In case you missed any of these catchy tunes last week, it's not too late to boogie down. Grab your headphones, CD player, iPod, speakers, guitar, cowbell -- whatever you need. It's time for another rockin' version of the Market Mix Tape.

"Beat It" by Michael Jackson and Blackstone
The Blackstone Group
said "beat it" to Vornado (NYSE:VNO) once and for all last week. With an amended, $55.50, all-cash offer for Equity Office Properties, Blackstone took home the gold star in a Sam Zell-engineered action that drew comparisons to the RJR-Nabisco takeover battle of the late '80s. The final offer, which represents a 24% premium for shareholders who held the stock prior to the announcement of the original offer, was chosen over Vornado's offer of $56 in cash and stock. EOP's board chose the Blackstone bid because of the reduced risk of the all-cash offer and Blackstone's faster proposed timeline for closing the transaction.

Including assumption of debt, Blackstone's offer valued EOP at $39 billion and put it officially in the books ahead of last summer's buyout of HCA as the largest leveraged buyout deal to date. Shareholders in general obviously benefited from the 25% gain, but institutional investor Dodge & Cox, which held nearly 12% of EOP stock prior to the announcement, and Zell, EOP's chairman who held 1.2% of the outstanding stock between his stock and options, will be collecting some particularly large checks. Other big winners in the transaction are Blackstone, who will collect an acquisition fee of over $200 million just for completing the transaction, and the many hands involved in advising both sides of the deal, including Merrill Lynch (NYSE:MER), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Bear Stearns (NYSE:BSC), and law firms Sidley Austin and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

"Please Forgive Me" by Bryan Adams and Wal-Mart
Once a Wall Street darling that saw its shares grow more than tenfold in the '90s, Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) has been a big disappointment in the new millennium. The company has seen its shares drop from a high of $64 in early 2002 to under $50 currently, a result that doesn't exactly give shareholders the warm fuzzies. The world's largest retailer would very much like to see this Valentine's Day bring some investor love back its way, though judging from the current two stars that the stock sports in The Motley Fool's CAPS stock-rating community, that may be a long shot.

Wal-Mart started last week by announcing that same-store sales for January would probably top the company's projection of 1%-2%, breaking a streak of misses that were only turning investors' hearts colder. The company also announced that it's entering the online movie download business. Wal-Mart didn't have much success when it tried copying the model of mail-order movie monster Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and eventually abandoned the project, so it may be questionable whether this move to do as Netflix did will prove any more successful.

"Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra and Fortress Investment Group
Investors complied and drove shares of the much-hyped hedge fund Fortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG) to dizzying heights. The IPO priced at $18.50, the top end of the proposed range, but didn't make it to the public markets on the first day of trading until it had been bid up to $35 per share. Unfortunately for the retail investors excited to get into the deal at market-open, the closing price of $31 on Friday meant that they took an 11% hit on the very first day of owning shares.

Fortress has been billed as the watershed IPO in putting ownership of hedge funds in the hands of public market investors. Though overseas markets have already seen alternative asset managers such as Man Group and KKR Private Equity Investors, Fortress is the first of its sort in the U.S.

Fortress has undoubtedly done well for itself since its 1998 founding and now manages $30 billion in capital. Its flagship private equity fund, which dates back to 1999, has returned nearly 40% on an annualized basis and accounts for $17.5 billion of Fortress' funds under management. The company noted in its prospectus that there are currently over 7,000 registered hedge funds managing $1.3 trillion in capital, and after the huge opening day for Fortress, I can only imagine how many investment bankers are licking their chops at the prospect of bringing more hedge funds to the market.

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