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Israel stocks lower at close of trade; TA 35 down 0.65% – Israel stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Communication, Technology and Biomed sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tel Aviv, the TA 35 lost 0.65%.

The best performers of the session on the TA 35 were Bank Hapoalim (TASE:POLI), which rose 1.43% or 49 points to trade at 3475 at the close. Meanwhile, Strauss Group (TASE:STRS) added 1.30% or 130 points to end at 10150 and Amot Investments Ltd (TASE:AMOT) was up 1.20% or 33 points to 2793 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nova (TASE:NVMI), which fell 5.82% or 2530 points to trade at 40960 at the close. Liveperson (TASE:LPSN) declined 2.99% or 310 points to end at 10050 and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TASE:TEVA) was down 2.94% or 83 points to 2744.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by 274 to 211 and 36 ended unchanged.

Shares in Strauss Group (TASE:STRS) rose to 52-week highs; rising 1.30% or 130 to 10150.

Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.51% or 1.28 to $86.11 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 1.55% or 1.36 to hit $88.87 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 1.70% or 30.85 to trade at $1843.25 a troy ounce.

USD/ILS was down 0.00% to 3.1305, while EUR/ILS rose 0.28% to 3.5550.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.24% at 95.490.


FILE PHOTO – A plane flys above an electronic board displaying market data outiside the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, in Tel Aviv, Israel January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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