Most of the indices on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange started Tuesday trading with modest losses. About 90 minutes into the session, the TA Composite Index stood at 1,265.22, down .37 percent from Monday's close, while the TA 100 declined .38 percent to 1,265.80, including a drop of four tenths of a percent to 1,405.92 by the TA 25 most-widely-invested issues. The stocks outside the TA 100 stood at 1,080.70, down .19 percent.
Leading the gainers was the communications index, which rose .13 percent to 804.64, followed by the real-estate issues, which stood at 395.45, up .01 percent. The bank stocks fell .24 percent to 1,321.17 as the financial institutions stood at 1,273.25, down .28 percent, including a loss of seven tenths of a percent to 1,515.60 by the insurance index. Most of the technology issues stood at 342.85, down three tenths of a percent, and the biomed stocks sagged .48 percent to 945.49, while the oil and natural-gas index stood at 1,374.44, down .58 percent.