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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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reconstruction of the traffic control signal at the intersection of Routes 6 & 202 (Lake Avenue Ext.
For maximum compatibility with a wide range of serial peripherals, the board supports all RS-232 modem control signals making it desirable for interfacing to a wide range of peripherals.
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Control signals can be sent back to the molding machine for automatic closed-loop control.
Bus Design: The latest revision of the ATA specification, ATA/ATAPI-6 where Ultra ATA 100 is defined, maintains backward compatibility with all previous ATA revisions, using the standard 16-bit, wide, parallel data bus and 16 control signals across a 40-pin connector.