Most of the indices on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange started Tuesday trading with slight losses. Around noon the TA Composite Index stood at 1,264.76, down a tenth of a percent from Monday's close, while the TA 100 declined .12 percent to 1,264.36, including a drop of .13 percent to 1,402.92 by the the TA 25 most-widely-invested issues. The stocks outside the TA 100 stood at 1,083.99, up .32 percent.
Leading the gainers was the oil and natural-gas index, which rose .37 percent to 1,368.82, followed by the communications issues, which stood at 817.51, up .22 percent. The bank stocks slipped .06 percent to 1,309.08 as the financial institutions stood at 1,265.46, down .18 percent, including a loss of two tenths of a percent to 1,527.23 by the insurance index. Most of the technology issues stood at 338.38, down .09 percent, while the biomed issues fell .53 percent to 924.45 and the real-estate stocks stood at 399.35, down .26 percent.