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Bridgewater Associates founder, president and CIO Ray Dalio. Photo: David A.Grogan/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Bridgewater Associates bet more than $1 billion that either the S&P 500, the Euro Stoxx 50 or both will fail by March, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: The massive wager is one of a growing number of bearish trades as stock markets reach new highs and as some investors worry about a correction. It's also caused the price of some options to rise.

What to watch: March 2020 is well into the Democratic primaries. If Sen. Elizabeth Warren wins the Democratic nomination or the presidency, some financial predictions show markets will fall.

  • As Axios' Dan Primack has reported, Warren has put a bullseye on Wall Street, private equity and her overall fight against corporations.

Bridgewater declined to comment on its trades to WSJ: "We have no positions that are intended to either hedge or bet on any potential political developments in the U.S."

  • Its founder, Ray Dalio, tweeted later on Friday that the article is "wrong": "I want to make clear that we don’t have any such net bet that the stock market will fall."

Go deeper: Elizabeth Warren's frontrunner status is bad news for private equity

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include a tweet from Bridgewater founder Ray Dalio.

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Pacific Northwest's hottest weather on record takes aim this weekend

Computer model projection showing the jet stream winds and "misery index" of surface temperatures on June 27, 2021. (Earth.nullschool.net). The circulation of jet stream winds shows the location of the "heat dome" over the Pacific Northwest.

A "historic" and potentially deadly heat wave is on tap for the Pacific Northwest into southwestern Canada this weekend into early next week, with never-before-seen temperatures possible in cities like Portland, Ore., and Spokane, Wash.

Why it matters: The heat wave will affect a region where many people lack central air conditioning, raising the likelihood for public health impacts. In addition, power demand is likely to spike at a time when hydropower resources are running relatively low due to drier than average conditions.

Supreme Court rules for cheerleader punished by school for Snapchat expletives

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Wednesday that a school district in Pennsylvania violated the First Amendment by punishing a cheerleader who used expletives in a Snapchat post sent while off campus.

Why it matters: The case pushed the boundaries of students' First Amendment rights and what schools can enforce outside school grounds, especially in the digital age.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
1 hour ago - Economy & Business

The mobile gaming gold rush

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Electronic Arts this morning announced that it will pay $1.4 billion to buy Playdemic, a mobile gaming studio whose titles include "Golf Clash," from Warner Bros.

Why it matters: This comes just months after EA paid $2.1 billion to buy Glu Mobile. It also resolves talk that not all of WB Games would get included in the Discovery merger.