Israel shares lower at close of trade; TA 35 down 0.53%

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Israel shares lower at close of trade; TA 35 down 0.53%
Credit: © Reuters. – Israel equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Communication , Oil & Gas and Insurance sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tel Aviv, the TA 35 declined 0.53%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the TA 35 were Tower Semiconductor Ltd (TA: TSEM ), which rose 1.88% or 125 points to trade at 6760 at the close. Mizrahi Tefahot (TA: MZTF ) added 0.50% or 34 points to end at 6900 and Azrieli Group Ltd (TA: AZRG ) was up 0.50% or 100 points to 20050 in late trade.

Biggest losers included OPKO Health Inc (TA: OPK ), which lost 2.42% or 25 points to trade at 1009 in late trade. Israel Corp (TA: ILCO ) declined 2.40% or 2500 points to end at 101600 and Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Corp Ltd (TA: BEZQ ) shed 2.37% or 7.8 points to 321.7.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 222 to 160 and 32 ended unchanged on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.61% or 0.35 to $56.81 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.34% or 0.23 to hit $66.85 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 1.07% or 14.45 to trade at $1333.45 a troy ounce.

USD/ILS was up 0.40% to 3.6219, while EUR/ILS rose 0.43% to 4.1066.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 96.412.

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