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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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For them to propose debates which signally fail to do so shows a high-handed attitude.
Colescott's attitude toward the blackness of comedy and the comedy of blackness put his work in dialogue with that of a number of African-American cultural practitioners who likewise emerged in the '70s and enjoyed cross-cultural appeal: George Clinton, David Hammons, Richard Pryor, and, perhaps most signally, Ishmael Reed, whose 1976 send-up of the slave narrative tradition, Flight to Canada, features George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware on the cover of recent editions.
Among those banks was the Greenspan Fed, which signally failed to understand the implications of the mid-1990s productivity acceleration in the United States.
The absence of a grand strategy has left the United States signally unprepared for the rising tide of global confrontation it will be facing in the coming years.
The later signoria of Walter of Brienne (1342-43) signally failed to reintegrate the magnates.
But she wasn't signally responsible for airing the story.
It sought to undermine the morale and weaken the will of the German people, and it signally failed to do either.
Despite having produced a fine narrative of Schomberg's life, Glozier signally fails to deliver on his claim that "[t]his study is not a biography in the traditional sense.
For here is a man who is totally discredited in the region--a politician who has signally failed in everything he ever tried to do in the Middle East--now believing that he is the right man to lead the Quartet to patch up "Palestine".
Such information reinforces Litster's reading of the diary as the two young women writing "themselves into a position of power" through sexuality and marriage at a time when women of their class were rendered signally powerless by and dependent on marriage.
Nor has there been any rush to judgement in respect of the architecture that has signally failed to survive elemental attack; perhaps that phrase beloved of the insurance industry, 'Act of God', has led the public to excuse some of the results of extreme climate.
The tribunal's conclusion reads: "The council has signally failed in its duty to an employee who has been bullied and harassed, contrary to their own express policies.