The traders of CNBC's "Fast Money" are experts at reading the action in the stock market. The crew knows investors can potentially figure out where the market is going if they analyze the behavior of such things as the credit markets and derivatives markets, as well as watch technical indicators and fundamental trends.

The gang knows that interpreting the action in the markets is the best way to find the next big opportunity. One interesting development the traders are noticing is that credit markets are improving, but world stocks markets are not. This phenomenon shows that world stock markets are being held hostage by much more powerful forces. It also shows that equities markets in 2009 are entering unchartered territory.

The bottom line: What worked in the past might not work or correlate in the future. Investors are going to have to gather all the information they can and think outside the box in order to beat the markets this year.

The gang recently highlighted trading ideas that play off last year's second-half dogs, low-risk oil stocks and unusual options action. Here are some highlights from over the past week as aggregated from the show.

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