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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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Firstly, the fact the signalman had been drinking and, secondly, his own allegation of working 30 days.
Both trains were being controlled by a Railtrack signalman based at London's Liverpool Street station.
A spokeswoman for signal operators Railtrack said: "A signalman has chosen to resign after getting the results of a test.
An officer at the scene said: "We are sure no phone call was made to the signalman as there should have been.
Soldier 033, who was a signalman on the day, said that after reporting on his radio that he'd come under fire, he took cover behind the northern block of the flats where he saw a body lying on a barricade.
RAILTRACK has begun an investigation after a signalman sent a train down the wrong track to Coventry.
A RAILWAY signalman has been investigated for drug use while on duty.
RAILTRACK has begun an investigation after an error by a signalman at Rugby put a passenger train on the wrong path.
Mr Knapp, who began as a signalman at 15, led the National Union of Railwaymen from 1983, despite predecessor Sid Weighell's attempt to block him as too left wing.
Corporal Ian Atkins, aged 20, Signalman Simon Rich, 25, and Signalman Dave Scott, 32, are taking part in the New York Marathon on November 3.
Two months earlier a signalman narrowly avoided disaster at London's Victoria station when a Connex train was allowed to pass through a red signal while a second train set off without permission.
They carried on banging on the door until the signalman inside phoned the police.