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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.
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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.
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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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In Figure 2, the bit error rate of the intercepted data signal is shown for the typical values of the signal and system parameters.
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Key challenges to reducing the cost of optical transmission systems under such fluctuating usage conditions have included the achievement of maintaining stable timing factors for the data signals and clock signals in circuits, and development of circuits that feature stable operation.
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Today's firm ISM data signal upside risk for our 215k November nonfarm payroll estimate, as does the November jobs index bounce to 58.4 from 56.8 in October and a slightly higher 7-month high of 58.8 in September, leaving a gyration that parallels the ISM headline.
After a marked increase in levels of incoming new business, January's data signal led further significant employment growth.
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Royal Bank of Scotland senior economist Matthew Smith said: ``The Welsh private sector economy put in another solid performance in October, with strong growth of output and order books.Furthermore, the latest PMI data signal led that the pace of expansion continued to accelerate,as it has done throughout much of the year-to-date.''