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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 and bagpiper Hugh McKinley taught German, Italian and Japanese code-breaking to troops and was a hero of Bletchley Park, Britain's secret wartime communications-busting centre.
One of the most crucial aspects is in communication between driver and signaller and Network Rail has reached the halfway point in trials of a system that will provide a secure means of driver-to-signaller communication across Britain for the first time.
Geraint was subjected to a vile torrent of sexual demands by the captain who had caught the young signaller on the base after "lights out" last summer.
One of the young signallers had a splinter clean through the shoulder high up, and the other was hit in the muscle of his left arm.
The farmer had appointed a contractor to carry out the harvesting operation, and an attendant had been provided at the crossing to phone the signaller and operate the gates.
The union propose that shifts be lengthened to 12 hours but that signallers work fewer days.
EXTRACTS FROM THE MEMOIRS I was walking through the streets of Newcastle with my wife, when I saw one of our Headquarters' Signallers coming towards us, we met and shook hands.
Last week Network Rail said less than a quarter of its signallers had voted to strike.
It remains the case that Network Rail, in a drive to slash 21% from their budget, want to axe 1,500 maintenance posts, lump maintenance functions on to over-worked signallers, rip up agreements and impose changes that will quite clearly undermine safety.
I believe the poor standard of signaller would have resulted in poor performance and disciplinaries if that had been our members working.
The Rail Maritime and Transport union said a 24-hour walkout by 50 signallers in the Lincoln area will go ahead tomorrow, while hundreds more workers along the East Coast Main Line will now vote on whether to take industrial action.