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Trader: 5 value stocks for an improving economy

Sarat Sethi, Managing Director and Principal at Douglas C. Lane and Assoc.
Adam Jeffery | CNBC
Sarat Sethi, Managing Director and Principal at Douglas C. Lane and Assoc.

For the 2016 Halftime Report Portfolio Challenge, new member Sarat Sethi chose beaten-down stocks across many sectors with upcoming news catalysts.

The names are also heavily leveraged to an improving U.S. economy, a theme reinforced by Friday's better-than-expected jobs report.

Here are the picks from the Douglas C. Lane & Associates managing director and the reasoning behind them, in his own words.

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