The weather is getting cold, but the market is sure staying warm. Turn up the volume and listen to the music, Fool!

"I've Got You Under My Skin" The Four Seasons and, um, Four Seasons
On Monday, Four Seasons (NYSE:FS) received a buyout bid for $82 per share from a consortium of the hotel chain's CEO, Isadore Sharp; Kingdom Hotels International, which is owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal; and Cascade Investment, which is owned by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) founder Bill Gates. The deal, valued at around $3 billion, was met with a lot of excitement on the markets as investors bid the stock up past the offer price in hopes that a competing offer would surface.

As of Friday, the price had fallen back to close at the $82 offer price as no competing bids had been made. Those looking for an arbitrage opportunity from a potential higher bid likely came to the realization that it would be tough to justify paying a higher price for the hotel group. To wit, it may be hard to justify the current offer as it represents a smoking 30+ times projected 2007 EBITDA and 46 times projected 2007 EPS. A well-respected manager, it's likely that Sharp has a lot of confidence in the future profitability of his hotels, but he's sure setting himself a high bar.

"Goodbye to You" by Michelle Branch, featuring FedEx
Last week, international shipper FedEx (NYSE:FDX), in an effort to continue pushing forward with its Asia expansion, said "joi gin" to EADS subsidiary Airbus, as a second delay in the delivery of their new A380 cargo plane tested FedEx's patience. The announcement not only pushed the order over to Airbus' archrival Boeing (NYSE:BA), but bumped the order 50% from 10 to 15 total planes. Overall, the deal is valued at $3.5 billion.

After closing at $80.20 on Monday, Boeing's shares pushed up to $85.62 by the close of trading on Friday. This is another blow to Airbus as it continues to lag Boeing in sales of freight-carrying planes. FedEx competitor UPS (NYSE:UPS) is also reportedly reevaluating what it will do about 10 freighters it still has on order from Airbus. Though Airbus won't be disappearing from the competitive landscape any time soon, gaffes like these certainly make the air freighter business look like Boeing's got a lock on the business.

"Breaking the Chains" by Dokken and the SEC
Dokken's heavy guitars and magnificent hair ripped through the markets in the early morning Friday when The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. business is finding some wiggle room with the SEC on Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley. Sarbox is often cited as an enemy of business since the regulation, Section 404 in particular, has been costing publicly listed companies billions of dollars per year since it was introduced. In particular, public companies have complained that 404, which requires them to outline their internal controls, has been interpreted far too rigidly. The result has been suffocating for businesses, but great for lawyers and accountants, both of whom are paid by the hour.

This could represent the beginning of the pendulum swinging back in the other direction. After all the corporate scandal early in the millennium, it was clear that some amount of new regulations were in order, but many think that the SEC may have gone a bit too far. Especially when it comes to Section 404, I agree that the government may have come down too hard, but I back off when it comes to shedding tears over some of the IPOs that are being done in other markets because of Sarbox requirements. The London AIM exchange in particular has been a beneficiary of this IPO migration, but I would argue that it might not be such a bad thing for the U.S. markets to "miss out" on a handful of companies that are, in many cases, at best marginally suited for the public markets to begin with.

Besides, as subscribers to The Fool's Global Gains service know, in this day and age, stocks in any exchange can be fair game for U.S. investors.

"Rapper's Delight" by The Sugar Hill Gang and America's Fortune 500
In a particularly relevant note, CNBC's "Street Signs" reported Friday on the growing use of hip-hop icons in advertising for some of the major U.S. and global corporations. With lyrics that often celebrate elements of consumer culture -- think back to Run-D.M.C.'s 1986 "My Adidas" or Busta Rhymes' more recent "Pass the Courvoisier" -- hip-hop icons may make better advertisers than, say, angst-ridden alt-rock stars like Green Day and My Chemical Romance, who tend to be indifferent if not antagonistic toward corporate America.

While commercials such as Boost Mobile's (a Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) subsidiary) feature the traditional rough-edged hip-hop image, some new ads are showing a more clean-cut angle. A 2005 spot for Chrysler featured Lee Iacocca and an argyle-clad Snoop Dogg chatting it up on a golf course. A more recent Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) ad has the "CEO of Hip-Hop," Jay-Z, talking about how he does everything from editing new songs to handling his investments to planning logistics for his world tour on his HP laptop. With traditional spokespeople, like Mr. Iacocca, almost uniformly unrecognizable by today's youth, Madison Avenue will likely continue to harness the colossal selling power of Jay-Z and hip-hop's other "top executives."

As Stephen Colbert would tell you, there's absolutely nothing else that happened this week. Nothing at all. Nada. OK, fine, one last tune:

"The Battle Hymn of the [Democracy]" by Nancy Pelosi and the Dancing Dems
In a coup that was nothing if not somewhat expected, the Democrats took over both Houses of Congress in the midterm elections this week. California Senator Nancy Pelosi will become the first female Speaker of the House, while Harry Reid of Nevada will take over as Senate majority leader. In the realm of the more unexpected, though, Pres. Bush responded to the resounding defeat by accepting the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

After drooping a bit last week, the market seemed to digest the news of the Democrat victory well, rising almost 1% for the week. With the Democrats now controlling Congress, many are cautioning against being too heavy in the areas of oil and gas, defense, and big pharma, as these are areas that could be likely targets for new legislation. On the flip side, there's been a lot of buzz around some new positive attention on areas like alternative energy. While there could be a lot of credence behind these expectations, senior Fool analyst Seth Jayson cautions against trying to play the elections.

Rock on Fool:

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Fool contributor Matt Koppenheffer does not own any of the companies mentioned, but he loved the sound of the tune that Four Seasons was playing. The Fool's disclosure policy always rocks hard.