Israel stocks higher at close of trade; TA 35 up 0.61%
Israel stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Insurance, Biomed and Real Estate sectors led shares higher.At the close in Tel Aviv, the TA 35 gained 0.61%.The best performers of the session on the TA 35 were Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Corp Ltd (TASE:BEZQ), which rose 7.77% or 19.1 points to trade at 265.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Liveperson (TASE:LPSN) added 5.71% or 561 points to end at 10390 and Phoenix Holdings Ltd (TASE:PHOE1) was up 3.88% or 85 points to 2275 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were Delek Drilling LP (TASE:DEDRp), which fell 1.41% or 15 points to trade at 1052 at the close. Alony Hetz Properties and Investments Ltd (TASE:ALHE) declined 1.19% or 56 points to end at 4644 and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TASE:TEVA) was down 1.06% or 32 points to 2996.Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by 239 to 137 and 36 ended unchanged.Crude oil for August delivery was up 5.41% or 2.92 to $56.89 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 4.14% or 2.56 to hit $64.38 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 3.00% or 40.45 to trade at $1389.25 a troy ounce.USD/ILS was up 0.21% to 3.5940, while EUR/ILS rose 0.78% to 4.0570.The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.39% at 96.210.