Signal


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Signal

To convey information through a firm's actions. The more costly it is to provide a signal, the more credibility it has. For example, to call a press conference and tell everyone that the firm's prospects have improved is less effective than saying the same thing and raising the dividend.

Signal

An indication of a company's health and/or actions. Signaling a certain state or action may cause a company's stock to rise or fall in price. Generally speaking, the more money a signal costs a company to make, the stronger the signal is thought to be. For example, a company may make a statement indicating financial distress, but reducing its dividends is thought to be a stronger signal.

signal

To provide information to. For example, an unexpected dividend increase may signal investors that a firm's directors are more optimistic about future profits than previously thought. Likewise, the announcement of a new equity issue may signal investors that directors consider a firm's stock to be fully valued.
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The loud laughs of the musket-men were silenced by the more authoritative voice of Richard, who called for attention and obedience to his signals.
After a time the wind hauled fair, and signals were made for the boat.
In the high sea that was running it was a difficult and dangerous task to attempt to put a prize crew aboard her; and as no signs of life had been seen above deck, it was decided to stand by until the wind and sea abated; but just then a figure was seen clinging to the rail and feebly waving a mute signal of despair toward them.
Even the poor devil who had waved the single despairing signal of distress had lapsed into unconsciousness before he had learned whether it had availed or not.
And whenever you signal me to transport you to this safe place, where you are always welcome, I know you are in danger or in trouble.
Another pace, and the poor lieutenant gave the signal he so hated to give.
Had you any notion that signals were going on, all the while you were on the watch?
The sound was such as might have been made by a human hand, not as upon a door by one asking admittance, but rather, I thought, as an agreed signal, an assurance of someone's presence in an adjoining room; most of us, I fancy, have had more experience of such communications than we should care to relate.
An hour later, while absorbed in some of my infernal studies, I heard, or thought I heard, my signal answered.
Sinon then raised the fire- signal to the Achaeans, having previously got into the city by pretence.
On a signal given by a cannon-shot each furnace was to give vent to the molten iron and completely to empty itself.
To do this, you need but stretch your hand out of the closet, I shall understand your signal perfectly.