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, or whatever you need -- it's time for another rockin' version of the Market Mix Tape.
"Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney and Microsoft investors
And while Microsoft was struggling through readjusted expectations, those crazy guys over at Dell
On Thursday of last week, though, Mike continued working toward building his Dell 2.0, hiring Solectron CEO Michael Cannon to take the newly created position of president of global operations. On Friday, the company followed up by announcing the hiring of Motorola's president of mobile devices, Ron Garriques. Although Garriques was not directly responsible for Motorola's recent home run, the Razr phone, he does represent the hope that Dell might try to make computers that are easier on the eyes -- maybe a la Apple and its fashionable MacBook series.
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by Jessica Simpson, MFS, and Deutsche Bank
Major institutional investors like MFS Investment Management and Deutsche Bank may not be walking all over anyone, but they are walking away from REIT shares. Bloomberg reported last week that the two investors were dumping REIT shares just as the bow was being tied on the record-setting $39 billion Blackstone buyout of Equity Office Properties. As a result of the property boom of the past few years and the general run-up in REITs, REIT shares are currently the most expensive they've been in 20 years relative to U.S. Treasury notes.
With MFS, Deutsche, and Sam Zell -- Equity Office's chairman -- all selling, Blackstone decided to join the party. Since the close of the Equity Office transaction, Blackstone has sold off more than $15 billion worth of Equity Office buildings. Transactions last week included a reported 36 buildings to Boston's Beacon Capital Partners, 17 to San Francisco-based Shorenstein, and 23 to L.A.'s Maguire Properties.
Meanwhile, the battle for control of Mills Corp.
"I Wanna Love You" by Akon and Snoop Dogg featuring Alcoa and AMR Corp.
Love was in the air with Valentine's Day last week, and Wall Street was aflutter with rumors of big-time buyouts. On Tuesday, reports surfaced that love notes have been passed between Dow component Alcoa
Later in the week, Business Week reported that British Airways
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