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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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Signaller Hayes, also 19, of Birkenhead, has served in Germany and Canada as an operator, providing highly important mobile communications for commanders and soldiers.
He may have been distracted by the message which was given to him by the signaller at London Bridge which did not require him to take any action.
Signaller Neil Marsden told the court Bryce-Stafford performed a sex act on himself while chatting to him and another soldier about sex.
But the team, made up of Lt Adrian Morris along with Corporal Amritman Gurung, Lance Corporal Sahabir Gurung, and Signallers Sitkumar Rai, Suryaman Manebo, Gopal Gurung, Pritam Shrestha and Pawan Rai, could only manage it in around seven hours.
Signaller Didsbury, of Blackpool, was serving with the 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support) and described by colleagues as 'irrepressibly cheerful'.
David Allen, a signaller of 11 years, told the crash probe he watched in horror on his computer screen as the Thames Trains service headed for the First Great Western express.
Married Stephen Jukes, 26, said he was going to check on the signaller, 27, who had passed out and was taken into temporary female quarters.
Signaller Paul William Didsbury, 18, of the Royal Signals, was serving with the 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support), in the southern city of Basra.
LIEUTENANT Lam Gurung of 250 Gurkha Signals Squadron, stationed at Bramcote has launched an appeal fund to assist the relatives of a soldier of the regiment, Signaller Dhurbakumar, a 21-year-old who died on December 13 in a traffic accident following a driving training course.
The 20-year-old signaller was named best recruit in his troop after completing 12 weeks basic training at Bassingbourn Barracks, Hertfordshire.
Signaller Wayne Bland, 21, was yesterday named as the soldier who died in a suicide bomb attack and heartbroken Jordan Adams, 11, said in a eulogy to be read at his funeral: "He was the best brother I could ever have and ever wish for.
There should have been a formally-appointed signaller who should have checked the area to ensure there was no one that could be hurt.