 by the bank index. The same percentage gain meant a posting of 1,387.44 for the oil and natural-gas issues, while the real-estate issues rose .49 percent to 390.76 and the communications stocks declined three tenths of a percent to 802.36.