The ASX 200 managed to regain some early losses, and closed the day just 0.40% lower.

The Energy sector shed almost 3%, as investors locked in profits after the XEJ index hit a one-year peak yesterday.

This comes as oil prices rose another 1% overnight, with Brent price now at $US95.06 a barrel and well on its way to US$100 for the first time since 2014.

OPEC is trying its best to calm the markets, with Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo telling reporters the cartel is working behind the scenes to ensure ample supply of oil globally.

Gold is the other commodity that’s been spiking recently on war concerns. The spot gold price is currently trading around $US1867 an ounce, its highest level since mid November. Nice.

Meanwhile, the ASX Tech sector was the best performing sector today, up 1.5%, which helped steady the ship.

In corporate news, BHP (ASX:BHP) declared a record interim dividend of $US1.50 a share (up from US$1.01 a year ago), as profits soared by 144% (on pcp) in the first half to $9.44bn.

It was the largest interim dividend in its history, dropping $10.7 billion into the pockets of shareholders less than a month after unifying its structure to combine its Australian and British companies into a single $250 billion capped Aussie miner.

Despite the announcement, BHP slumped 0.3% today.

BIG CAP WINNERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
SGM Sims Limited 16.95 13.1% 2,176,708 $2,962,143,156
BXB Brambles Limited 10.05 6.7% 12,017,001 $13,514,252,063
SEK Seek Limited 29.56 6.4% 1,627,962 $9,831,902,878
ZIM Zimplats Holding Ltd 25.2 5.5% 25,955 $2,571,463,435
SQ2 Block 157.39 4.8% 498,373 $14,320,999,793
IFT Infratil Limited 7.39 3.9% 13,899 $5,155,989,806
JBH JB Hi-Fi Limited 53.63 3.7% 682,253 $5,940,619,166
SLR Silver Lake Resource 1.72 3.3% 7,651,520 $1,519,325,773
NAN Nanosonics Limited 4.77 3.2% 797,490 $1,394,218,070
BEN Bendigo and Adelaide 9.94 2.8% 5,739,666 $5,423,118,589
DOW Downer EDI Limited 5.46 2.6% 5,065,772 $3,637,092,092
ALU Altium Limited 34.83 2.5% 439,967 $4,466,004,376
MPL Medibank Private Ltd 3.26 2.5% 5,933,374 $8,757,730,303
DXS Dexus 10.41 2.5% 2,643,876 $10,927,742,899
GMG Goodman Group 23.37 2.4% 3,084,005 $42,632,839,937
MP1 Megaport Limited 13.76 2.3% 668,957 $2,122,245,681
SKC Skycity Ent Grp Ltd 2.76 2.2% 367,477 $2,052,554,064
NWL Netwealth Group 14.88 2.2% 288,694 $3,549,914,383
APX Appen Limited 8.49 2.2% 932,220 $1,022,752,552

Recycling specialist Sims Ltd (ASX:SGM) jumped 16% after delivering revenue $4.26b, up 73.9% on pcp. Bottom line EBIT was $361.7m, up a massive 541% on pcp.

Human resources specialist Seek Ltd (ASX:SEK) was also up 6%, after declaring its highest dividend in three years. Seek’s sales revenue rose 59% on pcp to $517.2m, and profit from continuing operations was up 152% to $126.7m.

BIG CAP LOSERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
BPT Beach Energy Limited 1.46 -10.2% 29,776,379 $3,707,167,191
AVZ AVZ Minerals Ltd 0.735 -9.3% 35,168,674 $2,796,171,095
CHN Chalice Mining Ltd 7.5 -9.1% 3,110,897 $2,928,943,661
SWM Seven West Media Ltd 0.675 -8.8% 14,027,577 $1,176,687,497
ASM Ausstratmaterials 7.84 -5.2% 396,603 $1,153,714,670
MGH Maas Group Holdings 4.25 -5.1% 381,300 $1,317,206,791
FMG Fortescue Metals Grp 21.59 -5.1% 11,028,776 $70,046,451,885
CXO Core Lithium 0.755 -5.0% 20,884,245 $1,346,991,753
MIN Mineral Resources. 48.64 -4.9% 1,962,964 $9,663,465,297
BRN Brainchip Ltd 1.41 -4.7% 30,299,943 $2,537,255,973
TLX Telix Pharmaceutical 5.83 -4.4% 1,263,418 $1,880,021,104
GQG GQG Partners 1.52 -4.4% 638,485 $4,694,960,640
RMD ResMed Inc. 32.6 -4.4% 1,110,137 $14,052,945,586
CIA Champion Iron Ltd 6.8 -4.4% 2,232,463 $3,602,010,438
KAR Karoon Energy Ltd 1.9 -4.3% 2,312,311 $1,104,392,247
NHC New Hope Corporation 2.48 -4.2% 2,226,075 $2,155,804,842
CRN Coronado Global Res 1.47 -4.2% 2,300,454 $2,573,356,476
PDN Paladin Energy Ltd 0.695 -4.1% 8,489,890 $1,942,232,216

Beach Energy (ASX:BPT) lost over 10%, just a day after jumping 10% on the back of strong net profit for the first half.

Protective equipment maker Ansell (ASX:ANN) dropped as EBIT fell 24% to US$111m despite a 7.6% increase in sales to around US$1bn for the half. The company said that its medical glove margins will fall over the coming year.