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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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She very sensibly pointed out that extension of HS2 to Scotland would strengthen the business case and showed a UK-national vision signally lacking in the "no such thing as society" view presented to her.
British Eurosceptics blame the union for poking its nose into our affairs, but when such interference is actually meaningful a when an applicant state is at the door, cap in hand, and Brussels really has some leverage a it has, in the case of Bulgaria and Romania, signally failed to jump-start radical reform.
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Her barrister, Graham Russell of Citadel Chambers in Birmingham, said in a note of the hearing: "Your claim was that you had been bullied and harassed by your former manager and that your employers had signally failed to investigate your grievance properly.
A-Levels (and GCSEs) have been dumbed down to suit a no failure agenda as part of a wider social engineering programme which has signally failed to separate the wheat from the chaff.
More than a year later and despite an extensive review of documents they have signally failed to produce any evidence to support these allegations.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp refused to lambast assistant referee Mike Cairns for signally the Lampard strike.
4% (main session) on Tuesday on a pullback in commodity prices, potentially signally that the recent commodity price rally is running out of steam.
And the injection of cash signally fails to address reform demands contained in petitions from a loose coalition of liberals, rights activists, Islamists and intellectuals.
A book such as this stands and falls on the reader's connection with the author, but Prince signally fails to arouse any sympathies other than his own.